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Not sure what section this should go in, but since tools are used for adding/removing components I'll stick it here.

What are some good toolsets to have? The Nashbar site has a short list of 8 items: http://www.nashbar.com/results.cfm?category=99&subcategory=1232&storetype=&estoreid=&init=y

The ParkTool web site has some recommended tools based on needs, but when they throw in their pizza cutter as a need it somewhat discredits their list and makes me wonder what else isn't overly necessary.

So, with that said, who puts together a nice complete toolset. This would initially be for home use, but might expand to a business startup use that I've always had in the back of my mind to somehow sidestep into. Right now I've got a mismatched mixed up set of tools that I've accumulated over the years on an as-needed basis. But people freak when I pick up the 14" monkeywrench and start eyeing their seatbolt. ;)

I know that Campy does or at least did have a huge mechanics set, but it cost more than a new high end bike. ParkTool has a few kits of sorts. Pedros also has some kits put together. I'll be looking at working on everything eventually, from Huffy's to Lightspeeds, and working on Shimano, Campy, SunTour old stock stuff, whatever is currently used on the mass market bikes.

I don't know if one of the "Official" bicycle mechanics schools puts out or publically publishes a mechanics suggested tool list. And I don't see it as a realistic possibility for me to attend one of the certified wrench schools, but I might take a tuneup class at a local dealership this spring/summer, and I might also try and snag a part-time job at one of them as well.

So, list your tools and tool sources.
Thanks in advance.
Mike.
 

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Thank you

Calvin Jones-Park Tool said:
The PZT-1 was placed on our tool lists a simple offerring, under "Miscellaneous Supplies and Parts". I do not feel it is implied to be a "must have" item. The PZT-1 is not included in any tool kit. For tools in the kit see:
http://www.parktool.com/tools/PK_57.shtml
http://www.parktool.com/tools/AK_32.shtml
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http://www.parktool.com/tools/BK_2.shtml
My comment was a little tongue in cheek which doesn't always translate too well on the web, sorry about that, but I guess my point was that is was difficult to know without first hand experience what recommended tools were required and which ones were simply nice to have. For example I'd like to have the coffee cup, but it isn't really required unless it's before 9am in the morning. :)

And thanks for the links to the package pages, that's what I was looking for but somehow didn't find on my earlier search. Appreciate it. I'll be making a shopping list and heading down to my nearest LBS listed on your site to check prices and such. When I lived out in California there was a shop in Citrus Heights that stocked most of the tools, hopefully I'll find a similar inventory locally here north of Milwaukee WI.

I'd like to start with a basic setup of bicycle-specific tools, a workstand, and then add individual pieces from there. I already have some good torque wrenches from working on cars and motorcycles including one rated in inch-lbs/neuton-meters, plus a basic set of metric assorted wrenches, so I'm not starting from a zero base which helps some.

Thanks.
Mike.
 
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