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    Mojo Road Warrior TXRAiDR's Avatar
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    Accumulating Tools

    Throughout my years of riding, I've accumulated various tools: Crank puller, spline crank puller, headset wrench, chain whip, spoke wrench, trueing stand, etc. At what point does one just finally break down and get a whole tool kit, like the park 32 or pro? Is it worth it? I don't want to replace my LBS (they're great guys), but at the same time I don't need to run to them for every little thing. I ask this because I'm considering buying yet another tool, a dishing gauge, because I'm intrigued by wheel building now. At the same time, I've got three frames that I intend to build up soon (read: LATER) and will need the specialty tools (race setter, head set press, tensionmeter). Any thoughts?
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    TX, that's tough one. i've got to the point were i have everything but the cup press and DT tensiometer. thing is, i think, you have to ask yourself how often you'll used something like a $200 headset cup press. sure, it will be handy AND it's nice to put down your pants BUT.......

    even at a shop.....i think i saw the headset cup press get used about 1 or 2 times a month.

    then again, if you're a tool junky, anything goes.
    i dig tools but things like a bottom bracket shell facing tool isn't too practical. a cup press, i think, would be pretty close to practical but not close enough...for me that is.

    as for the dishing tool, it's good to have since it's possible for the wheel truing stand to be out of center.

    also, a Chris King hub servicing tool isn't too practical since you can take the hub apart (to a point) with two 5mm hex keys. but it's nice to have.

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    I just buy the individual tools as I need them. Most of the kits I've seen have tons of crap that I'd never use anyway.

    BTW: I check dish by flipping the wheel over in the truing stand. Once it contact one 'feeler' the same when flipped either way, I know it's dished properly.

    Tensionmeters look cool, but I've never used one. Could be something useful if I build up lots of wheels, though.

    Headset presses can be made out of washers, a couple of wing nuts and a threaded piece metal. Or, use the wooden block technique described here:

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