The wrong tool for the job
I once used a van as a headset press.
It was my first bike build, a 456 Summer Season, and I had no specialist tools. But I did have a Mercedes Vito with a big towbar beam at the back and a trolley jack. I jacked up the rear axle, put a block of wood on the ground, the headtube vertically on the wood block, the headset cup on the tube and another block of wood under the towbar beam. Then I very carefully let down the jack. The cup went in slightly out of alignment but quickly stopped arguing with two tons of van and dropped into position. The other cup went in even more easily as the first cup kept the tube more upright.
What wrong tool for the job are you prepared to ‘fess up to?Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Waste pipe for knocking headset races on and supporting hubs on when drifting out the bearings.
Wedge a spd bearing collar remover in a door if you don’t have a spanner big enough (open door insert spd tool into gap between hinge/door frame try to close door, twist pedal) *may damage paint/wood work*
IME an old straight handle bar (cheap/heavy duty don’t use carbon fibre xc racer bars) is easier to drift out headset cups than a screwdriver or other narrow drift.
Mole grips! wrong tool for every job.Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
Not a tool, but the wrong bolts for the job – bought some new SHIMANO disc rotors, put them on my new wheels.Posted 4 years ago
Wanted to transfer the old front wheel to another bike – so used the bolts that came with the Shimano rotors.
Silly me for not realising these bolts were TOO LONG to be used as disc rotor bolts and one of them split the flange on the CROSSMAX hub.
Had those wheels for 7 years. 7 years of riding and a stupid bloody bolt fudges it up 🙁
Only positive is I didn’t use them on the new wheels.
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