What’s in Seth’s Toolbox?

What’s in Seth’s Toolbox?


Today we’re going to have a look at what’s
in my toolbox, and I’ll be damned if I don’t find someplace with a breeze to do it. Now
that it’s officially summer, my backyard is totally inhospitable. Although big tools like repair stands, large
allen key sets, truing stands, and presses always live right at home, 3/4 of my stuff
fits in a portable toolbox. As a city dweller with limited space, it’s perfect. Here you’ll find the usual tools that everyone
needs, like allen keys, screwdrivers, and adjustable wrenches just in case. I also keep
a few spare multi tools on hand. For BMX repairs I always have two ratchets
with a 15mm, 17mm, and extension ready to go. These sockets fill in the voids when I
need other sizes. Here’s something that most of you should
have, actual Torx bits! I know it’s tempting to jam an Allen key in, but these are much
easier. Since I do bring this box with me on certain
occasions, I keep a hand pump in here for emergencies. There’s always a floor pump
in my car so I rarely need this. I also have some very useful tools in here
which most riders are missing. For instance, a utility scissor, which is great for unpacking
new bikes, installing grip tape, and cutting valve stems out of inner tubes—you know,
for ghetto tubeless installations. Somehow I end up using the scissor a lot. This rag is also really nice to have, and
works much better than a paper towel. As you’ve seen, I have this scale which
is actually designed for weighing fish. Until I started this channel I didn’t have a need
to weigh anything, but I use it all the time now to compare the weight of bikes and components.
Best $13 I ever spent. Here’s a pipe cutter, which can be used
on steel and aluminum tubes. It seems like the last thing we want to do these days is
cut down our bars, but I have an obsessive compulsive tendency to cut fork and seat tubes.
This is way smaller and easier than a hack saw. Some tools are only useful on older bikes,
or Walmart bikes. I keep stuff like headset wrenches, spanners, and other such oddities
on hand since I do end up using them more often than you’d think. Although most pedals these days can be fastened
with allen keys, a pedal wrench is a must have for BMX, kids bikes, and older mountain
bikes. Usually a standard wrench will not be narrow enough for pedals. I also like the
fact that it can turn a 15mm bolt in a pinch. Here’s something I rarely use anymore, a
set of tire levers. In my opinion, these Pedro’s levers are some of the best you can get. For
stubborn road tires they’re a lifesaver, but all my mountain bikes can be serviced
by hand now. Speaking of Pedro’s, this is the best crank puller I’ve ever owned. I
bought this one when I got fed up with my cheap crank puller, and I’ve been quite
satisfied with it. Another company I really like is Park Tool.
Besides the fact that they make every bike tool in existence, they have a Tech Tuesday
series starring Calvin Jones. [Show clip] For anyone who wants to learn about bike repair,
this the most informative and entertaining way to do it. This suspension pump is a must have for anyone
with air suspension. A floor or hand pump will rarely, if ever, fit the valve on a shock,
nor will it be capable or accurate enough to be used effectively. These pumps usually
go well above 200psi, in tiny increments. This cutter will help you avoid fraying your
cables and mashing your housings. When I was a kid, I was quite guilty of using random
tools for cutting brake and gear cables, but this makes life so much easier. While performing
these repairs, a cable puller, or third hand, will let you adjust the tension with one hand,
leaving you free to operate a wrench with the other. Although this is common in bike
shops, I haven’t met many home mechanics who keep this around. When working at a shop
as a teenager, I grew to really like this tool. If you ever need to replace or service a cassette,
good luck getting it off without these. A whip helps you keep things in place, while
this cassette tool makes turning the cap possible. I’ve seen hacks for this on the Internet,
but these don’t cost enough to justify the risk in my opinion. I have other tools in here like spoke wrenches,
a brush, chain tool, master link tool, and even a cup remover, but let’s stop for a
second and pay homage to my absolute favorite tool in the world; The 3-way hex wrench. Anyone
who owns one of these knows how ergonomic and awesome it is. Park Tool introduced this
design before I was even born, and since then it has become a staple tool in every bike
shop. So that’s my little toolbox. I left a link
below to a list of everything in the video. When you consider how huge an auto mechanic’s
work area is, it’s pretty awesome that a home bike mechanic can fit almost everything
they need under their kitchen sink. What’s in your toolbox? Anything unique? Let me know
in the comments. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. I have like, 2 multi tools a shock pump and some wrench thing that I need to loosen the bolt of my mother's bike or I can't change the seat height. I don't really change cassettes and all that and if I need to I can just go to my Cca club room, they have the tools, my friend changed his rear hub there.

  2. deep well 15mm socket, a few of those mini wrenches ikea furniture comes with , broken spoke as a pick, mini fake leatherman, also bought a surplus concertina wire cutter for my housings cuts really well.

  3. I maybe off topic but I absolutely hate scissors. They are my enemy, I don't even know how to use them, I hate this right handed world

  4. Yea, Park stuff makes undoubtedly the best bike tools IMO. I have the same cable cutter you have (which isn't Park) but it cuts shifter and brake hydraulic very well. Working on your bike with the proper tools sometimes separates victory from defeat.

  5. I didn't see any picks, like dental pick style. Super useful for anything with an o-ring. Cost almost nothing for a set at Home Depot or you can sharpen an old spoke to make a DIY version, use cable housing for the handle. Good call on the tubing cutter, way better than a hack saw!

  6. Interesting, that's almost exactly the same tool set I use besides I prefer small head-style crank pullers and BB wrenches that can be turned with a usual adjustable wrench.
    BTW, there is a good substitute for a dynamometric wrench – just insert the fishing scales' screw into the hole on the ratchet handle, measure the distance between the axis and the hole, calculate the resulting torque and make a conversion table of the most used ones. Then, apply the ratchet to the bolt, hold the scale perpendicular to the ratchet handle and pull the fishing scales till you see the desired value listed in the table.
    Besides that I use an Owerhaul set of a ratchet, screwdriver, extenders and angle-access inserts that can be fit together in any way (my favorite one is a ratchet->screwdriver->hex/torx which is quite universal in terms of tightening effort control and the degree of achievable maximum power for the stuck bolts) with a set of hex, torx and bolt heads.

  7. great video, gave me some new things to pick up

    1 thing that's always in my toolbox is a section of old inner tube and a hole puncher. I cut small shapes the size of a dime and punch a hole through it(usually a double layer) The hole is for a bolt to slide through and I use these to pad metal on metal contact points…]for example, the struts on a rear rack bolted to the rear dropouts.or the fender support screws.

  8. I live in a very rural area therefore it's difficult to try bike sizes at the sport store . basically bikes have to be special ordered. I noticed you ride a small, I am 5 foot six and a half so giant advises a small for riders 5-6 to 5-8 can you tell me how tall you are and how well does your size small fits . thank you for all the videos I really appreciate all the good stuff I get out of them .

  9. Thanks for this! I'm looking at ditching the local bike shop and doing the work myself. I was unsure what tools I need because I see a lot of tool kits on amazon, but wasn't sure how "complete" those sets were.

  10. Hey, I've got the same shitty whip as you do. It's the cheapest you can get in my country but this one never failed (as other whips I used).

  11. Instead of using tire levers I prefer using two small forks. They don't seem to damage the rim and for some reason work better, for me at least. I can even hook them on a spoke which is truly handy ! Plus forks are really easy to be found

  12. i am 21 i wish i have bike but my papa doesnt want bike but it i love and have life time die s in hole with my bike😚😚😚😉

  13. quick question, do you know sometimes when you turn in your bike to a mechanic for service, after it's done you realize that they placed a tool bag under the seat?

  14. Cone wrenches. Also, while I love the Park triad allen keys, I also love an old HKC quad hex wrench. I use their triad hex wrench more often, but the 8-9-10-11 quad is big and spins like a lugnut wrench. Start a nut, flick a side arm and swoooop it's snug; flick it anticlockwise and swoooop it's off. When there's room to do that, it's very satisfying.

  15. Calvin Jones from the Park Tool videos has taught me so much. I'm an amateur but he walked me through my bottom bracket replacement and derailleur adjustment.

  16. I use an S&M ride bmx tool wrap, with 15mm and 3/4 sockets, some rockbros multi tool, leatherman scissor multi tool, a valve wrench, a circular spoke wrench, patches, rubber cement, a rubber scraper, an extension for ratchet, a ratchet, a bone shaped multi wrench, 2 band aids, a sunlite chain breaker, and dat it

  17. Random question unrelated to this video… what knee and elbow pads have found to be most comfortable for short, thick guys like us? I’m 5’6” and 200 lbs.

  18. I know these comments are super old, but after a great SBH recommendation, a roll of skateboard grip tape is now in my toolbox for chainstay protection, extra grip on gear and brake levers, and other uses too. Cheers again for another great hack for those of us with not a lot to spend!

  19. what else works great as a three way alen set is fix it sticks not only are there magneticly attached but you can change out the end of them to whatever you want and there 40 dollars CAD not sure what that is american

  20. Shouts out Park Tool and Calvin… two years later hangs out with them at Park Tool! So crazy to see how your channel has grown Seth!

  21. Nice one Seth. You had things I never thought of. I decided to load up my hydration pack with everything I could think of, should things go wrong on a long trek. The pack weighs 10 pounds now including water………………..For fuck sakes……………..I think the real problem is bicycles being unreliable. Why should I carry half my house tools with me because my shitty bike can't handle being ridden without problems? And it's not even a shitty bike, it's a pretty damn expensive bike from any money I've ever had. I shouldn't have to think about having problems, and walking 20 kilometers home carrying it like I've done in the past. "Better safe than sorry" as the saying goes, would rather carry all the gear, than be butt fucked in the middle of nowhere crying the blues. Limping home on a damaged bicycle is infinity times better than carrying it.

  22. When I change my gearing I have a 1984 oil filter remover with 8 splinez that Deos the job fatally whel

  23. Too be fair, if we're considering hand tools, not specialty tools, then I have all the tools I need to repair my engine in a bag about the size of that box which I found out the hard way last June when the new engine I got blew a head gasket that wasn't covered by a warranty since the car is a 2005 and the engine came from a 2002. Glad I had the v6 which is easier than the I4 that I could've had.

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