Tools for Bicycle Maintenance and Repair
The tools needed for bike maintenance and repair vary somewhat depending on the make and model of your bike. The number of tools you have will depend on how much work you want to do yourself. While all cyclists should know how to fix a flat tire and have the materials to do so, not everyone will want to undertake routine maintenance and more complex repairs. That's what bike shop mechanics are for. However, if you are interested in bike maintenance and repair and willing to do a good job, by all means stock up on the whole spectrum of available materials.
Make sure you have all of the tools needed to do all the bike work you want to handle yourself. Don't try to squeeze by with a minimum of tools—you'll only make your job a lot harder. Most bike tools can be found in any hardware store, while some are designed especially for use with bicycles and may be more difficult to find. A well-stocked bike shop should have all the tools you need. Buy only quality tools from reputable manufacturers, and make sure the tools fit your bike (most bikes use European components that are sized according to the metric system).
Bike Tool Set and Materials
Screwdrivers: Phillips, flathead, and miniature
Adjustable wrench and/or socket wrench
Wrench set with sizes ranging from 8 to 17 millimeters and/or three-way wrench with sizes ranging from 8 to 10 millimeters
Allen wrench set (also called allen keys or allen bolts) with sizes ranging from 4 to 7 millimeters
Spoke wrench (to fit spoke-nipple size)
Pedal wrench or flat wrench, sized 13 to 16 millimeters
Replacement bolts of various sizes
Crank and crankarm bolt remover
Tire patch kit
Spare inner tubes
Air pump and tire gauge