Tool Box Check: Grant Sides - Trek Factory Racing

Nov 25, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  

Grant Sides is 24 years young and headed into his third year on the World Cup circuit as American Charlie Harrison's mechanic on Trek Factory Racing's DH team. This is going to be his second year with Trek after working with Giant's factory team the year before.

With every mechanic come the tools of the trade. In addition to managing getting bikes and parts from race to race, most mechanics bring their own kit of tools with them as well. Having the proper tool where you need it when you need it is as critical for a mechanic, especially when changes need to be quickly made and fractions of a second can make the difference between a spot on the podium...or not.

As one of the youngest mechanics on the World Cup circuit, Grant has proven that he has the talent and composed demeanor required to work with the top racers in the world. We had the chance to catch up and chat about racing, life, and his latest competition toolbox build out. Check it out below.
Matt DeLorme Photo
Rider: Grant Sides // Trek Factory Racing
Age: 24
Hometown: Austin, TX
Instagram: @yunggrant


Where are you from?


My hometown is Austin, Texas, but currently I live in Northern California. I travel with and work for Trek Factory Racing DH as Charlie Harrison's mechanic.

When did you start working on bikes?


I started working at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop when I was 14 years old. It was part of a school project when I started "interning" there. I was on the sales floor for a year, then my mentor in the bike world decided to start teaching me how to build bikes properly. After that, I never looked back to the sales side. Once I graduated high school and had a short cycling industry hiatus in LA, I moved to Moab, Utah, where I really learned how to work on true mountain bikes at Poison Spider Bike Shop.

How long have you been on the World Cup circuit?


I have two full years solely on the World Cup circuit. I was previously with Giant Bicycles for five years doing Global and US events and race support. I worked my first World Cup in 2016!

So, how many weeks a year do you spend on the road? How much travel does a World Cup mechanic end up doing?


I have trimmed down my travel a fair bit by just working World Cup and domestic races with Trek. Last year, I was on the road for just over 21 full weeks. I have been on the road/away from home for as many as 35 weeks....that was a bit gnarly. I flew to and from Europe five times last year...all from California, all with at least another connection in Europe. I ended up with around 30 flights for 2019 - not the worst I have heard of by any means!

As a mechanic, you travel and fly with your tools. What's the hardest part about traveling with a massive tool kit?


It has to be the stress of potentially losing some or seeing my tools come across baggage claim one by one. Travel securities won't always search the box, but when they often do, its a gamble as to whether they'll put it all back together correctly. That's where simplicity is key.

Why is it so important for a World Cup mechanic to have their own set up dialed in?


A World Cup mechanic has to be so dialed in because of the great influence we can have on the performance of our riders. The bike has to be dialed, that's a given. But the confidence you need to portray to your rider is massive. With so many guys out there having the ability to be one of the top riders of the day, a rider must have a strong mental state. Being dialed in with your workspace, with the organization for the top of the hill, and just with having a calm demeanor can help your rider tremendously. It's when they feel comfortable with all the preparation that both they and their mechanic have done, that they're truly able to race no holds barred.


Let's talk about your setup here and what's going on with your toolbox. What series Pelican case is this?


It's a Pelican Protector series 1700 rifle case. It has wheels, good handles, and everything you need to make it an easy process at the airport.

Everything seems to have a very specific place and it's obviously completely custom. How do you cut the foam and make the layout for the tools?


The foam cutting is extremely tedious. I started with two pieces of customizable foam from Case Club - a 2" and a 1". I looked at what tools I frequently use throughout the season and decided to have those ready to go in the lid, always accessible. That left me with a slew of heavier tools that I don't use as often that went in the bottom. I just laid the tools on top of the foam in an orientation that I liked, got out my trusty X-acto knife, and made a perforated trace around each individual tool. Once I had a rough outline, I put the tool to the side and went deeper with the blade and finally carved out the foam by hand. I did the bottom one day and then the lid the next.


The finished product is amazing. What's your favorite part about the whole toolbox?


My favorite part of my toolbox is just the gaudiness of the faceplates. The western Tolex material (it's what they use on musical instrument amplifiers) is a nod to my youth in Texas and playing bass guitar, and then the G$ letters are just so over the top. Love them! I also have to give a massive shoutout to the @toolboxwars Instagram account. They took a pro mechanic's silly joke and gave some legitimacy to it. The account pushes mechanics to have their best foot forward and I think that translates to the real world. If a rider sees a box that their mechanic built and is proud of it, then they know the same amount of attention to detail and respect will be put into their race bike. Every year, people get more and more creative with their toolboxes and I know I always want to have a good one for a few reasons, the main reason being that it is a great source of pride for me. To be able to display that is fantastic.



Tool Details

Lid
• Rapid Racing Products bearing press
• Knipex toothed locking pliers
• Knipex smooth locking pliers small
• Knipex smooth locking pliers large
• Abbey Wash Buddy
• Knipex Cable Cutters
• Snap-On dikes
• Knipex needle nose
• Knipex angled flush cuts
• Husky folding utility knife w/ 3 blade storage
• Snap-On right angle/straight pick
• Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II Pro Deluxe Torque Wrench
• Abbey Stu Stick
• Snap-On combination box/flare nut 8mm wrench
• Wera Hex Plus Allen set
• Wera T8 screwdriver
• Wera T10 screwdriver
• Park Tool spoke wrench
• Unior bladed spoke holder
• Sapim/Tune square nipple driver
• Wiha 26/1 bit screwdriver
• Kappius 0-60 digital pressure gauge
• Avid hose cutter
• Olfa Japanese electricians scissors
• SRAM brake bleed kit
• Coast/Bontrager mini LED flashlight

Bottom
• Knipex small bolt cutter
• Knipex rotating leather punch
• Knipex insulated tweezers
• Snap-On wide mouth adjustable wrench
• Snap-On file set (flat, rat tail, triangle)
• Wissent pipe cutter
• Park Tool master link pliers
• Mitutoyo Caliper
• Mitutoyo 300mm straight edge
• Hazel metric tape measure
• Abbey Team Issue HAG w/ custom engraving
• RockShox shock pump
• Park Tool multi tool
• Abbey Decade chain tool
• Snap-On 3/8" 8" ratchet
• Snap-On 1/4" 5" Swivel head ratchet
• Abbey Socket Crombie
• Abbey DU Bushing tool
• 4-10mm Snap On allen bits
• Park Tool External "Dub" bb socket
• Milwaukee M8 Impact Driver
• Abbey Team Issue hammer
• Pedro's tire levers
• Abbey Whip It/Thru-axle dual sided Crombie

Not Pictured: Silca T-Handle Portfolio (Travels in between lid and bottom face plates, is always attached to work stand)

What is your favorite tool? The tool you wouldn't want to be without?


My favorite tool would have to be my pressure gauge from Kappius Components. The thing is hyper-accurate and tire pressure is one of the things that is constantly being checked. Tires are the first source of contact with the trail for a rider, so having that setup dialed is key. It is also the tool I couldn't live without.

Do you have any pre-race rituals?


I don't have a ton of pre-race rituals. After practice, Charlie brings me a fresh set of gloves, 2 pairs of goggles, and maybe a jersey to take with me in my pack to the top. Otherwise, it's just bolt and pressure checks at the bottom, getting my game face on.

Do you have any bike set-up tricks or tips?


For the vast majority of riders, a pro's bike setup will turn you off of racing. I would say to make sure and take some time to get your suspension pressures dialed, and then tire pressures. Everyone has their own preferences, and it is just finding what works for you in order to have the most enjoyable time out there. The internet is a great source of knowledge and most setup tricks and tips are on it. I would recommend investing in a gold or silver sharpie (dealers' choice on color) and mark where things are. Brake lever angles, shifter distances, which rotor is the front and which is the rear. This tip is mostly for traveling with a bike, but it's a foolproof way to get your bike dialed in just how it was at home should you go anywhere else.


What's your favorite venue?


My favorite venue would have to be Fort William. The weather is always bad and the midges are insane, but it's such a good time. The fans come out in droves, there's almost a festival-like atmosphere and the racing is top-notch every year.

Who do you look up to?


Idols in this world are interesting. Often times they can become your peers. I think on the World Cup circuit I most look up to Loic's mechanic Jack, and Aaron's mechanic John. Both Jack and John have great charisma and calmness around them that I hope to one day have as well. Not to mention their mechanical skill and bike setup skill is unreal. Outside of the cycling world I really respect and look up to Henry Rollins, just for life wisdom.

When you're not working on other bikes, what do you ride most of the time?


The bike I ride most of the time is the Trek Slash - that thing is a beast and handles anything you throw at it! I'm looking forward to getting my hands on that new Trek Fuel EX soon though.

Ross Bell Photo

What's a fond or interesting memory or happening from the road?


In the travel between MSA and Snowshoe this year, Trek Factory DH's head mechanic Joe Krejbich and I stopped at Bass Pro Shops in Pennsylvania. We were there for the store open, as were the boys from Intense Factory Racing. That moment just reminded me that we're all just big kids with toys and we know how to have fun together, as well as be professional. It almost seems like a fraternal bond sometimes.

Favorite sport other than DH mountain biking?


My other favorite sports are still racing related. MotoGP and Formula 1. The athleticism of the athletes and the ultra-preparedness/knowledge of the pit crew are amazing to me.

What other hobbies do you have that are unrelated to mountain bikes?


Mostly when I am at home I ride motorcycles and go to the gym. At the start of this off season, I splurged and got a Ducati Streetfighter 848 that I am absolutely in love with.

If you weren't doing what you're doing now, what would you be doing?


If I wasn't a World Cup mechanic right now I would actually love to be a UPS Driver. Some offseasons I work the holiday help for fun, I always have a blast.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?


Looking to my future I have no clue. To be honest, I came on the World Cup scene earlier than I expected and I'm just loving where I am now. An office job life isn't for me, and my competitive spirit will always keep me close to some form of racing I am sure.

Ross Bell Photo






117 Comments

  • 117 4
 I just have a swiss army knife and a hammer. Someday I'll get a roll of duct tape and then I should be able to fix anything, including the climate.
  • 6 1
 I just started putting all my tools (not bike stuff) in kaizen foam. Im like a crack addict with that stuff. I seriously think about it all the time and am scared when ill run out of stuff to put in it.
  • 17 0
 Send me your address, I'll send you rolls of duct tape to help you fix the climate.
  • 11 1
 Hold on, what about zip tie?!
  • 2 0
 @scary1: Wait till you become dissatisfied with your first layout and start redoing it! Total OCD with me as well.
I have a 3 layer Pelican/Kaizen box for moto but want to build a gun case like this one to encompass both pursuits and it just clamshells open.
The removable panels are new wrinkle in this idea though.
  • 2 0
 @chasejj: there are a lot of ideas on Instagram. I follow the #toolboxwars and its pretty awesome to see all the content there is, and most of it is centered around bike mechanics.
  • 2 0
 A small block of wood to go along with the hammer comes in handy as well.
  • 2 0
 I have everything he has but looks like trash and in multiple boxes. He is like the snipper mechanic.
  • 4 0
 @panchoy: Start by taping over the mouths of every politician on the planet, that should fix a few things while we think up some more ideas!
  • 45 0
 That's always a way to spot a serious and experienced mechanic: instead of buying everything from one fancy brand (often Park Tools), they have:
- Wera hex keys
- Wera and Wiha screwdrivers
- Knipex pliers
- Snap-On wrenches and sockets
- Mitutoyo caliper
- Pedro's tire levers
Etc.

Not always the most expensive or (in the US) well known brand, but simply the best manufacturer for every individual tool. Also some good advice for us home mechanics: usually, the general tool brands provide more value for money than bike specific brands and often, specialised manufacturers (Wera screwdrivers, Knipex pliers, Mitutoyo calipers) are better and/or better value than general tool companies.

As a side note: is there any mechanic that doesn't use the Knipex pliers wrench?
  • 11 0
 I'm no park tools apologist, but in the US most of those brands are more expensive than park. You get what you pay for, especially if its Abbey..
  • 13 0
 I remember the article by Pinkbike about the pro mechanic's favorite tool. Those Knipex pliers were half the responses. I have a few sets now I would not give them up for anything.
  • 13 0
 Once you have used Knipex pliers it doesn't matter how much they cost, you must have them.
  • 4 0
 @Chris97a: So true. I brought mine in to the LBS and the owner ordered me to get him a set before he would sell me anything else. Of course I complied.
  • 2 0
 @Chris97a: I have to say...dammit you are correct sir! I reluctantly paid for a large set. I know have a large a small and they are everything they are sold as. Never will I by choice use the 'old style' pliers.
  • 11 0
 Serious question, what do you use adjustable jaw pliers for? I felt I never had to use this tool on my bike.
  • 5 0
 @femto505: The adjustable pliers in this tool case are Knipex wrench pliers. They have non-marring, flat jaws that are fantastic for so many things. They are nearly a replacement for a whole set of wrenches, in most cases, but they can be used as pliers also. Pick up a pair if you're into tools at all and you'll find 1000 uses for them.
  • 3 0
 A Wera Hex wrench set costs half as much as a Park set, and Wera's hex-plus design just works better. It's the best $32 you'll spend.
  • 6 1
 @femto505: Pedal lock nuts. Fork top caps. Cassette tool. Presta valve core. Caliper bleed nipple. Brake lever hose nut. Headset/pressfit bottom bracket/cartridge bearing installation. Bladed spokes. Hydraulic internals (forks, dropper posts, shocks).
More I'm not thinking of. Plus if its in your toolkit there will always be non-bike its awesome for like a loose battery terminal on your sprinter van.
You don't want to use an adjustable wrench on your fork top caps. But knipex pliers work nearly as well as a dedicated ground down socket.
  • 1 0
 @femto505: Trust me. Get a large and a small. Between renos and bikes they will pay for themselves as Acali has stated!
  • 3 0
 @Marcencinitas: You're comparing L keys to T handles. Park tool L keys are 23$. But I do agree that Wera is much better than park on the L key front. I have a bunch of Wera plus sets, stainless versions, and torx l keys. they're awesome. Another brand that will spike your dick into the dirt... PB Swiss.
  • 2 0
 @acali: I actually have more luck with Knipex pliers than a band-saw cut socket on fork top caps. Plus spending $15+ on a specialized 34 mm fork top caps socket seems like a waste; I don't have anything on my bike that takes a 34 mm socket! I can use the Knipex pliera for tons of other things.
  • 2 0
 @seamusotool: strongly disagree re: abbey. They're nice, sure, but with the exception of the HAG they don't make the best of any tool. You pay for the name, green, and titanium with Abbey.
  • 1 0
 Wiha screwdrivers, Wera sockets ($$$) as good or nicer than SnapOn, Knipex plier habit is like a bad drug habit. Park has some nice pliers and their soft/shop hammer is pretty good.
  • 3 0
 @spaceofades: lol, have you used any of their tools? the bearing presses are hands down the best of the best. But actually I'd disagree about the HAG, I think evt's is better in terms use, but its fairly larger than the abbey hag and not as easy to pack. And what about the decade, all of their suspension and bb sockets, and the crombie tools... they're all best in class. when it comes to the cost. buy it this week, it will be on sale, which is the only time of year it goes on sale, and frankly if you want something made in the USA, you have to pay for it. But there's nothing wrong with keeping your hard earned money in our economy, so I've been happy to give them my money.But hey, whatever makes you happy I guess?
  • 3 0
 @seamusotool: I use their tools regularly. I will agree with you on the EVT, i forgot it exists. But holy shit if it isn't expensive... In regards to other tools, you can get equally performing options for much less. I know people love their Crombies and Whip-its, but at the end of the day they are a fancy looking version of the most cheaply available tools around. If you want blingy blingy, Enduro makes better seal presses and bearing presses and BB tools. The Decade actually sucks. The best chain tool around is the BBB BTL55, with infinitely adjustable backplate and campy peening options, all on one of the cheapest options out there.

I recognize that Abbey make very high quality tools, but for the most part I don't believe they are deserving of the price tag.
  • 1 0
 @spaceofades: fair enough about the Enduro seal kit, I own it and I love that thing, but Enduro's bearing press is definitely not better than abbeys... haha agree to disagree there.
  • 1 0
 @spaceofades: and the decade.
  • 2 0
 @seamusotool: Agreed. I have both Enduro and Abbey bearing presses. Abbey's use of a thrust bearing wins every single day.

I just wish Abbey made bearing removal tools... that's an area where Enduro is still best.
  • 1 0
 @dldewar: Had my wife order me a 3 piece set for christmas. Amazon 67.00 prime.
  • 3 0
 WeraHex keys are probably the best ones.
  • 2 0
 I love all these tools! I just ordered some from KC Tools.
  • 2 0
 @chasejj: The titanium is a bit silly, unless you have to carry the case all over the world and can cumulatively shave a few pounds from a really heavy case.
  • 2 0
 I bet the Unior tools team doesn't use them.
  • 2 0
 Knipex, wera, vampire, and good ratchet wrench set ftw. Love their tools. Have them at rest in Veto pro tool bag of your choice makes them a perfect combo. Or even a good ammo can as a toolbox works great.
  • 2 0
 @monstertiki: KCtool is running a 30% off Black Friday. FWIW.Those Vampire pliers are pretty cool as well. I have 3 of them.
  • 2 0
 @seamusotool: in the Netherlands, Knipex is priced on a comparable level. Wera, when bought from German shops, is cheaper. Snap-On is always expensive Wink . But you don't have to buy these specific brands. I'm sure there are American manufacturers that provide better value per dollar than Park Tools. The bottom line is: buy Park Tools for bike specific tools, but buy general or tool specific well regarded tool brands for all other tools. And don't buy everything from one brand. Every respected manufacturer has things they are good at and things where other manufacturers provide better value.
  • 17 0
 If I wasn't a World Cup mechanic right now I would actually love to be a UPS Driver. Now THAT is really cool!!!!
  • 20 0
 Cause he’d always be sending it
  • 2 0
 @lognar: and bringing it.
  • 1 0
 @ecologist: hahahahaha
  • 18 2
 Me: This inspires me to have a truly dialed tool setup for my bikes!

Also me: Proceeds to remove air spring top cap with greasy serrated vise grips...
  • 1 0
 mine so mangled now that's about the only tool you can get on there.
  • 19 2
 Less bike checks and more interviews with mechanics and industry insiders please
  • 6 0
 I'd love to one day have a tool kit as amazing as that! For now I just have a small box I got at home depot and threw in all my tools and spare parts, not as neat as this and is missing some of the specialty tools, but for me it gets the job done
  • 8 0
 Can we see the pinkbike office toolbox please....or is it just a collection of all the free multitools that get sent for review?
  • 9 0
 This belongs on Pornhub, not Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 i prefer bigger tools
  • 8 1
 Anyone who has the patience to cut foam that precisely must do an amazing job on the bikes they fix.
  • 7 0
 The real test is how the foam looks under the tool.
  • 3 1
 @chasejj:
I bet Kaizen foam was used.
  • 1 0
 Being neet and organised is part of the job.
  • 1 0
 Many pros get their foam CNCd. Not sure if this is the case here though
  • 1 0
 @lognar: John Hall tells me it is Lasertooling.com who will cut it with lasers. Not sure how you lay it all out for them to perform or if they do it with direction? I guess I'll find out since I want to do a long rifle case version and combine my moto and mtb setups into a single case. I find the pallett layout to be a bit of headache it tight work areas.
  • 2 0
 @chasejj: yeah youd think they would need the tools infront of them to scan or something before they cut the foam. I did mine by hand and it turned out ok with kaien foam and a snap knife.
  • 6 0
 Unpopular opinion: Park Tool is just a hammer company, with very specific use hammers. Spoke hammers, derailleur hanger hammers...
  • 5 0
 Only one hammer in sight? C'mon, that's not a proper toolbox, you need at least 3.
  • 15 0
 Everything's a hammer if you use it right. Or maybe wrong!
  • 4 0
 Total tool box porn and thank you Pinkbike for detailing each tool in the set. This guy seems like a rad guy and I appreciate his outlook. Kudos
  • 2 0
 That torque wrench tho. Why is bike stuff so expensive? Makes the park tool ones loom cheap.

I want an accurate torque wrench in the bike torque range, but it seems your choices are cheap and innacurrate or expensive (and maybe accurate).
  • 1 0
 thats a pretty cheap torque wrench. you can find some name brand ones used for decent and if they aren too old or beat up you can usually trust them or have them tested. but ultimately you get what you pay for. A Stahlwille or Snapon is worth the price if you need a quality one
  • 3 0
 @ktm87: I wouldn't say Effetto Mariposa torque wrenches are "pretty cheap". Not Snap-On price range, but they are quite nice, and a popular choice among travelling pro-mechanics.
  • 2 0
 A beam-style toque wrench can be had for much less money and is very accurate
  • 1 0
 @ktm87: aren't Snap-On all rebranded SK and/or CDI? I thought most professional mechanics were over Snap-On at this point...I think pretty much all their tools are rebranded and marked up from other quality manufacturers.
  • 2 0
 @sapfromtrees: your right i had only seen there mini one for $100. i looked at their line up and they arent cheap and look very nice
  • 1 0
 @ecologist: definitely not. some of their smaller stuff is rebranded but most of their stuff is very high quality. im not a big snap on person but the stuff i have from them i love. My buddies who are mechanics all have lots of snap on as well
  • 1 0
 @ktm87: Snap-on is nice stuff, but lots of it is coming from Taiwan these days. The real next level is Nepros, absolutely the best there is.
  • 3 0
 @mountain-life: just cuz its from taiwan doesnt mean its terrible. nepros is amazing stuff but there range is pretty limited
  • 2 0
 @ktm87: Nah man... A ton of their stuff is rebranded, but it's also very good rebranded stuff. @ecologist is right, the torque wrenches are rebranded CDI.
  • 2 0
 Really rate my wera 1/4" drive torque wrench. Does 0.1nm increments from 0-25nm.
  • 4 1
 Imagine whipping out several thousand dollars of tools in a pristine customized case to bleed brakes, just to realize you forgot rubber bands
  • 5 0
 Why a leather punch? for number plates?
  • 3 0
 Dang! I need to clean up my tool cases! My Park Tool Case is just a hodgepodge of tools and I have to knee it to get it shut. #winterproject
  • 1 0
 That WIHA 26/1 bit driver is one of the most useful and essential traveling tools you can have. I can almost fix anything with that one tool. WIHA, WERA, Knipex are my crack habit. I refuse to get the Abbey habit. That would be like heroin.
  • 5 2
 Not sure carrying a gun case around the worlds airports would make life easy, but what do I know haha. Must be a fun job
  • 6 0
 Nothing on it says "gun". Just a Pelican hard case
  • 1 0
 I'm pretty sure Pelican is pretty popular with photo/media gear transport, at least that's what I would think if I saw one in baggage claim. My first thought would be it's someones big telephoto lens or tripod.
  • 2 0
 Stoked on the set up! Glad to see a fellow Mellow Johnnys employee doing it well out there!
  • 2 0
 I want to see the box with all the lubes and other crap needed to work on bikes. I bet the other box is not so pretty.
  • 1 0
 I like to see this too. Been wanting a good solution. I find there is often one bottle of something that has a slow leak and makes a mess of everything. Now everything is also in a zip lock but that doesn't help organization.
  • 1 0
 Milwaukee m12 impact!! Awesome tools!l I wish Milwaukee made a bike specific tool line! Have thought many times about emailing them about the idea....
  • 3 1
 Great interview. Also, that toolbox is so satisfying to look at.
  • 2 0
 and here I am trying to everything with a 19-piece multi tool...
  • 2 0
 Yes please, more of this Pink Bike!!
  • 3 0
 PSB!
  • 2 0
 G$ fo'eva!
  • 1 0
 Wow, what a badass kit Grant. Congratulations on the interview, man. You definitely earned it. Keep doing you, manne!

~TC
  • 1 0
 Was all excited about building a similar case for myself, then i looked up the cost of a Pelican 1700... ouch!
  • 1 0
 The case is cheaper than some of the tools in it.
  • 1 0
 Look up Monoprice cases. Mine has been going strong
  • 1 0
 Toolbox hotlap? Top mechanics set work bench area, change randomly assigned task and pack up the tool box.
  • 1 0
 There’s only one real tool- it’s called the knucklehead - the tool using the tool
  • 2 0
 yung grant!
  • 1 0
 He seems like a really cool dude and that toolbox is obviously sick af
  • 1 0
 Love the attention to detail on that custom toolbox, very cool.
  • 2 0
 ToolBoxWars©
  • 2 1
 Is field test still a thing ooooor...?
  • 2 1
 ugh the titanium hammer. Useless.
  • 1 0
 How do you become a pro mechanic?
  • 2 0
 Someone came in poison spider one day looking for a mechanic who wanted to travel. Congrats, Grant! Stoked for you.
  • 3 3
 My hands are torque calibrated to + or - .10 inch pounds. Don't need no torque wrench.
  • 1 0
 My favorite new tool recently seen. Lenze BB tool.
  • 1 0
 G$ has helped me many times. Many thanks to you!
  • 1 0
 Hell yes, Grant! Lookin good!
  • 1 0
 not bad
  • 1 0
 nice lad
  • 2 2
 How are the channel locks used for a high end bicycle?
  • 6 0
 I don't see any channel lock pliers. Knipex pliers however are amazing and are used in tons of places including suspension damper rebuilds, generally speaking.
  • 2 0
 @Chris97a: Ok. thanx for getting me straight on that tool. never saw it before. Good to know their used for suspension rebuilds.
  • 3 0
 @DH-Angel: keep in mind the jaws are smooth, same as an open-ended wrench or a socket. No marring as would happen with a normal set of pliers with grooves
  • 4 0
 @DH-Angel:
They also open and close with the faces of the tool parallel the entire time. Do not try these unless you are ready to drop the coin to buy them right away.
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