Readers of Bike Hacks might recognize that we do not have a lot of posts focused on tools. The main reason is that I have very few bike specific tools and very little mechanical training - thus I am a hack. Most of my hacks and repairs are done with basic, general use tools that I have picked up over the years along with my Topeak Mini 18+. I am also not blessed with a garage or much space as I live in a 500 square foot apartment.
We welcome people to email us with their tool hacks or tool reviews as reader Dogulas did recently. He blogs over at Boston Bicycle Mechanic. He has some great tool hacks, tool advice, and some reviews/comments on products he has purchased. The text and pictures below are credited to Dogulas. Check out his site for more goodness. Wrench on!
Magnetic Pick Up Tool
made this today. piece of brake housing. 1/4 inch diameter magnet and 3/8 shrink tube. stick the magnet on the end of brake housing. i ground the end of the brake housing flat. slide on shrink tube and heat it up. i let the shrink tube roll over the front of the magnet so it holds well. use this to fish cables that are routed internally.
Put a Magnet on your Chain Whip
put a magnet on the tag end of your chain whip. this will keep the end from flopping around and falling off when you are laying down some serious power. i used an old shoe lace and stuffed a small 1/4 diameter magnet in it. put a few knots it in and attach to the end of your whip. you will like this one
Lock Ring Pliers - Make Your Own
made my own lock ring pliers from a cheap set of import water pump pliers. these run about 12-15 new. real lock ring pliers? well about triple that. these can be made in about 10 minutes with a file and vise. have a few lock rings to test fit. a grinder can be used to remove bulk material but i used the files to shape the notches/teeth. they work great for fixie lock rings and bb lock rings. make your own!