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Bike Tools, Part 2

Learn about bike tools from Silk Road Cycles' Brendon Nicholas in this Howcast bicycle repair and maintenance video, part two of three.


In the middle here we have our allen keys, the most common ones. This is 4, 5, and 6 millimeters. This is 2, 2.5, and 3.
These are the most common that you would need so, if you going to have a set at home, that's what you'd need. We also have these open end wrenches here that would drive nuts, especially on older bicycles. That is 8, 9, 10 which are very common.

Then, of course, we have our box wrenches for bicycles. Usually between 6 millimeters and 17 millimeters is a really good range to have. Basically what you'd use most is 15, 17, 14, 10 and 9 usually, are the most common ones. Obviously you're going to need phillips and flat head screwdrivers, then an adjustable wrench, a chain tool so you can put new chains on, take old chains off, a chain checker. This checks to see if your chain is worn or not.

With a chain checker, there's a bunch of different kinds but they all work pretty much the same. You're going to hook the back into the chain. It says 0.75 and it says 1.0. Some of them have different ratings on them. If it falls into the chain, it means that the chain is stretched.

Over time, when you're pulling on the chain constantly over hundreds of miles, or even thousands of miles depending on how hard you're pedaling, it stretches the actual metal. So you want to make sure you're using a chain checker before it wears out completely. If it does drop in, it needs to be replaced.

Next we just have some more adjustable wrenches. We are in love with these Kinney Pex. They basically replace about half of this wall. With the adjustment, it just works really well. It keeps them really flat. If you want a tool for home, I'd highly recommend getting one of these Kinney Pex tools.

I think you saw me in the other videos, using this for a lot of different things because it's so easy to adjust. It just makes it so much easier than an adjustable wrench. The mechanism makes it so it's completely flat so you'll never strip another bolt. They work really well.

They also make them in alligator form so you can get around, almost like a pipe wrench, which is really nice.

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