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    What makes your shop time go smoothly?

    I've seen tons of things that people do to save time or make things easier for them in the shop. It's usually small personal touches that make general maintenance easier. Here's a couple of mine:

    -Toe strap around the repair stand
    -Magnet on side of work bench and truing/repair stand
    -Store spoke nipples in Zyrtec bottles (if you're lucky enough to have year-round allergies you'll quickly accumulate many of these bottles)

    These help make my time working on bikes go quickly, and somebody who doesn't spend a lot of time in the shop may completely miss these. Post up a few things that make your shop time go smoothly for others to try!
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    Coiled air line dropped from the ceiling to the tool caddy on top of the stand. Always there and never in the way.

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    What makes your shop time go smoothly?

    I love having one or two of those large utility garbage cans centrally located between the stands, great for changing flats and, well, the obvious.


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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Coiled air line dropped from the ceiling to the tool caddy on top of the stand. Always there and never in the way.
    i had this setup and did not like it. i have my hoses coming off the right side of my bench with the truing stand. also have 1 hose for presta and one for schrader

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    (Too long a list for me). I really like having almost anything and everything I need to do a job. Tools, greases, new loose ball bearings, BB spacers, fork oils, one of each Morningstar free-hub seals, new cables and housings, etc etc. Kinda like a shop has so I do NOT have to go to town to "get a part". (I am NOT a shop but do all my own repairs and teach riders wanting to learn; to work on their bikes). Yeah i've spent some $$ BUT it beats the time and $ spent running back and forth to town "for a part"; especially late at night or after 5 on a Sat or Sunday. Works for me.
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    Having everything well organized so you spend more time wrenching and less time looking for parts/tools.

    Beer. Plenty of beer. This way smooth shop time ends up really smooth.

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    An ultrasonic cleaner...............best $500 I have ever spent on a tool.

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    Music going keeps the pace going.

    Time is money, as the saying goes.

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    Bosch lithium ion driver with Allen bits

    Long handle bottle brush to clean fork lowers and stanchions

    Dental picks

    Park Y Allen key

    Park bike repair stand

    Rubber hammer

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    On the rare occasion that I'm actually in my shop and not on the road I've normally got an impact driver within reach. Those things are awesome for rotor bolts, chain ring bolts, stems and a hand full of other things. Obviously my Crombie tool is always in the box, that thing saves me a ton of time swapping cassettes at races. Having a semi permanent wash station is nice as well.

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    Are we talking home shops or as a business?
    If home then music is key, Nad AMP Polk speakers and some old metallica, Ride the lightning is my fav.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fahza29er View Post
    Are we talking home shops or as a business?
    If home then music is key, Nad AMP Polk speakers and some old metallica, Ride the lightning is my fav.
    I have to agree with fahza29er....tunes are key.

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