What tools do I need to maintain my bike?

Below are two lists of the tools you'll need for home and for taking on the road with you. Even if you have a short journey by bike, a mechanical issue that sees you ending up walking, can add time to your day and a bit of stress.

There a lot of tools you'll never need to buy, as they are expensive and would be only used by you in the home once a year at most. Ultimately, knowing how to use these tools will help, luckily we provide a regular bike kitchen on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For £15 you get access to our big stands, big tools and our mechanics knowledge, after hours. You won't get a full strip down and rebuild of your bike in that time but you will gain a lot of knowledge for specific jobs. We can also accommodate on Saturdays with prior notice and a group size large enough.

Tools for the Road

· A decent multi tool (with chain tool optional)

· Tyre levers

· A hand pump and/or CO2 cartridges. You'd be surprised how much volume a decent mini pump can push! Most mini pumps will fit to your bike with a supplied mount or are small enough to fit in the bag

· An inner tube for your wheel/tyre size. Always try and avoid fixing a flat when you're out, just replace the tube (after finding out & removing what caused it), then fix the puncture in the warmth of your home!

· Tyre boots. These are like large heavy duty versions of puncture patches. They are designed for tears in your tyre.

· Puncture repair kit or decent pre-glued patches (we only recommend Park Tool pre-glued patches).

· Optional but essential in our minds; a mobile phone and a means of cash to make that emergency call for a lift.

Tools for home use

In all honesty, all this kit below will set you back around £200+ but you can buy it slowly to grow your kit, and maybe give ideas to friends and family for present ideas. Pop by the shop and ask us what brands we use personally to get some insight

· A decent set of allen/hex keys. Preferably a separates set with a ball end for hard to reach areas, but not putting the final torque in though.

· A chain wear checker. The most important tool in your stash for saving money.

· Decent flat head and Philips screw drivers in multiple sizes.

· Pliers and snipe nose pliers

· A set of snips and a high quality cable cutter.

· Correct sized or set of spoke keys.

· A chain tool with the correct size pin for the speed chain you use.

· A chain whip and locking ring tool.

· the correct bottom bracket tool for either cartridge or external. Press fit bottom brackets require specialist tools and a careful technique, so we do not advocate you do this yourself unless you have a high level of competency.

· A torque setting tool. Remember you do not have to go to the maximum stipulated on the part.

· Chain oil, bearing grease and fibre grip gel for carbon parts.

· A small soft rubber mallet.

· Bike friendly cleaning products from degreasers to disc brake cleaners and brushes.

· A track pump with a gauge.

· A decent work stand (Optional)

· Plenty of rags!