10 New Pro Mechanics' Tools - Pond Beaver 2020

Apr 13, 2020
by Brian Park  



Right now is a great time to give your bike a full teardown and rebuild, so we took a look at what's new and interesting in bike tools.







Pedros' Pro Chain Whip
• Compatible with 6-12 speed chains as well as fixed gear lockrings
• Locks the chain onto the cassette with a clever retention hook, ensuring full chain wrap and eliminating slippage
• Chain retention hook fits cogs up to 18 teeth
• Compact and lightweight enough for traveling team mechanics, but still provides plenty of leverage
• Measures 270mm long, and weighs 225g
• Price: $35 USD
• More info at pedros.com

bigquotesI've been a big fan of the much-imitated Pedros Vise Whip for years, which is essentially a vise grip that can grab onto your cassette. But, quite a few excellent mechanics remain firmly on team traditional chain whip. Pedros' Pro Chain Whip takes inspiration from the vise whip in a more traditional package.

Essentially they've added a very clever spring-loaded sliding hook to a normal chain whip, which you use to actually lock the chain whip into the cassette. Using it is dead simple and the tool just stays put—no danger of smashing my knuckles into stuff.

I think a lot of travelling team mechanics will love this one (if racing ever gets underway again), because it's lighter and less bulky than the vise whip. I'm going to use it a bit more before deciding which one stays in the box, but I think I'm a convert.







Abbey Tools Harbor dishing gauge
• Machined from a single billet of aluminum for accuracy and good looks
• Compatible 20-29" wheels and all hubs
• Stand off feet allow for checking dish even with high volume tires installed
• Uses a unique spring loaded release button to drop the plunger to the face of the hub
• Price: $250 USD
• More info at abbeybiketools.com

bigquotesAbbey Tools' Harbor dishing gauge is an over-the-top dishing gauge, with a pretty cool origin story. Dave Rome from our sister site CyclingTips is an epic tool nerd, and for his 30th birthday his wife Tracy commissioned something special from the crew at Abbey. The result was what would become the Harbor gauge.

Yes it's extra as hell, and yes there are perfectly good ways of accomplishing the job that cost a fraction of the Harbor dishing gauge. But I'm a fan of every Abbey tool I have, and I can appreciate something so utterly excessive.








Park Tool's THH & THT sliding T-handle hex & torx wrenches
• Made of chrome vanadium and S-2 tool steels (the T cross is S2, which is slightly harder than Cr-V)
• Made in Taiwan
• THH set includes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10mm hex wrenches
• THT set includes T6, T8, T10, T15, T20, T25, T30 and T40 Torx wrenches
• Anodized aluminum "Speed Spinner" is designed to make running long bolts in and out faster
• The sliding T-handle has strong detents in 3 positions for more leverage and multiple access positions
• The hex set (THH) has one side with a twisted hex "strip gripper" for the removal of stripped bolts
• Each set includes a tool holder for mounting in the shop
• Price: THH - $129.99 USD, THT - $105.99 USD
• More info at parktool.com

bigquotesMore and more mechanics are using T-handles, usually the Beta 951s that the motorsport world is in love with, so it's no surprise to see Park Tool turn their attention to them. But while it may look similar, Park's version has a few tricks up its sleeves. The biggest feature on the hex set is one of the sides has a "strip gripper" twisted hex shape. It's designed to work almost like an easy out, biting into a stripped fastener and getting it cracked loose. I'll let you know if it works the next time Levy gives it one too many ugga duggas and rounds out a bolt.

I've never felt slow with other hex wrenches, but some may really like the speed spinner sleeves. I personally like the extra bearing detent, it feels firmer than other T-handles I've used.

One thing I'd have liked to see is a combined set of hex wrenches with just a T10 and a T25 (maaaaybe a T30). It's been a long time since I used any other sizes in the shop, and it'd be nice to just be able to buy a single set for 99% of the work on your bike.





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Wera Tools' new Joker 6004 self-setting spanner
• Automatically adjusts to continuously grip any metric or imperial dimension within it's size range
• Available in sizes S (10-13mm), L (16-19mm), and XXL (24-32mm), with more sizes coming to complete the range
• Lever mechanism is designed to avoid slipping and damage by applying squeezing pressure while the wrench is turned
• Mechanical ratchet function quickly turns nuts or bolts without removing the wrench
• 30° back-pivoting angle via rectangular "prisms" in the jaws
• Prices: S - $52.94 USD, L - $73.53 USD, XXL - $94.12 USD
• More information at wera.de

bigquotesIt's awesome to see Wera putting more and more effort into the bike market. They've got an ever-growing selection of tools for bikes, which includes their new Joker 6004 series.

While team mechanics have waxed poetic about the competition's Knipex pliers wrench for years, Wera has taken a different approach. But the end result is similar: gripping force exerted on the bolt head, and less tools needed to cover more dimensions (both metric and imperial).

Honestly, explaining the Joker 6004 series is a lot harder than just watching the video above. We're definitely curious about trying these out ourselves.

Wera also just released new sets of 400 Series T-handle hex and Torx wrenches. Their 'Hex Plus' shape gives more contact surface under tension, the 'Holding Function' holds bolts to the tool, and they have the colour coding you find throughout the Wera line. Have I mentioned I'm a big fan of Wera's hex wrenches?
The big change with the 400 Series is an ergonomic T-handle (maybe more of a P handle?), which could be more comfortable for shop mechanics that turn wrenches all day. MSRPs are $102.94 USD for the hex set (2-10mm), and $114.71 USD for the Torx (T6-T45).






Enduro Bearings' new BRT-051 bearing removal tool
• Designed to remove bearings in suspension linkages and frames
• Set contains 2 pilots to locate on 8, 10, 15, 17mm inside diameters, and 3 extraction cups for 12-28mm outside diameters
• The pilot locates on the inner race of the bearing, and drives the bearing into the extraction cup
• Compatible with the Modular Bearing Multi Press (BRT-050) short and medium rod lengths and the BRT-005 bearing press
• Price: $99 USD
• More info at endurobearings.com


bigquotesEnduro Bearings has quietly amassed quite an impressive offering of high end bike tools. Their Multi Press that got a very positive reception last year is finally available to the public, and their new BRT-051 looks like a smart piece of kit for quickly extracting bearings from hard-to-deal-with locations like suspension links. Sure, a bunch of sockets and a bench vise can do the trick, but this should make things a lot easier when it's your job.


Enduro's got a few other updated tools as well. Their new pro bearing punch tool-kit (BRT-030) allows fast removal of bearings in hubs and other locations that require a punch. The steel punches locate on the inside of a bearing in order to drive it out of the bore.
The kit includes 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 18 and 20mm sizes, as well as a tool roll for organized shop use and travel.

Enduro has also released an updated BB add-on (BRT-016) that allows their existing BB press (BRT-002) to handle SRAM DUB and 30mm ID bearings. The set includes 3 replacement pieces to install and remove 29 and 30mm bearings.
The 3 additional parts include a revised steel split collet, a new double-sided pilot to locate on all bottom bracket shells/29-30mm bearings, and a new bearing extraction cup.







Wheel Fanatyk digital spoke tensiometer
• Compact design is easy to handle, and the gauge is well protected
• Significantly more accurate than other tensiometers at lower tensions
• This most recent digital version switches from Mitutoyo to iGaging
• Updated to a more practical mini-USB output, saving about $100 over the previous version
• Smaller diameter contact bearings make the tool stay on the spoke more securely
• Available data output cable and foot pedal for super fast data entry
• Tensiometer price: $235–$278 USD depending on case
• Foot pedal data output cable price: $98 USD
• More info at wheelfanatyk.com

bigquotesThis tensiometer is a timeless design, originally by Jobst Brandt back in the '80s, that Ric Hjertberg from Wheel Fanatyk has been slowly evolving over the years. The most recent version makes a host of small changes, and thanks to a switch to mini-USB, knocks about $100 off the price. There's also a non-digital version if you prefer a dial.

The tool is offered either with no case, with an EVA protective case, or a bombproof Nanuk box. You also get a tension chart for gauge reading conversions, and a bunch of other wheelbuilding resources.

Ric says that thanks to rich feedback from the wheelbuilding community he has ideas for a new unit at some point, that will attempt to improve the tool for very small hands, very short and heavy spokes (cargo bikes), and textile spokes. But, he says this original design will live on as well, and I'm glad for that.





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124 Comments

  • 209 2
 This is like porn to me. God I love tools.
  • 13 1
 I get sweaty just looking through tool catalogues
  • 15 0
 Those Wera T-handles...
  • 11 0
 @PAmtbiker: Do I need new wrenches ? No. Will I get these wrenches ? Of course !
  • 9 0
 You must love Waki then!
  • 5 0
 @felimocl: I could use a cigarette right about now...
  • 3 1
 Same! My ideal wheel building setup is having my truing stand on the coffee table watching old world cups. Now I can watch my spoke tension in real time and my wheels will never be perfect enough!
  • 2 0
 Please more of this!
  • 3 1
 Dhude, it's in the title. "Pound Bea..." ...oh...wait...
  • 3 0
 Where is the "buy all" button?
  • 1 0
 now imagine the situation when you love these tools but can't use this .. oh wait
  • 36 0
 Some nice looking tools.

I've only gotten into MTB properly in the last few years and haven't really had to do anything to my bikes for maintenance or repair.

Been using lockdown as an excuse to start tinkering. I've only started small (since i have no practical skills or experience whatsoever) - swapping over bars and stems and changing brake pads. Turns out, it's just nuts and bolts and not that scary. Looking forward to getting to grips with more stuff.

As if mountain biking wasn't a money bonfire already. Now i'm gonna start buying expensive shiny tools.

Also, twiddling hex keys whilst listening to Sabbath, Deep Purple and Zepplin in the garden made me feel like a total dude. If anyone was watching, i assume they would have said something like "I want to be his friend and/or casual lover, but what if he's too dangerous and edgy?". Probably.
  • 1 0
 "a money bonfire" Haha that's my new favorite phrase!
  • 1 0
 You need a good set of Allen's, or t-handles, and dont ever buy a cheap cutting tool.
  • 1 0
 You have to buy the really expensive parts first, then the really expensive tools to install them.

FWIW you should be getting your suspension serviced at minimum every year, as well as bleading the brakes. Every winter I'll disassemble everything, send the suspension off to somewhere that knows suspension, and clean around all the pivots.

Pretty much only requires Allen keys and a set of metric wrenches. Also blue loc tite is your friend. Put it on almost every bolt except for clamp bolts (stem/cranks etc). Have fun!
  • 33 1
 Wera Joker must live in Bonertown. That thing is amazing.
  • 2 0
 The head on it looks a bit bulky. I'd like to see the swing degrees its actually effective at.
  • 3 1
 I'd absolutely love it it there were a version that would also work with the (apparently insufficiently common in this bicycle bizz) 14mm and 15mm nuts. You know, for the axle nuts. The BMX takes 19mm so that's all good but 15mm is common on my regular (commuter, cargo, kids...) bikes. They could call it size M which name apparently isn't in use.

I wasn't aware of these sliding T-handle tools but they look pretty nice. I prefer those proper straight allen key sizes instead of the ball-end sizes. Hopefully it trickles down to the lower end toolkit. I always work on my bikes with consumer grade tools and don't think I'd need pro stuff.
  • 3 0
 @vinay: yeah I think an M size is coming and they’ll end up covering the whole spread.
  • 1 1
 @vinay: sliding T's are so worth the money. do yourself a favor and get a set asap, they'll last forever and the convenience and utility is unmatched my regular L hex keys or P-handle keys. The spinner shaft and the stripper gripper seem a little gimmicky to me though. I have a set of the beta-951s and they spin pretty fast without an extra sleeve.
  • 1 0
 @lognar: Pro-Motion makes a good set I think
  • 4 0
 The Wera Adjustable Nut Fu@$er.
  • 1 0
 @schofell84: It is probably a time saver for pro mechanics but not when working on modern mountainbikes. On commuter or trekking bikes there can be difficult to reach outside hex bolts or nuts where the ratchet can be helpful. Obviously there are ring ratchet tools too but these open ended wrenches also work in places where these ring wrenches won't. This usually isn't an issue when working on mountainbikes but on commuter bikes with racks, fenders, chain-enclosures (or whatever they're called) and whatnot the ratcheting function could speed things up.
  • 1 0
 @schofell84: That's what she said!!
  • 19 4
 That wera self-setting wrench sorta looks like it should be in an infomercial.
  • 4 0
 Cheez they dont even know how to use a wrench correctly
  • 3 1
 When the product launch video needs to be computer animated to visualize a very simple product doing what it is designed to do... you know that product clearly has to be perfect. I can't imagine any scenario where that wrench completely rounds off the nut and is absolutely useless. Why else would they use such high-budget animation?
  • 15 2
 Self adjusting tool = rounded f-uped nuts.

Its a bicycle you can take 90% of it apart with a set of Allen keys, don't f - up the 10% with that "plumbing" tool.
  • 6 0
 Call now and we'll double your order!
  • 3 0
 @orags: Prices so low you can't afford not to buy!
  • 11 2
 @lake-st: it really isn’t like cheap self adjusting infomercial tools, it actually grips when you apply pressure. I’m a bit curious about if locating the jaws on a bolt head will be intuitive or not, but Wera is as legit as they come.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: They could use a new marketing department...
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: Adjustable tools have there place, I just don't believe its for repairing bikes, we all want to have one tool to do it all, fact is if its tight you need a tool that engages all sides of the part, especially aluminum.

Same way as All my 12 point wrenches stay in the tool box, six point sockets and wrench's are the way to go especially if you take stuff apart often.
  • 7 0
 @lake-st: Adjustable wrenches are the serrated knives of the repair industry.
  • 2 0
 @DJ-24: I cringe even when I see pipe-fighters using them. They're awesome for broken fingers and busted knuckles though.
  • 1 0
 @schofell84: Especially on brass.
  • 13 0
 @lake-st: in general, yes. But Knipex...
  • 1 0
 Wera also makes a weird set of Joker wrenches, and like this adjustable one, is the answer to a question no competent (tool fanatic, mechanic, tinkerer) has ever asked. They make amazing tools, but sometimes they might be grasping at straws. My mom used to give me tools as gifts, and they were always sort of weird, and thus never used.

Now if Park had access to Wera's HexPlus™, those T handles would be near perfect!!
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Ya they have nice tools and I almost bought one but I have a stool to get into my top tool box now and I have been giving my son tools, I have way too many.

I have always made tools mostly just to get the job done , but lately I made a few nice bike tools super solid and precision, way overkill but they will be around for two life times.
  • 1 0
 @lake-st: Not sure there. Nearly all (outside) hex bolts I've seen on bikes (except for maybe some lower leg bolts though these seem to be mostly inside hex (so allen) bolts now. Yes whatever threads into the top of the fork is typically aluminum but due to the shape of the fork crown you'd usually not want to use a spanner there anyway. The rear swingarm of my Cannondale Prophet attaches with an outside hex bolt but for the most part these days, outside hex bolts are not common on mountainbikes (except for fork top caps indeed).

@fodermonk: Then again I wonder how many pro mechanics can't handle a simple chainwhip. There sure must be people out there struggling with them and that's what that fancy new chainwhip is aimed at, but these won't be pro mechanics.
  • 7 4
 @brianpark: A lot of people in this thread have clearly never used a pliers wrench from knipex. If there's space, they are downright better than a fixed wrench.

Guess I probably would be talking the same trash if I didn't know better though.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: You are correct like I said before 90% of bike hardware is Allen , so for the little bit that is hex get the proper tool so you don't mangle it, also pretty hard to torque with an adjustable wrench.

My Remedy uses alloy hex nuts on the rear axle and one side of the lower shock bolt, they even indicate the required torque right n the hex,

I do all my own work, but if anyone came close to my bike with a mangler one size fits nothing wrench, they would be looking for a new arse hole.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: which knipex set(s) would you recommend Brian? I have seen lots of mentions, but never actually had a set in my hands to determine which size would be most beneficial.
  • 3 1
 @sspiff: I own two of them, and am an industrial mechanic, and that is just not accurate. They are really good pliers. They are not better than the right wrench for the job.
  • 1 0
 @lake-st: This tool is probably not intended to be used on mountainbikes in the first place. Commuter bikes have more outside hex bolts and nuts and they can also be harder to reach with rack, fenders etc in place. Especially the hard to reach places are where a ratchet tool like this could become handy. And outside of bicycles, there are even more purposes. Plumbing comes to mind, where you come across a wild mix of metric and imperial sizes and where you tighten nuts close to walls or other pipes. A ratchet ring tool isn't useful for working on pipes, the ratchet is nice for the confined spaces. It may not be for getting things up to torque but it is particularly useful for getting there. When you need to apply higher torque indeed use the regular spanner.

Indeed if you have only one outside hex bolt on your bike, obviously there is no point even owning a tool like this. You probably do have room for full rotations (so no need for the ratchet) and you need only one size (so no adjustable spanner).
  • 1 0
 I used to be skeptical of Knipex (and similar) pliers until I used them. Now when I come across a problem at work and am trying to find a solution they often end up being it.
  • 1 1
 @schofell84: I guess that's my point. For a lot of jobs they are better than any wrench I've used. Start taking conflat flanges off of vacuum chambers and you'll see!
  • 2 0
 @onemind123: Knipex 86 03 250 is most common plier wrench you will see bike mechanics use. cover quite a good range. I rarely felt the need for one of the bigger one but the smaller 180 could be useful in tighter spot.
  • 2 0
 @1llumA: I personally get more use from the 180mm version than the 250mm (which is the most popular size amongst the trades). Probably depends on what you'll be using the tool for most.
  • 2 0
 @schofell84: I totally agree...they can crush stuff....if you have a proper fitting proper tool for the job, it's better. Knipex are the king of good and versatile - and maybe occasionally more efficient. But the the right tool is the king of precision and no damage....and just as efficient if they are nearby and organized well enough to find them easily.
  • 2 0
 @1llumA: the biggest ones make effing sweet portable vises essentially. If you have the correct set of bearing drifts and big knipex, you can make short work of those 12 bearing linkage overhauls....
  • 2 0
 @1llumA: I have yet to find a job on a bike that the 250 could do better than the 180 tbh.
  • 3 0
 @sspiff: I've got a couple sets of the pliers wrenches, and as versatile and great a space saver as they are, I still find a regular wrench (spanner in my neck of the woods) easier to use. Plus you have more contact with the closed end and they're not as bulky in the tight spots.

They are mega versatile though - anything from crimping cable ends to pressing in linkage bearings.
  • 15 0
 Tools or a review of another mid-travel trail 29er... Tools tools tools tools tools tools toools tooooooools
  • 10 0
 I worked for a custom wheel building shop for years and still build all my own wheels. That Abbey tools dish tool is drool worthy for sure.
  • 19 0
 Worked at a shop for many years and building wheels was my zen time. We had all the fancy tools and gauges, pretty much every spoke imaginable, various prep compounds, you name it. Perfect wheels and no fumbling around. Life moves on and my last 4 wheel builds have been in my living room. Linseed oil for prep and no stand or gauge. Just a squeeze check on the crosses and using the bike and some zip ties to check for true. I've become a monster.
  • 5 1
 @Lylat: I never use a spoke tension gauge, too many variables (spoke type, cross pattern, number of spokes, nipple type, rim type/material, etc.). 100% by feel. I do have a 20+ year old Park wheel stand and all my OG wheel building tools from the mid 90's to early 2000's all still going strong. I use ti prep/anti-seize on the threads for most of my builds. I have a dish gauge, but just the Park tools model.
  • 3 0
 I was in the market for a dishing tool and saw the Abbey tool, but couldn’t justify the price for personal use. Then I saw a beautiful one made of wood (www.wheelfanatyk.com/store/wood-dishing-tool). My dad was always into woodworking and has gone a little crazy with it since retiring, so I asked him if he thought he could make one similar. He recently finished and I am extremely proud and impressed with how gorgeous it turned out. New favorite tool.
  • 3 0
 @bman33: Those are only "variables" from one wheel to another wheel with different spokes, pattern, etc. Using a spoke tension gauge to make sure your tension is even all the way around a wheel is never a bad idea. I also build wheels by feel (and sound). I still check my work with a spoke tension gauge.
  • 1 0
 @DeepWoods831:
Lovely piece of woodworking, but no adjustable standoffs for checking dish with tyres mounted
  • 1 0
 @Marquis: use what works for you. Right on. I've never used one, several thousand wheels built over a 25+ year time frame no issues. Pretty confident in my approach but not saying other approaches are wrong.
  • 1 0
 @Otago: You’re right, but I was willing to do without them. I went for fashion over function with this tool haha. I could always use the frame to check a mounted up wheel and if it’s really off I could use something else as a standoff or pull the tire off
  • 6 0
 Love tools. I have been using Wera drivers for years and would like to try their Joker series. It was nice to see that Knipex was mentioned. Their pliers wrench's are amazing, and their mini versions are the perfect supplement to a multi tool. Gray Tools make nice wide rubber coated T wrench's that are really useful for stubborn bolt removal.
  • 1 0
 but is a wide rubber coated T wrench better than a standard L key though?
  • 3 0
 @lognar: For example on a 5mm Gray Tool, the T handle is 4 1/4" wide. If you have a seized bolt, and if you really have to push the wrench in tight and use a lot of force, the added T handle length gives you a superior grip hold and allows you to easily apply more torque.
  • 1 0
 @bowser07 I'm surprised Gray tools aren't more widely used. They're high quality and Canadian made, although kind of on the expensive side. Their torque wrenches are particularly nice. For pure tool porn people should look up Nepros tools from Japan.
  • 3 0
 Still would not trade any of the allen wrenches for my Bondhus Hexpro swiveling wrenches. Best thing ever for reaching into tight places and still being able to get 360 degrees of rotation on the bolt without re-positioning the wrench.
  • 1 0
 I've been eyeing those, they look super handy for so many applications!
  • 6 0
 Some people tell me I’m a tool, so that’s pretty cool.
  • 2 0
 I ordered the Park Tool hex and torx sticks for the shop a few months back when they became available. Comes with a pretty awesome little caddy tray that they hang from and are nice and clean looking on the bench wall. They work great. Instant classics,
  • 1 0
 But is the stripper gripper side necessary? How often is that needed, vs having a separate tool for stripped bolts? Being able to switch from the long side of the T to the short without having to look at which hex on the upper key i'm going to use saves quite a bit of time if you add it up over the course of a couple hour wrench sesh. Perhaps they're more useful in a shop setting where you'll come across user serviced and user ruined bolts more often than my home setting. Thoughts?
  • 2 0
 @lognar: That's more for shop mechanics than team or home mechanics. Shop application is probably 90% of the intended users for this tool.
  • 1 0
 Just got some myself - they are great. Didn't spring for the Torx as I rarely use em, but the Hex are top notch and the holder works great....
  • 2 0
 @lognar: having the extracting side right there on the same tool you're already holding is actually really useful. I've used them quite a bit since I got the new wrenches a few months ago.
  • 1 0
 @lognar: even if the extractor is used once in 10,000 uses it's more useful than a 3rd hex on the tool.
  • 2 0
 "One thing I'd have liked to see is a combined set of hex wrenches with just a T10 and a T25 (maaaaybe a T30). It's been a long time since I used any other sizes in the shop, and it'd be nice to just be able to buy a single set for 99% of the work on your bike."

@brianpark it does exist, Pedro's Master T-Handle Set. pedros.com/products/tools/general-tool/master-t-handle-set/>;. 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm hex wrenches, T10, T25, and T30 torx, with an included tool roll. These were released a few years ago; I picked up a set and they are the nicest T-handle wrenches I've used. Check 'em out!
  • 1 0
 The pedros is good (I got one also) but in terms of quality the Beta or Silca set beat it.
  • 2 0
 @1llumA: I haven't had the pleasure of using either of those sets, what do you like better about them? I think the Pedro's have really good qc on size and they're really well balanced. The only gripe I've had is that the hex tapers a little quickly to the larger diameter of the round shaft for some applications (3mm cannot adjust TRP's Spike/Spyre pistons due to the deep recess, for example). In a previous life, I spent 12 years as a pro wrench, so I've used a lot of the "pro" style hex wrenches and found many to be under/oversized, particularly the Bondhus-made wrenches that the big blue tool company from my home state sells...
  • 3 0
 @mechaNICK: Tolerance is the big difference between Pedros, Silca and Beta. Also the pedros sliding part can slide off unlike the Silca and Beta. A 10mm hex key is rarely used but still useful (campy crank bolt). Still the pedros is a good value kit and the one I would prefer over many for a home kit and wrenching on your own bike.
  • 2 0
 and you can buy all the beta 951 separately from pegasusracing.com
  • 1 0
 I meant from Park. Smile
  • 4 0
 What's a good case to make up a custom tool box, I'm tired of having stuff rattling about.
  • 6 0
 @fatduke check out toolboxwars on IG
  • 2 0
 @pdxkid: cheers
  • 1 0
 nanuk or pelican with thick foam sheet like Kaizen
  • 2 0
 @pdxkid: Every picture I'm just throwing money at
  • 1 0
 Monoprice has hard side weatherproof cases similar to pelican at a fraction of the cost. I got a case just a little smaller than the pelican 1510 for i think $70. Has help up great over 3 years of heavy use in and out of my truck on a weekly basis.
  • 1 0
 "One thing I'd have liked to see is a combined set of hex wrenches with just a T10 and a T25 (maaaaybe a T30). It's been a long time since I used any other sizes in the shop, and it'd be nice to just be able to buy a single set for 99% of the work on your bike"
This
  • 1 0
 Wera makes some fine tools. Money well spent, and not a brand to have been sold out to Snap On, Wera For the Win!!! Their Diamond coating is such a help when wrenching in the wet or when a screw or bolt may have a slight coat of grease or oil on it.
  • 1 0
 Euro tools are awesome! Hazet, Gedore, Wera, Wiha, Zebra, Knipex, etc.
  • 3 1
 I have the Fanatyk spoke tensiometer and I think it's pretty awesome. I see some other nice tools to one day add to the collection.
  • 1 0
 I've had my eye on one for a couple years, but I think I can finally justify owning one now.
  • 4 0
 That pedro's chain whip is actually something I can afford.
  • 3 0
 I'll have one of everything please!

"Gets credit card, looks at wife, puts credit card away"

Sigh..
  • 1 0
 Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. When the t-handles arrive, show her how they spin....she will understand.
  • 2 0
 @RonSauce: They double as a drink stir... many other uses I'm sure. LOL
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 Beautiful things... but spending 250$ for a golden dishing gauge just to decorate your workshop is a bit too much though.
Some tools need real investments, some don`t.
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 Agreed. One can dish just fine on the stand by rotating the wheel.
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 Nice! Where Dave Rome at? IHe sleeping? I hope he's ok.
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 Right? He helped with this and will be doing a tool feature for CyclingTips’ pond beaver coverage!
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 @brianpark: oh sweet! I'm definitely not knocking your work, but something about Rome's writing, or his 100% nerd out on tools is very endearing. That dude makes me want to buy stuff I absolutely don't need. Ha, I think he does the same.
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 Thanks @brianpark . There are a few tool news pieces to coming to CyclingTips soon.
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 The Vice-Whip exists, no reason to ever touch a chain whip of any design ever again.
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 Chain whips exist, no reason to ever touch a vice-whip again.
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 The unior cassette wrench is pretty great uniortools.com/eng/product/1670-2BI-freewheel-remover I don't think they make one for 10T cassettes, but all my bikes are 11T so no dramas.
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 @markinator: The latest version of this tool is double-sided and works with SRAM XD or Shimano 12-speed cassettes.
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 More tool and tech stuff on PB please! @brianpark @mikelevy
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 Lots a nice stuff. The Endura bearing press tools. As a machinist great idea. But I prefer to press on both race faces!!!Not just the inner race.
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 Sadly that's not possible with how most bearings are installed into bicycles. You typically only have semi-blind access to the bearing, and so sole contact with the inner race is your only/best option.
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 @DaveRome:
Can you give one example where you would have semi blind access?
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 @DaveRome:
Don't worry - read they are bearing removal tools... Thought you meant install.
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 @ollyman: Ah, that's my bad. I read @cheetamike 's comment and thought he was referring to the bearing puller tools (such as the BRT-051), which indeed only contact the inner race.

The Enduro press tools, when accompanied by the right bearing drift (sold separately) do actually contact both the inner and outer races for bearing installation.
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 tool porn... I want more of that please!
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 Abby tools are so sex. That bearing tool looks handy as well.
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 I'm late to the party, what is Pond Beaver?
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 Lesser family of the Enhydra lutris but a larger family of the Arvicola amphibius
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 Also your mom's gamertag.
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 Pond Beaver is the last official beaver gang-bang north-american championship before the end of the shut down.
You came too late unfortunately; everything is sold out!
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 Wera joker Ya gotta know that is pure junk
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 Abbey Tools are just so damn pretty... I'd almost hate to use them
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 Knipex Spanners.........................
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 Why do I want Allen keys so bad.....
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 Chain whip

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