I was thinking to do that, but I have to wait for the tools to arrive anyway...so thought might as well just buy the kit for $20. The bike was sitting out in the weather for 5 years or so, and the forks are well rusted, so I'm not thinking the bearings will be great. Wasted the morning with bike shops not having it, so ordered from somewhere else. While I was doing that, I missed the delivery of my M5 My thoughts on bike shops haven't changed. They are either basic family friendly places, or tend to be elitist. Hard to find a place that just carries a bunch of stock for whatever you may have, or doesn't sneer and say, no, we don't carry THAT. No worries, my money goes elsewhere. It is a bit weird though, Shimano is an Osaka company...and I'm in Osaka, and the shops are in Osaka...but no one carries spares, and uniformly tell me it will take a week to get in. Yet I can order it from Tokyo or where-ever and get it next day Anyway, I'm ranting. Need to try dropping forks out and get busy with the wire brush.