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Old 08-09-20, 02:52 AM
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Old tools doing timeless work

Let’s see ‘em!



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Old 08-09-20, 03:12 AM
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This tool has been with me for 45 years, still does exactly what its supposed too.

Its all about leverage.




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Old 08-09-20, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
This tool has been with me for 45 years, still does exactly what its supposed too.

Its all about leverage.




I like this! I have an old Park version of the tool, and have warped some parts of it from this same activity. Seems so logical to do what you are doing here with the clamp.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
This tool has been with me for 45 years, still does exactly what its supposed too.

Its all about leverage.
I really need one of these. I still use a wrench for this because it works fine half the time. But the other half the time it's miserable.
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Old 08-09-20, 07:23 AM
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Old 08-09-20, 08:30 AM
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hello from Argentina. There are some tools that are no longer available and from my point of view they are essential to repair and restore. I upload some photos to see what they think. Thank you


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The Var 3rd Hand might be my only really vintage tool, although I've been accumulating bike tools since the mid 70's. I've had the spring versions of 3rd hands, but the Var tool just works so much easier.




one of the other tools that I use periodically is one that my dad made for me back when the SunTour Cyclone GT derailleur first came out. The tool is a two pronged device to remove the nut off of the back of the lower pivot shaft. SunTour did make a tool for this, but I only learned of it a couple of decades later.



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Old 08-09-20, 10:35 AM
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no shop is complete without a sturdy VISE....

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Old 08-09-20, 11:12 AM
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Old Shimano crank extractor and even older Rampar-branded Hozan BB taps. Equally old can of tap-magic cutting oil in the lower right corner. Always down for bringing my old Holds/Claud back from the edge of the pit.


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Old 08-09-20, 01:12 PM
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Old books and tools

I taught myself how to work on bikes when I was in high school. My Dad bought me a Nishiki 10 speed to ride to high school complete with turkey levers and rat trap pedals. I decided to rebuild it. It took me one day to take it apart and over a week to overhaul it and put it back together.

Before rebuilding the bike, I picked up a copy of Richard's bike book and a small set of tools that came in a plastic zippered folder. It was a pretty complete set of tools but I've lost most of them over the years other than the metric wrenches. I remember reading in Richard's bike book that tools should at least be drop forged. These are Hozan drop forged wrenches and they still fit my hands better than any other wrenchs I've owned. Both the book and the tools are over 40 years old.


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Old 08-09-20, 04:57 PM
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Great additions, thanks, everyone!!
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My 1950's era ShopSmith no longer does any woodworking duties so it is now my dedicated bike part cleaner/polisher....

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here's an example of what it can do to a an old beat-up crankset.... First I use fine grit emery cloth to remove any deep scratches and gouges, next ShopSmith with soft wire wheel at slow speed, then any polishing compound with a microfiber cloth by hand....

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No that's very old school! Can't get any more basic than that.
It's amazing to see what can be done with simple basic tools, I wonder what will happen when all the folks relying on electronics will do if the interweb goes down.
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When I sit for meditation, I'm an old tool doing timeless work.
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My oldest bike tool presently is my Park Tools crankset extractor wrench with the dual sized screw-in barrel for standard ISO threading and older French crankset threading (I think they quit making it a long time ago.). Otherwise, it would have been the tiny Rivoli chain breaker tool that I lost (like most if them do), a long time ago, in my earliest biking days in college. Those small flat pedal wrenches also tend to lose themselves quite easily. I went through a few sets of those already, too....
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Not a bike tool but the Stanley 9 1/5 block plane my dad gave me a long time ago. Years later gave me Craftsman jack plane. Then a really sweet Lie-Nielsen 102 low angle block plane. Bought a Lie Nielsen rabbit plane. Those 4 planes are really useful! Everything from serious wood removal to finessing oak end grain.

And funny story re: the 9 1/2. My dad gave my younger brother a Craftsman 9 1/2. On evening, we took our planes apart and compared them. A few parts were different; not in any manner that mattered. All the key parts were not only identical, they were cut on the same machines. Same scratches. Now, over 4 decades later, we both still have ours and still use them.
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I love old tools! None of mine are bike specific though. I have an old Snap-on 1/2 drive ratchet thats been with me so long that Ive forgotten where I got it. One day it gave up the ghost while I was fighting a particularly stubborn bolt. Later that week the Snap-on dealer popped by the shop so I inquired about having it fixed.
" Whoa! Thats an old one." He says.
He then takes me into the truck and shows me a chart of dates codes.
"This is from 1952. You know, you're supposed to be the original purchaser to get warranty, but what the hell."
He digs in a drawer and not only does he have a rebuild kit for it but it was entirely free.
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
here's an example of what it can do to a an old beat-up crankset.... First I use fine grit emery cloth to remove any deep scratches and gouges, next ShopSmith with soft wire wheel at slow speed, then any polishing compound with a microfiber cloth by hand....
Very nice work!!!
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