tool of the week

This weeks tool of the week is the Hoover. okay so you’re probably thinking why I have chosen a hoover as my TOTW, but there is a good reason behind this, any of you out there that have an internally cable routed frame when it comes to changing the inner and outer cable you must wonder how to do this with ease, well hear’s your answer - the Hoover.

 The first step is to remove the old inner and outer cables from the frame, then get the new inner cable, some blue cloth and some Finish Line Wet Lube, place the blue cloth on a flat surface then create a line of wet lube across the blue  cloth, once that is done pick the blue cloth up making sure the wet lube faces upwards and run the inner cable across this keeping a tight grip across the whole cable. This is to insure that all of the manufacturers lube ( which is actualy Lanolin a form of pig fat ) is removed, and giving the inner cable a good smothering of lube.

The next step in to cut the correct length of outer cable, then tie a piece of string to the inner cable and start to feed the cable into the ICR whole. Then get your Hoover and place the nozzle end of the frame where the ICR while come out from, turn the hoover on but make sure you have hold of the other end of the cable. Once through turn the hoover off and pull the string/inner cable out of the hoover.

Once you have carried out those steps the next is to feed the outer cable through. place some wet lube into the end of both side of the inner cable ( this is to make sure the inner cable runs freely through the outer. Then simply feed the outer over the inner insuring you do not pull the inner cable out of the other side of the ICR.

And there you have it my TOTW makes what I think to be a hard job into an easy one :) Jules says it does a mean job of keeping the floor spic and span too!!

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Time for a mid-week TOTW top up!!


I’ve nominated the Master Truing Jig from Park Tools as this weeks Tool Of The Week.

With more dials and adjustments than you can shake a large stick at, Parks MTJ or ‘Jig of Truth’ as it has come to be known here, gives the professional Tool Meister the readings they need to build wheels to within 0.2 to 0.1mm That’s a pretty fine tolerance I’m sure you’ll agree!

Combined with the DT Swiss spoke tension metre an experienced Tool Meister can build you a formidable set of hoops.

Fancy learning how to build wheels to this high standard? Then get yourself booked onto a wheel building course here at ATG-Training toot-sweet !!

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Tool of the week!!


This weeks ‘Tool of the week’ has POWER!!! Thanks to Nick (one of this weeks Cytech learners) for the following T.O.T.W nomination.

Welcome to the ultimate lazy mans tool, aka the Makita impact drive. I bought this solely to use for construction work, but was also offered a ½ inch drive adapter, so I started trying it out on the bike and car. Using this tool makes doing up or undoing axle nuts easy and also helps you avoid punching the chainstay when the nut suddenly comes loose.

I’ve also found that the impact drive has enough guts in it to undo car wheel nuts, while also not having to worry about stripping threads or rounding off nuts/bolt heads due to the internal clutch system. Another handy little feature is the automatic LED torch built into the front which makes those annoying nightime jobs not so bad.

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It’s time for another of ATG-Trainings renowned ‘Tool of the week’!

This week I am nominating the Rockshox shock pump. “But why?!” I hear you cry… well, your fully suspended air sprung bike would be pretty useless without one, that’s why!!

I like the fact that it is compact enough to fit in your trail pack without too much weight penalty and, like a featherweight boxer, it packs a pretty mean punch for its size, packing up to 300 P.S.I for those of us who like cakes and pies as much as we do riding.

It’s a tool everyone can use, but like with all tools, an experienced toolmeister knows a few extra bits of info about the humble shock pump.

Did you know for example, that the ‘hiss’ from the shock when you remove the shock pump, is actually from the pipe of the shock pump rather than the air can? What theneedle says on the dial is what is in the shock, the reason it reads 5-10 P.S.I lower is that the air has to travel from the shock, through the hose and THEN register the dial.

Also, when you screw the shock pump onto the valve, make sure you thread it on until the needle registers and only a half to three quarters of a turn after this. Turning it any more could damage the threads on the valve and your shock pump.

So, there we have it, a Simple to use, compact, indespensible tool. More than enough reason for it to deserve the ‘tool of the week’ accolade!

Fancy becoming an ‘experienced toolmeister’? then get your backside booked on a course with us here at ATG-Training!!!

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Tool of the week!!

I write this after a good busy week here in the ATG-training workshop.

The Cytech training is over, the building is quiet, the rain is beating down on the roof and it seems to be getting dark already. What better time to nominate a ‘Tool of the week’!

As the training is over, I feel the need for a frosty beverage and everyone knows that to enjoy a frosty beverage you need a tool to open it first, so it is with great pleasure that I nominate Parks amusingly titled BO-2 (Bottle Opener 2) as tool of the week as it allows me to sit back and enjoy said beverage with minimum bottle opening fuss. A perfect tool to end the week with.

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Tool of the week!!

This week I’d like to nominate to the prestigeous ranks of ‘Tool of the week’ the Park Tool DAG 1.

Sounding like an Irish pronounciation of ‘dog’ or an Australian slang term, the DAG 1 or to give it its full title Derailluer Alignment Guage 1 is a mighty handy bit of kit to have in the workshop given how suscepitible the derailluer hanger is to knocks, especially when fitted to a mountain bike.

DAG 1′s primary use should be as an alignment guage to tell you if the mech hanger is bent. She has an adjustable peg that you use to check the vertical and horizontal straightness of the hanger against sections of the rear wheel. It is therefore imperitive that the rear wheel be checked for truth before installing DAG 1 as otherwise she will give you an incorrect reading.

 Use her with caution on replaceable hangers which are just that REPLACEABLE! if they are out of shape that much then you may find that using DAG 1′s powers to pull it back again leaves you with half a hanger in your hands and half on the bike. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! I would excersise the caution stick even on Steel frames as if the hanger needs a lot of work then you may find the paint cracking off around the dropout.

DAG 1 (in the hands of a qualified Cytech Mechanic) has been known to save many frames from the reaper for another trip down ‘that’ section of trail…

(N.B – now superceded by DAG-2!)

Want to know how to use one of these? then get yourselves signed up to a Cytech course here at ATG-Training pronto!!

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