LifeLine Tools

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by DaveM, 7 May 2008.

  1. DaveM

    DaveM New Member

    Anyone got an opinion on LifeLine tools that wiggle sell, I'm after a crank removal tool and a bottom bracket tool, their quite a lot cheaper than Park tools and I won't be using them a lot, but if they break easy whats the point on saving money.
  2. dodgy

    dodgy Guru

    If you're using them a lot, go Park every time. I've never had to replace a Park tool, but I've replaced a couple of Tacx and Halfords tools.


  3. Its not just Park tool we have Var tools and Hozan in the workshop and they are just grate some of them have had over 30 years of life in workshops.
  4. dodgy

    dodgy Guru

    Yes them, too, but I'm not sure if the OP has considered the more esoteric stuff!

  5. Valiant

    Valiant Senior Member

    LifeLine are great and last a while, obviously they don't have much on a quality tool like Park et all but they do last very well.
  6. I got the life line tool kit for Christmas and its done most thing I've asked of it. However the crank puller that came with the set didn't fit one of my bikes and I ended up buying a park crank puller that was more universal and fits both my Shimano bikes.
  7. OP

    DaveM New Member

    Thanks for the replies, I think I'll just spend the extra and get a park crank extractor and shimano BB tooll
  8. gkerr4

    gkerr4 New Member

    i have a few lifeline tools - they seem OK - not workshop quality but fine, imo, for home use.
  9. simoncc

    simoncc New Member

    I'd go for the cheaper ones. These days even cheap tools are good. Its hard to buy rubbish tools now.
  10. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    I have the lifeline set and they have been fine for the jobs I have needed to do.
  11. giant man

    giant man New Member

    Essex innit?

    How very wrong you are! Lidl tool kit for example, 30 quid and most of the tools have fallen apart upon use. Look nice in their little case though! :evil:
  12. dodgy

    dodgy Guru

    I have Park tools in my modest workshop ( actually a corner of my garage :evil: ) that are 15 years old and still showing no sign of wear. Cone spanners for instance, in virtually perfect nick but they've been used lots on my and friends bikes over the years. Contrast wich some cheapish Tacx ones that more or less rounded off on first use.

    Good tools not only last longer, but they make the work more pleasant, too.

  13. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I definitely recomend buying cheap when it comes to tools and equipment that you want to rely on to do the job! :evil:
  14. GrahamG

    GrahamG Veteran

    I got the pretty comprehensive lifeline kit about 2 years ago, some of it has lasted, some has been a bag'o'shite. The BB remover and crank extractor are two that have been no problem at all, and they've had a fair bit of use too! The worst piece of kit was the chain tool, pin broke on it's 4th or 5th use. Spoke keys are a bit crap too as they catch the rim with a sharp edge too easily.

    Basically, anything that doesn't perform or breaks gets replaced with Park tools. This is mostly at the insistance of my other half who did furniture design and cabinet making at uni and applies the 'best you can afford' motto to tools.
  15. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    The lIdl tool kit is fine for the car.

    For home, (and we have a few bikes in the house) I buy park or occassionally reputable (eg, Alf Webbs) alternatives.
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