In case of emergency, a reliable cheater tool is the basic flat wrench, clamped firmly into place with a thick piece of all-thread, and huge washers and nuts on both sides. Works best if the moveable cup is screwed lightly into place, to help stabilize the clamping mechanism. Make the piece of all-thread long enough, and the washers large and thick enough, and you've got a four-buck headset press, as well.
Peter Bridge SDCAUSA
-----Original Message----- From: John Thompson <JohnThompson@new.rr.com> To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Sent: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 15:05:08 -0500 Subject: Re: [CR]Fixed Cup Tool
Forbes Bagatelle-Black wrote:
> I'm not looking for a flat wrench with the appropriate
> cut out. I'm looking for a large, solid tool that
> locks onto the (old-school) fixed cup from one side
> and threads in from the other, with handles so you can
> really yar on the thing.
> Campy and VAR make nice ones. I saw a nice-looking
> one from an Italian manufacturer on eBay, but I got
> outbid at the last moment.
I don't know of any potentially low cost sources other than eBay, but if you get a choice, I'd recommend the VAR. The Campy is nice, but it only fits Campy-type cups, whereas the VAR can take different jaws to work with a wide variety of cups.
-John Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Appleton WI USA