WorkShop Tools

G.J.L. Posts: 6
edited January 2010 in Workshop
Can anybody recommend a good tool kit for my two road bikes


  • G.J.L.
    G.J.L. Posts: 6
    Can anybody recommend a good tool kit for my two road bikes
  • lae
    lae Posts: 555
    Park tools do a range of decent tools and toolkits, and are excellent quality.

    If you want spanners and allen keys and socket sets and whatnot, Halfords Pro tools are exceptionally good value for money, and come with a lifetime guarantee (a replacement in any store, even without the receipt).

    What level of toolkit you need depends on what you're planning to do on the bike. Basic repairs will only need a very small toolkit, routine servicing will need a few more, repairs/home builds will need a pretty substantial collection.
  • John.T
    John.T Posts: 3,698
    You don't need to ask for each bike. :?
    All you really need is a set of allen keys, cassette lockring tool and BB remover for your groupset, a chain whip, spoke key and a chain breaker. These will do just about everything you need.
    Forgot, tyre levers.
    You can get them all from most bike shops or CRC / Wiggle etc.
  • Wappygixer
    Wappygixer Posts: 1,396
    For most bikes and jobs this is pretty good
    I bought one of these about 3 years ago and its been great.Nothing has broken or deformed.Well worth the money for a home workshop.
  • nonono
    nonono Posts: 15
    don't waste your money on Park tools - they are over priced and bad quality
  • nonono wrote:
    don't waste your money on Park tools - they are over priced and bad quality

    That's a bit of a broad statement. The tools are not cheap but it's not true to say that they are of bad quality. Usually Park tools are of very good quality although our workshop experienced problems with our latest order of Park crank removers.
    Generally, you get what you pay for and if you want pro quality then these are expensive. Rather than a tool kit I would recommend buying tools singly and the best you can afford. Cyclus, a German firm makes excellent tools but Park is also up there with the best.
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I already have tons of basic tools from working on cars, so I just buy bike specific tools as & when I need them. That way I don't get anything I don't need. Building up quite a collection now.

    Tools I've bought for the road bike:

    HT-II tools
    chain wear checker
    hefty chain tool (10 sp chains take some grunt to split!)
    set of cone spanners
    chain whip
    cassette lockring tool
    cable cutters

    Stuff in the seatpack:

    spare tube
    puncture kit incl tyre levers
  • Mister W
    Mister W Posts: 791
    I would suggest getting a really good set of allen keys as they're the tools you'll be using most. if you feel like getting the best then IMHO Beta are about as good as you'll get. Then, as others have said, pick up other tools as you need them. I go for cheaper options on tools that I use less often, like the BB tools.
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    A decent set of ball-ended Allen keys with tee-handle are a good investment. IME many of the lower grade Park Tools are over-priced and poor quality and certainly aren't 'workshop' quality - you pay silly money for the pro-quality. I'd add to the list a 15mm pedal spanner and a decent 12" adjustable spanner
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..