Australian Mountain Bike - - Between The Tape -

One of the best things you can do to look af­ter your bike is keep it clean and lu­bri­cated. So a bucket, de­greaser, bike cleaner, brushes, and a chain cleaner are es­sen­tial. You’ll also need some rags, and chain lu­bri­cant. Ask your lo­cal shop what works best on your trails if you don’t al­ready have a favourite. A small sy­ringe is ex­cel­lent for get­ting a bit of lube on de­railleur piv­ots.

As for the ba­sic tools you’ll need, it de­pends on your bike. A range of hex keys from 2-10mm, a flat and Phillips head screw­driver, plus T20, T25 and T30 torx tools will cover ba­sic ad­just­ments. Park Tool have a hex set that can be mounted on a wall or laid on a work­bench. The long end is ball-headed and the short end is flat, so it sits flush into bolts.

Ital­ian com­pany Silca not only make amaz­ing pumps but also tools. If you’re af­ter a high­end set of hex and torx keys, their HX ONE kit is $199.95 but has all the hex key sizes you need, plus screw­driver and torx head fit­tings. Made from high-grade tool steel and with a thin-dense chrome fin­ish, this set is not just for the aes­thete but for some­one who only wants to buy the tools they need once.

The Silca Tool Fo­lio T-Han­dle pack is a pop­u­lar op­tion amongst me­chan­ics. The com­bi­na­tion of length, and the slid­ing T-han­dle makes tough jobs easy. And the high qual­ity tool steel, fin­ish, and stor­age pack should make the $329.95 price eas­ier to swal­low. This one is for the purist.

Com­pa­nies like Park Tool and Su­per B have 3-way tools that fall at hand eas­ily. I’ve had my Park Tool AWS-1 since I was a teen. The Su­per B torx headed tool is es­pe­cially use­ful when work­ing on SRAM equipped bikes.

Most cycling tool brands will also have screw­drivers, but a rea­son­able se­lec­tion from your lo­cal hard­ware store will do nicely. This is also a good place to pick up some ba­sics like scis­sors, a tape mea­sure, cut­ting knife and some elec­tri­cal tape.

At your lo­cal bike shop con­sider pur­chas­ing items like a chain whip and cas­sette lock ring tool, and some ca­ble cut­ters. I’ve had my Park Tool items for al­most 20 years. Don’t ne­glect pres­sure gauges – for your tyres and sus­pen­sion. I find dig­i­tal op­tions to be the most pre­cise.

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