Tool Tips

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by Sheldon Brown

In the 1980s, I wrote a regular monthly column in Bicycling magazine, on maintenance and repair, particularly focussed on the selection and use of tools. While some of this material is rather dated, much of it isn't. Since some of these articles deal with topics that are not covered in such depth elsewhere in this site, I'm putting them online.

I'm starting with just the text for most of these articles, but hope to scan the photos later, from my original 4X5 negatives.

I've done my best to proofread these articles, but they were scanned from old magazines, and there may be some strange results.

In general, I've tried to resist the temptation to tinker with the texts, except that I've tried to undo some of the changes made by my editor (who believes that it's ok to begin a sentence with a conjunction.) As time goes by, I may do major revisions on some of these articles to bring them more up-to-date.

I've also included some even older articles that originally appeared in Bike World magazine in the 1970s.

September 1978Hub
Overhaul
Basic hub maintenance and repair.
January 1979Truing
Wheels
An essential skill for the compleat cyclist.
June 1982Adjustable
Wrenches
There's more to a "knucklebuster" than you might think.
July 1982NutdriversNutdrivers are most common in the electronic industry, but they are very useful for bicycle work too.
August 1982Cone
Wrenches
Cone wrenches are absolutely necessary if you want to service your hubs..
Jan./Feb 1983Cottered
Cranks
Servicing of cottered cranks, with normal household tools.
March 1983Cotterless
Cranks
Servicing of cotterless cranks. Selection and use of crank pullers.
May 1983Bottom Bracket
Cup Tools
Tools for removing bottom bracket cups, both store-bought and home-made.
June 1983Bottom Bracket
Adjustment Tools
Tools for adjusting bottom brackets.
July 1983TapsTaps for cutting new screw threads, or repairing damaged ones.

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