All cyclists should own a set of basic bike tools to keep their ride in a safe and optimal condition. The types of bicycle tools you may want can be broken down into two broad categories: essentials you'll need while you're out riding and extras to have at home to keep your bike running smoothly.
It is always a good idea to carry a range of small tools with you when you’re out riding in order to fix any mechanical issues or simply to make small adjustments on the fly. At a minimum you should carry:
- A set of Allen Keys in relevant sizes to your bike (a folding multi tool is a great option here)
- Tyre levers to make removing your tyre from your rim easier & faster, and
- A patch kit to fix any punctures
The amount of tools you require at home will generally depend on your mechanical prowess and desire to maintain your bike yourself rather than having a professional do it for you (we love fixing bikes if you’re not that way inclined). Regardless of technical know-how, most bike riding enthusiasts will keep the following bike tools at home:
- Chain lubricant
- Bike washing liquid, and
- A larger set of Allen keys & wrenches
For the serious bike mechanic, we also stock a range of repair stands which are great for holding your bike while you work on it.