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Questions tagged [tools]

Tools you use for repairing, maintaining, building, etc. Pump, chain breaker, wrenches, spoke tool, repair stand etc.

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Alternative tools for servicing a Fox fork 2016+

Official tools are too expensive. I mean lower leg removal, seal driver and seal extractor tools. Forks with new seals from 2016 onwards. Which alternative tools do you use? My fork: 2017 Fox 32 ...
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Is there such a thing as a 25mm crank puller?

I have a BMX with a Primo Pro crank on it that I need to remove. The thread in the crank arms that the crank puller would normally screw into has 25mm diameter but I only seem to be able to find 22mm ...
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Shimano bolts; oversized hex driver holes? Planning for failure?

This is frustrating me. I recently bought Shimano Dura Ace ST-R9120 hydraulic levers/BR-R9170 calipers combination. Got to the stage of bleeding the brakes and removing the bleed caps from the tops of ...
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Does a small bolt cutter do OK cutting spokes for a wheel build?

I'm hoping a cheap bolt cutter will make easier work and put less stress on my cable cutters when cutting and threading spokes for a wheel built. (My hands get knackered pulling on the shortish cable ...
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Are bleeding kit syringes single use?

I recently bought a bleed kit (for shimano brakes from shimano) and used it on my hydraulic brakes (successfully as far as I can tell). During cleaning up I noticed the syringe says it was for single ...
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The smallest size spoke wrench I can find is 15(.127" / 3.23mm) and it's too big. Where can I find one that fits?

I purchased a spoke wrench with sizes from 10 (biggest) to 15(smallest). 15 is just small enough to round out the nipples on my wheel, but not small enough to actually turn them, so I surmise that I ...
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What's the purpose of this part of Topeak Hexus II multitool?

What is the purpose of this part of my Topeak Hexus II tool? I can't find anything in the manual.
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What tools do I absolutely need to replace brake cables?

I'm happy with the job I did replacing the drivetrain on my road bike, and I'm ready to tackle replacing the brake cables. Unfortunately, I did a little research and it's been suggested that I need a ...
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Wrench to be used with a bottom bracket tool?

It looks like a wrench with a cup at the endpoint. I was wondering what is this tool called and whether it's meant to be used by itself or in combination with a bottom bracket tool, like the PT BBT-22,...
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Are there any mini pumps that can be mounted on a wide rectangular frame?

On my previous MTB (a hard tail from 2002), I had mounted a mini pump (not sure which brand) under/next to the bottle cage. The pump came with a frame mount and a velcro strip to secure it in place in ...
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Which removal tool do I need for this 16t bottom bracket?

The bottom bracket that you see in the picture has a strange 16 teeth profile (3-1-3-1-...). I had this bike built a few years ago and I don't remember what model the BB is. I wonder what removal ...
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How can I remove the stripped plastic cups of a bottom bracket?

I have a 2 frames with FAG bottom brackets (can't tell the exact model from the outside, but something like this): (datasheet here) in various states of destruction Bike 1 I didn't have the tool so ...
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Adjusting Hozan spoke threading tool for different spoke gauges

On the hozan spoke rolling tool it is possible to vertically adjust part that holds the spoke, so that spoke would be at the same level as the center of rollers. When rolling #15 spokes instead of #...
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What tool do I need to remove this Joytech freehub?

I have tried 10mm allen: too small, spins freely, with very little grip. Hub brand: Joytech On the outer side it has 9 ball bearings. Video showing right/drive side: ...
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How to tell if a chain should be replaced with park chain checker when it doesn't fit?

I have a park chain checker CC-3.2 which has two sides to indicate when a chain reaches .5% and .75% wear. However, since I often have some filthy chains due to off-road riding and daily commuting ...
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Bushings vs bearings - maintenance difficulty

I consider purchasing a full suspension bike with a linkage using bushings, instead of bearings for the pivots (Ghost Path Riot). A review says: The bushings are said to wear out quick, two to ...
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How to fit rivnut / nutsert to frame?

I have an old steel frame road bike, dating from 1980. Its not rare or special, but its very like the one I rode to high school in the late 80s. Problem: There are no bottle cage mounts, so my ...
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What is this blue mesh tube thing in the Rema TT 06 patch kit used for?

I own an (old-ish) Rema TT 06 patch kit. The contents look like this: Notice the blue tube-like thing under the left box. In the part list on the manufacturer's site, I couldn't find any mention of ...
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List of essential tools to maintain an Ortler Mainau bicycle [closed]

We have three Ortler Mainau bicycles in our family that I would like to maintain. We don't have a garage but only a smallish cellar, and I would like to work there (e.g. I cannot use toxic things ...
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Is this crank usable or should it be replaced?

I've been suffering from weird noises while pedalling for a couple of weeks. Noise has been isolated to the left foot, its definitely not the right side. After an inspection revealed no cracks or ...
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Type of Shimano “PlusMinus” (slot & Philips) screws

Shimano uses a screw type that is a mixture between slot and Philips (PH): There's a "PlusMinus" screw type for electrician equipment like manufactured by Wiha : (Source: Wiha) Are the Shimano ...
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What is this tool for? Likely something to do with cables?

I found this thing in a box of bicycle tool mix I got some time ago. In the end this was the only one I could not identify, so I am asking here: What is this thing and what is it used for, please? I ...
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What are these tools in this bike maintenance toolkit?

I finally got around to replacing my bike's cassette, and towards that end (and expecting to replace various other consumables in the future) I decided to shell out for a Rose All2gether toolkit: I'm ...
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What's the name of the tool to bevel bar ends?

I noticed the mechanic at my LBS used a tool to smooth out and bevel the end of the steering tube after cutting it. It looks like a useful tool to smooth out the edge of bar ends as well. It's round ...
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Possible to identify sprocket without taking the bike apart?

I would like to change the chain and sprocket on my Centurion Basic 7 speed, as I have read that it is good practice to change the sprocket when changing the chain. It will be the first time I try ...
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How do you determine which cassette lockring tool you need?

I'm looking to order the tool to remove the cassette lockring on my bike, but I'm not sure which tool to get. Is there a way to tell just by looking at it, or do I have to look it up using the make ...
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What tool can I use to tighten SRAM GXP bottom bracket without removing the cranks?

I'm looking for a tool, if it exists, that would allow me to tighten my bottom bracket (SRAM GXP, 16-notch 44mm) without removing the cranks. I have seen a few tools that look like they might work, ...
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How to remove this Shimano cassette (actually: freewheel)?

A neighbour approached me to help him with removing the cassette from the wheel in the picture below. I am familiar with the modern Shimano lockring but would appreciate tips how to remove this one.
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How do I open a Master Link in a chain?

How can I undo a chain that is closed with a master link? Inspired by comment from https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/39284/19705
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What sizes are “#6 and #5 Allen key”?

My scooter calls for "#6 and #5 Allen key", I can't figure out what sizes (in inches or mm) these translate into. I know I need to buy an allen set, but wanted to make sure it has the two sizes I ...
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Remove rounded nuts/bolts from wheel on old bike

I have an old bike I need to repair (including flat tyres!) Unfortunately it has rounded nuts on it and can't seem to unscrew them. Is there an easy non expensive way to remove them without damaging ...
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How to remove rear hub covers

I'm trying to service my DT Swiss wheels. I watched some videos that show how to grease cartridge bearings but don't understand how to get to them. I tried to unscrew the ends using two adjustable ...
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New Park Tool truing stand doesn't seem to be calibrated, calibration seems off out of box

I recently purchased a Park Tool TS-2.2 truing stand, however I feel that the calibration is off. I have a wheel that was recently trued at my LBS and there is a significant gap between the rim and ...
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Floor pump blowing wet air?

I have a Lezyne Sports Drive floor pump. It has worked fine for a couple of years, and it lives in my garage. The handle is stored in the down position, so the cylinder is mostly empty. The pump ...
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Is this an unsuitable cassette lockring tool?

I can't get my lockring tool to fit my cassette's lockring. The tool is about 1mm i diameter bigger than the lockring, although they have "hills and valleys" that line up. Here's the lockring: Here'...
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Tightening straight spokes

Being faced with a wheel with these devilish things, I'm wondering how people keep them from twisting when tweaking the nipples. I've been using a pair of Vice Grips, but that's clumsy and seems a ...
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Do crank arm pullers vary in sizes or there is just one size?

Just want to confirm if there are different types of crank arm pullers? I'm trying to order one and the contact person is telling me that he has one but for a road bike. Now I'm confused I thought ...
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How can I remove the small slitted nuts to open an old rear hub?

This is an old back hub that has back-pedal break, and two internal gears. As pictured it has two slitted nuts that lock the hub. Which tool should I use to remove these nuts without damaging them? ...
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How to find compatable cassette for older Shimano

I have a 2002 Diamondback Oakpiont. The derailleur says c201. Is it freewheel or cassette? If it's cassette, the last gear seems to be the nut (12 notches). Here is link to the bike on Bikepedia. How ...
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Seeking suggestion for headset and bottom bracket press

I'm looking for a suggestion on a single press tool, good quality, that will allow me to press fit a Praxis PF30/BB30 conversion BB and also a headset on a nice titanium frame. A single tool would be ...
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Park Tool MT-40 with 11 speed chain

I'm looking to buy the MT-40. The website states that it has a 10 speed compatible chain tool. Can this same tool work with my 11 speed chain (Shimano 105 (11 speed) group set so I think the chain is ...
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What tools should I carry around to replace the tube on a bike with bolt-on wheels while on the road?

I'm considering getting a fixed-gear bike for commuting, and I'm unclear on how one can quickly replace a punctured tube on a bike with bolt-on wheels. So far, all the bikes I've had (at least, since ...
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Bicycle crank is wobbly

My bicycle's crank is sorta wobbly - it tilts left or right, according to pressure applied to pedals. How do I fix it? What tools do I need? Video showing the wobble.
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Minimalist setup for a “travelling bike mechanic”?

I have very little living/working space of my own and so, in order to keep my personal bike in working order, I need to be able to transport "bike mechanic stuff" (e.g. tools, screws, cables, inner ...
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What tool is needed to remove KMC X11 w/MissingLink, 11-speed chain?

I need to take it out and then clean it- its full of sand. Maybe even replace it. Does any universal chain tool work. Should I get one from the manufacturer.
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Removing headset cups from 44mm head tube

I have a 2015 Salsa Colossal with a 44mm head tube. The upper cup is a ZS44/28.6 (1 1/8") and the lower cup is EC44/33 (1 1/4"). I need to punch out the cups, so I bought a Park Tool RT-1. It ...
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List of tools to take apart a bike to minimise space for storage

I have a bike that I would like to take apart to store for the winter. I live in a college dorm and don't have much space. What are the basic tools that I would need to take it apart? I think taking ...
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Typical Torque Values For Bicycles

I'm thinking of getting a torque wrench (or something similar) for working on bikes. The ones I have for cars are pretty ungainly and I think I'd be at the low end of the range where they aren't too ...
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How to cut a brake/derailleur cable?

I need to cut a cable, cleanly enough that it can be inserted in its housing. What kind of cutting tool do I need for this? I probably won't be using it more than once every few years, so cheaper ...
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Crank sliding horizontally through the bottom bracket

Was out biking today when I noticed the pedals were moving side to side, with the pedal arm almost coming off the left side. As I was investigating the washer with "LH fsa AL" actually came off in my ...