Top 10 Cycling Tools You Should Own

Top 10 Cycling Tools You Should Own


– [Daniel] Making repairs to your bike
just needs a bit of patience and practice. A lot of maintenance can be done quickly
and cheaply with the right equipment, so here are our 10 recommendations for the
tools we think every cyclist should own. Tire levers. Punctures are sadly the most
common problem you can expect when you’re out on your bike. The first step to
getting is sorted quickly is with one, or preferably two, tire levers to help you
get the bead of the tire off the rim. They don’t need to be fancy, just basic
plastic ones should do the trick. You can pick them up very cheaply, too, so
there’s no excuse not to own a pair. A mini pump. Once you’ve got your tire off
and replaced the blown inner tube, you’ll need something to pump it up to a
decent pressure to get yourself back home. We advise taking a portable mini pump with
you on every ride. Either get one that fits into the pocket of your jersey, or
even one that can attach to the frame of your bike. A good mini pump
should, with a bit of elbow grease, be able to pump your tire
back to about 100 psi. A track pump. While you can’t take this
out on a ride, trust me, you can’t, it’s incredibly useful to have
this back home. The advantage of the track pump is it’s more powerful than a mini
pump, meaning your tire will inflate faster. Plus, if you have a pump with a
gauge, you can accurately measure how much air is in your tires. This plays a big
part in how your bike performs out on the road so it’s important to check it on a
regular basis before you head out the door Multi tool. Another item to put in your
pocket when you head out on a ride is a multi tool. On here you should have
everything you need to make quick adjustments or repairs on your bike. You
should have a good range of Allen keys on there, plus flat-head and Phillips-head
screwdrivers at a minimum. Typically, the more expensive multi tools
include a greater number of features. 4-, 5-, and 6-mm Allen keys. I know,
technically this is three tools, but trust us, if you’re going to buy Allen
keys, or hex keys, for use in your home workshop, these are the most common ones
you’re going to be using on your bike. You can use the ones on your multi tool,
but they’re not always particularly well-suited for hard everyday use. Some
good-quality longer wrenches will help you get a better bit of extra purchase on
those bolts and generally make your job quicker and easier. Cassette tool and chain whip. Removing
your cassette is necessary if you’re going somewhere hilly and needed a few easier
gears to get up the climbs, or maybe it’s just worn and needs
replacing. You also need it to remove your cassette to get access to your rear hub.
Either way, it won’t come off without these two. It’s worth mentioning that if
you’re running a Campagnolo cassette, you’ll need a slightly different tool than
if you’re running Shimano or SRAM, but the method for removing
the cassette is exactly the same. A chain tool. Most chains require a
specific link-breaking tool to remove them. You’ll need it when your chain
starts to show signs of wear and you have to replace it. It’s also handy to have
with you on a ride in case of a snapped chain, to enable you to put it back
together. Similar to mini pumps, you can buy small portable ones, or
bigger, more robust versions, and they even feature on some multi tools. A spoke key. Having a spoke key on hand is
important for keeping your wheel running straight. A wheel that is running out of
true can be fixed through the tightening and loosening of the spoke nipples. Check
our videos for how to true a wheel to find out how. Cable cutters. A good-quality cable cutter
will save you a lot of hassle when the time comes to replace your brake and gear
cables. Purchasing a set of bike-specific cable cutters will ensure you get clean
cuts on your outer cables, which will let your inner cables move
freely and without any snags. What other tools could you not live
without? Let us know in the comment section down below. – [Matt] For more GCN Top Tens, click
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