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supaste

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supaste says:

Tool Kit

I'm heading off to university soon to start my second year, the new house I'm renting is a bit further away from campus than last year so I've decided to take my bike down with me.

Just before I move in it's my birthday and I trying to make a list of tools and bits and bobs it would be worth having for essential maintenance. I've made a list of things I have or that I'm already planning to buy below.

General tools: spanner set, screw driver set

Tire care: foot pump, electric pressure gauge

Chain care: chain lube, grunge brush, chain cleaning fluid

General care: bucket, sponge, rags, wd40

Obviously what I've listed isn't a comprehensive tool kit by any means but I just wanted to know your thoughts on what are the bare minimum essential tools I should have for performing the sort of general maintenance that I as opposed to the garage am expected to carry out. Are there any essentials that I'm missing off my list?

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shuggie1

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shuggie1 says:

multimeter?

always handy for those little electrical gremlins

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supaste

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supaste says:

multimeter

1. Are they expensive?
2. What sort of electrical issues are they useful for?
3. Do I need a reasonable knowledge of electronics to make use of them? (I don't know anything about electrics)

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

Also useful

and not mentioned is a socket set - even if its a small, basic one.

Multimeter - handy for most electrical issues (finding flat batteries / blown fuses / reg/rec and charging problems) except perhaps Electronic Fuel Injection problems which sometimes require specialist testing. Basic digital ones can be had for a tenner or so which will do the job.

Hope that helps.

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supaste

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supaste says:

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A little socket set probably wouldn't be a bad idea. Even if don't use them I can be safe in the knowledge that a decent set of tools lasts a lifetime.

I had a little look into the multimeters and they seem a bit beyond me. I'll keep them in mind though. It's the sort of thing I'd have to do some research on before I even contemplated buying/using them.

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