Spec me a few tools

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by krisgoss, 22 Jul 2012.

  1. krisgoss

    krisgoss Active Member

    Hi all!
    I am just about to purchase a new groupset for my bike, and need some tools for the strip and rebuild.
    I have a "splined cartridge bottom bracket" currently, but will be using a Hollowtech II upon re-fit (if this is possible?)

    Sooo, I would need the two tools mentioned above, a chain whip and socket remover, and a cable cutter. Am I missing anything? And would you recommend spending extra on getting "Park" tools, or should a kit like the "Icetoolz" kit do the trick?

    Thanks for any recommendations
  2. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    I got this toolkit for my birthday and it seems to be reasonable value for money http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bike-Hand-B...X13K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1342943281&sr=8-4

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  3. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    Don't buy a kit, just buy good tools when you need them
  4. Andy_R

    Andy_R Hard of hearing..I said Herd of Herring..oh FFS..

    County Durham

    Buy what you need for your bike, instead of a kit which will have bits you don't need. Also, buy the best you can, that way you only buy once
  5. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Unfortunately I find I need a tool I don't own at an inopportune moment. That being said there are significant advantages to working at an engineering firm :smile:

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  6. OP

    krisgoss Active Member

    Hmmm, I guess that I am leaning toward buying the tools separately as Andy and Numbnuts suggested, guarantee that I will forget to buy something though!

    Are Park Tools my best bet? Got a multi-tool and spoke wrench by them, and I am highly impressed with the quality, but they are expensive. Any other brands that are recommended or just buy Park Tools first as last?
  7. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    Whatever you do, if you are getting a cable cutter, get a Park Tool one. A lot of the other brands get pretty ropey reviews. Have a look on the ChainReaction website to see what people think of various bits of kit..
  8. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Chandler's Ford
    Not all Park Tools are good. I bought a Park 8/10mm open ended spanner (wrench) because I wanted that combination to add to a multi-tool which had only allen keys and screwdriver heads. It was the most cheaply made spanner I have ever seen, just stamped out of steel plate.

    BBB and IceToolz are both quite adequate.
    And for what it's worth I bought a unbranded cheapo cable-cutter which has a seen a lot of use over 3 yeasrs and still works just fine.
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