Tools For The Home Bike Shop

Tools For The Home Bike Shop

Every time I upload a video about building a bike on a budget/on the cheap I tend to get the criticism that tools are extremely expensive and that most people can’t have access to this kind of stuff. This video and the list below are out to prove that wrong. Also.. there was another blizzard.

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I quickly searched on amazon for tools I would personally feel comfortable ordering to rebuild my home shop on the cheap. Some stuff isn’t the lowest end, others are. I curated it to be that way.

Allen Keys:
Metric Wrenches:
Tire Levers:
Cable Cutters:
Chain Breaker:
Chain Whip:
Cassette Tool:
Spoke Wrench:
Crank Puller:
Square Taper Socket:
Bottom Bracket Tool:

I personally have this kit, it’s nice.. but you’d still be missing a lot of tools.

Lezyne Port A Shop:

These kits are crazy cheap, and would have you going IMMEDIATELY. This is probably the most intelligent option. Buy one of these and upgrade as you go.

Cheeeeap Tool Kit:
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  1. PandaBall Social on July 1, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Love this vid!!!!!!!!! Thank you! Lol, don’t worry, haters gonna hate, f ’em! Great content!!!!!!!!!

  2. Forever Computing on July 1, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    My link extractor came with a piece of metal that pulls the chain ends together for easier and controlled splitting/connecting. It was cheap.

  3. Nick james on July 1, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    It’s pretty awesome that you’re in hfx and wish you were still downtown bc I would have popped in for some service and also having a hard time finding a rear hub for my bike im just rocking fucked rwces

  4. tm sek on July 1, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    I was almost 40 when I learned you can take your bike to a bike shop for repair. I thought you had to do it yourself, I’ve been doing my own work since childhood with dad’s tools. I grew up seeing bikes at curbs with the trash because nobody knew how to fix them, so I’ve had lots of free bikes.

  5. Lorenzo Naccarella on July 1, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Riding in snow, respects man

  6. busybody1 on July 1, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    .. careful someone doesn’t clip a carabiner to one of your ears kid

  7. Wayne Davis on July 1, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    just fond your chanel,love you speaking your mind to the no alls,so why are they here people sharing there
    knowledge,im here for what tools i need.

  8. Tom L on July 1, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Eric –
    I’ve watched quite a few of your videos – Great stuff!
    I have a question for you: What type of frame do you think I should use to build my bike?
    I want it for riding in NYC; sometimes commuting, sometimes to get around on weekends and maybe some park trails. As you might know, riding NYC streets, while technically pavement, is full of bumps, ruts, potholes and other rough stuff.
    I want an aluminum frame that can take tires large enough to deal with the roads here and drop bars. I’m going to buy a used frame and mostly used parts and want to keep prices low but build something sturdy, light-ish and cool.
    What do you think?

  9. NICK DUFFY on July 1, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    No disrespect to anyone I’ve built bikes with just a multi tool and spanner both cost £8 in total of eBay

  10. Joe N on July 1, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Without sounding douching, what can a old bro use for a bike stand. Without a stand, all this working on bikes is futile….Basic Park Tool stand being 280.99 is a kick in the nuts!

  11. Graeme Bright on July 1, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Something that I’ve found helpful before I picked up tools was the bike co-op, which I’ve had access to in a couple places. Pay like 5 bucks for an hour in the shop space with every tool you need and friendly people around to answer questions usually.

    The two I’ve been at also had ‘how-to’ nights every week for the aspiring basement mechanics

  12. Gridloki on July 1, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Great video, still working on building up my own tool set, and will be getting a hollow tech cracnk remover tool like yours near the end of the month, with a new BB.

  13. Andrew Spinney on July 1, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Metal Gear Solid references are the best

  14. Ric Quintanilla on July 1, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    So much truth in your videos.

    I got a cheap kit a few years ago. Learned some basic maintenance, replace broken tools with Park as they go, but still try and use my LBS for supplies (chains, spokes, cleaners, small tools)

    Now i also have 2 storage bins of old "good" but worn parts, and just supplies. Also picked up a couple park stands on craigslist. Always good things there.. just take a buddy.

    Alway enjoy your videos! Reminds me how lucky i am to be not in a cold area.

  15. Alfred Kolowrat on July 1, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Yo man. Love the videos. They’ve helped me a tonne. Don’t worry about the haters! Don’t be so hard on your self. Keep up the work. Also maybe some gear reviews or review of gear you use or for future videos! Thanks!

  16. Tom Milano on July 1, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Really enjoy the videos you make. I especially like the fact that you like both geared bikes and single speed and/or fixed gear bikes. I have and appreciate both types as well! Nice 1x conversion, and keep up the good work!

  17. BundesRepublic Murica on July 1, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for your videos. I really like them and think they are great. Helpful. Thanks again.

  18. OnEvenKeel on July 1, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    14:53 …and a bike stand (how about a video on bike stands?). Great video!

  19. Like1giv3Afawk on July 1, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Hey Eric, I have a Giant Talon 3 3×8. I currently have it 1×9 but I want to know if I’m able to convert it to 1×10 with its stock hub?

  20. Rabid Raven01 on July 1, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    All hail. Love this. I watched a Parktool on cranks (want to change mine and have no clue) he pulled out a torque and said you really need one of these. It cost more than my bike lol.

  21. littlegoobie on July 1, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    should mention that there are "universal" crank pullers that cover square tapers and all splined spindles. don’t get the one that only does squares. Also, the nicer your bike is, the nicer your chain is, and peened chains take a lot more force to break (since they cut off the peened part of the chain rivet) so you’ll want a better chain tool right from the start.

    I made about 1/3 of my tools, the rest were bought as needed and are real Park tools now. I tried a few off brand tools and they generally suck for fitment or have really shitty durability because of soft metal. some never fit and others didn’t even make it through the first few uses without deforming

    Bike tools i’ve made myself
    – chain whip (chain and flatbar)
    -disc rotor straightener (large flatbar shaped to Park tool likeness)
    -lockring wrench/tool (also shaped flatbar)
    -headset cup knockout thing (thinwall tubing)
    -fork crown race remover U-chisel thing (also flatbar and angle/cutoff grinder)
    -cone nut wrenches (took real wrenches to a grinder)
    -adjustable cone nut wrench (put a real adjustable on a grinder 😀 ) <– amazing
    -freewheel removal (large socket met angle grinder, fits better than real Park tool)
    -chain Quicklink squeezing opener (needle nose to grinder then rotary file to cut out oval)
    – portable bike kit has a wrench with 2 sizes, ground out to fit 15mm and the crazy Sram nut
    -welded 5mm and 6mm allen together like a Z, covers 80%+ of most bikes
    -the chain ring nut "wrench" thing to hold inside section (shaped commercial band strapping)

    probably missing a few, but this is definitely most of the cool tools, and many have been powdercoated to match Park’s blue. haha

  22. Roman Baird on July 1, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Hey Eric, love the chanel. Off topic question? So-so frame with kick ass wheels, or vice-versa?

  23. Dean Allan on July 1, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Great vid. Home workshop tools don’t have to be expensive, I buy more budget items that I know I’m not going to use often and spend a little more on tools that are going to be used more frequently. As you say, once you get spare stuff laying around, it’s quite entertaining building up a Franken-bike because you can 🙂

  24. Greg Glatz on July 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Hey from Calgary, Alberta. Really love this channel. It’s chill … and informative. As a budding DIY’er, this is one of my favorite episodes.

  25. Trevor Simpson on July 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    great video! keep up the good work. As a mechanic myself the only other tool I would recommend is a dedicated pedal wrench. Park tool makes a chain whip with a 15mm pedal wrench on opposite end. perfect dual tool. Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. moon kim on July 1, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Chain wear indicator tool.

  27. David Winters on July 1, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Wow… hipster level 1000%

  28. John Baca on July 1, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I too bought tools as my bike repair skills progressed. By the time I wanted to get a good quality kit of tools I already had most of them. I like Vice Grips to adjust my brake pads square to the wheel, and for the tough jobs already mentioned below – definitely be careful using these. Being a so-so handy older guy I already have the usual auto/motorcycle/home-fix-it assortment of tools.
    Why do you have "Cadence" stickers on your bike and car, sponsorship?

  29. 81beabea on July 1, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I had to buy a crank tool and a bb tool in order to service my bottom bracket. Both items cost far less than a service at a shop would have but I now have the ability to service it whenever I need to and all future services will be free.

    Your advice is spot on and inspiring to just ‘have a go’. Great stuff!

  30. Kirby Vang on July 1, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Hey, can you list your winter gear please? Or a winter gear list.

  31. Tom Catt on July 1, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    He got silver boogers ??

  32. Johannes Nilsen on July 1, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    my advice is to get the best possible tools you can get, buy what you need and to do the repairs you are comfortable to do.
    Don’t buy massive kits, as they will include a bunch of necessary tools or tools you don’t need.
    unless you are shop doing every thing from crazy old vintrage bikes or make frames and so on you will probably not need htem all.
    I try to select the best tools I can find and mix match for what I want, I got a mix of Park tool, Unior, Jagwire, Tengtools, Knipex got some vintage tools too & some cheaper some cheaper tools, like pliers, which I use to pull zip ties.

  33. Spindatt on July 1, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Grab a Norton Tee!:

  34. frank doster on July 1, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I think you do a great job. I appreciate your videos.

  35. Nonoririko on July 1, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    when i stop working at a shop I keep trying to work out which stand i’ll buy becuse DIY stands work, but not the way I like

  36. PermaKulHurTur on July 1, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    You forgot the most important tool!
    The bike stand like you have to hold the bike up and in place so you can do work. 🙂
    Not essential? If your back is new to bike repairs I guess it is a luxury.

    Siege hammer and pipe to throw bearing races off?
    BB tools, freewheel wrench for those that still have freewheels.

  37. sarvagya angre on July 1, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    You must be thinking that why am i saying that becuse i am a cyclist too in india which is the 2nd most dangerous country to bike in . But i also drive in my rest days . When it cold i like my bike and in rainy days also i like to ride . I only use minimal tools .

  38. Doc Bojoc on July 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    How about a bike coop shop in mtl there is one for 20$ a year

  39. Ron Cooke on July 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    don’t understand video

  40. Earl Grey on July 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I replaced my cheap cartridge bottom bracket tool with a BBT22 because the teeth on the cheap tool did not sit securely and would slip under load.

  41. Ryan Galkin on July 2, 2019 at 12:01 am

    I’ve been a budget builder for four years. love your videos dude. keep it up!

  42. thelbp on July 2, 2019 at 12:01 am

    i think you forgot one of the most important tools for the inexperienced, that’s the TORQUE wrench!
    i personally wouldn’t touch a single bolt that has torque specs in a carbon frame or carbon component.
    just my 2 cents after having damaged a few parts in a cheap-ass bike and learned my lesson.
    Edit: whoops torque wrench not meter

  43. Nick james on July 2, 2019 at 12:01 am

    The struggle is real man!!! I have xt hubs with center lock disc and the front is different so i need different tools for each lol I don’t even have cone wrenches and it sux

  44. David Carrillo on July 2, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Hey bro! I want a damn coffee mug! I didn’t order it when the price went up like I was supposed to… so you should sell em

  45. sarvagya angre on July 2, 2019 at 12:03 am

    You are actually saving your bucks bud

  46. Phen0mable on July 2, 2019 at 12:04 am

    I love you man. You’re decent ginge bloke 💪🏻💪🏻

  47. Erick Victorino on July 2, 2019 at 12:04 am

    (Haven’t finished the video) I’ve been working on bikes for 10 years now, when I started I bought a kit from amazon I think for like $80 over the years all those tools have been replaced and some not even used at all (still) in the box. I ended up buying tool as I needed. Every tool in this kit absolutely necessary to do your own repairs. I would add a cheap trying stand. You can get one for cheap for under $100 these days (be patient and practice practice practice) specially if you commute.

  48. Phoenix 07 on July 2, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Don’t worry about the DBags. You have to wonder why they watch and comment if they don’t like you. Trolls maybe? I appreciate the free insights from somebody that actually gets paid to fix bicycles. Quick question. How do feel about the Shimano quick links instead of the link pin. Any preferences?

  49. Scott Meyers on July 2, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Dude you crack me up. Subscribed after watching the first vid I saw. Nice one.

  50. macmurfy2jka on July 2, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I would argue that a small socket set that includes hex drive/allen wrenches heads is a better investment than a set of spanners. Then jumping up to a torque wrench is really easy. You can also grab crank puller, BB, cassette sockets and you have a set that really can work on any part you need on a bike for less space and hassle. Through in an adjustable box wrench, and a pedal/cone wrench set and you’ll be off to the races with what you showed in this video.
    Besides a few BB and threaded headset wrenches, there are few things you cannot do with a good ol’ socket set.