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 quality Bondhus Allen keys, a great value track pump, an 18-piece X-Tools kit, great 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.
Bondhus Ball End Allen key set —
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 items, 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.
Park Tool PFP-8 Floor Pump —
A pump is essential for keeping your tyres inflated Park Tool
Another essential part of your tool kit is a sturdy pump so that you can make sure your tyres stay inflated.
You don’t have to spend much to get a quality item, though, and the Park Tool PFP-8 is one of our top picks, and it can be had with a healthy discount from Wiggle right now.
You can check out our full guide on keeping your tyres pumped up here.
X-Tools 18-piece tool kit —
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 —
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.
A more extensive option is the 37-piece Birzman Studio tool kit that previously garnered a 5-star review from us. It’s a pricier option, but should have everything you need to start equipping your home workshop.
Park Tool Professional Travel and Event kit —
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.
Muc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Cleaning Kit —
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 point, a decent cleaning kit makes life a lot easier, and this all-in-one solution from Muc-Off is among the best out there.