You’ve acquired many tools over the years of wrenching on my bikes. However, only a few of these pieces of equipment that you use daily. Here’s a brief rundown of the things you should always have within arm’s reach. Remember that these are bike tools, not tools that you would take on a bike trip with yourself.
Firstly, a floor pump.
A plethora of bicycle floor pumps are available.
You will be amazed that my upper body isn’t in better condition, considering how you spend pumping tyres. Depending on how often you ride and how many bikes you have, you may fill up tyres every week. Most pumps on the market are rebuildable, which means you can replace individual sections as they wear out over time. Also available on the market are high-volume floor pumps for mountain biking, fat biking, and bikepacking, which will allow you to fill up your gigantic knobbies with a lot less work if you’re into that kind of thing.
Hex Wrench with Three-Way Turning
Nearly every screw on your bike will likely require a hex key of one of three sizes: 4mm, 5mm, or 6mm — and switching from one wrench to another to get to each bolt is a time-consuming chore. These convenient tools allow you to work more quickly while still providing outstanding leverage and comfort. You may also get them for Torx wrenches if you need them.
Masterlink Tool and Chain Breaker (also known as a Masterlink Breaker).
A chain breaker and link pliers are two tools that should be in every tool bag. Use the chain breaker with your little multitool instead of relying on it. It’s well worth it to spend $25 or so to get the actual thing.
Use of a Chain Whip
If you’re exchanging out a chain, you might also want to switch out your cassette. You’ll need a chain whip for this job, and it’ll be extra points if the handle can also act as a pedal wrench.
Cassette Lockring Tool (optional).
If you don’t have a cassette lockring tool to go along with your chain whip, it will not be very useful. You can get them for as low as $5, and they’ll last you for a very long time.
Pedal Wrench (optional)
Avoid using a small adjustable wrench to avoid breaking your knuckles when removing the pedal from the floor. Look for a pedal wrench with a solid grip that provides a lot of leverage. It’s also good to keep in mind that the left pedal’s threading is reversed.
Cable Cutter (number 7)
It is capable of cutting cables, housing, zip ties, and crimping cable tips. This is a fantastic tool that you will undoubtedly like using.
Wrench for the spokes of a wheel
Montana roads are not recognised for their smoothness, and I am not known for choosing excellent lines on the race track. Hopefully, you won’t need to use a spoke wrench too frequently, but if you do, it is recommended to look for one that can be used on various nipple diameters to save time.
Repair Stand (number 9)
Bike tools are a little pricey, but they’re necessary if you’re working on your bike at home. Your back will thank you, and you’ll have a much easier time manoeuvring around the bike due to doing so.
Bike Repair Shop (No. 10)
Because some chores are better left to the specialists, it is always advisable to have a positive working relationship with your local bike mechanics. Don’t be scared to give them a six-pack of their favourite beverage as a gift!