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    Tools are important but more important is a proper way of storing them.
    I'd look at either a peg board or a toolbox with drawers, nothing worse than knowing you have the tool but not being able to find it.

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    Bondhus or pb Swiss Allens, 4sided spoke key, knipex plier-wrench and felco cutters are all stellar tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever really View Post
    Tools are important but more important is a proper way of storing them.
    I'd look at either a peg board .
    This^ peg boards are great, I have some you can have from an old exhibition if you can get them down there.

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    Thanks everyone for the replies! I will be wrenching for the euro pros in no time.

    EDIT: For Allen keys, any preference for those with the handles and the standard L shape ones? I am guessing the L shape ones are good for getting into tighter spaces?

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    The ball head ones are great for getting into hard to reach places

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    You need a hammer and a piece of two by four
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyMetalCyclist View Post
    You need a hammer and a piece of two by four
    and an 8mm allen key.
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    Fuckkkkking hell there it is
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    I use allen keys with handles straight up, but then need to grab a standard L-bend one pretty frequently for tight stuff. So if I was just getting one set, I'd get a Bondhus L-bend set. (I also actually use a little 1/4" ratchet driver with allen sockets a fair bit after having one in my everyday travel toolbag that I've since replaced with a lighter one)

    Peg board is good. So is slatboard. I have slatboard on my walls, but it mostly holds parts. I have some spare long narrow sheets if you (or anyone else nearby) wants them. Most of my tools are in a big wheely toolbox, with some in nails above the bench. My handled allen keys are bolted to an old bar stool that I can move around to wherever I'm working and use as a staging space.

    (this kinda sounds like I know what I'm doing. I don't really. I'm incredibly inefficient in the workshop)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EzyLee View Post
    Thanks everyone for the replies! I will be wrenching for the euro pros in no time.

    EDIT: For Allen keys, any preference for those with the handles and the standard L shape ones? I am guessing the L shape ones are good for getting into tighter spaces?

    I don't use T handles much at all anymore. They used to be handy for quill stem bolts but I haven't had quill stems for ages.

    On the special tools front, the Pedro's Vice Whip is probably my all time favourite bike tool. Say goodbye to chainwhips forever!!!!*






    *unless you use 1/8" sprockets
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