Whether you’re a budding mechanic or seasoned tinkerer, greasy hands can never have too many tools to play with. This 18-piece X-Tools Bike Tool Kit contains all the essentials you need to kit out your home workshop, or keep in the back of your car for on-the-fly tune-ups.
Mildred’s a utilitarian cyclist at heart, determined to do everything on two wheels, whether it’s shopping, commuting or moving house. She’s spent the past three years volunteering as a mechanic and workshop coordinator at the Bristol Bike Project, and now sits on its board of directors. Her expertise in bikes — and what people want out of them — comes from working in real-world bike shops and learning the ins and outs of the industry. At home on slicks and knobblies alike, Mildred’s ideal ride covers long distances through remote countryside, on mixed terrain that offers a bit of crunch. She’s easily won over by steel frames coupled with a 650B/plus-tyre combo, and is currently riding a Surly Bridge Club, while training for a 600km audax on a Triban Women’s RC 520.