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For many cyclists, their bikes are the things that they cherish most. So, keep the bike in the best condition become a project to many riders. This isn’t an exhaustive list of tools but they should get you by most maintenance and repair jobs.
Get yourself some cleaning oil and soft cloths. You can buy cleaning products specifically for bikes or as I often use, just general purpose cleaning liquid, like washing up liquid. Make sure you check the liquid is safe to use on rubber, alloy and plastic though as you obviously want to avoid damaging the bike.
You probably have a set of screwdrivers anyway but check you have a selection of both flat head and crosshead screwdrivers. I personally like to use a battery powered electric screwdriver but these are obviously an extra expense that many people may not want to use.
You’ll also need a wire cutter for various jobs. Many pliers also have a wire cutter element to them, so if your pliers do then you will not need a separate set of wire cutters.
You’ll need a small hammer for various jobs where you need to hit something into its correct place.
Plastic Tire Levers
I used to use a flat head screwdriver to peel off bike tires but not anymore. The risk of damaging the inner tube is too great. They make the job of taking the tire off a breeze and greatly reduce the risk of damaging the tube and rim.
Set of Wrenches
Buy a full selection of wrenches as you’ll need them for a wide range of jobs. You can also buy an adjustable wrench but I’ve only had partial success using these. More often than not, it’s usually better to have separate wrenches of different sizes.
Brush and Toothbrush
A brush is essential for cleaning various parts of the bicycle such as the chain and a toothbrush is perfect for those hard to reach places such as gears.