Top 10 Cycling Tools You Should Own

Top 10 Cycling Tools You Should Own

Here are the top 10 tools that we think every cyclist should own.
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Doing your own bike maintenance is a great way to save a bit of cash. You’ll have to spend a bit first to get set up though, so we put together this list of the ten tools that we think every cyclist needs to own.

From tire levers to a cassette tool, every tool in this list is something that you’ll use frequently.

Is there a tool that you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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50 Comments

  1. Rishabh G on June 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    hammer for indexing gears



  2. Hannah Plumley Myvloggingaddiction on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    A bike stand and muc off both make me life so much easier #notsponcered



  3. Christian Mark Galingan on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    multitool only haha.



  4. Mikkel Lehmann on June 27, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    My pedal wrench



  5. AShahKhan on June 27, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Do you recommend a toolkit and which ones or buy them seperately?



  6. Grant D on June 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    The 3 most important bike tools for me are tire levers, a floor pump, and a chain tool.



  7. Otto Šturma on June 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Torque wrench



  8. Christian Mark Galingan on June 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    What is the best groupset for a beginner biker? Is the Sora is Good to my atomic 700c?



  9. draconus15 on June 27, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    i deal with alot of lower quality /older bikes and i couldn’t do half of what i do without a good set of headset wrenches



  10. J B on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    All those mentioned below, plus 4th hand cable puller, koolstop tyre jack, JIS screwdriver for limit screws, chainring bolt tool, tyre pressure gauge, set of spanners, needle nose pliers, and a tape measure to set height and reach.



  11. baconfromhell666 on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    A hammer. For those times when everything just goes wrong when trying to fix your bike, and you just need to smash something.



  12. Tom Newham on June 27, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I don’t need two of those items as I have an air compressor and my bike doesn’t have cables.



  13. Robert Trageser on June 27, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Carry a Sram powerlink or similar,4 links of spare chain and make a chain holder out of a spoke or coat hanger. You can thank me later!
    MAINTAIN YOUR CHAIN PROPERLY! You wont get far without one unless you’re headed downhill!



  14. Kieran White on June 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I could not live without a socket set especially since i have a couple of older bikes where hex bolts are not as common



  15. Marshall Reynolds on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Adjustable rench



  16. Norman Mattson on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    CO2 inflator w/ a couple of cartridges far better than a mini pump when out on the road.



  17. Ruslan Abbas on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Pedal spanner 🔧 15



  18. Mughees Ahmed on June 27, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    13 14 and 15mm spanners



  19. Shadowwolf TD5000 on June 27, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I would add a torque wrench instead of a multi-tool if you’re properly serious. It’s not hard to overtighten something and either strip the thread, or damage something when you have to use a lot of force to undo it (cassettes would be a good example). A torque wrench allows you to control how tight a component is and I use them all the time, so much so that we have TWO in my house.



  20. pocopal on June 27, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Influenced by J Clarkson…..therefore>>>>a large hammer.



  21. Erik Joosten on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    hammer…..



  22. thacrackfox on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I don’t recommend the chain tool shown in the video thumbnail. It’s very small and fiddly. It takes a lot more effort to break the links because of the size of the lever, and being small it’s hard to grip to get enough leverage. i’m assuming it was made as small as possible to carry on rides or something. For the shop I’d get a bigger one with an actual handle, and lever.



  23. Mark Ching on June 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I just bought one on Amazon.



  24. channel deleted on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    An 8mm hex key for pedals



  25. Bobs Bushcraft on June 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    A hammer



  26. leescobar01 on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    How bout a Torque Wrench? Bikes these days have numerous bolts that require a certain tightening torque value.



  27. Sausage Egg & Cheese McGriddle on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    So, would a mini pump be called a Lil’ Pump



  28. DFW rider on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    were some scenes in this flipped horizontally? the casette removal and first scene in the chain section were weird



  29. Lone Dawg on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    BB Tools… Godamn bottom loose brackets!



  30. William Girdwood on June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    My hands



  31. iliketrains0pwned on June 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    A small strip of duct tape. Not for usual repairs, but you’ll know when you need it.



  32. PlayfulCoaCoa on June 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    2 CO2 cartridges



  33. Marlon Sy on June 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    In ny Bottom bracket special tool is needed.



  34. Virtuous I on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I recommend Pedro’s tire levers, I’ve used them and have not broken



  35. Kaleta on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Was inner cable puller mentioned?



  36. Andrew Mitchell on June 27, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I find that chain lubracant is nessasary for keeping a bike well maintained



  37. joel dykes on June 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Long nose pliers. The amount of stuff I use these for is unbelievable. Deffo couldn’t do half the jobs I do without them.



  38. Robert Trageser on June 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Mini pumps SUCK! Get the biggest pump you can manage. They will pump up your tire way faster. Also NOBODY needs more than 90 psi excepting track racers.



  39. Jimbojet on June 27, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Bike stand! Absolutely essential. Thank you GCN.



  40. Robert Trageser on June 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Just get a quality set of ‘L’ hex wrenches and a 3 way hex wrench. These are way more versatile and affordable than those wrenches shown in the video



  41. MrFreiheit on June 27, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    ParkTool 3way Allen and 3way hex nut Wrenches. I hated them when I started, but they are fast and when in tight spaces, I just grab a regular wrench.



  42. Hugh Robinson on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Bike stand



  43. Henri G on June 27, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Hi, I have just started cycling and I’m looking around for the tools nessesary to maintain and repair my bike.
    Question: why should I invest in bike-special tools like wrenches, etc, if most tools I have already laying around? I understand that sometimes it’s easier with a special narrow pedal wrench or I need a special adaptor for the cassette etc, but in general, what’s the advantage of bike tools vs professional grade workshop tools?



  44. Conservative Pisces 3192 on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Benefits Of A Mini Frame Pump:
    1) Attaches To Your Frame & Airs Up Your Tube (The Obvious Ones). 2) Using A Frame Pump To Air Up A Tube Is Great Exercise. 3) It’s Portable. 4) It’s Damn Near Impossible To Lose.

    Some Bike Tube Companies Sell Their Tubes With Tire Levers.

    My Tool Box:
    1) 2 Red Tire Levers (Came With My Mini Frame Pump/Patch Kit). 2) 14 Black Tire Levers (Came With Some Tubes). 3) 2 Presta To Schrader Adapters. 4) A Pedal Wrench. 5) A Valve Core Removal Tool. 6) 2 Mini Multi-Tools. 7) Needle Nose Pliers. 8) A Tire Gauge. 9) Patch Kit. 10) Mini Frame Pump.



  45. Ethan Brackett on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    park tool 3 way allen key tool, the bigger and smaller sizes.



  46. Adrian Schartner on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Brake bleeding kit



  47. Robert Trageser on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Dont forget ear plugs for the loved ones when you lose your temper!!



  48. sorenchen on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    i use a wifi to find things and guide



  49. Christian Mark Galingan on June 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    gg



  50. William Ensign on June 27, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Hanger alignment gauge, align my hanger and derailleur tuning is easy.