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    They do offer some good specialty tools but overall I think they're the Harbor Freight of bike tools. Unfortunately, much of that specialty stuff is not readily available from other sources, sooo... Blargh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cendres View Post
    The low concentration of blue tools warms my heart.

    (Posted with the hope of reviving this thread.)
    It's nice, isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cendres View Post
    They do offer some good specialty tools but overall I think they're the Harbor Freight of bike tools. Unfortunately, much of that specialty stuff is not readily available from other sources, sooo... Blargh.
    I agree. The metal they use on some of their tools is too soft. And a little more thought and expense into the design would be nice. My biggest gripe was always the BB tool for pulling square taper cranks. One year in a bike shop and the tip that presses against the BB spindle would be peened so much that you had to put a small nut between it and the spindle for the tool to work. And the 'cushioned' lever was not much better than pressing against a dull knife blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre View Post
    I agree. The metal they use on some of their tools is too soft. And a little more thought and expense into the design would be nice. My biggest gripe was always the BB tool for pulling square taper cranks. One year in a bike shop and the tip that presses against the BB spindle would be peened so much that you had to put a small nut between it and the spindle for the tool to work. And the 'cushioned' lever was not much better than pressing against a dull knife blade.
    Ha! At least the steel under the "cushion" is mushy. (joking) (sort of)

    Does anyone else use a thread-in dummy pedal? Good idea, terrible execution. Plastic threads? I throw one away every six months. They're less than $15, but come on.

    I just noticed Unior now offers a Pedal Genie with a threaded steel interface. Looks like a winner.

    I'm currently looking for a flat mount brake facing tool. Park offers one but the user experiences I've read are not positive. Also: the price. It looks like the only alternative is from VAR, which is rumored to be fantastic but it's currently unavailable. Abbey Bike Tools, are you listening? I'd be first in line.
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    How have I missed this thread for the last 7 months?

    Now I have to go take a pic of my work area to share here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    How have I missed this thread for the last 7 months?

    Now I have to go take a pic of my work area to share here.
    Do it! Workshop/tool box tours are fascinating. Well, to me anyway. I can look at these all day long at www.garagejournal.com/forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    How have I missed this thread for the last 7 months?

    Now I have to go take a pic of my work area to share here.
    I suggest you use the ProLink of photo sharing sites to show your workspace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre View Post
    I suggest you use the ProLink of photo sharing sites to show your workspace.
    ... goes without saying.


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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post

    Hey, at least you don't have to share your workspace with the cat pans:
    Imagine how the cats feel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post

    Now I have to go take a pic of my work area to share here.
    This was my first impulse, until I read this:

    Quote Originally Posted by cendres View Post
    The low concentration of blue tools warms my heart.

    (Posted with the hope of reviving this thread.)
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    It's nice, isn't it?

    Now Internet shaming prevents me from posting pics of my decidedly blue tool set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cendres View Post
    Ha! At least the steel under the "cushion" is mushy. (joking)

    Does anyone else use a thread-in dummy pedal? Good idea, terrible execution. Plastic threads? I throw one away every six months. They're less than $15, but come on.

    I just noticed Unior now offers a Pedal Genie with a threaded steel interface. Looks like a winner.

    I'm currently looking for a flat mount brake facing tool. Park offers one but the user experiences I've read are not positive. Also: the price. It looks like the only alternative is from VAR, which is rumored to be fantastic but it's currently unavailable. Abbey Bike Tools, are you listening? I'd be first in line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    Now Internet shaming prevents me from posting pics of my decidedly blue tool set up.
    Couple of these dividers may make a difference.

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    ^^Totally excessive. Which is why I need one too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    Couple of these dividers may make a difference.

    What are those?

    I've got my pliers and cutters split between my tool board and one of the 2/3 drawers in my roller cab. Huge waste of space. I have been eyeballing these:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...A7R2I7TN&psc=1

    My thinking is that the "raw" edges would sink into the drawer liners and prevent any movement.

    FWIW, I also have a drawer(s) full of combination, flare, ratchet, etc wrenches that are wasting even more space. I really like the looks of these:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...G72UVSTT&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by cendres View Post
    ^^Totally excessive. Which is why I need one too!
    I'm working on a ceramic bearing upgrade as we speak...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    Couple of these dividers may make a difference.
    No it's organized, it's just all Park save for one or two Shimano tools. I've been blue-shamed.

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    What a great thread. Here's my spot. A bit cramped and dark but it works. The CX bike was sold to my neighbor and the Mach 5.7 replaced with a Mach 4.

    Toolboxes are behind me.

    EDIT: screw this website and it's crappy photo posting system.


    workbench.jpg

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    dir-t...

    Love the old school blue Schwinn in the corner
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    Quote Originally Posted by dir-t View Post
    What a great thread. Here's my spot. A bit cramped and dark but it works. The CX bike was sold to my neighbor and the Mach 5.7 replaced with a Mach 4.

    Toolboxes are behind me.

    EDIT: screw this website and it's crappy photo posting system.


    workbench.jpg

    IMG_1127.jpg
    Dirtee, sell me your stingray bike! Please! I'll swap you one of my bikes!

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    Favorite Tools Friday?

    Here's my WWII-era Record 4-inch vise, made in Sheffield.

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    *edit: As mentioned by someone else earlier, this site's photo management system does blow.
    Last edited by cendres; 4 Weeks Ago at 10:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    Dirtee, sell me your stingray bike! Please! I'll swap you one of my bikes!
    Don't get too excited, that bike is an impostor. It's a mid-1970s Schwinn "Little Chick" - a smaller version of the Stingrays made for younger kids. This one has a girl's "step-through" frame and I think it even has 16" wheels.

    We picked it up on a whim at our local bike swap years ago for $40. It's always in the way of something and almost never gets ridden but my wife won't let me sell it.

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    These are super cool...





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    Quote Originally Posted by dir-t View Post
    Don't get too excited, that bike is an impostor. It's a mid-1970s Schwinn "Little Chick" - a smaller version of the Stingrays made for younger kids. This one has a girl's "step-through" frame and I think it even has 16" wheels.

    We picked it up on a whim at our local bike swap years ago for $40. It's always in the way of something and almost never gets ridden but my wife won't let me sell it.
    Dang. I'd give anything to have a real stingray, like my buddies and I rode back in the mid 60s.

    The ones with the slicks on the back and the ball-busting banana seat. We rode 3-speed-in-the-hub versions, and 5-speed with the Impale-o-matic car-like shift lever on the top bar.

    Good times.

    We could do wheelies for so long, we would get tired of being in the wheelie position.

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    Forget the drawers, make it the tool wall.


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    Updated my workspace a bit, don't judge me for my Park Tool obsession.



    Also updated the other side of the basement, previously dedicated to all things NY Jets. Now it's more cycling specific, with nods to my comic/nerd past as well (plus some Jets stuff still, lol).




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