Author Topic: I made my own tool!!  (Read 2104 times)

Scooby Doo

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I made my own tool!!
« on: February 07, 2013, 04:08:49 AM »
I'm a keen cyclist, and whilst many of my peers opt for 2000 carbon fibre bikes, I came to the realisation that I had enough spare bits to almost build myself another bike!

I bought the frame and a few bits, and started building yesterday. However, when it came to fitting the star fangled nut in the fork steerer (explanation here - http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/star-fangled-nut-installation), my usual method of tapping it in with a small screwdriver simply wasn't working. I was also worried I was going to damage something.

I looked at the tools to do the job, but they were coming in between 20 and 50. For something I've done three times in my life, that wasn't worth the outlay. I then came across this video on YouTube :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=229ygmkebrk

These guys also sell a tool, however, this was in Australia and not worth the price/effort - but the method intrigued me.

To cut a long story short, I went to Toolstation, got a 1m M6 threaded rod for 2, some M6 nuts and a penny washer and hey presto! A perfectly fitted SFN with no damage whatsoever.

I am disproportionately happy with this!

frompa

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Re: I made my own tool!!
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2013, 04:57:20 AM »
Dude, totally awesome.  As is your undertaking to build your own bike.  Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress!

Scooby Doo

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Re: I made my own tool!!
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2013, 06:28:09 AM »
Thanks!

Currently, the new bike has headset, forks, handlebar and saddle fitted. Wheels are on, along with the chainset and pedals. Now on to gears and brakes!