Spin Doctor Old Tools Quiz

Spin DoctorOur head Spin Doctor, Gaynor, likes to create challenges to test the Spin Doctor mechanics in our stores. Last week he created this tricky “old tools” identification quiz, although perhaps “old” is the wrong word – let’s just call them “seldom-used”. In any case, we thought you might like to play along at home, so here are 8 images to test your obscure bike tool knowledge.

Post your answers (or guesses) in the comments below. We’ll even give you some hints to get started: Tool #2 is actually parts of a tool (think steering) and Tool #5 is not a 4th hand cable puller (think wheel). Good luck!

Tool #1:

Tool #2:

Tool #3:

Tool #4:

Tool #5:

Tool #6:

Tool #7:

Tool #8:

20 thoughts on “Spin Doctor Old Tools Quiz

  1. #4 is a chain plier for quick breaking (lower position) and closing (upper position) of chains before hyperglide.
    #8 is a collection of crown race removal tools that straddled the crown of an inverted fork and engaged the edge of the headset crown race, then hit with a hammer on the center of the tool.

    1. Sorry, that should be #7 is a collection of crown race removal tools that straddled the crown of an inverted fork and engaged the edge of the headset crown race, then hit with a hammer on the center of the tool. The small one on the right appears to be a Campagnolo.

  2. #6 is a VAR freewheel vise. The two mushroom-head pins on each arm (under the “R” and “3”) would be used to hold the valleys between adjacent teeth on the large sprocket. The underside (from what’s visible) would then be clamped into a bench vise to hold the sprocket securely. Then, the threaded smaller cogs could be loosened with a chain whip.

  3. Here’s my guesses….
    1: Spoke Trimmer
    2: some sort of headset
    3: Clueless
    4: Reminds me of linemans pliers
    5: Spoke Gripper
    6: Freewheel Vise
    7: Frame Alignment Table Prop
    8: Some sort of truing stand?

  4. Tool #1 is a VAR #17 spoke end cutter for trimming excess spoke length beyond the nipple after the wheel’s been assembled.
    #5 is a spoke-holding tool to prevent wind-up when turning the nipple.

      1. The tool is a “twist resist” I believe it is made by Hozan for limiting the tendency of light gauge spokes to wind up at higher tensions.

  5. #3 is obviously some kind of straightener, but very small end-to-end, so not for a frame part. Perhaps a straightener for a steel crankarm?

  6. #2 are replacement blades for a VAR #370 Head Race Remover, for removing the headset cups pressed into the head tube, similar to current Park Tool RT-1, which does not have replaceable blades.

  7. #8 is obviously some kind of alignment gauge with a self-centering cone, but the black arm appears to be mounted on the wrong side of the post.

  8. 1 – Spoke end trimmer
    2 – Fork crown alignment thingy??
    3 – Chainring straightener
    4 – Chain pliers
    5 – Spoke pliers to keep spoke from twisting while truing wheel
    6 – Freewheel vise
    7 – Fork crown race pullers (actually whackers)
    8 – Measuring jig for use on an alignment table

  9. I think some of the above answers may be right but I am thankful I don’t have to use any of those tools. They look heavy… if they’re necessary for maintenance, are they available in carbon fiber? :)

  10. Steve was close – they’re actually torture devices from the medieval ages.

    1 – Tooth yoinker
    2 – Slip slapper
    3 – Finger squisher
    4 – Bigger tooth yoinker
    5 – Mouth spreader
    6 – Not familiar with this one… looks similar to a jimmy rustler but I can’t be sure
    7 – Neck/wrist shackles
    8 – Head bonker

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