to re-build a bicycle
May 4, 2011 1:43 PM Subscribe
Bike Mechanics 101: What tools and general knowledge should I acquire before I make an attempt at dismantling and re-constructing a bicycle?
posted by gnutron to sports, hobbies, & recreation (20 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I am just getting into cycling. My cheap, craigslist frankenbike has suffered multiple system failures, so I went ahead a bought a shiny new bike. But now I have the busted old beater bike sitting in the garage, and I'd figure it would be fun to take it apart and put it back together again.
The only main issue with the bike currently is that the drive-side crank arm is stripped where the pedal attaches. And it could use a new paint job.
I just picked up a set of metric hex keys. I have looked at the Sheldon Brown website, as well as some various youtube tutorials. It seems like getting a crank puller would make the job easier as well.
I have a decent array of general tools, but are there any bike-specific tools you'd recommend? Specific tutorials, books or websites? Any tips or things you wished you knew before you started monkeying with your bike?