11 tools every home bike mechanic should own

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Jon Woodhouse

Jon is the editor here at off.road.cc. Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. He's previously been technical editor at BikeRadar.com, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Singletrackworld.co.uk. Yes, he's been around the houses.


5 months 1 week ago

I'd like to see an article called "homemade alternatives to expensive shop tools" featuring lengths of threaded bar, large diameter washers, steel tube and copper pipe.

5 months 1 week ago

Good tyre levers, a bottom bracket spanner/tool (if you have a threaded one) is very handy.  Totally agree with HP, the headset press and derailleur alignment tool are LBS jobs, same as wheel trueing and building, you can get and do these things. but they all lie to the more extreeme end of home mechaniching.

What I wish I had obtained/known about many years ago would be a JIS pattern screwdriver, big fan of Shimano me.  Only £10, sent from Japan too.  Don't need it much but so satisfying when I have used it.  

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5 months 1 week ago

I think you missed a few.

A chain breaker and a cassette remover/chain whip would probably get a lot more use than a headset bearing tool or derailleur tool.