How To Choose A Basic Bike Tool Kit – Bicycle Maintenance



if you're a regular viewer of GCN videos you've probably seen a few of our mechanical Mondays and we shoot them here in Milton Keynes which is the base of Madison a distribution center you might have noticed a whole array of very complicated tools and specialist tools behind me as I do the different how-to videos but in this video we're going to talk you through some of the more basic tools if you're just getting into cycling the ones that are most essential so we're going to start with a pump probably the most essential thing for any cyclist this is a what is known as a track pump it's got a gauge at the bottom so that you can tell exactly what pressure your tires are at I Rin bar or psi and those of course a use of mountain by an Road in the tubes you get pressed and Schrader valves and if you get a good quality pump will be able to fit both of them the next thing is a good set of allen keys one like this that goes from two millimeters up to 10 is going to cover pretty much all your needs and almost all bikes these days it's very rare to actually have to use a wrench or span out on any of the bolts on a modern bike it is worth spending a little bit more money and getting good quality set of allen keys because the metal they're built with is going to be better quality and there's less chance of rounding out any of the bolts on your bike the standard puncture repair kit is also a great thing to have both on the trail side and also at home for fixing any punctured inner tubes and likewise good quality chain tool and get you out of trouble if you snap your chain out riding but also at home if you want to replace a chain which you should do fairly often if you're riding your bike quite a lot next up is a set of good quality cable cutters now you might think I can use pliers to cut off the cables and that is true to a certain extent on inner cable but if you're replacing outer cables and having to cut them to length this really is quite an essential tool now the next tool on our list is something that's not that common even amongst experienced cyclists toolbox and it's a torque wrench you'll find that most bolts on bikes these days have got a range in which you have to do the bolts up to in terms of Newton meter and this torque wrench will make sure that you get them tightened up within that range and that's important because it's very easy to over tighten them and they can snap on the spot or even worse they might give wear and you asked you're out riding so having one of these might not only save your skin but it'll also mean that you don't in bad the warranty of many of your parts one like this is quite small along with the allen key fittings will suffice for most bolts on modern bikes next up we've got a screwdriver which of course you'll find in most common toolboxes at an on via text on a bike though this can be used to fine tune your brakes and also the front and rear mechs where you can adjust the stops normally it's a Philips or cross head screwdriver that you'll need but you can occasionally get away with a flat headed one okay the next tool that we've got is a spoke key now these come in various sizes depending on the size of the nipples which are the parts right next to the rim and this is can be used to true up your wheel especially if you're out on the trail view ding it it comes out up to and it's rubbing on the brakes or even the frame this can get you out of some trouble and at least get you home even if you need to replace the rim now and if you're at home you've got a wheel out of true if you're an expert at doing it you can get it fairly true again using one of these the last thing on our list is a pedal spanner now you'll find that most pedals these days use an allen key fitting on the inside but there are still some which use a 15 millimeter spanner on the outside of the pedal this is probably the proper tool to do it with sometimes you can get away of a normal wrench or spanner but sometimes you'll also find that this bit is too thick to go between the pedal and the crank so if you're going to buy one make sure it's one of these we wouldn't personally recommend using a multi-tool for bike repairs at home but they are the most convenient thing to put in your back pocket for emergency on the road repairs you can get more specialist tools of course to add to your toolbox things like taking the bottom bracket off cassette removal tool or even a wheel truing stand if that's what you want to do but if you want to see what some of these more basic tools are used for on the bike and check out some of our how-to videos which we've already done basically elbow grease we are gradually able to move a seat post we're just going to do it for another half an hour

21 Comments

  • David Heinzen

    April 15, 2019

    this idiots English is all jacked up, can't understand a word, get it together dude

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  • TheKooster31

    April 15, 2019

    multitool, tire lever, and a pump

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  • andreas ellinidis

    April 15, 2019

    only unior bro

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  • PARSHU RAM POKHAREL

    April 15, 2019

    Sir could you Show me in Practically. That I can understand clearly since my English is poor. Please make another video with practically?

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  • M M

    April 15, 2019

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  • Audio Fella

    April 15, 2019

    Add BB tool, crank puller, chain whip, bent spoke for installing chain, another sharpened spoke for poking housing, truing stand. If you only have high end bikes you won't need the crank puller. If you dont have any high end bikes you wont need the torque wrench.

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  • Bobby Hempel

    April 15, 2019

    Park tool is overpriced

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  • rocbola

    April 15, 2019

    I'd say a wheel truing stand is something that anyone who rides a lot of miles needs. A chain breaker tool and the wrenches needed for servicing your wheel bearings help, too. A mechanic stand with a clamp makes a world of difference.

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  • THE LAST REAL MAN

    April 15, 2019

    Mini Bike Pump & Glueless Puncture Repair Kit http://www.ebay.com/itm/262958890042?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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  • TheGrassyou

    April 15, 2019

    if you want to save money don't buy a torque that gives more than one value just buy a 5nm torque and you'll be able to do most of your tightening for much cheaper

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  • AndyMJF

    April 15, 2019

    Great thanks. Its been over 20 years since I last got on my bike and my son has suddenly developed an interest in cycling and wants me to help him repair on old bike in the shed for practice. I see a new hobby starting for 2017

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  • David Henry and the Mysterons

    April 15, 2019

    old school bikes look much better than their modern equivalent. Put a young man on a old school bike 'and he looks the part.' But when a old guy gets on the new generation bike it looks all wrong… I no because  I am old GUY on a  modern bike  '. Saving up for a proper' one

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  • FiveStarPiano

    April 15, 2019

    No way am I going to sit through 2:46 of commercial.

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  • Prettorian

    April 15, 2019

    What is the brand and model name of that torque wrench? Thanks.

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  • Sofi Shahid

    April 15, 2019

    hello #GCN which Tool Kit iz Best In the world

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  • panzerveps

    April 15, 2019

    I'd say a tire lever is pretty high on the basic tool kit list..

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  • Cabot Steward

    April 15, 2019

    chain wip?

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  • Comment_User

    April 15, 2019

    I have 29er hardtail and if i press brakes with 2 fingers when im moving it makes this weird metal sound. i still haven't figured out what is it

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  • Scott Johnson

    April 15, 2019

    Have you ever had a problem with your nipples being too large for your toolbox?

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  • Nishant Varghese

    April 15, 2019

    Great video! What other specialty tools do you recommend to have a complete bike repair toolkit? And are there specific places to get them as package deals at wholesale prices or do you recommend getting them individually?

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  • Daniel Miller

    April 15, 2019

    I might add that needle nose pliers, regular pliers, plumber pliers, and multi purpose screw driver (Philips/flat head) screw driver. What I have been looking for is the torque wrench. My road bike is a carbon fiber, and I really do not want to damage it. Suggestions please?

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