Bicycle Tools

We will always need the right tool for the right job.



From time to time, I will talk about the tools needed to complete an upgrade. If you are a hobbisit like me, you may not fix enough bikes to justify the purchase expensive tools. However, there is a basic set of tools you will need to start. Some you may already have in your toolbox. The following list will not seem complete to some and overkill to others. No matter your approach, hopefully you will find this as a good starting point. Remember, bicycles are metric (most).

First Check out what RJ The Bike Guy has to say

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Most Common

  • Screwdrivers,, philips and flat, large and small
  • cresent wrench, large
  • Combination Wrenches 8mm - 17mm
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Hex keys 1.5 - 10mm
  • Vice Grips
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • High quality waterproof grease

Less Common

  • Torx T25 Wrench Set
    Park Tool AWS-7 Hex/Torx Three-Way Wrench Accessories   Multi-tools & Hex Wrenches
  • Cable Cutter
  • Torque Wrench
    Park Tool Adjustable Torque Driver ATD-1.2 Accessories   Torque Wrenches

Bike specific but thankfully not expensive

  • Chain Tool
    Park Tool CT-3.2 Chain Tool Accessories   Chain & Cassette Tools
  • Chain Pliers
    BIKE HAND Bicycle Sport Plier Bike Hand Wizard Link Tongs Chain Clamp Removal Repair Bike Tools
  • Spoke Wrench
    Park Tool SW-11 Spoke Wrench Accessories   Wheel & Hub Tools
  • Chain Whip
    Spin Doctor Chain Whip Accessories   Chain & Cassette Tools
  • Cassette Lockring Tool
    Park Tool FR-5.2G Cassette Tool Accessories   Chain & Cassette Tools
  • Freewheel Removal Tool
    Park Tool FR-6 Freewheel Removal Tool For BMX Accessories   Chain & Cassette Tools
  • Pedal wrench
    Park Tool PW-3 Pedal Wrench Accessories   Crank & Bottom Bracket Tools
  • Crank Arm Puller
    Park Tool CCP-22C Crank Puller Accessories   Crank & Bottom Bracket Tools
  • Bottom Bracket Tool (depends on the brand)
    Park Tool BBT-30.3 BB30 Bottom Bracket Bearing Tool Set Accessories   Crank & Bottom Bracket Tools
  • Tire Levers
  • Chainring Nut Wrench
    Park Tool CNW-2C Chainring Nut Wrench Accessories   Crank & Bottom Bracket Tools

There are many excellent resouces on the internet for homemade versions of special task tools. Many many thanks to RJ The Bike Guy on youtube. He has a series of instructional videos that are necessary starting point if you are dealing with older style headsets. He has several DIY tools that will same you a lot of time and money.

if you are looking where to just buy the tools. you can get one here
Park Tool RT-1 Head Cup Remover Accessories Headset Tools.

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When we remove the headset and the press on bearing cups for the bottom bracket, will will need to use the techniques outlined in the videos below.

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