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What are some must haves in a bicycle tool kit for repairs and maintenance?

Old 04-09-19, 01:36 AM
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What are some must haves in a bicycle tool kit for repairs and maintenance?

Slowly ramping into cycling and being more serious about it. I picked up a bike repair stand and have a a lot of general tools that have been working out fine but sometimes I wish I had specialized tools or general items that just do a really good job.

I'm wondering what tools someone would consider as must haves for a bicycle repair and maintenance kit. I assume some of these will be bike specific, like a chain tool or chain lube. Would also love recommendations on proven brands or tools as well.
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I'm a very amateur cyclist who just cycles for leisure. However, I've built up a fairly decent bike workshop over the years.

Off the top of my head, the tools that I use the most for general bike maintenance are:

- Torx wrenches
- Hex wrenches
- Floor pump (I have two, one for low pressure tyres and one for high pressure ones)
- Torque wrench (e.g. Wera 05075393001 Torque Wrench 7000 A with Reversible Ratchet 1/4,1-25Nm) with a good set of bits
- General bike grease (e.g. Park Tool PPL-1 Polylube 1000 Grease Tube Tool 4 oz)
- Grease dispenser
- Chain lube (I use Muc-Off C3 Dry Ceramic on all of my bikes as I don't ride in the rain, but there's a 'wet' version of it too)
- Bike cleaning products (too many to mention, but things like rags, brushes, drivetrain cleaners, chain cleaners, chain cleaning tool, etc)
- Pedal wrench (e.g. Park Tool PW-4 Professional Pedal Wrench Tool)
- Chain wear indicator
- Valve core tool
- Spare tubes
- Spare valve caps
- Assembly compound (carbon one if you have a carbon bike)
- Brake piston press (e.g. Park Tool Brake Piston Press)
- Chain tool
- A good multi-tool
- IPA (iso-propyl alcohol)
- Degreaser

Just some ideas there, but, of course, you can get away with a lot less, or a lot more!
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Specialty tools? If you need a wrench or a press for your bottom bracket .... Cassette lock-ring tool, chain whip. PVC tube as a bearing press.Repair stand.

A lot of folks seem to like IPA ... some prefer stouts or porters.
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Spare valve caps?

NFS is the best chain lube.

Anything problem I cannot fix with hex wrenches, tubes, tire levers, pump and/or NFS is taken care of by my mechanic (i.e., my LBS).
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- sturdy bench vise
- spoke wrench(es)
- crank puller
- quick-link removing pliers
- cone wrenches
- dremel tool with wire wheel, cut-off wheel
- wrenches appropriate to your bottom bracket bearing
- high quality flush cut nippers for trimming inner cables cleanly
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I keep just short of a full shop at home....which includes about a dozen different bottom bracket tools because it's obviously too hard for the industry to agree on a standard. Seriously though, it's been an ongoing accumulation over the last 25 years or so.

You're on the right track though...Work stand is #1 , Allen wrenches, chain breaker, BB tools (or 12), cable cutters, spoke wrenches

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Crank puller, pedal wrench, hex sets, torx set, hex/torx torque wrench, ratchet torque wrench, open end / closed end wrenches, cassette removal socket, cassette chain whip, chain breaker, quick-link close/open pliers, screwdrivers, zip tie nippers, drivetrain cleaning tools, cleaning supplies, floor pump, marine grease (good for seat posts, bottom bracket fittings, etc), WD40 for blowing crud out of shifters, chain lube, degreaser, tubes, tire levers, measuring calipers. All have been used at some point.
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One of these kits isn't too bad for starter tools. I have Park tools at home but take this Spin Doctor kit from Performance out on the road with my and have got the job done. Looks like other kits by same manufacturer only a different name even cheaper.
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for me, a legit pedal wrench, is super handy
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I'd start with one of the attaché sets like shown above.
Plus a garage full of general spanners, sockets, monkey wrenches; I love ratcheting wrenches.

augment with...

+best set of Allen keys you can afford
+tri allen 4/5/6mm in blunt & ball ended
+good cable cutters
+good cone wrenches
+good comfortable tyre levers

Bike tool brands that I favour are
Park Tools - expensive, but they make great repair videos on YouTube nice trademark blue
IceTools - work well, reasonably priced for their quality, I like black&orange
BikeHand - great quality for their budget price

My bike lubes mostly from White Lightning & Finish Line.
Been buying them for decades, no reason to change.
Stockup when on special or whenever you need to pad out an order to get free shipping etc

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