What are bike tool kits?
A bike tool kit is a specific box that contains a different type of tool in it which is used to fix or repair different bike parts in case of an emergency. These tools are essential & must-have.
It’s a fact that each bike is not the same, they are different, However, there are many tools common to almost all types of bikes. There are few things which you need to do it by yourself when you own a bike, such as charging cables, adjusting brakes & gears, tweaking saddle position & angle, setting up handlebars, changing & inflating tires plus changing your chain & sprockets. So, these things are only possible when you have a proper tool kit.
Remember, you don’t need a vast variety of specialist tools to work on your bike. Most of the jobs can be done with a few good-quality standard tools which can be used for any kind of bike.
Types of tools
This tool comes in many varieties. With this tool, you can replace or tight loosen the chain in no time.
Air pump (Floor type) is used to fill the air in the tires of your bike when they lose air due to any reason.
Ball-end Allen keys
Don’t skimp on these because you will be using them a lot. With Ball-end keys, you can turn a bolt from an angle, which speeds up many jobs. They can tighten the bolts really easily. High-quality keys have a narrower neck for the ball, therefore they work at steeper angles, making them more versatile.
This is also essential. All you want a couple of flat-blade screwdrivers & Phillips (cross-head) No. 1 & 2, & possibly a size 0 too. A more extensive set will have sizes that are very useful around the house too.
You will almost certainly never need more than 8mm 9mm & 10mm, & sometimes a 13mm if you have bolt-up hubs. These spanners are used to tight big bolts which are not possible with any screwdriver.
Pliers are also a very useful tool if you have it. A set of combination pliers has lots of uses. These are generally used in holding & pulling parts to crimping cable ends. You will find lots of uses of long-nose pliers, so a set of 3 with side cutter will be good value.
Chain wear gauge
You can keep an eye on the wear of your chain by measuring its length over 12 full links with a high-quality ruler. If it is 12 1/16” in length, then it’s better to replace it & if it’s reached 12 1/8” you will probably have to replace the sprockets too. Chain wear gauge makes this a lot easier by telling you when your chain needs ditching.
This tool is a bit expensive, but very essential to prevent damage if you are wrenching carbon fiber or other super-light components.
To replace your sprockets you will definitely need a chain whip to hold the sprockets in place a locking tool to undo the nut that holds them in one place.