Resources for Home Bicycle MechanicsWant to make sure you're getting the right tool for the right job? There are many resources which can help. Park Tool has been doing a great job with their online guides. You can find a wealth of information in their bicycle repair guide section. The Park Tool YouTube Channel also shows how to properly use many of their tools. If you want to learn even more, we've listed a few specialty items that are useful for any home mechanic.
The home mechanics tool set should ultimately be specific to the bikes they own - these are just some of the most common ones.
Hex WrenchesHex bolts are used in many locations on the bike. 4mm, 5mm and 6mm bolts are pretty common. A good three-way hex wrench can be very handy. 8mm hex bolts are common for crank bolts.
Chain ToolsThere are a few chain tools every mechanic should have. One would be a chain checker so that you know when you need to replace your chain. A chain breaker is also good to have so you can resize your chain. Chain link pliers are used to bring the chain link together for installation.
Cable CuttersIf you're installing new cables or housing, you'll want a good cable cutter. Frayed cables and housing with sharp edges do not belong on bikes.
Cassette and Cog ToolsTo help remove and install cassettes, you'll want a chain whip and a cassette lock-ring removal tool, found in our Cog Tools section. Shimano HG cassettes commonly use a 12-spline lock-ring pattern found on the Park Tool FR-5.2 tool.
Pedal WrenchGet a pedal wrench. A good pedal wrench with a nice handle makes pedal installation and removal a snap.
Tire LeversDon't damage your rims! Use a nice plastic tire lever to help get your tire on and off. The 4th edition of the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair is updated with the latest information, procedures and techniques and covers everything from minor adjustments to complete overhauls.
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