No matter how nice you are to your bike, at some point it will likely need some TLC. While you can take it to the bike shop, in the long run it will likely be cheaper (and more satisfying) to learn how to maintain your bike yourself.
There are a few key tools you can invest in, or you can go the whole hog and get a complete tool kit.
Below are some great deals on essentials such as tyre levers and a puncture repair kit, as well as bargain Allen keys from Bondhus, a great-value Joe Blow track pump and an affordable 18-piece X-Tools kit.
We’ve also brought you big savings on a quality Birzman Travel kit and the premium Park Tool Event kit, so you should find all the tools you need to strip your bike down.
Add in a Muc-Off cleaning kit and you’ve got everything you need to look after your pride and joy.
Gorilla Force Ultra Strong Bike Tyre Levers — £5.99
These tyre levers from Gorilla Force are a bargain. Gorilla Force
Tyre levers are an essential part of any rider’s tool kit and these appropriately-named levers from Gorilla Force are designed to be as strong as those made from metal, without damaging your rims in use.
They won’t break the bank, either, and also come with a lifetime guarantee.
Weldtite Puncture Repair Kit — £2.74
Get two puncture repair kits from Weldtite for less than a fiver. Weldtite
Here’s a roadside and workshop essential that will give you change from a fiver.
In fact, you get two puncture repair kits here, so you can have one in your saddlebag and one in your tool kit.
Each kit comes with six circular patches, sandpaper and glue. Bargain.
Bondhus Ball End Allen key set — £21.99 £11.95
Get yourself a premium set of Allen keys… you won’t regret it. Bondhus
You’re not going to get far without a set of Allen keys, they are indispensable for the vast majority of maintenance tasks.
Bondhus actually makes the tools for Park Tool, so rest assured that you’ll be getting a great quality set of hex wrenches here.
For the importance of investing in a quality set of hex keys, you can read more here.
Joe Blow Sport III Track Pump —
The Joe Blow Sport is legendary and now in its third iteration. Joe Blow
The Joe Blow Sport is a legendary track pump that strikes a balance between quality performance and a sensible price. We were big fans of the Sport II back in 2013.
The Sport is now onto its third iteration, with a rotating connector, longer lever and 3in gauge, and you can get 27 per cent off this workshop essential at Wiggle.
X-Tools 18-piece tool kit — £49.99 £34.99
This X-Tools tool kit is a great budget option. X-Tools
We appreciate that not everyone can afford premium tools, and if you’re just getting into tinkering then you may not want to invest too much.
While it may not be as durable as more expensive options, this compact X-Tools tool kit has just about everything you need to work on a modern road or mountain bike and will serve you well for occasional maintenance tasks — ideal for the budding home mechanic.
Birzman Travel 20-piece tool box — £199.99 £134.99
This Birzman tool kit is a great shout if you want something a little fancier. Birzman
We’ve found Birzman tools provide excellent value for money, so if you’re looking for a step up in quality, this travel tool kit should fit the bill. While it isn’t as comprehensive as some other kits out there, it provides everything you should need for everyday tasks.
Park Tool Professional Travel and Event kit — £828.97 £543.12
This Park Tool tool-kit is about as nice as it gets. Park Tool
If you’re looking for some of the best tools out there and are feeling a little flush, this kit from Park Tool will outfit a decent workshop, and is portable enough to take with you on race day, too.
It’s expensive, but these tools will last you a lifetime and you can save a chunk on the RRP.
Muc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Cleaning Kit — £64.99 £45.09
Why not do some preventative maintenance with this kit from Muc-Off. Muc-Off
Preventative maintenance is just as important to consider, so while we’re at it, let’s avoid any further mechanicals and give that bike a good scrub.
While a bucket and sponge will work to a certain extent, a decent cleaning kit makes life a lot easier, and this all-in-one solution from Muc-Off is among the best out there.