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Offline khoma

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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2009, 11:57:10 PM »
good thread. one question though, why no WD-40?

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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2009, 10:34:15 PM »
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good thread. one question though, why no WD-40?

From my experience back in the day as a newbie for bicycle maintenance in the 90s, WD-40 is bad as it seemed to rust or dry out my parts out over time because it washed out the grease that was already in the part and would just wash out quickly anyways.  It works if you want to degrease something or if you want a temporary quick fix knowing you will apply REAL bike grease the next day. 

Bicycle specific grease is the only way to go in my opinion as they have ingredients such as teflon that are more resistant to drying and water and therefore stay in and lubricate longer.
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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2009, 01:54:51 AM »
yeah obviously one shouldn't just put WD-40 in there and leave it like that, it's meant for de-greasing after all and that's a job it does well. just make sure to re-grease it eh.

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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2009, 07:11:25 AM »
A band saw. For cutting flanges off grips.

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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2009, 11:12:56 PM »
or a razor blade..
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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2009, 12:12:56 PM »
A band saw. For cutting flanges off grips.

How they look like? Just asking Ive never do this...

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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2009, 04:00:05 AM »
Don't forget the torque wrench.

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« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2009, 05:31:38 PM »
Another great post...would be cool to have a section just geared to beginners. Makes it easier to find info...N
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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2009, 03:54:27 PM »
I do have most of these tools, however, I found a few out of this post that I would have never thunk of (rubber mallet-good idea!). How about the recommended tool box? I have one, its okay, but I'd really like to find something more practical for when I go to my spot.
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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2009, 07:59:42 AM »
Don't forget the torque wrench.




i only ever use one at work on 15000 dollar race bikes or on my motorcycle... pointless on a bmx.


To the post about automotive grease- its too chunky and wont work smoothly on most any bearing on a bmx. I use phil wood greese on all my parts, and have personally taken my roadbike up to 50mph with that stuff in the wheelbearings. its fine. Its pricy, but its the best stuff out there.

For flatland though, park tool grease is perfectly fine
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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2009, 02:04:07 AM »


I would also hope that most local shops or local riders would be cool enough to take the time to stop and really teach you how to dismantle and maintain you bike.  It may be worth some time just to come in a shop on a slow day and ask them to show you how they fix things up.  Some basics.  Or ask a local rider to help you.  Sometimes the best way to learn is just to take something apart slowly and put it back together.  Chances are high that you will get it right and learn something in the process.

I tried this the other day. my front wheel was wobbling around and i didnt have any tools to even attempt to fix it. So that i could know for the future i took it to a bike shop and asked the guy if i could come into the room and see how he fixes it and what hes doin etc. THE GUY SAID NO...  :angry: :angry:  anyway so i had do stand out in a different room.

thats why i decided to go to this thread to see if i could just get the tools and try it myself next time

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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2009, 02:36:14 PM »
thanks went out and bought  tire levers

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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2009, 04:15:14 AM »
For a bike pump I would recommend the one below.  It's $60 but has a lifetime warranty and isn't cheap plastic.




http://www.amazon.com/Serfas-FMP-500-Bicycle-Floor-Pump/dp/B000UV8I94/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1259637033&sr=8-16

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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2009, 05:43:07 PM »
Here's a couple luxury items that are really great to have, especially if you ride alone or ride to your spot on the bike.  With Christmas season upon us, here's a few things to consider as gift ideas.

A good backpack:

Eastpak makes great stuff.  They have a 30 year warranty, so if you get one, you're set.



iPod/mp3 player:

I've tried a grip of cheap ones thinking ipod's were over rated. They're not. There are however a lot of inexpensive players out there now that work well for riding (small size).  Having music is very nice.
frys.com has good deals



durable water bottles:

There's a lot of variety, from lexan to stainless steel. Screw-on lids are best; having a flip or pop top come off in a backpack or car is no fun.



hotel towels:

heh. just kidding. Seriously tho, having a towel in your pack is great for wiping your face or even dusty/dirty/wet tires.



Ibuprofen:

A sore body can rob motivation. Ibuprofen helps with that. Having a bottle that stays in your 'pack is rad. You might even make new friends :)

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Re: Beginners - Tools you Need
« Reply #29 on: December 13, 2009, 12:10:52 AM »
i recommend getting a knife so you can cut your friends tires  :wacko: