Halfords Essential Bike Tool Kit review

Fine for occasional use

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £27.00 RRP | USD $44.49
Halfords Essential bike tool kit

Our review

An adequate starter kit that covers most work on both old and modern bikes, but durability isn’t great
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Emphasis is on quantity rather than quality with the Essential Bike Tool Kit but strength and quality is good enough for the occasional use home mechanic.


You get 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10mm Allen keys, 8, 10, 14 and 15mm spanners, old-style headset spanners, cone spanners, crank and bottom bracket removal tools (old and new style), cassette removal tools, a decent multi-size spoke nipple tool, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, a chain tool and tyre levers.

Like a lot of the cheaper tool boxes we’ve tested, tool removal and replacement is fiddly at times so we imagine a lot of this stuff will soon end up in a one of those big tin tool boxes unless you’re very tidy-minded.


However, the neat freaks will appreciate the compact qualities of the slotted interior of the box, and you do get almost everything you need here for all but headset removal and replacement, at an excellent price. Frequent home mechanics should spend more for better quality, and buy just what they need.

Product Specifications


Name Essential Bike Tool Kit (09)
Brand Halfords

Weight (g) 2180
Features * 1 x Adjustable ring spanner for easy adjustment of all sized of nuts and bolts * 1 x Crank remover for removing cranks for bottom brackets * 2 x 13, 14, 15, 16mm Cone spanners for adjustment and replacement of wheel bearings. * 1 x Cassettes locking tools for removal and installation of rear gear cassettes * 1 x Adjustable bottom bracket tool, for adjusting and removal of open bottom bracket systems * 1 x Cartridge bottom bracket tool for removal and installation for sealed bottom brackets * 1 x Multi sized spoke tool for adjustment of spoke tension for and wheel truing * 1 x Cross point flathead screw driver for adjustment of gear and brake systems * 1 x Chain tool for bike chain cutting and joining * 1 x Hex key set 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10mm for adjustment of Allen key fitting found on most bikes * 1 x 14, 15 mm for several purposed including spanner for pedal removal and fitting * 1 x 8, 10mm Spanner for adjustment to brakes and gear systems on bikes with steel components * 3 x Glass reinforced tire levers for removal and fitting of bike tyres * 1 x Headset spanners for adjustment and fitting on Headset systems on bikes with quill type stems * Chain whip for securing freewheels and cassettes for easy removal
No. of Tools Included 35