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They also do a good work stand, which makes working on your bike vastly easier:
(although I see they also list a Park Tools work stand at only £10 more!)
Over the years I've slowly acquired just about everything that's included in those tool kits, probably at vastly greater total cost!
I reckon it's one of those things where you accumulate over time or identify carefully what you need. I have a Drapers many years old. 25% used regularly, 25% occasionally, other bits rarely and some in honesty absolutely never.
Ta, that looks spot on :)
I'm considering doing a full DIY build soon too (On-One Inbred I think) and having a decent base set will be most useful. I've never been much use at mechanical stuff, so when I do manage to fix something like my brakes or drivetrain, I get so much satisfaction from it.
Tool kits will have some bits you will either never use or never be brave or stupid enough to try to use. I tend to just buy the tool I need for the job - haven't got the total up to toolkit prices yet.
What have you trashed?
The rear axle has started to disintegrate and make some less than attractive noises and the bottom bracket sounds like it's full of gravel and wobbles all over the place. That and the fact that I need to do a full strip and overhaul anyway, with complete degrease, deep clean and re-lube, plus cable changes etc.
You might be better off just buying a few bits of better quality - just the right BB tool and cone spanners for the hub (if it's a shimano), plus a chain whip/cassette removal tool and a chainring bolt tool to get your bits off for degreasing.
The x-tools cheap kit doesn't look like it has the chainring bolt tool. Can't see a cable cutter either, which would be a must if you're swapping out cables. Or a spoke key.
If your hub is cheapy cup and cone, it could well be replacement time from what you describe.
The x-tools kit has the chainring bolt tool in there, and I've already got a spoke key (somewhere in the garage). The cable tool will be something I'll need to buy extra, but I doubt I could get all of that for the same price if buying it separately.
It's a Shimano hub, but not a particularly top-spec one, and I've got a feeling the seal worked its way loose during the thrashing and is now likely to be full of gunk (which then got ridden into the bearings etc.) Will get it stripped when I can and check the damage.
Duh- didn't spot it the chainring tool. Also missed that it does have a spoke key...
It's not a bad price for all that, and I guess you'll end up using most of it now and again.
Well done for taking it on yourself!
I agree with MHutch though. Full toolkits invariably have loads of stuff that you don't need - technologies advance quickly (e.g. the tool to extract a modern outboard bearing BB is very different to that required for older models such as octalink, ISIS or square-taper - all of which are different).
For that you just need some cone-spanners and maybe a handy adjustable spanner. And patience.
That means a new BB bracket (modern internal BBs are cartridge-based, so not servicable) and a tool to remove/fit- check your new one is of the same type as the old one otherwise your cranks won't fit.
If your bike was made at any point in the last 15 years then all you really need for this is a decent set of allen keys, maybe a spanner or two. If you really want to a super deep clean then maybe a chain whip, cassette tool, and chain-tool (depending on chain type), but with some good degreaser, decent brushes, and a chain cleaner, this might not be necessary.
The Park Tools website has a loads of great info on taking your bike apart and putting it back together again. Good luck!
Full kit for less than £30, bargain. If I dont already own most of the tools I'd buy one.
Thanks mate :) As I said before, I'm a bit of a muppet when it comes to fixing stuff, but have always wanted to be able to, and I get such a great feeling of satisfaction when I do. I changed the disc pads on it a couple of weeks ago and grinned for a whole day afterwards lol
The BB is a splined one, not a hollow jobby, so will check how to get it out.
And nice one, Phil79, that looks top notch, I'll be getting that one. May have to stick the Inbred frame on the order while I'm at it, give meself something to aim at and learn towards.
TBH fixing bikes is all fairly straight forward, there's very little thatís complicated about them (compared to cars say) as you can generally see all the parts involved and what they do. Plus thereís lots of free info out there, the Park Tools and Sheldon Brown websites being particularly good.
Once you've got a handful of specialist tools and good basic tool kit you can do most things with a bit of patience and thought. There are obviously some areas that require considerably more skill (wheel building and servicing shocks etc) and worth just getting the LBS to do it.
Incidentally, I was thinking of building an inbred myself, lovely looking bit of steel & the frame only is very keenly priced ATM.
I think it was trying to fix my car myself (and failing badly) that scared me a bit when it comes to fixing myself. I'm starting to get the hang of it all now though, including the importance of working methodically.
I've got my current Marin Northside Trail hardtail, which does the job most of the time, but is a little small for me and a bit unresponsive on occasion. I'm going to stick with it and keep it going whilst building the Inbred up as a long-term project bike, buying little bits here & there when I can. It should keep me amused, and at £140 for the frame (white, sucker for cleaning punishment), I can't complain.
> I'm starting to get the hang of it all now though, including the importance of working methodically.
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