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Essential Home Maintenance Bike Tools

Maintaining your bike at home can be a really simple job if you have the right bike tools at hand. At some point you will need to change some of the parts on your bike, doing this helps to keep your bike feeling like new and smooth, a badly running bike can really affect your performance. To help you keep that new bike feel we've put together a list of tools you'll need to undertake some of the most basic bike maintenance jobs at home.

 

 

Chain Whip

A chain whip is used during the process of removing a cassette from the freehub of your rear wheel, the chain whip holds the cassette in place, stopping it from spinning, allowing you to use a lock ring tool to free the cassette from the wheel. 

 

 

 

 

 

Lock Ring Tool

A lock ring tool is another essential part of changing your cassette, enabling you to both tighten and remove a cassette from your wheel. When removing your cassette the lock ring tool must be used in conjunction with a chain whip.

 

 

 

 

Chain Tool

A good quality chain tool is an important part of any essential bike maintenance tool kit. Use a lesser quality chain tool and you risk damaging links in your chain during the installation of new chains. A good quality chain tool allows you remove old or worn chainswith out an unnecessary pressure being put on chain links. Removing a worn chain before it’s too late will save your costly repairs to the components in your drive train.

 

 

 

Pro WorkShop Allen Key Set

Owning a wide range of hex wrenches will enable you to undertake jobs such as removing and changing your stem, replacing derailleurs and adjusting your saddle height and for-aft. A set of individual hex wrenches are more ergonomic than a multi-tool and will enable you to tighten hard to reach bolts more easily.

 

 

 

Bottom Bracket Tool

All good things come to an end and when your bottom bracket has worn out you’re going to want to change it! A bottom bracket tool is specifically designed to help install and remove your bottom bracket. Be aware though each bottom bracket type has its own method of removal, so you will need to check before going out and buying the tool for the job.

 

 

 

Pedal Wrench

If you have a number of bikes you might want to swap pedals between them rather than buying multiple sets of the same pedal. Having a proper pedal tool on hand to remove your pedals will save you hours of frustration trying to get your pedals off with a standard sized spanner.

 

 

 

Chain Wear Indicator

An overused, stretched chain can cause irreparable damage to your drive train, in the worst case scenario, you can be left having to replace your cassette, chainset and rear derailleur. A costly process if you have some nice quality parts on your bike.  A chain wear indicator is a simple low-cost tool that allows you to monitor the wear of your chain, letting you know when it's time to swap out your old chain for a new one.

 

 

 

Torque Wrench

If you are buying any tool to keep your bike in good shape a torque wrench might just be that tool. On close inspection of your bike, you might notice on parts like the stem and set clamp there are numbers, for example, 5n. These numbers are the amount in newton metres that the part should be tightened, a torque wrench will allow you to tighten any bolt on your bike to the exact amount required.

 

 

 

Disc Rotor and Pad Tool

Overheated or dinged disc brake rotors can get out of true and start dragging on your pads. No matter how careful you are it's easy for them to get knocked about if you ride your bike a lot. Drag is the enemy of speed, and speed is why we ride our bikes so it makes sense to have a handy tool that makes straightening your rotors a cinch. It also included a tapered smooth section that's designed to be used as a pad spacer to help you bleed or service your brake calipers.

 

 

 

Heavy Duty Wheel truing Stand

Why pay to have your MTB and road wheels trued by an expensive cycle mechanic when you can easily do it yourself with our Jobsworth Heavy duty wheel truing stand. It's build to withstand years of workshop abuse, comes fitted with two sub-mm accurate dial gauges that continuously measure radial and lateral run-out. It's built to last and elegantly simple to use. Ten minutes on Youtube and a little practice and you'll be a wheel straightening master in next to no time.

 

 

 

Masterlink Chain Pliers

SRAM and KMC chains both comes with 'master link' style linkage pins, and to fit them you need a pair of master pliers. These easy to use, comfortable, rubber gripped pliers, fit and remove masterlink links with ease. (We even use them to fit SRAM links to our Shimano chains- shhhhh!)