I ____ to Fix My Bicycle: Tool time

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internally splined BBs seem so arcane to me now (let alone loz's beloved cotters; a friend stopped by my house recently and wanted my advice on a loose cottered crank and i had no fucking idea what the problem was, so i said 'hit it with this hammer'. it worked.)

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 22:40 (eight years ago) link

it's occurred to me recently that all the money i've spent on parts/maintenance should've just been spent on tools. i am a terrible mechanic, but at least i would've learned something. srsly: a G on repairs in the last five years (nb i get a mid-winter overhaul annually), probs. i have the equivalent to an ak-37 now, plus stand, but all those tools would've been a whole lot more useful years ago

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 22:43 (eight years ago) link

Fuck, my 3-spd is STILL in pieces because I never got that drive-side crank apart and I know anyone I take it to now is going to want to shoot me.

how did I get here? why am I in the whiskey aisle? this is all so (Laurel), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 22:43 (eight years ago) link

"we don't do that here"

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 22:44 (eight years ago) link

I'm embarrassed to even watch them r-their-de at me.

xp to be honest it really helped that I hardly needed any specialized tools to start? For older bikes, you can get everything you need (or at least a make-shift solution) at yr average decently stocked hardware store.

how did I get here? why am I in the whiskey aisle? this is all so (Laurel), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 22:45 (eight years ago) link

by which you mean "a hammer"

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 22:57 (eight years ago) link

but yeah, the simplicity of old stuff is nice. tho i think that modern mountain bikes (more than fusty ol road bikes) have done a lot to standardize things. a tri-tool can do a whole lot these days. and almost all adjustments can be handled by a single set of allens: shifter/levers, brakes, stem/headset, pedals (installation and removal), cinch bolts on cranks (outboard), seat/post, derailleurs (mounting). funny splined wrench, headset press, truing stand, spoke wrenches, philips-head (several), stand, "small parts (including cable/housing)", yr set.

i'm leaving out tools for hub work because that shit is alchemy to me

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 23:04 (eight years ago) link

^^^ gbx's shopping list

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 23:05 (eight years ago) link

otm about allen keys but pedals without spanner grip are disgusting, savage.

ledge, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 23:14 (eight years ago) link

eggbeaters are allen only!!!

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 23:25 (eight years ago) link

I've got some Candies that are, but my regular ones ain't!

ledge, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 23:28 (eight years ago) link

weird, mine are

they old-ish

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 10 July 2012 23:29 (eight years ago) link

apparently only the chrome ones take a spanner. whhhhhhyyyyyyyyyy.

ledge, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 23:31 (eight years ago) link

I bought a really good basic toolkit from rei for ~$50 which had all these tools in. Presumably it would duplicate a bunch you have but it was cheaper than buying odds and ends. Plus it had things like a cable stretcher which I'd never considered I needed but it turns out to be super useful.

There's a bunch on eBay as well.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 11 July 2012 03:30 (eight years ago) link


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