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huskerdont
10-06-2016, 08:15 AM
After years of using cheap chain tools where I always had trouble getting the chain to sit and stay flush and so I would bend links or break the pin in the tool, I finally got a Park CT-4.3. It is a joy to use b/c the chain doesn't move. The chain pin just pops out no problem. Seriously, it took about as long to open the Sram chain package as it did to install the chain (probably should have used the right tool on the package, but scissors were handy and a razor was not, so perhaps I'll never fully learn).

One other lesson I learned is to buy a chain online well in advance and keep it in stock. I like going to the LBS, but paying $30 for a chain that can be had for $17 with a little foresight isn't worth it.

huskerdont
01-05-2017, 07:52 AM
Latest tool-related discovery is that Park makes a tray for its PCS-10 (etc) repair stand:

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It makes me unreasonably happy to have this. Maybe I need to think about N+1 = 7.

ian74
01-05-2017, 09:01 AM
What are your hourly rates? With the sweet kegerator in the background I just want to come over, drink beers and use your tools so I don't have to go buy them.

huskerdont
01-05-2017, 09:11 AM
An idea should a certain political party succeed in making me unemployed.

Step 1: Rent out tools and sell beer.
Step 3: Make money.

Judd
01-05-2017, 09:38 AM
An idea should a certain political party succeed in making me unemployed.

Step 1: Rent out tools and sell beer.
Step 3: Make money.

I'm in for beer. Do I get a discount for using Husker bucks?


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anomad
01-05-2017, 12:04 PM
There might be a number of us in that boat. I don't have a kegerator but I have a drum roaster for coffee!

I've been working on and building my own bikes since I started riding. Always had a cobbled together toolkit in an old tackle box. This year I bought a relatively cheap performance brand toolkit where all the tools have fitted pockets. Best 40 bucks I've spent in a while. Its so nice to have it all right there handy.


An idea should a certain political party succeed in making me unemployed.

Step 1: Rent out tools and sell beer.
Step 3: Make money.

huskerdont
01-05-2017, 12:34 PM
There might be a number of us in that boat. I don't have a kegerator but I have a drum roaster for coffee!

I've been working on and building my own bikes since I started riding. Always had a cobbled together toolkit in an old tackle box. This year I bought a relatively cheap performance brand toolkit where all the tools have fitted pockets. Best 40 bucks I've spent in a while. Its so nice to have it all right there handy.

Last V-day, the girl gave me *two* toolboxes. A large one for regular tools, and a small one for bike tools. Such a romantic! I'm still a sucky mechanic, but I know where my tools are.

ShawnoftheDread
01-05-2017, 12:38 PM
Last V-day, the girl gave me *two* toolboxes. A large one for regular tools, and a small one for bike tools. Such a romantic! I'm still a sucky mechanic, but I know where my tools are.

Sizes are backward.

mstone
01-05-2017, 01:04 PM
Sizes are backward.

no, bike tools are mostly pretty small

<contemplates what 40 inch breaker bar would do to a bike>

Vicegrip
01-06-2017, 06:36 AM
no, bike tools are mostly pretty small

<contemplates what 40 inch breaker bar would do to a bike>Did someone say "Proper tools?" :D


True, most bike tools are small but there are so many to own and some are sizable such as a wheel dish checker, truing stand or head set press. I have been a hired bolt buster for 40 years and I still don't have a 40 inch breaker bar. Besides I have shown more than a few times that my 18" breaker can cause more than enough unintended damage in the right hands.:rolleyes: And no, my 48 inch 600 ft/lb torque wrench is not to be used as a breaker bar regardless of what someone who borrowed it thought. :mad:

The proper number of bike tool boxes is T+1 with 2 being the minimum. A large box for the many infrequent use but satisfying in your hand "the right tool" when needed bike tools snuggled in and around all the odd bits of bike part and a small* somewhat portable one for the 10 tools you use 99% of the time. Along with the small box the stand should at a min be self populated with a flat, a Phillips and a couple of Park AWS Y hex wrenches.

*Sized just long enough to fit a Park PW-4 pedal wrench along with the rest of the work burnished must haves.