So, as per above I’m starting to get to grips with bikes and mechanics at a seriously basic level. I’d like to slowly transition that level up a notch if at all possible. I am THE most UNmechanically minded and handed person I know. Like a total idiot. I have a tendency to rush (without realising) and my hands just don’t do what my brain tells them when attempting fine motor tasks. I’m trying really hard of late, but I am just crap at this stuff. Puncture repair is about my limit, though I think I’ve repaired minor gearing issues on mine and Mrs GB’s bikes with a bit of tweaking of the cable tightener thing and the R and L screws (though they still blow my mind a tad). That said, there’s only one way to get better eh.
So I’ve moved from just owning a bike, to at least owning cleaning equipment and products and have washed my new bike more in 6 months than my previous one in 7 years! I like the idea of the chain waxing thing, especially if saves time down the line, but I just don’t have the space for sonic cleaners, slow cookers etc. It’s not gonna wash. So maybe one for the future.
That said I would like to be able to remove a wheel (I can actually take a wheel off right now!), chain and a cassette myself. Whether that’s for a deeper clean or to replace parts. By way of example, Mrs GB has a broken freehub on her bike at the mo. I’ve located and sourced the part but now can’t get to my mate’s house to fix it. So naturally I looked it up online. I don’t even know how or have the tools to take the cassette off to even access the hub!
I don’t want to spend silly money here, as I’ll only be doing light duties. But at the same time, I do understand the false economy of Home Bargains tools that are made of cheese. But I most definitely have zero interest in going full @fatpom and spending more on a few allen keys than I would on 2 month’s worth of food I jest of course, but you get the point. So I guess lower mid range if such a thing exists?
Currently my tool box consists of (relevant to bike repair) an alright set of standard allen keys that I nicked off a mate, pliers, screwdrivers and that’s about it. I don’t so much as own a single wrench/spanner.
So where do I start? Having a quick look online - Park Tool website - it looks like:
A chain whip
Casette lockring tool
Freewheel tool wrench (what even is this?)
Grease (ties in with my earlier post on the bike clean thread)
Some sort of chain tool?
But what types? There seem to be loads of options and versions! I have Shimano 105 R7000 GS 11speed with a HG700 11-34 cassette- if that makes any difference?
Anything I’m missing?
Any good resources? Park Tool seem to be a bit of a go to?
Thanks in advance!!!