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    Question What are the must have tools for a new road bike owner

    I previously owned a cheap walmart mountain bike and all I had was a few spanners.. I just got my first nice road bike and want to take care of it.

    What tools do you have for regular maintenance?
    I googled and some items I spotted are:
    1) Nice set of Hex wrenches
    2) De-greaser
    3) Grease to lubricate chain and other parts
    4) Pedal wrench - Can I get away with using regular spanners?
    5) Tubes and patch kit
    6) Tire lever ? I used a screw driver but that was for my cheap mtb bike

    Is it really worth buying those expensive bike kits? if so which one do you recommend ?

    I will let the experts list the rest.. Thank you Guys and Gals..
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    Torque wrench.
    use a torque wrench

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    One of my first purchases was a Nashbar work stand. I also got an overkill multitool that I still use because it has a chain tool. Suggest you just slowly accumulate tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tijj View Post
    I previously owned a cheap walmart mountain bike and all I had was a few spanners.. I just got my first nice road bike and want to take care of it.

    What tools do you have for regular maintenance?
    I googled and some items I spotted are:
    1) Nice set of Hex wrenches
    2) De-greaser
    3) Grease to lubricate chain and other parts
    4) Pedal wrench - Can I get away with using regular spanners?
    5) Tubes and patch kit
    6) Tire lever ? I used a screw driver but that was for my cheap mtb bike

    Is it really worth buying those expensive bike kits? if so which one do you recommend ?

    I will let the experts list the rest.. Thank you Guys and Gals..
    1. Hex wrenches - yes (good quality important here)
    2. degreaser - yes
    3. Grease - yes but please do not use on your chain. Use a light chain lube
    4. pedal wrench - not that important. Some pedals use a hex wrench
    5. tubes and patch - absolutely essential (unless you like walking)
    6. levers - yes (not expensive)

    I'd add
    1. floor pump
    2. Cable cutters

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    in addition to all those,
    -a good multi-tool(easier to take with you on a ride than a bunch of hex wrenches)
    -a pump that mounts on frame or in pocket, so you can fix a flat (tube or patches arn't much use if you can inflate)...and/or Co2 tool
    - make sure there are no Torx nuts instead of hex, not likely but you never know (my last mtb came covered in them, in multiple sizes, gaaar)
    All the gear and no idea

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    can get a basic starter tool kit. Park brand for a higher end one. or I bought this for my vacation home, gets light use, for like $44 . https://www.amazon.com/Deckey-Multi-...tool+kit&psc=1



    absolutely NO need for a pricey work stand, nor any work stand. A loop of twine hung from the ceiling under the nose of the saddle does as well (and a bit safer than a work stand). I was a mechanic for 13 years in several shops. even there we would have a loop of string for quick checks, slight gear adjustments etc. I didn't bother getting a home work stand until 3 years ago. But at my vacation home I just use a piece of twine ... and I use it for disassembling/rebuilding my breakaway travel bike - including removing crankset, bars and fork with ease.

    I found a great set of P handle hex wrenches at my local auto supply for like $25 https://www.amazon.com/56660G-Metric...hex+wrench+set P handle ball-end hex wrenches are SO much nicer than T handle. Park sells a set for $70

    might need certain wrenches for the bottom bracket as per your equipment. Third hand for brakes and gears, a derailleur-hanger alignment tool,etc.

    Park is great but I just buy a lot of Filzer and Topeak tools (eg my pair of torque wrenches)
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    A cassette whip and lockring tool.

    I have more wheels than cassettes

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    for me ...

    adjustable wrench
    open ended wrenches (9-13mm)
    socket set
    screwdriver with different bits
    allen key multi tool
    single allen keys (5mm, 6mm)
    park cable cutters
    3 park cone wrenches, double ended, 13/14mm, 15/16mm
    park obw-4 multi tool
    park bb spanner
    park headset wrench
    crank puller (wrench force brand)
    topeak chain breaker
    park tire levers
    park grease
    park spoke wrench
    chain lube (white lightning clean ride)
    and many, many other tools used less frequently.
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    work stand first and foremost.

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    Forget Allen keys, get a T handle hex set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tijj View Post
    What tools do you have for regular maintenance?
    Your list is pretty good for regular maintenance. It's about all you need unless you intend to do more involved repairs and maintenance.

    3) Grease to lubricate chain and other parts
    NO grease on your chain. NO! Get an appropriate chain lube. There are various types depending on your riding conditions.

    4) Pedal wrench - Can I get away with using regular spanners?
    Maybe. It depends on your pedals. Some have really thin flats that a normal wrench won't fit on. And sometimes they're too tight to get off with a hex wrench or a 15mm wrench is too short to get enough torque.

    5) Tubes and patch kit
    Don't forget something to re-inflate your tire.

    6) Tire lever ? I used a screw driver but that was for my cheap mtb bike
    Never ever use a screw driver or anything metal. You'll damage your rim. Plastic levers only.
    Depending on your tire/rim you may be able to get the tire on/off without levers. But they're cheap enough, so why not have them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    work stand first and foremost.
    I just fairly recently bought a work stand. I am really glad I did.

    I recently bought this as well. Haven't had an opportunity to use it yet, but it has a lot of good reviews. I sawed off the end of the handle to fit it into my saddle bag.
    Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack. Good for getting your tire back on.


    https://www.amazon.com/Kool-Stop-Tir...tire+bead+jack

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    Whatever tools you actually know how to use or are committed to learning how to use. Owning tools you don't know how to use is a waste of money. Good thing these days is you can learn how to do most anything in a few minutes on YouTube.
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    A mini fridge full of beer. It's a must for wrenching.

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    Starting out, I'd recommend allen keys & tire levers. And pump. Something to hold it upright is also nice (repair stand/rack). As others have mentioned, you'll acquire what you need as time passes and you're more familiar & willing to work on the more complicated stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tijj View Post
    I previously owned a cheap walmart mountain bike and all I had was a few spanners.. I just got my first nice road bike and want to take care of it.

    What tools do you have for regular maintenance?
    I googled and some items I spotted are:
    1) Nice set of Hex wrenches
    Make certain they are metric
    2) De-greaser
    Simple Green works well, but not for bearing surfaces
    3) Grease to lubricate chain and other parts
    No, you need OIL for chains, not GREASE
    4) Pedal wrench - Can I get away with using regular spanners?
    15mm is all you need for most
    5) Tubes and patch kit
    6) Tire lever ? I used a screw driver but that was for my cheap mtb bike
    You want a set of GOOD levers. Park Tools makes a good one. Also, there are special 'prying' tools for extremely tight tires. NEVER,EVER use a screwdriver!

    Is it really worth buying those expensive bike kits? if so which one do you recommend ?

    No, because any kit will be about 1/2 tools you'll never need, and you'll still find that it lacks what tool you need about 1/2 of the time.
    You'll probably just want a set of metric wrenches, a set of cone wrenches, a set of metric hex wrenches, whichever BB wrench and cassette wrench that fits your bike, and maybe a few 'oddball' tools as needed (like the 7mm hex wrench one of my stems takes). A chainwhip and a chain 'cr@cker', and a chain stretch tool. A spoke wrench.A cable cutter.


    I will let the experts list the rest.. Thank you Guys and Gals..
    Most people buy tools as they need them, rather than all at once.

    BTW, something that confuses me; WalMart is an American company, but "spanners" is a British term. Just WHERE are you from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
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    Most people buy tools as they need them, rather than all at once.

    BTW, something that confuses me; WalMart is an American company, but "spanners" is a British term. Just WHERE are you from?
    I speak British english but settled in the United States - Beautiful Ohio..

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    I would definitely endorse a full set of spanners.

    If I knew what a spanner was.

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    It depends on how much work you want to do on your bike.

    For me, I don't want anyone touching my bikes - and that includes bike shop mechanics. Hence, I do all of my own building and maintenance, so I own everything from a chain tool up to a headset press, along with a maintenance stand. Honestly? I think the only tool I don't have is a frame jig for checking alignment.

    Most bike maintenance is pretty straightforward and doesn't require expensive tools.

    For the beginning cyclist, I'd recommend owning the following:

    1. Two hex wrench sets. You always lose one!
    2. Tire levers
    3. Phillips head screw driver
    4. Chain tool
    5. Grease
    6. Chain lube.
    7. Cable and housing cutter.
    8. Needle-nosed pliers

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJay View Post
    I would definitely endorse a full set of spanners.

    If I knew what a spanner was.
    It's a wrench, ye bleedin' git!
    I'm upping my standards;
    Up yours!

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