Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by FAB Jim The Cyclist
I thought it might be helpful to future bicycle mechanics if I shared my own tools. They are nothing particularly special and most of them are pretty frugal. But they are all you need to do most bike repairs. So up first is my repair stand.
Super helpful and I really recommend you get one. Mine is made by Bikehand so it isn’t that expensive, but it really helps with all repairs. It’s like having a third hand to hold the bike and it can hold it up high or low, and at many different angles. Makes every repair easier.
My first purchase was a Nashbar tool kit that came with most the essentials and was very affordable.
The tools probably aren’t top quality, but so far, they have worked fine for me. Here are some of the items included:
Chain whip tool
Bottom bracket tool
All that and kits like this are very affordable, and it comes with a nice case. And speaking of cases I decided to buy a small toolbox for the rest of my tools so I can keep them together and easily mobile. Sometimes I work in the garage, sometimes the basement, and sometimes I go to help a friend at their house. So having tools in easy to carry toolboxes works great for me.
Here are the rest of my tools:
Vessel screwdrivers for Shimano derailleurs
Park Tool chain pliers
Kool Stop tire jack
Housing and cable cutters
Park tool chain wear checker
Valve core remover
Tubeless Sealant Syringe
Park Tool grease
Park Tool Hex wrenches
So that’s most of my bike specific tools. I also have all the normal tools like wrenches, screwdrivers, sockets, a big torque wrench… A bike pump is also a necessity which I have. Here is a guide to frugal tool buying to help you with your own purchases.