What is your favorite tool to work on a bicycle?


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Jay81

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 26, 2015
3,091
4,091
38
Roseville MI
#21
Any pictures? Would love to see them.
I have several 6 inch, a couple 12 inch, a 15" and a 18"
Still need to find a 4, 8, and 10. I have some 8s and 10s but not this old. The old ones say DROP FORGED STEEL on the handle. I really like the ones with the nice patina. The 6" are the ones I use most often.

here's one of the 6"
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here's the 15" and two 6"
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here's the 18"
My wife thought I was nuts when I said I was going to clean it up. Still works like new!
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I think I have 3 or 4 of the 12"
here is one of them
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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
21,518
6,281
Chicago area west
#27
Vice grip, but not on anything really good.
Monkey wrenches should only be used on pipe...Period. (just my opinion).
 
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bikemonkey

I live for the CABE
Jun 25, 2016
1,035
1,356
66
North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
#30
What is your favorite tool to work on a bicycle?

Mine is not a specific bicycle tool, but it's still my favorite tool to work with.
It can do a lot of the hard work that most other tools can't handle.
It's like a portable bench vice.

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I'm gonna have to go for that big pipe wrench. When I pull that out, it means I have exhausted using all my "pretty" tools and chemicals on whatever it is that is stuck (seatpost, what's left of a pedal, etc.). Now it will either move or shear off - either way, time no longer stands still on the repair.:sunglasses:
 

MarkKBike

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Apr 17, 2017
690
1,617
Chicago Suburbs
#31
Out of the ones that have come in most handy, I'd have to say this one, and my crank puller.

My vote will go to this as it gets used the most often.
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As a kid I did not even know chain tools existed, I used to get by with pliers, a punch, and some patience.
 

locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
2,502
1,468
PQ
#33
Out of the ones that have come in most handy, I'd have to say this one, and my crank puller.

My vote will go to this as it gets used the most often.
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As a kid I did not even know chain tools existed, I used to get by with pliers, a punch, and some patience.
I also have the exact same tool. And it's also one of my favorite to use. Makes the job painless for removing a chain link, unless when I punch the pin a tad too far, then it's back to the hammer to get the pin back in.
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
5,946
17,699
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#36
I bought these spreading pliers from the Snap On guy about a year ago, and I just had a stubborn handlebar to stem engagement, and I've got to say, that this little gem has just became one of my favorite new tools.
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Hit the driver up, the next time you see the Snap On truck.
You won't regret getting a pair of these pliers.
 
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fattyre

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 22, 2014
735
1,327
Chicagoland
#37
Perhaps a bit refined for old bikes. But none the less, things are usually pretty exciting when this is in action.

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SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
5,009
1,596
Hollister CA
#39
my top 5 are:
1) dual Park bike stand
2) correct socket with long bar for rear new departure hub nuts
3) kick stand tool for kickstand removal on schwinns
4) mega size crescent head set top nut
5) Mario Bros. type combination wrench for the sprocket removal lock nut
 

razinhellcustomz

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 28, 2018
126
79
59
kiel wisconsin
#40
Do you have
Today it's my New Departure rear hub tool. The one that holds all the discs in place.
do you have any model d spares? I'm looking for the brake arm, clutch ring and dust cover. thanks. mark.Also axle nuts and lock nuts.
 

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