Bike Tools by RayHerzog


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									Choosing Bike Tools
Choosing the right bicycle tools to buy might be a little harder than you think. Newcomers to serious
cycling oft times just go out and get a multi tool that has as many tools on it as possible, just so they’ll be
covered in any situation.

But the thing is, they won’t know how to use half the tools, and they'll probably never use two-thirds of
them. So they spend more money than they need to, and then they carry extra weight around with

If you’re a bit of a handyman, are serious about doing work on your bike and are willing to take the time
to learn to do it, then acquiring a multi-tool might be a good idea. But if you aren’t sure how much you’ll
bike work or how much you’ll want to do, then it might be better to just get some fundamental tools to
start with.

Multi-tools aren’t always the simplest tools to use. Their bulkiness can get in their own way for certain
tasks, and you oftentimes don’t get the same leverage and efficiency you’d get from a specialized tool.
Some cyclists prefer carrying a few specialized tools instead of a multi-tool, even though it oft times
increases the amount of weight they have to carry.

It also matters how much maintenance work you do on your bike at home. If you do regular
maintenance on it, you probably won't need to do major repairs on the road, so you won't have to carry
as many tools. Of course you'll have to carry stuff like bicycle tyres levers and screwdrivers, but nothing
fancy will be needed.

If, however, you’re planning to tour often and aren’t taking someone who’s a decent bike mechanic,
then getting a multi-tool and learning to use it is basically a necessity. Or you and your touring buddies
can each specialize in separate mechanical tasks.

The best way to become a bike mechanic is to tour with someone who is one, and watch everything he
or she does, asking questions when vital.

Whether you get a multi-tool or individual tools,
you’ll need, at the bare minimum, the following:
    •       A assortment of Allen wrenches; the sizes depend upon your bike.
    •       A crescent (adjustable) wrench or assorted open or hex wrenches (typically 8, 10 and 15mm,
            depending upon the bike)
    •       A flat screwdriver

   •       A Phillips screwdriver
   •       A bottle opener
   •       Tire levers

   •       A mini-pump or CO2
   •       A Spare inner tubes and a patch kit
   •       Bicycle oil
   •       A first aid kit
   •       Duct tape (nice for quick repairs like split pants!)

In case you want to set up a home bike shop for
yourself, here are some tools you should look at
   •       Brake/cable adjustment tool (a.k.a. third hand)
   •       Cartridge bottom bracket tool
   •       Cassette sprocket lock ring tool
   •       Soft wire brush
   •       Bike lube, oil and grease
   •       Pedal wrench
   •       Two hub cone wrenches (14g or 15g, depending on bike)
   •       Adjustable bottom bracket spanner
   •       Tire pressure gauge
   •       Toothbrush
   •       Universal spoke wrench
   •       Chain cleaning kit
   •       Chain tool
   •       Chain whip
   •       Cotter less crank arm extractor
   •       Freewheel remover
   •       Headset wrenches

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