BikeRadar Bargains: 5 cheap cycling tool kits

Save your race day with these portable tool kits

The racing season is in full swing, with riders travelling improbable distances across the country only to pull their well-loved racing steeds out of the car and discover an unnoticed mechanical.

With a decent tool kit in hand you’re likely to be able to rescue most rides, so for this week's edition of BikeRadar Bargains we’ve pulled together five of the best deals on race-ready, all-in-one tool kits from around the web.

So buy yourself some peace of mind and keep these in your garage on the weekdays, then chuck them in the back of your car ready for that inevitable disaster on race day.

X-Tools 27 piece tool kit  — £59.99 £44.99

This X-Tools tool kit is a great budget option
This X-Tools tool kit is a great budget option

This compact X-Tools tool kit has just about everything you need to work on a modern road or mountain bike, including a full complement of hex keys, screwdrivers and a ratchet. 

Birzman Travel 20 piece tool box — £199.99 £127.99

This Birzman tool kit is a great shout if you want something a little fancier
This Birzman tool kit is a great shout if you want something a little fancier

If you're looking for something a little more fancy, this travel tool kit from Birzman should fit the bill. While it isn't as comprehensive as some other kits out there, this will sort you out in a pinch on race day. 

Halfords 114 piece aluminium tool set — £200 £100

Although it's not cycling specific, this tool kit from Halfords would make a great all-round option
Although it's not cycling specific, this tool kit from Halfords would make a great all-round option

While not cycling specific, there are a lot of tools in this substantial tool kit from Halfords that definitely have a place in your cycling tool kit.

While we hope you won't have to use a hacksaw on race day, the spirit level might be useful if you're very compulsive about the angle of your saddle. 

Park Tool Professional travel and event kit — £699.99 £593.99

This Park Tool tool-kit is about as nice as it gets
This Park Tool tool-kit is about as nice as it gets

If you're really, really looking for the best stuff out there and are feeling a little flush, this kit from Park Tool will outfit a decent workshop, as well as a race day wagon.

At least with 15 percent off at CRC, it won't sting quite as much. 

Muc-Off Ultimate cleaning kit — £60 £43.99

Why not do some preventative maintenance with this kit from Muc-Off
Why not do some preventative maintenance with this kit from Muc-Off

And while we're at it, let's prevent any further mechanicals after your race and give that ol' bike a good scrub.

While a bucket and sponge will work to a certain point, a decent cleaning kit really takes the sting out of a post-race wash routine and this all-in-one solution from Muc-Off is among the best out there.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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