As time passes and you ride your bike regularly, you would need to carry out some routine maintenance and repairs on your bike, or change some parts. These are the times when the quality of your experience would be determined by the quality of your bike tool kit.
If there is any where the adage “buy quality, buy once” would be applicable, it is with your tools. With the right tools, you would save on a lot of costs associated with maintaining your bike.
The right tools would even make your work easier as they won’t damage the bicycle parts you are working on. So, you should see purchasing them as an investment and not a cost.
Here are some basic bicycle tools for beginners.
You need a spanner to deal with the numerous bolts on your bicycle. The bolts hold the bicycle together, and you need spanners to take them apart. If you decide to go for single spanners, you can get 8, 9 and 10mm spanners. On the other hand, if you have a lot of other bolt types, you can get a spanner set.
These are quite important for every bike tool kit. With Allen keys, you would be able to easily turn bolts from an angle. They are also harder and more accurate, ensuring that you don’t mash the bolts as you work on them. Top quality Allen keys have narrow necks for their balls. This allows you to use them at steeper angles, ultimately making them quite versatile. To get the ideal one, you can try products made by Park Tools and Bondhus.
This is a tool that is always in every tool set. If you want to get one specific to bicycles, you should get flat-blade screwdrivers and cross head Phillips. If you want to use the screw driver for other things round the house, you can get an extensive set.
If you are using Hydraulic-braked bicycles equipped with electronic shifting, then you don’t need this tool. For other bicycle owners, this tool is quite invaluable for adjusting and fitting gear and brake cables. It makes the work easier because it pulls the cable and also holds it in place when you are tightening the clamp bolts.
So, you need to cut a cable on your bicycle, and you go ahead to use your teeth, a blade, a plier, a tin snip or any other sharp thing you can lay your hands on. Well, this is quite a mistake. To make sure you don’t mess up the cable when cutting it you need a cable cutter. With a dedicated cable cutter, you get a blade shaped to keep the cable strands together while you cut it.
Torque wrench sets are quite important for your tool kit. They might be expensive but are quite useful to prevent damage when you’re wrenching carbon fibre or a lighter component. The price shouldn’t be much of a problem if you can already afford a carbon fibre bike.