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Must Have Bike Tools

By: Danica Atzberger  July 06, 2020

Most of the time, you are your own mechanic. You will still get maintenance done at the bike shop, but make sure you have these tools at home so you can at least fix some of the little things.

3-Way Allen Wrench & Allen Keys

With the hexagonal cross section, a 3-way Allen wrench will cover nearly every bolt you have on your bike, while the keys will work where the 3-way Allen wrench won’t. Whether you’re doing routine maintenance, adjusting your brakes, or working on your drivetrain, these tools are must-haves.

Cassette Lockring Remover & Crescent Wrench

The cassette lockring remover will help you remove and clean your cassette. You’ll use the crescent wrench to get extra leverage on the cassette tool.

Chain Tool

Having a chain tool makes it easy to remove your chain when you need to replace it or fix a broken chain.

Flat-Head & Phillips Screwdriver

Screwdrivers are always good to have. On a bicycle, one of the reasons you’ll need a screwdriver is to adjust the limit screws. The limit screws control the movement of your derailleur limiting how high or low it moves.

Needle Nose Pliers

Needle nose pliers are great for those tight little places where you can’t seem to fit your fingers.

Pedal Wrench

To take your pedals on and off, it helps to have a wrench to remove them with ease.

Torx T25 Wrench

Most high-end bikes now have a few certain bolts that are Torx and 97% of the time they are going to be T25, so having this wrench on hand will be helpful.


These come in handy everywhere whether it be for cutting bar tape or cutting a bash guard for your bike.

Wire Cutters

Wire cutters are a must when cutting your shifter cable and housing, and especially for zip ties.


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