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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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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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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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Tool identification

I was cleaning out my garage today and found this old set of bicycle tools. I don't know what they are or what they're supposed to be used for on a bicycle. Can you identify them for me?
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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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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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Why would I need a torque wrench for a bicycle?

I was rather surprised to find a question about choosing a torque wrench on this site. I haven't cycled for years, but many years ago when I actually cycled I would do with a set of ordinary wrenches ...
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What is this bike tool?

I've bought a saddle bag with a set of bike tools; stuff like alan keys, puncture repair kits, spanners etc. There's this one tool (well two but they screw together) that I have trouble recognising. ...
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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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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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If I don't use a torque wrench, how do I tighten to the approximate torque? What can go wrong?

I don't think I can drop $50-$100 for a torque wrench right now. What parts of a bike are the most critical to get the torque just right? Is there a way to make sure the torque is ok without a torque ...
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Tightening torque: 5Nm, 40Nm... how do I tell?

I have wonderful new manuals everywhere, of brakes, wheels... In these manuals I see "tighten up to 5Nm", "tighten up to 40Nm". There must probably be tools with such measurements on them, but I don'...
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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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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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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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What are the bumpy parts around the spindle of some pedals?

Does anybody know what the bumpy part near the threads of this pedal are for? They look like they might fit a special wrench, but I can't find any that would fit. I feel like I must be missing ...
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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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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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Replace Brompton folding pedal - what tool is needed?

I've managed to completely break the folding left-hand pedal on my Brompton. The bit where it fastens onto the crank* is fine, but the rest of it gone. What tool(s) do I need to remove the broken ...
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does a tire bead 'jack' work?

I'm having great difficulties getting a kevlar belted tire onto my rim (maybe I'm getting old). I had heard about the Kool-Stop tire bead jack as a possible alternative to using just my tire levers. ...
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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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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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Consequences of under-tight cassette ring?

I have a torque wrench that goes up to 24 N⋅m but as far as I understand a cassette ring should be tightened to about 40 N⋅m. What is the consequence of tightening the cassette ring to 24 N⋅m instead ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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New, cheap mountain bike: What's most likely to break?

I have a very cheap (less than USD $100), new mountain bike I'm about to break in on a 2-4 hour ride on a mountain trail. I'd like to be prepared for equipment failures or problems - can anyone ...
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What's in this patch kit?

I have a patch kit (from Bike Hand) and it includes: Rubber solution Metal rasp Patches Along with the aforementioned supplies there are two small rubber tubes, hollow, and about 1cm long. What ...
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What tools are required to replace a spoke?

When out riding at the weekend, for the very first time, I managed to break a spoke on my wheel. Because I've not done it before, and I want to get back out on the bike soon, this time around I am ...
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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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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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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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Skewer removal without quick release

I am trying to replace my cassette. I can not use my cassette removal tool as it is blocked by the skewer, so I need to remove it. From what I can see, the skewer is held together by two bolts. I have ...
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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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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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What is the lever on the head of my floor pump for?

I have a Wrench Force floor pump. There is a lever on the head of the floor pump which can be moved into one of two positions. What is this for? The pump automatically selects the correct valve and ...
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What is this serrated wrench tool for?

So I was trolling eBay and found this crazy looking old serrated wrench bike tool. The auction had no specifics. I can't think of what you would do with such an item. What the hell is it for?
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What tools are most important on an all-in-one bike tool for a commuter?

My commute is about 25km/day. I have a cheapish hybrid bike with Shimano gears, v-brakes and SPD pedals. I carry a small hand pump and spare tube. What do I need in a bike tool/ multitool or other ...
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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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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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What's the most useful style of chain gauge?

I see that there are three kinds of chain wear gauge: The basic kind. I'm used to using this kind: The hook style. Supposedly provides an indication of how worn the chain is. I've used these and the ...
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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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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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