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  • mikey74
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    It seems the bike specific ones are very expensive (e.g. the Park one for £250). Any recommendations for a tool kit that contains all the essential stuff you need for fettling? I don’t need the specialty tools as I have those; I mean the standard tools you get in non bike-related kits.

    Anything for around £50?

    rp16v
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    Lidl had some recently also saw some in halfords.

    garrrrpirate
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    On-one jobs worth.

    mikey74
    Member

    As I said, I have the specialist bike tools, I need a more general purpose kit.

    Are those Halford tools decent quality?

    rp16v
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    From what I’m aware they are OK may be worth just making a list of what u need and picking up a bit at a time when u see ones u like eg iv taken a shine to Pedro’s tyre levers so got a few sets.

    Premier Icon mactheknife
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    Yep, just make a list of what you need and order them as you need them.

    I got some cable cutters and torx / allen key sets ordered from ebay along with BB tools to get me started and the rest i just order as i need.

    Premier Icon deadkenny
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    ^ yep, buy what you need as you need them. I find the tool kits contain a lot of things you won’t ever use and a few essentials, and then there’s a tonne of stuff you can do with standard household tools. Specialist stuff depends on the components you use. I find it helps to pick a standard and stick with it.

    Key things though I’d say are getting *good* quality cable cutters if you’re going to do brake cables & good quality allen keys as cheap ones round things off easily (and a torx if anything has torx bolts, probably just a T25 is needed). BB tool appropriate to your BB if you’re likely to do the BB. Likewise whatever for the cranks or if you’re lucky it’s all allen key stuff (like GXP).

    Chain whip and cassette tool.

    A good ratchet wrench and worth considering investing in torque wrenches (you may need two for high and low torque), or otherwise learn to judge the torque needed. A lot of issues people have are due to incorrectly torqued components, too weak or gorilla handed.

    Grease (not lithium based) for bearings and stuff that need to move, thread lock for small bolts that need to stay in place. Carbon paste is handy too even if you don’t use carbon components. Recommended with stuff on the bars and the seatpost just to reduce the clamping forces required and stop slippage, and essential for carbon.

    mikey74
    Member

    As I said, I have the specialist bike tools, I need a more general purpose kit.

    Premier Icon deadkenny
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    If non bike specific, just pop into B&Q (or cheaper in Screwfix which is owned by B&Q anyway) and get what you need. I got a hex key set, already have wrenches, allen keys, screwdrivers, additionally got a locking vice wrench to deal with some stubborn stuff, and a long breaker bar makes cassettes, cranks and BBs much easier to deal with. Cable cutters can also be had in DIY shops, though I got an X-Tools cutter from CRC for £16.

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