As I plunge into the exciting world of bike wrenching, I want to get the basic tools I'll use often right away. I know many of you say that you wait to buy a tool until you need it, and for the more complicated things, that's what I'll do as well. But as I'm starting out, I want to put together the most commonly used things all at once, so I won't have to make several trips to the bike / hardware store.
I'm going to look for a used repair stand, but until then I will use my trunk mounted bike rack as a stand and work outdoors.
I have a multi-tool in the bike bag, and I have an assortment of slotted and Philips screwdrivers, a couple of crescent wrenches, a utility knife, some loose allen wrenches of various sizes, a wrench for removing pedals, and a few other odds and ends. I plan to get a small box to carry all this stuff out to the car.
So, what else would you suggest?