Essential Tools For Your Workshop | E-Bike Maintenance

Essential Tools For Your Workshop | E-Bike Maintenance


– When it comes to tools to working on your E-mountain bike it
can get pretty confusing but today’s video, we’re taking a look at all those essential tools
that you’re going to need for your toolbox. (light music) – Well it all starts here of course, and these Allen keys. These things range in
size from 2 mm all the way up to 10 mm. That’s going to be the most useful sizes for working on your bike. Obviously the multi-tool Allen key set will have multiple Allen keys
in there, all at easy reach. And always have the most
common sizes on there. Obviously you’re going to
need your bigger Allen keys, like your 8 mm and your
10 mm for things like cranks, crank bolts and things like that. These bigger Allen keys also
will have a lot more leverage when it comes to undoing
those stubborn bolts. (light music) Next up, it’s going to be Torx keys. So you might notice when
you’re working on your bikes some of those heads actually
have like star-shaped cut into them rather than a
traditional Allen key head. Now these are for the Torx keys. The most popular size
is going to be your T25. This is the most common one. SRAM shifters, levers, and also disc brake rotor bolt as well. Obviously you can get a
multi-tool of Torx keys in there but your T25 on a
T-handle, it’s going to be the most common one that
you’re going to need. These are especially good for
getting a bit more leverage and for spinning those
annoying rotor bolts up. (light music) Pumps, you’re going to need a pump and obviously this is a big track pump. They come in all different
styles and all different sizes. If you were just going to get
one, you probably want one that’s going to fit in
your riding pack as well, but for the workshop you can’t
beat a quality track pump. Now track pumps also differ
in the way they work. This one in front of me is
kind of like a tubeless one so you charge this big cylinder in front, then you let a switch go, and boom, your tubeless tire instantly inflates. Obviously you can go for
a standard track pump which is going to make
pumping up those tires a lot, lot easier. Whilst we’re talking about pumps
you also don’t want to forget a shock pump. This obviously connects to
the forks and area shocks. You can adjust the air pressure to dial in that all important sag. (light music) Also lubes and cleaners
are a really important thing to have in your toolbox too. When it comes to lubing the chain you can obviously get
a spray kind of lube. I actually prefer the drip-style bottle ’cause it just means that
there’s a lot less chance of getting contamination. So you just simply squeeze it on. It’s really important
to keep on top of that lubrication on the chain. Also contact cleaner, really good one for keeping all those battery
contacts and switches, things like that clean. Just give it a quick spray
after cleaning your bike, drives all that water out. And lastly, a bit of silicon shine. It’s obviously going
to bring a bit of shine to your pride and joy. It’s really good at drying
the moisture out as well. Also don’t forget a little
bit of dielectric grease on those battery contacts can work wonders at keeping water and moisture out of it. (light music) A decent quality chain
tool is going to be a must, it’s really good for chopping
down those longer chains when you’ve worn out your drive chain. It’s also really handy to stick
in your rider pack as well. Can get you out of sticky situations. Just make sure you buy decent quality ones ’cause the cheaper ones
sometimes can end up bending pins, things like that. Whilst we’re on the subject of chains, this is something you
probably want to add, really important when it comes to E-bikes. This is a chain wear indicator. So basically you just put these
pins in between each plate, push the dial in, it’ll
tell you how much life is actually left in that chain. Really important tool
when it comes to replacing those chains and keeping an eye on it. (light music) Now this in my eyes is one of
the best tools ever invented. I used to spend a lot of time
twisting quick links around, trying to break them and
getting absolutely mad. Soon as I brought some of
these, my life actually changed. So these are quick link pliers. Simply put your quick link in,
quick squeeze on the handle, your quick link comes undone. Stick them in your riding pack, really handy to have out in the trail too. (light music) Another tool that’s going to
make your life a lot easier is a decent set of cable cutters. Now obviously cables, quite
prevalent in gear cables, you got them on the seat post dropper. So keeping on top of that maintenance is also going to be vital. Now these things make an absolute cinch of cutting through all those
outer and inner cables. A nice sharp end rather than trying to use some old blunt pliers to try
and croak through a cable. These obviously have little
bits of crimp in the cable and there’s end caps as well. So a set of decent cable
cutters is going to save you a lot of tears when it
comes to bike maintenance. (light music) When it comes to your
E-mountain bike drive chain it’s quite a high-wear item, and obviously you’re going
to need to replace a chain, chain ring and the cassette. Now to remove the cassette
you’re going to need a few tools as well. Obviously a freewheel
removal tool like this. Literally slots into the lockring. On the SRAM XD System
you literally turn the whole cassette off
of the cassette body. Now these, quite easy, they come in lots of
different sizes as well so just make sure you get the correct one. Some of them have the Spline
for like a 12 mm axle. It literally slots straight in,
to mean tool won’t fall off. So try and get one of those to suit your actual Freehub body itself. Next up, obviously a chain whip
to hold on to this cassette ’cause you’ll find when you
come to undo the cassette it wants to freewheel. So you’re going to need
to clip one of these on, hold the cassette still,
slip your freewheel tool in, undo the lockring and
slide the whole lot off. Essential items for sure. (light music) Definitely don’t want to
be forgetting a decent set of nitrile gloves as well. These are really good
at protecting your hands on those really dirty jobs where you’re going to get
oil and grease all over them so protect your hands. Stop getting all that horrible
stuff all over your skin. (light music) And some bonus items you might
want to add to your toolbox, can be some tire levers to
remove those stubborn tires, torque wrenches to make sure
you’re torquing those bolts up to manufacturers specifications, and a decent adjustable spanner
to make sure you can undo those stubborn freewheels,
things like that. One with a decent handle on it, a bit of extra leverage. And obviously my favorite one
for post-maintenance sessions, it’s got to be a pizza cutter,
just like this one from Park. Really good for that nutrition after doing those hard-to-do jobs. But if you’ve enjoyed today’s video be sure to subscribe to EMBN. If you want to see some
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