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The equip­ment you need to fet­tle away in the in­creas­ingly com­plex world of road bike tech.

Drop-bar bikes have changed mas­sively in re­cent years, but those changes are not re­flected in most off-the-shelf tool boxes. So what tools do you re­ally need to ser­vice and main­tain the lat­est tube­less-tyred, hy­drauli­cally braked ma­chines?

All-in-one tool kits with their col­lec­tions of colour-co­or­di­nated, neatly ar­ranged equip­ment are a won­der­ful thing. But while they may be nice to look at (and cheaper than buy­ing all the nec­es­sary bits and pieces in­di­vid­u­ally), few of these sets con­tain the right com­bi­na­tion of tools to con­tend with all the lat­est com­po­nents that are be­ing bolted on to bikes. As such, grad­u­ally build­ing up a toolkit based on what you ac­tu­ally need is a smarter route to­wards home-work­shop heaven. But just what are the tools you need to re­pair and ser­vice to­day’s bikes? And what work­shop equip­ment is it worth in­vest­ing in if you want to by­pass the bike shop en­tirely?

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