Re: [CR]Taps & Dies Recommendations?

(Example: Racing)

From: "Tony Zanussi" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Taps & Dies Recommendations?
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 18:15:30 -0500

Thanks all for the great info! I also learned that Sheldon sells a lot of tools that I didn't know about! Well, I feel a sigh of relief now! Great articles as always Sheldon.

Tony "tapped out until payday!" Zanussi

At 9:56 PM -0500 2/16/01, Tony Zanussi wrote:
>I would love to hear from all what taps and dies (sources also!)
>that you recommend for the minor work needed on small areas of
>bikes, or ANY that you have found usefull. I am not talking BB's,
>but mainly axles, dropouts, metric for 5 and 6mm, and ANY other,
>including pedals.

>I know The Third Hand is going out of business soon and want to get
>some items I know I will need. Also, any input on where to obtain
>tools other than from Third Hand is greatly appreciated once they
>are gone. If I only had the $$$! I know Sheldon Brown wrote an
>article in Bicycling in early 80's regarding taps and dies, but I
>see no mention of this on his site?

It's at:
>Sheldon, and all, any help? What are the actual taps and dies I
>need for most bike related threads? Dimensions? Corresponding
>drill bits?

The most useful taps are 5 mm and 6 mm. These are available in any decent hardware store, along with the appropriate drill bits.

For the bicycle-specific stuff, I carry them. See:

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