A look at the cycle-specific tools that form the basis of a workshop or well-equipped toolbox.
You now own all the general-use foundation tools and you’re ready to add some cycling-specific tools into the collection. But with thousands of tools to choose from, where does one possibly start? Well… here.
In this article, I’ll pick up where I last left off, and cover what I consider to be the must-have cycling-specific tools when building out a kit to handle the most common repairs on a range of modern bikes. Within this, I’ll give suggestions for where to spend and where to skimp, and I’ll offer some recommendations for those who seek the best.
And if you’re left wondering where the hex keys, screwdrivers and pliers are, you missed the previous article . Similarly, if you are truly starting from scratch then it may be worth considering a pre-made tool kit, also discussed in the previous article. Things to think about
Before I dive into talking about specific tools it’s important to pause and think about what you’re looking to do on the maintenance or mechanical side. For many riders, bicycle maintenance is a matter of inflating tyres and keeping the drivetrain lubed (and hopefully clean), and if this is you then you really only need a few of the tools suggested. Think about the tasks you want to do and work backwards to figure out what tools you need.
On a similar note, the bikes you own or plan to work on […]