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    Third-hand tool?

    So after many years, I managed to misplace my third-hand tool. Went to 5 different bikes shops looking for a new one with no luck. Odd since it seems I used to see them everywhere, but I figured, "no big deal, I'll just pop on the internet and order one...."

    So... when did they stop making 3rd hand tools???? Is this yet another reason I have for hating disc brakes? What do other folks use if they don't happen to have an accommodating spouse or helper nearby???


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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChipper View Post
    So after many years, I managed to misplace my third-hand tool. Went to 5 different bikes shops looking for a new one with no luck. Odd since it seems I used to see them everywhere, but I figured, "no big deal, I'll just pop on the internet and order one...."

    So... when did they stop making 3rd hand tools???? Is this yet another reason I have for hating disc brakes? What do other folks use if they don't happen to have an accommodating spouse or helper nearby???


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    I think they just call them cable pullers now: https://www.amazon.com/Pedros-138900...hird+hand+tool

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    Are you talking about something like the Park BT-1 or the Park BT-5? If so, they're available on eBay. Those are both called a 3rd hand tool. A cable puller is called a 4th hand tool.
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    I don't know when they stopped making them, but same thing happened to me. I've used good stout rubber bands to hold brake calipers while snugging up the cables, if that helps.

    How about using one of those plastic ratcheting clamps? You can pick one up at any hardware store.

    While cable pullers are a different tool, it does seem that they have replaced the third hand tool.
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    use a torque wrench

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    Third-hand tool?

    Doh! Sorry didn't read the other responses. I looked on eBay and couldn't find what is shown above. I guess the next best thing is a Irwin "quick grip" but I like the simplicity of the old Park tool - a simple band of spring steel.


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    you're referring to this, right...?
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    Those make great zip tie pullers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChipper View Post
    So after many years, I managed to misplace my third-hand tool. Went to 5 different bikes shops looking for a new one with no luck. Odd since it seems I used to see them everywhere, but I figured, "no big deal, I'll just pop on the internet and order one...."

    So... when did they stop making 3rd hand tools???? Is this yet another reason I have for hating disc brakes? What do other folks use if they don't happen to have an accommodating spouse or helper nearby???
    In more than 50 years of working on bikes, I have never felt the need of a 3rd hand tool. But that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    In more than 50 years of working on bikes, I have never felt the need of a 3rd hand tool. But that's just me.
    Well, many less years. But, i never had a need for a 3rd hand tool. Just use your actual hand.

    OTOH, i use the zip tie tightener regularly. Just, not on bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre View Post
    Those make great zip tie pullers!
    That's what my BT-2 gets used for these days. I find that I haven't needed to use it to pull brake cable for a good number of years. Must be something to do with newer design calipers.

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    I still have one of the old spring ones like oxtox posted, and use it. Anything that you can tie around the rim and pads and pull tight will substitute. A toe strap was commonly used, but who has those any more? A length of old inner tube works fine IME.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChipper View Post
    Doh! Sorry didn't read the other responses. I looked on eBay and couldn't find what is shown above. I guess the next best thing is a Irwin "quick grip" but I like the simplicity of the old Park tool - a simple band of spring steel.


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    Outstanding! Thanks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    In more than 50 years of working on bikes, I have never felt the need of a 3rd hand tool. But that's just me.
    I, for one, am sooooo impressed. Might I possibly be allowed to lick you boots?

    Which is just another way of saying... you post was supposed to help how exactly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChipper View Post
    Outstanding! Thanks!!!
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