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 comments

1 month 3 weeks ago

srchar wrote:

 

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.

 

I've found that the best third hand tool is a hand, supplied by a human. And a couple of bike shop display stands in lieu of a full workstand is enough for most work. 

1 month 3 weeks ago

hawkinspeter wrote:

 

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.

 

And if you're getting a whip, this is the best solution that doesn't involve a lump of chain and a big handle which inevitably slips and either skins your knuckles or chips the paint on the chainstay. It's an absolute bargain at the price

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/chain-whip-cassette-remover-id_8309913.html

 

7 months 2 weeks 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.

7 months 2 weeks 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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7 months 2 weeks 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.