The Best Tools In The Garage
We here at MBA are tool dorks. We love to work on our bikes in the garage late into the night, dialing in our machines for the ride the next day. We love it when a new tool comes into our shop, especially when we’ve been asking for a year, “Why doesn’t somebody make a tool for this?” This is a collection of those tools that have been lifesavers for our crew—ones that are incredibly functional, and those that are simply too cool to leave out of the mix.
This month’s “Garage Files” is all about the tools you didn’t know were out there but will certainly want. If you are not in the market for new tools, you should probably stop reading right now, because there are some tools that you will undoubtedly want in your home workshop after seeing this article.
While this tool works great for cutting any hydraulic line, it’s still best to cut any shifter housing with a more conventional cable cutter. The metal filaments in shifter housing will not only damage and dull the blade of this tool, but likely won’t give it a clean cut.
The rotor truing slot is invaluable for bringing slightly tweaked rotors back to straight. Be sure you ensure the tool is clean before using it, as any time you’re truing a rotor, you can contaminate the brake system.
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