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Online Brian

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Tools for the beginner
« on: 14.11. 2008 22:10 »
After replying to Wade-o's post about charging I got to thinking about what tools are needed to work on old bikes, in particular "A" BSA's.

It seems that there are a few members who are new to the game so I thought maybe I would make a few basic suggestions as to what is needed in the way of hand tools.

Now, what tools do you need is like asking how long is a piece of string, its endless. A lot of us have been working on bikes for most of our lives and have accumulated a shed full of tools that we can do just about anything with. However if you are new to all this and go into a modern toolshop you will be surrounded with shelves of nice shiney tools that cost a fortune, so what do you need to get started.

Here is my list of what I would call basic requirements.

1 x set ring/open ender whitworth spanners
1 x set whitworth sockets, preferably single hex and 3/8" drive.
1 x set screwdrivers
1 x pair pointed nose pliers
1 x pair normal pliers
1 x pair side cutters (wire cutters)
1 x 12" adjustable (shifter) for axle/wheel nuts
1 x small engineers hammer
1 x cheap volt/ohm meter

As time goes by you will no doubt buy more tools but I think these would be a good start.

Contrary to public belief just because you dont use tools very often they still need to be of good quality. Some people think that because they are only going to use them occasionally they can get away with cheap stuff, wrong! Cheap tools are not cheap if they dont do the job or cause damage. Most of the cheap brands are thicker and simply wont go into some places and some are made of plasticine. Buy reasonably quality stuff. If you are unsure about just which brands are good and which are not ask friends in your area, ask the bloke who services your car, ask forum members who live in your country. You dont need the most expensive but you do need a good quality tool. If you buy good quality and look after them they will last you the rest of your life.

So there you have it, my humble suggestions as to just what you need to get started on "A" model BSA's.

No doubt I have missed a few basic things so please add to my list but remember we are aiming at the beginner, not trying to set up an engineering shop !


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Re: Tools for the beginner
« Reply #1 on: 15.11. 2008 09:17 »
Good Post Brian...

It won't be long however before the beginner ends up having to make some of his own tools where it comes down to specialist jobs that requires doing. (Who has the patience to wait a few days for a particular ordered tool to arrive in the post?) So, pointing to our forums 'home made tool thread'

Apart from the list that Brian mentions, I'd like to add a good decent set of bearing pullers which I have found to be an absolute must have, the use of two screw drivers and ghashed skin is not on.
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Re: Tools for the beginner
« Reply #2 on: 24.11. 2008 11:31 »
Can you post the dimensions of a pushrod comb.
I can't find one to steal and am too lousy to buy one.