Over the last few years, my tool collection has ballooned massively, so I thought I might make a quick post on tools, and which are important to have, and those that are helpful, but not a nessesity for the home mechanic.
Tools, that are important
- Allan Keys. These are probably the most important item you can have. Each time you work on the bike, you’ll be using an hex wrench. Generally, you’ll need 4,5 and 6mm for the majority of bike stuff. For cartridge brake pads, you’ll need a small 3mm too. Most sets of hex wrenches will have every size you’ll ever need.
- Cable cutters. Wire cutters and pliers just won’t do for bike cables, unless your just trying to mash the cable! Cable cutters will neatly cut the cables and housings. A metal file is also handy to square off the housing ends after cutting too.
- Chain tools. Chain cutter, chain wear tool,chain whip and cassette lock ring tool
- Bottom bracket tool, and crank removal tool.
- Torque wrench
- Pedal spanner
- Torx wrenches (a T25 is likly to be the only one)
- Screw drivers.
- Tire levers
- Floor pump
- Grease, paper towels
- Degreaser, GT85 and WD 40
Tools, nice to have
- Spirit level, long handy to have for saddle adjustments, and ensuring shifters are level..
- Tape measure
- Bearing press.
- Grease gun
- Ratchet spanner
- Spring clip pliers
Bike Repair Stand
If you’re planning on doing even the most basic bike repair maintenance, don’t underestimate the importance of a quality repair stand. Yes, they can be a little expensive and yes, they take up a little room in the garage. That said, a quality stand will save you from a lifetime of turning your bike upside down and bending over to make repairs and adjustments.