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Its a Chain tool, the long bit should screw into the back (bottom side in the pic) of the other bit to provide a handle. You can then put an hex key into the twisty bit at the right hand end.


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What could be simpler than remembering that the left-hand pedal has left-hand thread?


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Minimally, you want to be able to tighten all of the bolts on your bike (likely a few hex keys will do this) and an appropriate screwdriver for adjusting derailer & brake pulls. Separate from a multi-tool, a pair of tire levers are the other tool you should carry with you. I would add a chain tool to the above list after being left in a state where I ...


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This is what I tell everyone to get first when they get a new bike: Seatbag, to hold the following: Spare tube (maybe two) Small multitool Mini-pump or CO2 inflator Tire patch kit 2x tire levers That assumes you have bidons and cages. Those six things should get you by for many miles and should get you out of any trailside emergencies. As with ...


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A mobile phone. These days, irrespective of where you're riding, what you're riding and over what terrain or distance, there's no excuse for being deliberately out of contact. We can't guarantee being in an area of reception, but if you haven't got a phone you'll never know. Additionally, a huge benefit of smart phones are the apps that can do more than ...


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I would classify tools into two groups. The ones you ride with, and the ones you keep at home. There may be a bunch of overlap, but it is harder to work with a multi-purpose tool, so if you end up using one tool all the time, a purpose-specific tool may be worth the purchase. Tools to carry with you: Tire levers. Patch Kit. Multi Tool. There are a ...


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For use at home, there's no question that separate keys are more useful and more economical. A multi-tool has limitations that make it cumbersome to use in tight spots because all the keys are attached to the tool. Separate keys suffer no such limitation. Separate keys can be bought and replaced individually and very inexpensively -- not so with a ...


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Here's what I normally bring: Spare tube Tire levers (for changing the tube) Pump (or CO2 inflator) 4, 5, and 6mm allen wrenches (for adjusting/tightening the saddle or seat post during the ride, but also to tighten many other things on the bike that could come loose) To me, for the long rides that I do, everything beyond this basic equipment provides ...


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You can't approximate torque by feel. Loctite, grease, carbon compounds can all alter the 'feel' when you are tightening down bolts and if there was anyway to 'approximate the feel' these variables render it fairly impossible. If you use ti/aluminum bolts, carbon components, high end aluminum do not cheap out, get the torque wrench. If you tend towards ...


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It depends to what level you want to disassemble. For general cleaning your list is a good start. As you dig deeper though you'll also need: To service/adjust drivetrain Various spanners and screwdrivers to adjust cables Wire cutters if replacing cables To service wheels/hubs 15mm spanner to remove wheels (unless you have quick release hubs) Chain ...


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The 'official' tool that engages with that bumpy collar is the Shimano TL-PD-40 bearing shaft removal tool. It's a plastic tool designed to be used with a larger wrench, or a vice. Here's a pic: TL-PD-40 If you're interested in servicing your pedals using this tool and others, here's a how-to from Park Tool: ...


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You do this with a tool called torque (sometimes called dynamometric) wrench. Without a tool you can estimate it this way: Make yourself familiar with a weight of 1 kg Apply the force with your simple wrench 10 cm from the bolt in question This will give you 1 Nm of force. To get 5 Nm, use 5 kgs of weight or increase length to 50 cm. The math is simple: ...


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Interesting tool. I haven't used one but can sympathize after breaking many tire levers with my old tire+rim combination. It's no fun being in the middle of nowhere and snapping a lever while fixing a flat. I've since switched tires (and later the rims) and can now roll the tires over the rim by hand -- what a difference! Unless you plan on taking this ...


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For repairs, I always carry with me: a saddle bag to conveniently carry all my supplies a multitool for adjusting anything, fixing the chain, and anything else a spare tube to repair flat tires two CO2 cartridges and a CO2 nozzle to inflate my tires back up to high pressures; I bring two so if I waste one on a punctured tube, I have a backup on hand a pair ...


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In my opinion, minimal set of what to carry: Water (bottle in a bottle cage) pump, CO2 valve and a couple CO2 cartridges, or a pump with the CO2 valve and 1 CO2 cartridge. CO2 is faster and smaller, but you can basically only handle as many flats as you have cartridges. tire levers (2 is easier, 1 might be sufficient) 1 spare tube patch kit (pre-glued ...


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This is not going to work. You won't permanently change the shape of the rim by just smooshing it between two concrete discs, as in order to permanently bend metal you need to exceed the yield stress of the metal and plastically deform it. This means that to bend something to a shape, it has to be precisely bent further than its ultimate designed bend, then ...


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The little rubber tubes are for repairing Woods/Dunlop valves. The valve core does not have any valve mechanism in itself, but relies on the little rubber tube to seal. The tube fits over rounded end of the valve core shown below. Most of new tubes come with similar-looking valve that has a ball and spring mechanism instead of the rubber tube.


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If it's a pre-2012 steel folding pedal, it takes a 24mm socket. If it's titanium or a 2012 onwards steel pedal, it needs a 10mm allen key. See the options at listed at this SJS Cycles page.


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Answering as a road cyclist ... For a ride of this duration (less than a day), before starting I take notice of the conditions, and decide what to wear, in how many layers. I want to carry a spare layer to put on during stops, and in case of bad weather. Usually it'll be my lightweight wind and (so called) water proof jacket. Sometimes it's just a ...


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You can easily find a "bicycle multitool"/"multi bicycle tool"/"bike multifunction tool" that covers all the basic essentials in one tool. There's tons of brands and models and what's most readily available may vary regionally, but common brands I've seen are: Park, Crank Brothers, Topeak, Serfas. Where? I would go to my local bicycle shop to get them, or ...


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I've used a Quik Stik for about 17 years pretty successfully. Not totally free of pinch flats, but I think using darkcanuck's technique of putting a bit of air in the tube first really helps. Much better than regular tire levers, although it actually seems to be softening after all these years. Rumor has it that certain brands of kevlar-beaded tires are a ...


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You press the chuck onto the valve, then pull the lever up to lock the chuck to the valve. Otherwise pressure could blow the chuck off on higher pressure tires.


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You want the correctly sized Torx driver. When I had to swap to a new wheel set I used a T25 driver. I just found a Park Tool TWS-2 that has 9 different sizes. You can probably find just a T25 driver at a hardware store.


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First, you need to familiarize yourself with your bike. If you're not familiar with your bike to begin with, you'll have a really hard time buying the right tools for it. Once you have an idea of which tools you'll actually need, then it will be quite clear which multi tool to buy.


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It's a wrench that will work on a range of different size nuts and bolts. Each step on the top ramp will grab a different size. A further advantage is that it will work equally well (or badly) on four sided nuts, and on five and seven sided "security" bolts that a conventional adjustable wrench with parallel jaws will not work on. It will not work ...


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A cheap box of latex gloves. There's nothing worse than having to do one small job, and then having to spend longer cleaning your hands than you did doing the job in the first place.


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In my area, Community Cycles is a non-profit organization promoting bike riding. For a modest membership fee (less than the price of a torque wrench) one gets access to their bike shop's tools. Their site includes a list of other bike collectives in North America, which might be a good alternative to buying your own tools each time you need a new one.


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The number-one situation cyclists will face on a ride (aside from experiencing the awesomeness that is riding) is a flat tire. To fix that, you'll want either a spare tube or a patch kit -- or both. Of course, these are useless without something to pump them up! A frame pump or a C02 inflator will take care of that. Make sure to bring a cartridge for the C02 ...



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