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    Maintenance Tools

    OK, sorry for the beginner-type question, but I just ordered a new 'cross bike and was wondering about tools (I have none right now).

    What kinds of tools are needed by every biker just starting out? I want to get them before my bike comes in on Saturday.

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    Here are some ideas:

    Tire pump
    Spare tube
    Patch kit
    Nylon/plastic tire levers

    Good-quality chain tool (I like the small Park Tool model, but make sure to tighten the pin with pliers and/or Loctite it in place)
    Folding hex-key set such as Park Tool AWS-10
    Phillips screwdriver
    Perhaps some pliers
    Spoke wrench that has the proper size for your spoke nipples

    More deluxe stuff:

    Pedal wrench is often nice to have
    A chain scrubber would make sense for a 'cross bike especially
    I like the Cable Luber for flushing dirt and water out of your shift/brake housings
    Crank extractor (there are different models depending on your bottom-bracket spindle type)
    Long 8mm hex key for reinstalling cranks
    Chain whip and cassette-lockring tool so you can remove your cassette from the rear wheel
    Repair stand, a big help for repairs or just cleaning


    Hope that helps some

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    Oh, and some rags or a container of disposable shop towels and some chain lube. What kind of riding conditions will you be facing (wet, dry...?)

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    I would collect the tools as you need them. If you are new to cycling, you really wont need a crank-puller for a long while.
    Avoid cheap bad tools such as pressed steel cone wrenches. Buy good quality forged ones. I get a lot of tools at junk shops and garage sales. Good tools stay good for years.
    To start with, you need tools to fix a puncture, and a set of allen keys to ensure bolts are tight.

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    I woke up this morning and realized that a 'cross bike might mean a cyclocross bike (with drop handlebars like a road-racing bike), or it might mean a hybrid (mountain-bike-style handlebars). Some of my suggestions were centered on the cyclocross assumption.

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