Bicycle Tools

Having the right tools for the job is the first step towards a successful business.

As bicycle have evolved over the years, it is necessary for specialized tools for working on a bicycle. I had my first tool set given to me at the age of 10 and I still use them, to this day.
Bicycle tools are not that expensive compered to what I had to spend on my 20 years in the motor trade. A full set of tools for someone who makes their living from will cost only £5k and you can buy a basic set and build your tool kit as your business grows.

"It takes experience to know the difference between a snug fitting tool and a disaster about to happen"

I don’t recommend buying cheap tools. You need to make your living from using these tools every day. Cycle Tech UK can provide guidance on essential tools to start up your business.

View the complete list of Tool Manufactures near the bottom of this page.


Having skills, knowledge and a full tool kit, you can be known as a Pro Mechanic and offer a better service.


As a Cycle Tech UK member, you have huge savings on Park Tools. You can order your tools from me. And collect when visiting/meeting at the Saturday bike clinic I run and you have the choose to help at the clinic. Please contact me for payment details.


Campagnolo workshop tools
If you are looking for a tool to do a job but can't find or just collect Campy tools. Then you need our Word doc list of workshop specialist campy tools and tool manufactures. Please email martin@cycle-tech.co.uk Subject: "Campy workshop tool list" And also what tool you are looking for or job you are trying to do!

I highly recommend Unior Bicycle Tools that are made in Europe. They also have the very best storage solutions. for your tools.  See PDF for the full range.

Unior Headset Press RRP £105.00 Cycle Tech Members Only £80.00


See below for price examples:
These are tools required for a mechanic starting up, all other tools available. Prices can go up and down as tool kits/products may change. Please ask first.

Folding Work bench and tool roll.
PB1Work bench RRP £179.99 Cycle Tech Members Only £145.99 
Tool and tool roll not included

Park Tool Work stand
PC1O Repair work stand RRP  £149.99 Cycle Tech Members Only £120.99 

Ian  'Cycle Tech Solihull' picking up his Park Tools.

I can supply all Park Tools at discount plus postage or you can pick up from me.

Professional Tool Kit (Unavailable - Replaced with a smaller kit)
PK-63 RRP £999.99 Cycle Tech Member Only £820.00 Non Members £890.00 

"This kit has now been replaced with PK-2  RRP £699.00 This kit; while it includes the tools needed to perform almost any basic repair or adjustment on the bike, the PK-2 does not include the specialty tools to perform many advanced repair tasks such as installing and removing headset races, installing crown races, cutting fork steerer tubes, installing star-nut, tapping threaded frame braze-ons, and more. These tools need to be ordered separately"

This tool kit along with the truing stand, work stand and a few other items, is what's recommended to anyone starting a professional mobile bike business. Once your business starts to make a profit and you see the type of jobs you are doing regularly, you can slowly invest in buying more tools.
"Every mechanic needs tools. How can you operate as a business without them? While this is true you don't need to invest in buying the master tool set, even if you have the money available. Sure it works out cheaper buying the master set, but will you get a quick return on your investment? I would buy tools as I need them, you cam always review your business situation after your first year of trading. After your you have attended the training and possible a day with me, you will have a better understanding of what other tools you may need - will you specialise in suspension, disc brakes, campagnolo, wheel building or even bike builds. These will be the specialist tools you will need to perform each task. 

Storage

After buying your tool kit, you will also need a work-stand, work bench and somewhere to store your tools. Bike shops tend to have a tool board. As I have spent 20 years as a motor mechanic, I have my tools stored in a tool chest and works well in the back of a van. Easy to find, more secure from theft and damage. Also a large tool board is using up valuable space for the storage of parts. 


Tool storage - Bott van storage 

Tools and Snap-on tool chest



TS2.2 Truing Stand RRP £259.99 Cycle Tech members. Only £220.00

Home Mechanic Bottom Bracket Tapping and Facing Tool RRP £169.95 
Cycle Tech UK Members Only £146.00
BSA & Italian threads.  
Also E185 available iceTool BB Tapping & Head tube reaming tool RRP £249.99
Cycle Tech UK Members Only £224.00

Master Mechanic Tool Kit
RRP £6999.99 Cycle Tech Member Only £P.O.A Non Members £P.O.A
(This tool kit is updated annually)  email me for pricing as may change or there is a deal on.

Now Parktool have drooped the very popular Pro tool Kit PK 6 and now have two Master Tool Kits, there is a very big jump between the PK-2 RRP £699.00 and The BMK-243 (243 Tools) - Base Master Tool Set RRP £5,000.00 Everything in the MK-257 Master Tool Kit except the major frame and fork cutting tools and accessories. 
The MK-257 - Master Mechanic Tool Set RRP £6,999.00 (With the MK-257 the clue's in the name, the kit contains a whole 11 extra tools over 2015's MK-246 and it's the same price, you will not get a better deal for setting up your workshop)

Email me for the best prices on any Parktool kit's. 

If you buy any tool kit, you will need to buy a work-stand, the type required to your business setup:

PC1O Repair work stand RRP  £169.99 Cycle Tech Members Only £139.99  
 I have two of these and are over 7 years old and used everyday.

Park Tool PRS25 - Team Issue repair stand - aluminium My choice 
RRP £299.99 Cycle Tech member Only £252.00 
Good for tall mechanics, best used on flat ground. Light weight.

Having the right tool for the job avoids damage to parts when fitting and removing.

Links To Bicycle Tool Manufacturers:
Frame building tools
Links to Tool Manufactures That Also Supply/Make Bicycle Tools:
  • Wera
  • Wiha For Torque Screwdrivers and Driver bits
  • Snap-On Make some of the best tools in the world. Their Hex Keys are a must for bicycle mechanics
  • RWC
  • Knipex
  • Tracy Tools - Taps, Dies & Reamers
Other Links:
  • RHC Tooling Official re-grinding partners for Park Tool in the U.K

Bike Wash & Lubrication

 
If you are looking for a unique tool you can't find, then please email me with details 

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1 comment:

  1. Don't forget about Efficient Velo Tools in your links! www.biketoolmaker.com

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