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Aggie_Ama2010-04-28 16:46:06 +0000 #1
My husband would like a tool kit for around the house. I am thinking I will get him one for Christmas but want to be sure I get a good one. He will want most of the tools but budget is small ($150-175). I was thinking the $150 Park Tool Rollup might be good because I know he won't be don't everything himself. I know Park Tools are pretty dang good and I would rather get less but quality than a brand that is not so good but might have more tools.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
Becky2010-04-28 16:54:49 +0000 #2
It depends a little on what he's planning to do in the way of repairs, and how his bike(s) are equipped. I do think that Park Tools are worth the money!

Some must-haves IMO:

good cable cutters

a chain tool

a cassette lockring and a chain whip

a nice set of T- or L- handled hex wrenches

the appropriate bottom bracket tool

a crankbolt extractor (if needed for your bike(s))

a pedal wrench

Headset wrenches (if needed for your bike(s))

Cone wrenches in the right sizes for your bike(s)

a work stand!

These are the tools that DH and I use over and over again. Your DH probably already has tire levers, patch kits, open end wrenches, etc., so I wouldn't bother spending money on them again.
Aggie_Ama2010-04-28 17:13:54 +0000 #3
Oh thanks Becky for the list. I tend to think Park must be worth the bucks so I may get him the $99 starter kit tool box and then add to it at birthdays or just when we want to do something. Right now I can only think he will do minor stuff like change pedals, maybe swap a cassette. But eventually he will get comfortable on want to do more.
Becky2010-04-28 17:09:36 +0000 #4
Gotta start somewhere, right?

I would take the time to price out the individual items. If memory serves me correctly, you don't save that much buying a kit, especially if he already has a few things.

Have fun shopping!

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