8 Essential Tools You Need To Fix Your Mountain Bike | MTB Maintenance

8 Essential Tools You Need To Fix Your Mountain Bike | MTB Maintenance


– I’m up here in the GMBM workshop. And as you can probably see
there is no bike with me. It’s Maintenance Monday
and I’m gonna be discussing what tools you should
have as a home mechanic to build a little toolbox for yourself. (upbeat music) Right, first off, and this
one is an essential piece. Of course it’s gonna be an Allen key. You’re gonna need an array of these, all the way from a 2 mil, up
to 8 mil and sometimes 10 mil. I’ve got these ones right here. These things are awesome, I
really like the t-handle ones. You can get them in a
set and you can fold out that has multiple Allen keys in one set. Or you could just get these single ones. These ones, are the ones I use daily. Okay, these blue plastic things, well you’re probably gonna know if you’re watching these videos. These are tyre levers and you use these to get your tyres off. Essential if you’ve got a puncture, you’re changing your tyre or even if you’re setting up to be tubeless they just make that bit easier for you to get the tyre on and off. Okay, these green ones,
they could be mistaken for Allen keys but these are torques keys. Very similar you’re
gonna find rotor bolts, things like that are gonna be key 25. Use them throughout the bike, and you can also sometimes
double them up as Allen keys. Just be really careful
if you are in that head to make sure that you don’t round it off. But this, is an essential
for every toolbox. Next up has got to be the chain tool. These things are super easy to use. If you break a chain,
you need to replace it, or if you just want to take
off, and give it a good clean, the chain just sits in that groove, you screw this thing in and out and that pops the pin. Okay, these bad boys well
they are super sharp. It’s a set of snips, you can use them for cutting cable ties, cables. You just need to cut
something well these are the bad boys for it. They can get through anything. And for me they’re definitely
an essential in a toolbox. You might even have seen
that sometimes in a video that I’ll talk about cutting my tyres, this is exactly what I use them for. Okay, this is for taking off
your bottom bracket tool. And for me it’s a
must-have in the toolbox. I hate creaky bottom
brackets or any noises coming from down in that area. And the bonus part is,
you also get this end cap. This is for the Shimano crankset so you can actually just
take that end cap off, slide the crank off, take it all apart and give it a re-grease. And if you’ve got centerlock rotors then this is the tool that you need. Okay, next up it’s three tools in one. And all these things you’re gonna need if you’re taking off your cassette. This guy right here, this is
a chain whip, big spanner, and then, you’re gonna
need this cassette tool. I’d take it on and off,
give it a little clean-up. Pop it back on the bike
and Jimmy’s your uncle you’re away to ride again. Okay, this little thing,
this is a shock pump. Now you’ll probably know if you’ve watched any of the hack videos,
just how pernickity I am about suspension set-up
and this is something that I’ll always carry with me. Dead easy to adjust those
pressures either trail-side, or in the workshop to get your
bike absolutely dialled in. Right, last but not least,
it’s gotta be the hammer. This is every mechanic’s essential. Whether you’re just knocking something out or putting new bearings in,
does the job for everything. Right, one cheeky bonus
one and this is for the experienced mechanic back home. You’re probably gonna
wanna have one of these in your toolbox to
straighten up your wheel, tension it, or if you’ve
got any loose spokes. If you want to watch some
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