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Work Bench Illustrated

I wrote about our Kuala Lumpur accommodation requirements in 2 Into 6 ft².  The tale of my ever-expanding collection of tools is in Giving it the Full Muller.  That blog post has a photograph of the work bench I was forced to buy after coming home from the Downland Cycles Bike Maintenance Course with yet more tools.  I have since rearranged how the tools are hung on the peg board.  I am not sure how it happened but the number of tools has grown as well.

Here is what lives on my work bench today.

Tool Bench 1

Starting at the top:

Number  Tool              Notes
      1 Rubber Mallet  So far only used with pedal wrench to “persuade” tight pedals to come off crank arms.
      2 Pledge Furniture Polish Makes bikes shiny. Helps stop road grunge from sticking to bikes. Comes with lemon scent if you so desire.
      3 Hex Wrenches Ironside.  Sizes 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10mm.
      4 Pedal Wrench Standard 15mm pedal wrench.
      5 Chain Tool Park Tool CT-3.  Used to remove links so that new chains are the correct length.
      6 Vise Whip Pedro’s.  An excellent alternative to a chain whip.  For removing cassettes without skinning your knuckles.
      7 Radio & CD Player Bose Wave Radio.  You can’t wrench without tunes.
      8 Long Nose Locking Pliers Stanley.  For clamping and holding parts to be worked on.
      9 Cable Cutters Pedro’s.  So far used only to cut zip ties.
     10 Missing Link Opener KMC.  Makes easy work of removing SRAM Powerlock chain connectors.
     11 Rubber Gloves These give you sweaty hands, but that beats greasy hands.
     12 Needle Nose Pliers Straight needle nose and curved needle nose pliers for holding small and fiddly bits.
     13 Chaingrip Chain Holder BBB BTL-50.  Keeps chain under tension when rear wheel is removed.
     14 Torque Settings Crib Sheet List of torque setting for various bolts.  Crucial for proper tightening of said bolts.
     15 Hex Bits Britool Expert.  Sizes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 17mm hex bits.  For use with the Syntace torque wrench.
     16 Grease Gun Weldtite TF-2.
     17 Chain Wear Indicator Park Tool CC-3.2.
     18 Multitool Park Tool MT-1.  My first bike tool. 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm hex wrenches.  8, 9 and 10mm socket wrenches.  Flat blade screwdriver.
     19 Pen Knives Swiss Army.
     20 3-Way Hex Wrenches Park Tool AWS-1 (4, 5 and 6mm bits) and Park Tool AWS-3 (2, 2.5 and 3mm bits).
     21 Screw Drivers Assorted Park Tool and other flat blade and cross tip screw drivers.
     22 Touch-Up Paint Orbit Industries.  Fortunately only used once.
     23 Ultrasonic Cleaner James Ultra 7000.  One of the tools I bought after the bike mechanic’s course.  Excellent for cleaning cogs, chains etc.
     24 Chain Lube Finish Line Dry Lube and Purple Extreme.  The Purple Extreme is my current favorite.
     25 Cable Puller XLC.  Unused to date.  I have to refer to my course notes to remind myself of how to use it.
     26 Cone Wrench Cyclus 19mm.  Fits the preload adjuster on my Easton EA90 SLX rear hubs.
     27 Spoke Wrench Park Tool SW-0 3.23mm.  Fits the spoke nipples on my Easton EA90 SLX wheels.
     28 3-Way Socket Wrench Park Tool ST-3 with 8, 9 and 10mm sockets.
     29 Magnetic Parts Bowl Pedro’s.  Bolts, screws and other ferrous parts stay put.
     30 Bottom Bracket Tool IceToolz MO91.  For use with the Syntace torque wrench.
     31 Cassette Lock Ring Tool IceToolz with pin.  For use with the Syntace torque wrench.
     32 8mm Hex Bit Britool Expert.  Most used size.  For use with the Syntace torque wrench to remove and install SRAM self-extracting crank bolts.
     33 Utility Knife Park Tool UK-1.
     34 Magnetic Knife Rack IKEA Grundtal.  Knife rack that is a convenient size to hold various tools that cannot be hung on a peg board.
     35 Chain Wear Indicator Wipperman.  A giveaway item from a bike show.
     36 Hook & Pick Set Bluespot.  For cleaning bolt threads, removing debris from tires etc.
     37 Aluminum Rim Cleaning Block Mavic.  For cleaning and smoothing the brake tracks on aluminum rims.
     38 Mini Torque Wrench Giustaforza 2-16.  Click-type torque wrench comes with a variety of bits.  Torque range of between 2 and 16 Nm.  Good for tightening stem bolts, seat post bolts etc.
     39 Torque Wrench Syntace.  Click-type torque wrench with a range of between 5 and 80 Nm.  Essential for tightening crank bolts, bottom bracket cups and cassette lock rings.
     40 Wipes Bison.  Degreasing wipes in a convenient dispenser.
     41 Degreaser Cyclon Bionet.  A biodegradable degreaser.
     42 Chain Lube Pedro’s Ice Wax.  Good in wet conditions.
     43 Anti-Rust Spray Hunter’s.  I’ve sprayed some down the seat tube of my steel bike. I figure it can’t hurt.

Not visible on my work bench, but probably my most-used tool, if you can call it that, is a Lezyne Classic Floor Drive pump.  Worth every penny for the threaded chuck alone.

Also not in the photo is my Feedback Sports Pro-Classic work stand.  The second most-used item in my home workshop.

It may have taken me a long time to figure out why my steel bike was creaking, but it wasn’t for the lack of tools!