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Tool Storage Corrosion Risk

I currently have my bicycle tools stored as pictured, making use of what I had lying around. I'm just wondering is there a risk of damage, such as galvanic corrosion where the tool and screws contact? ...
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Freewheel removal

I have a Gary fisher Bike and I want to remove the freewheel. I bought a freewheel remover tool that has 12 teeth and is compatible with my bike, however when I turn it counter clock wise it just ...
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I can't unscrew the rotor bolts

I have a torx screwdriver but it wasn't meant for bike maintenance use. Actually I had bought it to unscrew the bolts of my owen. However, it sits firmly on the bolts of the rotor but can't unscrew ...
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What is this bottom bracket tool called?

I came across this tool on Amazon India, to remove the bottom bracket. I don't know what this tool is called. I've seen similar tools at motor workshops, so I'm assuming it is a common tool and not ...
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How to install bike rack to frame with braze-ons that are different sizes?

I have the Topeak MTX 2.0 bike rack, and hoping to install on a KHS Flite 223 road bike. The M5 screws that come with the rack screw in as expected to the braze-ons near the rear brake caliper. But ...
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Extractors for Centerlock rotors and Shimano HG cassette

I need to buy some basic tools to do some maintenance on my wheels, but I'm confused about what I need. I want to perform the following operations: change the cassette I have a 11-34 10-speed ...
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Which tool is required to remove an 8 notch freewheel from a single-speed flip-flop hub?

I have a single speed freewheel on a flip-flop hub that I would like to remove to service the hub. It has 8 notches, which tool do I need to remove the freewheel? Here is a picture of it on the bike: ...
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What type of freewheel remover do I need for this one

this is a Louis Garneau 20inch bike wheel
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How can I keep from rounding my spoke nuts?

I bought my bike new about three years ago. Since then I've had issues with spokes breaking and needing to be replaced, probably around ten times. Presumably the spokes weren't up to snuff. I've ...
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How do i remove a stripped crank?

I found an old abandoned 1999 diamondback outlook that im trying to repair. The crank is bent as well as the front chainring. I bought a universal crank remover from Parktool. I unscrewed and removed ...
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How can I identify which side of my axle needs to be held with a cone spanner?

I need to replace my front axle. I've bought the new axle with bearings and lithium grease, but I obviously need to remove the old axle. I know I need to use a cone spanner on one side, and a socket ...
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Which tool to remove this bottom bracket nut - photo provided

I have an Apollo Transfer 21 inch frame and need to remove the bottom bracket. It seems to be a screw in bottom bracket. I am new to bicycle maintenance by the way. I tried a 26mm spanner to remove ...
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Can't remove crankset! bad tool?

I would like to remove the crankset on this bike but my crankset remover tool can't fit in because the "screw" inside of the crankset remover is hanging, even when I screw it to the minimum. ...
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Use Red FR-15 or Park FR-5.2 to remove a Shimano cassette?

I'm planning to grease the bearing and have a freewheel system based on Shimano Deore. Can someone tell me which tool to get to remove the sprockets? The back wheel has a threaded through axle.
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How can I make road-side tension adjustments to bladed spokes?

Bladed spokes like the Sapim CX-Ray require a special tool to hold them in place while turning the nipple, to prevent them from twisting. Say I break a spoke while on the road and need to make ...
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What kind of tool do I need to change my bottom bracket?

I want to replace my bottom bracket, but I have no idea what kind of tool to use. What kind of bottom bracket is this? What tool do I need to change it?
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Weight and distension length of the "Gates Carbon Drive Eco Tension Tester"

I own a bike with a gates CDX belt drive. I noticed that my belt tension was way too low and tightened it, but I have no belt tension tester. I find that measuring the frequency of the belt "...
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How useful is a caliper for a home-based bike workshop?

It appears I am missing (yet) another tool: a caliper. It simply makes no sense to haul a bike to the LBS to measure a seatpost. How important is a caliper for a home-based bike workshop? There is far ...
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Why does a chain riveter have 2 separate pins to hold the chain

My (broken) chain riveter has 4 pins to hold the chain I always used the 2 on the left side since there is the possibility to apply counter-pressure with the screw. What is the purpose of the right ...
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What is the best tool to crimp cable end caps?

What is the best tool to crimp cable end caps - especially those where access is limited, such as dropper post remotes? I have got a crimp area on my cable cutters, but it is a bit fiddly to use, is ...
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What is this A-shaped plastic tool?

Some time ago, this black plastic tool was given to me by a guy from an LBS, and I remember thinking "oh, that might come in handy". Now, a couple of months later I've completely forgotten ...
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What tool to use for this cassette lock ring?

On an old road bike the freewheel mechanism sometimes gets stuck in the "coasting" mode, i.e., the pedals spin but the bike doesn't accelerate. When spinning the cassette by hand it still ...
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What tool should I be using on this bottom bracket?

Belongs to a fairly basic kids bike. Bought second hand and was able to remove it using almost my fingers alone, with a little assistance from a flat head screwdriver. After replacing the bearings, ...
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Will all chain wear tools work on any chain regardless of 9/10/11speed etc?

I have gotten a hold of a BBB chain wear tool to check my KMC x10sp chain. It seems to indicate I am at least at 75% wear. The chain checker does not have a serial or model number I can use to get ...
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Three-way hex driver that I can lock to something?

I know this looks like I'm asking for a product recommendation, but if there's an answer it is unambiguous and non-obvious, so I think it fits within the spirit of SE. I want to chain up a three-way ...
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portable bicycle tool storage / organizer bag / tote

I'm looking for a way to organize my bicycle tools in a portable carrier of some kind. Not a small repair-kit but something a lot larger for tools you wouldn't normally take on the road. This would be ...
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Is there a BB tool that has the Park BBT-69.2 16-notch pattern but can be used with a BB with spindles?

My BB spindle is bottoming-out against the inner wall of the BBT-69.2 even though the spindle is a short one, 103mm; so I would like to find a 3/8 square drive BB tool with the same 16-notch pattern ...
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Tool for Campagnolo Centaur bottom bracket

What tool do I need to put this Campagnolo Centaur bottom bracket into a bicycle frame?
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Why are there multiple chain whip styles when cogs can take out-of-plane forces?

Chain whips on the market can be classified into ones: suitable for 1/8"-wide (fixed-gear) chains, such as Park Tool SR-18.2, suitable for 7, 8, 9, 10, 11?, 12? sprockets, suitable for 7-11 ...
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Pro and cons of "torsion based" torque wrenches

Brands like Canyon are delivering their bikes with torque wrenches that are based on the torsion resistance of the metal that mades up the wrench, like the one pictured below (for the working ...
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Drive side part of bottom bracket is impossible to remove and has destroyed tool fitting

So my old cartridge bottom bracket is about fall apart and i bought a UN55 to replace it. The plastic non-drive side was very easy to remove, but the drive side is literally impossible. I let it soak ...
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Suggestions for removing a crankset from 1980s-era bike

I've removed a number of cranks from bikes built in the mid 1990s and later with my inexpensive crank-pulling tool, but I have been unable to remove the drive-side crank from a 1980s-era bicycle. The ...
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Which way to use a crown race removal tool?

I purchased the following crown race removal tool: http://www.birzman.com/products_2.php?uID=2&cID=24&Key=106 It has a flat side and a side with 45 degree chamfered edge. I suppose the idea is ...
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What 17 mm spanner for roadside repairs?

I've got a Cervélo S3 disc w/ a hanger that requires a 17 mm spanner. In the event of changing hanger when on the road; what would a preferably small and light spanner be?
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How to attach thru-axle wheels to a truing stand designed for QR wheels?

I have a rather cheap wheel truing stand, bought from here: https://www.rosebikes.fi/rose-wheel-truing-stand-553816 (it was a fraction of the price it sells for now when I bought it). The truing stand ...
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How can I remove my stuck freewheel?

I have been trying for days to remove my freewheel using a freewheel tool. I have been using an adjustable spanner for now but it still is not moving. Am I not strong enough? Or is there another trick ...
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What tool do I need to use for this specific Crankset (picture) FSA M17 38-41 Nm from Giant TOUGHROAD SLR 2

I am having a problem with loose tightness of the Crankset (picture) and have no clue what type of tools do I need to deal with the problem. Any advice including the steps how to tighten it ...
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Adapter for Parktool SWB15

I recently purchased a break bar: https://www.parktool.com/product/3-8-drive-breaker-bar-swb-15 But have now come to realise that that I need an adapter between it and my bottom bracket key. Any ...
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How to use this third hand tool

I have looked all over youtube and the web and cannot find any explanation of how to use this tool: From https://www.amazon.com/Third-Hand-Brake-Adjuster-Yellow/dp/B0787T5KWD Can anybody explain how ...
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Do I need to remove this DT Swiss ring nut? (360 hub)

I'm swapping bearings on Roval Traverse rear hub, which is said to have DT Swiss 360 internals, 3-pawl. Do I therefore need to remove the ring nut as per normal DT Swiss instructions? If so I'll need ...
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Are Park Tool products free of the P65 warning?

When buying bike tools from online stores, it is in general not possible to see the actual box that would be shipped, and hence it's not possible to determine whether the notorious California ...
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How to pick the correct lock ring removal tool

I have an (admittedly cheap) lock ring removal tool which is bundled with equally cheap red-handled chainwhips commonly sold on eBay: This tool works great for installing and removing Shimano ...
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Correct tool to remove Uniglide freehub?

I have a coworker's rear wheel to repair. The freehub pawls ceased engaging, resulting in free-spin in both directions. A replacement freehub body is ludicrously expensive, so I want to remove the ...
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Does anyone know how to take apart this hub to do a single speed conversion

It's a 5 speed joy tech hub. I've tried all but nothing seems to work. Looks like the smallest driver is threaded. Does anyone know how to remove it ?
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What tool do I need in order to remove these pedals?

I own this set of HT pedals. They were attached by a mechanic at a bike shop. I'd like to avoid a return trip and remove them myself. Most articles I've found about removing bike pedals mention a tool ...
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Do I need a chain breaker tool to install a new chain on my bicycle?

Do I need a tool, or will the chain have the correct length? For example, my biggest cog in the rear is 34T and the biggest chainring at the front is 42T and the chain has 116 links. Is a chain with ...
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Is it possible to tighten/replace my wobbly spider?

I have a Shimano FC-M460 crank and the spider is starting to wobble a little. Is it possible to tighten or replace the spider? I can't figure out which tool I would need to order. Or should I just ...
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Is it possible to wear out the cassette lockring threads?

I have decided to do a better job of cleaning cassettes when they are dirty. Is it possible to wear out the lockring threads on the freehub with repeated use? This would be monthly on the commuter/...
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Using a chain-type oil filter wrench as a chain whip

Long story short, I need to remove the rear cassette on my bike. The cassette is a pretty basic Shimano one, and the drive shaft bit I bought a few years ago looks like it also fits the lock ring. ...
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How to determine which size spoke wrench I should buy?

I was advised to use a dedicated spoke wrench (not multitool) when possible, so I am looking to order one online. How can I determine which size I need before ordering it? I do have a multitool with ...
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