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

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What are the most important things to bring on a ride?

On one of my recent ride, my bike broke down. My rear derailleur got pushed into the rims and broke. Since I have never gotten stuck like that before, I've never bothered to take anything with me ...
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What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?

Given that pedal threads are different on the left and right pedals: the right side pedal has a right-hand thread (removes counterclockwise, installs clockwise); the left side pedal has a left-hand ...
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What should I carry on day trips for emergencies?

While commuting or touring I use a off road trekking bike with racks, a water-proof bag and some tools in case of flat tyres. In my day trips I prefer my fitness bike and I want to be "fast and light"...
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Equipment needed for Frame-building?

Since misunderstood question here, a new question with narrow scope. So what are equipments need for frame-building?
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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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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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Riding Repair Kit

As most of my riding is limited to intra-city commuting (on bus routes) or on bike paths, I have not really faced a dire need for a repair kit while riding. I am looking into pulling off a three hour ...
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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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What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?

Let me provide some context to the question. I mostly cycle alone and cover distances in the range from 45 km to 65 km; depending on the route, these rides last from less than 2 hours to well over 4 ...
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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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Basic toolkit for bicycle maintenance

What should be in the basic toolkit for someone that wants to maintain their own bicycle? I'm looking for something for your average day to day maintenance and tools that I will get the most use out ...
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How to objectively evaluate torque wrenches?

My local bicycle group bought very nice but very expensive torque wrenches (if I can remember right they cost about €300–500). My local discount store markets them for about €50. My local auction site ...
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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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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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What is this tool? [duplicate]

I found a thin plastic tool, about 5cm long. It is engraved with the number 5. I believe it to be a bike tool. What is it?
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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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What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?

I feel like there are almost as many bike multi-tools out there as there are bikers. In a single trip to REI, I found nine different bike tools each ranging from only four to over thirty individual ...
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DIY wooden bike rack -- looking for plans

I'm planning to build a bike rack to store several bikes on the floor of my garage. Does anyone have plans for such a rack? We have a circular saw and a drill and the usual hand tools, but no router, ...
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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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Separate hex keys vs. combined multi-tool for bike adjustments?

Are separate hex (Allen) keys better than a multi-tool for adjusting and maintaining a bike at home? Some of the separated sets also have ball-ends for the 4/5/6mm keys: Apart from Torx T25 screws ...
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Metal vs. plastic tire levers

What are the advantages of buying plastic over metal tire levers? (or vice versa). Which ones are easier to use?
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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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Typical fastener 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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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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What are the absolute essentials a cyclist should own? [closed]

Context: My bike shop includes free servicing as a standard with a new bike. I don't need such thing and live too far away. In lieu of waiver I can get €100 of stuff from the shop. Best bike problem ...
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Unable to loosen IXOW Wheelguard Gravity nut

I have a Canyon Commuter 7.0 which uses IXOW Wheelguard Gravity skewers and nut. I want to take my front wheel off but am unable to loosen the nut on the front skewer. The standard procedure is to ...
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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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Ultrasonic cleaner power requirements, for cleaning chains before waxing

This question is a follow-up to Ultrasonic cleaner advice, for cleaning chains before waxing. I plan to lubricate my chains by immersion in molten paraffin wax. The advantages and disadvantages are ...
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What should I look for in a torque wrench?

It has come to the point where I need a torque wrench for installing things on my bicycle. What should I look for when purchasing one?
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How to take apart this rear BMX hub?

As shown in the photo, what tool do I need to take this rear hub apart? I assume I need a tool which will fit in the 4 notches. The problem I am trying to fix is that if you pedal, the rear cog spins ...
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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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What type of freewheel remover do I need for this one

this is a Louis Garneau 20inch bike wheel
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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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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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What tool is needed to adjust this headset on a children's bike?

My daughter's bike has a threaded headset, and I don't know what tool I need to adjust it. As you can see from the picture, there are the following parts in the stack: a knurled ring, which ...
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Can I straighten bent rims between two flat surfaces?

I have some bent bicycle rims and would like to straighten them. I drew a basic scheme of what I want to do, the idea is to make a concrete plane mold as seen in the design to exert pressure on the ...
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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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Equipment for a multi-day bike trip

I'm planning a multi-day bike trip, and I want a list of all bike related equipment I'll need to fix / negate the most common bike problems. The list currently has: Multi tool. At least 3 spare ...
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