GET THE BOX SET
Just about every tool company has a set of tools to sell. We reviewed the Pro Essential Tool Roll ($169, shown opposite) earlier this year, which is a great starter pack. Tool sets are ideal for throwing in the car when driving to the trail or going on holiday, but also they are very easy to store if you don’t have a whole lot of room.
The Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit has 19 tools and comes in a fold out carry case that sits perfectly on their workstand. At $409.95 it’s not cheap, but it should let you strip down a bike and build it back up again, if you don’t need to bleed brakes. Best of all, the tools aren’t the basic options. Items like the cassette pliers are sought after tools by many mechanics as they make the job easier.
Super B have a great value 21-piece set that will provide you with the majority of tools you will need, from hex keys to torx keys, chain tools, bottom bracket tools, tyre levers and the rest. The tools are more basic than those in the Feedback Sports kit, but the kit comes in at a friendly $129.
There are other options from Super B and Feedback Sports, as well as from Pro and Park Tool if you feel buying a whole set is the best way to get started.