Here’s something you’ll notice at a cyclist’s home.
They’ve their own set of bicycle tools.
When it comes to bicycle repair and maintenance, you don’t always need to send your bike to the mechanic. Sometimes, you’ll be better off doing it yourself at home. There are many videos on Youtube to guide you through if you’re new to these.
If you’re new, you might want to consider getting individual bike tools to perform basic tasks such as replacing the cassette/chain and adjusting the brakes or derailleurs.
But if you’re very handy with the wrenches and have good bike repair knowledge, then you might want to consider getting a complete bike tool kit.
Here are some of the best bike tool kits you can consider.
The 5 Best Bike Tool Kits for Every Cyclist
1. Birzman 13 Piece Essential Tool Kit
For those who are serious about the quality of their bike tools, they should check out this tool kit made by Birzman, a Taiwan-based company that turns out high-end tools.
You’ll be impressed by the case alone, which features a special carrying case with molded pockets for each tool to live in when it isn’t in use. This 13-piece essential tool kit does just what it implies. It gives you every tool you need for the most common repairs and maintenance needs your bike will have.
This set includes a full set of hex and spoke wrenches, along with a chain whip, BB tool, cassette tool, screwdrivers, drive sockets and disc brake gap indicator. The carrying case makes this kit ready for travel to your next ride start location.
Just throw the Birzman tool kit in the back of your car and go.
2. Feedback Sports Ride Prep Tool Kit
Sometimes you only need those tools that are essential to get your bike ready for your ride. If you’re looking for a set of tools that will help you carry out your pre-ride maintenance checklist, then check out the Feedback Sports Ride Pre Tool Kit.
This set includes everything you need to get your bike tuned up for your ride including a full set of Torx and hex wrenches, and a variety of specialty wrenches including a valve extender wrench and 15mm pedal wrench.
And it all fits into a convenient carrying case for easy transport to and from your ride start. You’ll be impressed with the Pro level quality of this set.
The tools are precision cut to minimize stripping. They also feature large rubber grips for improved grip. While you may pay a little more for this set, the quality is certainly worth it.
3. Unior Pro Home Tool Kit
If you haven’t heard of Unior tools before. Then allow me to fill you in.
This company, which is based out of Slovenia with its bike tool operations in the U.S., is the official tool supplier for four Pro Tour teams and a number of UCI World Cup MTB teams in addition to being a co-title sponsor of Unior-Devinci Factory Racing Team.
Most notably, Unior is the tool supplier for Trek Bicycles service shops. That should give you an idea of the quality of the tools in its Pro Home Set. This impressive kit includes all the essential tools you need to tackle a host of maintenance and repair tasks.
It has all the tools you’d expect plus the less common ones, such as a pocket truing tool and Master Link pliers. And, the Unior Pro Home Tool Kit fits compactly into a molded carrying case for easy transport to and from your ride location.
4. Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit
If you’re serious about maintaining your own bike, so serious that you don’t even trust the trained bike mechanic at your local shop to touch it, then you need a quality tool kit that will allow you to do the repairs and maintenance that your bike needs.
The Feedback Sports Team Edition tool kit gives you everything you need to complete repairs, maintenance, and upgrades.
This kit includes 19 tools covering 25 different functions. In addition to a complete set of Torx and hex wrenches, this kit also includes less common tools such as a valve core tool, crank arm cap tool and rotor truing tool.
It all fits compactly into a carrying case that you can throw into the back of your car as you head out on that weekend destination cycling trip. And while the price may seem too good to be true, you’ll be wowed by the quality and precision cut of these tools.
No stripping out bolts or screws with this kit.
5. Park Tool PK-4 Professional Tool Kit
Park Tool is the household name when it comes to bike tool. The name itself screams pro and high quality.
Walk into any of your local bike shops and chances are you’ll see Park Tool in their workshop.
The PK-3 is Park Tool’s professional range of tool set with over 70 different sets of tools available. These extensive range of tools will get you through most of the advanced bike repair and maintenance tasks on all types of bikes.
It even comes with the Cyclone Chain Scrubber, which is a nice bonus. In my opinion, it’s the best and most effective chain cleaner around.
Best of all, all these tools can be stored in a carry box, which is about the size of your average tool box in the garage.
So, if you’re after the highest quality and extensive range of bike tools, look no further than the Park Tool PK-4.
6. Topeak PrepStation 2
If you do enough DIY work on your bike, then you know that there is nothing more frustrating for a bike mechanic than not having the right tool for the job,
Well, actually, there’s one thing more frustrating. Having the right tool for the job but not being able to find it. Your tools are worthless if you can’t find them.
That’s why you need to keep everything organized. That’s what the Topeak has in mind with its PrepStation 2, which comes complete with a 40 piece toolset and a mobile workbench in which to store them.
This five-level wheeled tower features a series of labeled shelves that make your tools easy to find. Forty tools add up to a lot of weight. In order to support all that weight, the Topeak PrepStation 2 is made of heavy-duty plastic with large 5-inch rubber wheels for easy transport.
The 11 Best Bike Tools to Have at Home
There are times when you only need a selected few tools to perform the most basic maintenance jobs and having a complete tool kit could be an overkill.
So, here are top 11 bike tools that would be very useful to have at home.
1. Pedro Tire Levers
The Pedro’s tire levers will definitely help you to quickly remove tight and stubborn bike tires from the wheels without needing excessive force and effort.
They work in pairs, so don’t lose them one of them or you’ll have a hard time removing the tires by the roadside.
Remember to have one pair stored in your saddle bag as well.
2. Park Tool Chain Checker
This tool measures the chain’s stretch and more importantly, it lets you know when it’s time for a new chain.
All chain manufacturers suggest it’s time for a new chain when the chain wear indicator falls between 0.50 or 0.75. Don’t wait until it shows 1.0. That’ll be too late.
A worn out chain will quickly wear out other parts of the drivetrain such as the cassette and chainrings.
3. Pedro's Bicycle L Hex Wrench Set
A set of top quality L-shaped hex wrench from very reputable brand, Pedro which has all the sizes you’ll need for your bike.
There are 9 of them, ranging from 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 to 10mm in size. A plastic holder is included so you don’t lose them.
The L-shaped and a ball-end design allow for greater leverage and easier access to hex sockets around tight spots.
4. Topeak Ratchet Tool
This is a mini ratchet tool that allows you to loosen and tighten nuts at hard to access places.
It comes with 7 allen key sizes, ranging from size 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 to 8mm, 2 Torx keys of T10, T25 and a Phillips screwdriver head.
A pair of tire levers are also included as an extra bonus.
5. Venzo Torque Wrench
A torque wrench prevents you from tightening nuts more than the manufacturers’ recommended torque values.
Nothing is worse than over tightening nuts on carbon and then cracking it unintentionally.
It has a user-adjustable torque range between 2 to 24nm, which covers all you need for the bike from stem to bottom bracket bolts.
When it reaches the pre-set torque value, it has an audible click sound.
6. Oumers Cassette Removal Tool
You can easily swap out the bike cassette at home and save a trip to your local bike shop with this tool.
They come in two pieces, a chain whip and cassette lock ring tool to remove the lock ring before you can remove the cassette.
They can be used on all types of cassette lock rings from Shimano, SRAM to Campagnolo.
7. Oumers Chain Breaker
This is a simple, yet very useful tool to have at home when you need to change your bike chain.
With the chain breaker, you can easily do it at home instead of sending your bike to the shop and save a few bucks for coffee instead.
If you ride a lot, you’ll probably require a new chain every 4-5 months, or maybe every 1-2 months if you ride as much miles as the pros do.
8. Park Tool Chain Cleaner
This is by far the most popular, effective and hassle free chain cleaner around.
All you’ll need to do is to run the chain backwards through the cleaner with the chain cleaner inside.
There are several mini brushes inside the cleaner which scrub the chain from all 4 directions and you’ll have a clean, shiny chain in less than 2 minutes.
9. Park Tool Pedal Wrench
Most adjustable wrenches are too thick to fit on the pedal axle to tighten and loosen them.
This pedal wrench has a slim profile, measures 11.5” (29cm) long and provides plenty of leverage to remove the tightest of all pedals.
It’s useful if you travel a lot with your bike and the bike bag requires the pedals to be removed for packing.
10. Lezyne Steel Bicycle Floor Pump
Yhe Lezyne Steel Floor Pump is a solid bike pump which makes pumping up the bike tires easier especially when the tire pressure reaches 5 bar/72psi and beyond.
It can go all the way up to 220psi if needed for track bikes.
It’s compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves and has very accurate tire pressure gauge reading.
11. Feedback Sports Bicycle Work Stand
A bike work stand for you to easily and securely mount your bike while you’re working on it, whether it’s for washing or maintenance.
With this work stand, your bike sits on it rather than being clamped on the top tube or seat post which could potentially crack if you’re not careful, especially with carbon.
They fit all types of bikes from road bikes to CX, mountain bike and even track bikes.
Tools Quality vs Quantity
1. Tools Quantity
Everyone has different levels of expertise when it comes to bike repairs and maintenance. Your repair tool kit should reflect on your expertise levels.
There’s no point buying a whole bunch of tools which you aren’t going to utilise.
A good starting point is to find a tool kit that can perform most tasks on your bike. But there is nothing wrong with buying individual tools either.
If you realise you’re going to need quite a number of tools, there will be a point where it would be cheaper to buy a tool set rather than individual tools.
PRO TIP : Be realistic about what you can and cannot do on your bike.
2. Tools Quality
We all know quality tools last a long time but they don’t come cheap.
On the flipside, cheaper tools tend to either round off quickly and could damage the bolts and nuts on your bike. If they feel fiddly at the beginning, chances are they’ll get worse after 4-5 times of using it.
Have a look at the tool and feel it’s build quality. Then ask yourself is it tough enough to perform the job required overtime. The more often you need to use it, the better quality it needs to be. Sometimes, you can get away with a cheaper and low quality tool for a simple job.
PRO TIP : If you’re going to use the tools often, go for the highest quality ones that you can afford.