Are "Bike Tools" really different from "Tools"?

Are "Bike Tools" really different from "Tools"?

Plenty of bike tools would be hard to live without, like a cassette tool. However, do you need bike specific hex wrenches? Screwdrivers? Hmmm, looks like we need to take a closer look!

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50 Comments

  1. Songs And Verses on August 10, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Wow thanks! I needed this



  2. T N on August 10, 2022 at 1:05 am

    master link removal hack, just position the link on the chainring and protrude out like a triangle. gentlely tap it with whatever tool on hand.



  3. David Sisung on August 10, 2022 at 1:06 am

    What about using a dremel with a metal cutting wheel to cut cable cover?



  4. Δήμος Βάρσαμος on August 10, 2022 at 1:06 am

    WAIT….. IS THAT THE MURDER MACHINE???



  5. Tachi on August 10, 2022 at 1:07 am

    As some ppl have mentioned, and they prob work at a bike shop, you bend the chain at the master link, and just pay attention to the side each master link is on, you can indeed pop them open with nearly anything that squeezes together, i have indeed gotten these apart with my fingers, even brand new ones, you just need a little solid piece on each end of the chain link, I used the little plastic squares that comes with scott bikes when i couldent find my Master link pliers (always)



  6. Clinton Boucheix on August 10, 2022 at 1:08 am

    when I built my own headset tool, I found some large square plates that had a hole in the center. They are large enough to sit on top of the press cups and not inside the bearing race. I also like using the threaded rod to install the star fangled nut in a Threadless steerer as an alternative to the hammer+hole punch method



  7. Zobius on August 10, 2022 at 1:09 am

    To put it simply, many bike tools just increase efficiency.



  8. noplan724 on August 10, 2022 at 1:14 am

    I opened master links multiple time by hand. Just "fold" the chain at the link and then press the chain links towards each other.



  9. Finnspin on August 10, 2022 at 1:15 am

    That shoelace masterlink trick is neat! I’ve always managed to get them apart with various pliers and not too much time, but this seems easier.



  10. Vegar B. Vik on August 10, 2022 at 1:15 am

    those red cutters are made for eletrical wiers. so copper only. then go bad real fast if you use it on anything harder



  11. Damon Wheeler on August 10, 2022 at 1:17 am

    My dad was a machinist and mechanic since 1958, and the one thing he always taught me, NEVER use an adjustable wrench on anything, unless you have no other tool to be able to use.



  12. Robert Pirlot on August 10, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Don’t Shock pumps come with bikes?



  13. Xung Nham on August 10, 2022 at 1:23 am

    I use a grinder with cutoff wheel for cable housing. It gives the cleanest cut.



  14. George Wagner on August 10, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Spoke wrench doubles as a valve core tool. Learned this by accident and has been my go to ever since.
    Cheers!



  15. Konni Lol on August 10, 2022 at 1:25 am

    The only "bike tool" I own that I can think of right now is a cassette toool. The rest are just high quality tools I use all the time for many different things…



  16. taner knutson on August 10, 2022 at 1:27 am

    Is it worth fixing a bike with a threaded head set if you already have the bike



  17. kyle blume on August 10, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Instead of master link pliers, use snap ring pliers



  18. Innocentius Lacrim on August 10, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Yeah…. I need specific bike tools so very rarely that this video was very useful. For something that I need maybe once every 5 years (or even less), I do not want to buy specific tools.



  19. XPNDBLhero on August 10, 2022 at 1:29 am

    When I was yoi worked at a bike shop for about 3 years building the wheels, the owner hated doing it but I loved it, and when he closed down I was trying to get a bunch of the park tools so I can start my own home shop but some asshole came by and offered him a bunch of money for everything. Luckily I was able to get a few tools but nothing close to as much as I needed, I had to make my own pedal wrenches and stuff…. I’ve never been so mad at a random stranger.



  20. derek davis on August 10, 2022 at 1:29 am

    time to throw out your shock pump!



  21. derek davis on August 10, 2022 at 1:31 am

    i always used a standard screwdriver flat against the chain to push the master link off, works pretty good.



  22. Joe Hardy on August 10, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Love the video. I’ve been improvising for years, and only buy bike specific tools when I need to. I do a lot of auto mechanical work, so tend to have a lot of good tools. That said, you compared a high quality Park Tool cable cutter to an Ace Hardware house brand, so the damage to the generic cutter is to be expected.



  23. Chris Wright on August 10, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Definitely need a dedicated spoke wrench. You can see exactly what you are doing; 1/4 turn 1/2 turn etc. If an adjustable slips on the nipple it is not at all clear. Also you can chew up the nipple. Use a spoke wrench!



  24. Suit in a ute on August 10, 2022 at 1:33 am

    If you’ve ever battled with getting a pedal off using an everyday wrench, having all that extra controlled torque on a purpose built pedal wrench is an absolute pleasure. My PW-4 is the best tool in my kit.



  25. Marcel Vos on August 10, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Great video!
    To add to it: for cable cutting, use Knipex bowden cable cutters. Here in Europe, they’re actually cheaper than the Park Tools cable cutters and supposedly last twice as long. If there is a good quality tool company making tools, they’re usually cheaper and/or better than the same tools from bike specific companies. Wera hex keys beat the heck out of Park and Knipex pliers and cutters are a level above as well. Wiha and Wera bits also outperform those in bike tool sets.



  26. Steven Jackson on August 10, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Instead of washers, use large size sockets. As long as the threaded rod goes through the hole, it works really well.



  27. Clayton Yendrey on August 10, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Cheap wire connector crimpers work just fine on the cable ends.



  28. Jason FLT on August 10, 2022 at 1:35 am

    @12:13 we used a hammer and a piece of 2×4 to push them back in. old seat post to knock them out. worked like a charm!



  29. eklypse13 on August 10, 2022 at 1:38 am

    Get rid of all Philips head screwdrivers and buy jis screw drivers. All Philips head ones are complete junk designed to strip screws.



  30. Geoff Burton on August 10, 2022 at 1:38 am

    Time for another peg board for bike tools 😅



  31. Jimmie Eddie Schwenk on August 10, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Never Buy a chain PIN Tool From WalMart…Or at least one made in China… I bought SIX (6) of them from WalMart and the pin broke on the very first time that I used it… The seventh time that I went in to replace it I looked through the hanger and the very last one said "MADE IN TAIWAN"…I bought that one and have used it literally dozens of times…



  32. Conor Townsend on August 10, 2022 at 1:39 am

    for the bottom bracket, a strap wrench would but much better than a set of channel locks and way cheaper than the proper tool



  33. Ryan Lorch on August 10, 2022 at 1:41 am

    I am self taught using whatever I had to hand, sometimes making my own tools. The best example, off the top of my dome is my home made caliper spreader for changing my car’s brake pads. I used 10mm BMX axle, some washers, nuts and a couple of spanners/wrenches. Worked a treat.
    Also, I wouldn’t give up so quickly on making my own bearing cup tool. Drilled blocks of wood in place of those washers on the threaded rod would work a treat and you can choose how large or small they are.



  34. TheMainCore on August 10, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Duuuude. The shoelaces hack. Damn. Thank you so much for that!



  35. DOR TSpiv on August 10, 2022 at 1:43 am

    If your careful with an adjustable wrench you don’t need to a spoke tool. And for chains without a master link you can use a metal punch set and a hammer. And lastly my wrenches are narrow enough for pedals so I don’t have a pedal tool. I’ve been able to get by with common hand tools so far for all the maintenance I’ve done.



  36. MrCyphermonkey on August 10, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Used to make do and use hacks but as got older and had more disposable income having the right tools does make jobs so much easier. Favourite tool is a specific double ended hex key I have and my torque wrench.



  37. madtownangler on August 10, 2022 at 1:44 am

    I use chunks of wood on my homemade cup press. If you use small washers on the wood it keeps the wood from being damaged. If I did a headset more than once every five years I’d maybe buy a tool.



  38. MasterBata on August 10, 2022 at 1:44 am

    You used copper specific cable cutters for cutting steel. And you’re surprised they got damaged.
    Why does youtube keep recommending videos from this guy, I’ll never know.



  39. Bob Watkins on August 10, 2022 at 1:45 am

    If you are going to get master-link pliers, the Shimano ones are preferable to the Park Tool ones. The Shimano pliers have three prongs. The middle prong together with one end prong is used to remove the link; the middle prong and the other end prong is used to install the link. In both cases, the handles are squeezed together, which is less awkward and allows more force to be applied than pulling the handles apart.



  40. CRAZY HORSEPOWER on August 10, 2022 at 1:46 am

    As Far as Crimpers for cable you need to buy a eletrical wire cutter and crimper pliers from Channel lock , Snap on etc they are heavy duty for crimping . As far as wrenches for pedals Snap on , Mac, Matco wrenches are thinner and better quality than a Craftsman wrench . Also as far as the master link thinner needle nose work just well in getting the master link apart. AS far as washers you need to go on-line to company’s that deal with specific washers sizes and thicknesses.Bottom bracket tools ARE SPECIALIZED TOOLS especially with bearings in them I would NOT use channel locks .



  41. Rick Rohret on August 10, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Good vise grips can do the cable cutting. I often use a cutoff wheel on cable housings.



  42. Makulax on August 10, 2022 at 1:50 am

    the spoke wrenc was too big, your gonna end up making the Niplle round.



  43. EVO on August 10, 2022 at 1:51 am

    As far as master link, I don’t even use a tool, I line it up then press the pedal with me foot a bit and pops right in, so it really isn’t a needed tool at all for putting it on, and as you showed, a string of some time can do the trick well. You could also put the string through as you did and then tie the ends around a stick or pencil/pen and twist it so it don’t hurt the hands as much.



  44. Wes Kirkland on August 10, 2022 at 1:51 am

    3:31 those are meant for copper. you have to buy ones rated for steel.



  45. 10zoll on August 10, 2022 at 1:51 am

    Next Video in this Series:
    "Do i need a Woman when i ve got a Hand with 5 Fingers ?



  46. Ziyad S on August 10, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Parktools is selling their bike tool mega kit for … 11 grand usd.



  47. Ronald Sue on August 10, 2022 at 1:59 am

    For cone wrenches I bought ordinary cheap wrenches and grind them down to the required thickness.
    I use an angle grinder with the thinnest cutting disk available to cut cable housing.
    The standard cable cutters are designed for copper cable and so have a sharper edge, I file this edge so that it shears instead of cutting.
    Ordinary 15mm wrenches can remove pedals but you need to get the longer ones, a mallet assists with the more stubborn pedals.



  48. Grant Martin on August 10, 2022 at 2:01 am

    12:40 Time to pitch all my tools and pick up some channel locks!



  49. Qorax on August 10, 2022 at 2:02 am

    8:26 Yes you can, but you have hold it together with an adjacent link in a triangular kinda shape and than squeeze very hard. I’ve almost never used a masterlink pliers.
    I did have a few accidents where I twisted the chain while it popped apart and didn’t lock it in properly when putting it back.
    Scratched my hands a few times too while removing those.
    So, if you only have 1 reusable masterlink, don’t risk it and use those pliers.
    9:00 Try circlip pliers.

    13:08 OOOH THE CRINGE! Like nails on a chalkboard! 😣



  50. Adam Cearley on August 10, 2022 at 2:03 am

    For the bottom tool replacement you might be able to use a belt oil filter tool 🤷‍♂️