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    My toolkit / bike shop in-a-box

    I thought I'd share a recent project I've been working on for myself to take to races. I was finding that as a bike shop mechanic that when I went to race people were always asking me to fix their stuff. So, eventually I got tired of not have the correct tools/ parts for the job so i decided to make it happen and throw together something. I purchased this military o-ring sealed waterproof aluminum case that was used to transport some sort of radar equipment from a surplus store and went to town on decking it out with all of the necessities and some cool unnecessary things as well. I first added the pneumatic wheels off of a mountain skateboard and fabricated the aluminum folding handle.

    Then I went on to the inside. I divided the bottom half to hold shop supplies and parts. There are ~15 tubes in common road / mtb / cx race sizes, A lot of lubes,cleaners/degreasers and bike wash; small parts bins for nuts, bolts, quick links, etc.. ; spare ss, 9, 10 speed chains; spare 9 and 10 speed cassettes; a pile of common chainrings; common road and mtb brake pads (disc and rim); full size tub of grease; and my FAVORITE a 24oz co2 tank and regulator tucked away in the bottom for seating that pesky tubeless tire..

    In the lid I mounted three hinged panels of tools under elastic straps. With the most common ones in front and least common ones more towards the back. It makes for nice, organized work and not having to dig through a bag of tools.

    Any thoughts on improvement? Sorry in advance for the poor quality pictures, my digital camera is broken.
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    Man, that's the nicest toolbox I've seen, and its portable. I can't think of any improvement. Maybe more stickers?
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    Sweet, where do you put the beer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    Sweet, where do you put the beer?
    You sit on the beer and tow the tools behind this -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqTLA...eature=related
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    a few properly placed stickers and its done ... nice setup ... best ive seen
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    The only thing I can think of is maybe more elastic to hold the tool if they start slipping around during travel.

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    Needs a bottle opener , awesome setup by the way .

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    Brilliant!
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    Friggin awesome! I'm not sure if you would need it, but you could even rig up an umbrella mount for cover from the sun or elements.

    And that's what I figured a bike mechanic's living room should look like, so good on you.

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    Thanks for all of the kind words! I have a Pedro's bottle opener that I'm gonna mount on the outside, just haven't had a chance.That elastic is just any old elastic either it started life as those new flat style bungee cords so the tools aren't budging.My friend and I have flipped it all over the place and nothing fell out of it home. I also have resisted the urge to cover the outside with stickers because another friend of mine is a very good pin striper and he's going to hook it up! Then the stickers will come.

    As for the umbrella mount it's a cool idea but I already have one on my repair stand that I rarely use as we generally travel with an ez-up tent to the races. Again Thanks for all of the kind words!!

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    That thing is pretty awesome...

    I have this wheeled pelican tool case thing but that makes it look like flimsy junk.

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    That is awesome. Have you thought about putting some straps in front of the handle to hold your portable bike stand? Post up an updated photo when you get it pin striped.

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    That is simply awesome!

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