IamA Pro Bicycle Mechanic, bike tool and parts scavenger, bike flipper and fleamarket hound AMA!
My short bio: Dutch bike guy working in Berlin, working on almost all types of bikes (Expert on folders, cargobikes, Dutch style bikes, vintage stuff, world tourers, any steel bikes and all the common bike types) for 20+ years now. Owned a shop, worked in very good Dutch shop for years. I do very well at finding super nice (bike specific and general) tools, durable parts and quality used bikes for 1% to 40% of their new cost. I often advise people exactly what kind, how many tools as well as what bike they require for their specific situation and I teach people the fastest and best technique for bike repair, maintenance, overhauls and upgrades. Have taught 100s of people, more than half of them women since they rarely get a chance to learn these skills in a chill way. I intend to answer any and all questions over the next 2 days, might take a while but i will answer anyone with a sensible or fun question! One word of warning: i am a retrogrouch type of guy (like St. Sheldon Brown and Grant Peterson) so i am not likely to say anything positive about Carbon, Disk and hydraulic brakes, 9speed and above, Aluminum bikes, low spoke counts etc. Best to ask the big number of other bike tech people who know and love those better. Also i do NOT do stolen bikes or parts, hate that shit. My best bike flip was 400 euros profit for 4 hours of easy and none too technical work. Best tool score was today perhaps. Minoura 35 euro wheel dish control tool for 1,50 and a Bahco small adjustable wrench in great condition for 1 euro, at a fleamarket. My Proof: Me, my former Padawan, Part of my bike workshop (i don't pay rent on it) and a half of my tools: http://imgur.com/a/xUb5v AMA! about the stuff above or about bikes, parts in general or opinions on anything bike related. :)
5TH EDIT: Haha, i just created the sub: https://www.reddit.com/r/brooksmasterrace Thanks for the idea u/ontopofyourmom I have pretty much answered every question that i had an answer to and this AMA has run it's course. Thanks so much guys and gals, i am glad people got something out of it and that so many of you posted!