Must-Have Tools for Cycling
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Being an avid cyclist is also about being a DIY bicycle mechanic. Like all machines, bicycles need regular maintenance to keep working properly. If you ride your bicycle every day to work or regularly over long distances, then taking it to the bike shop once or twice a month is not enough. You must be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty at any time. For that, you must have the necessary tools at your disposal at all times. So here are some must-have tools for cycling.
- Chain checker
Along with the tires, your bicycle’s chain is the part that sustains the most wear. It also tends to stretch with regular use. A chain checker lets you accurately determine the wear and stretch of a bicycle chain so that you can decide whether it needs to be tightened or replaced before it starts squeaking and damaging the cogs.
- Bicycle pump
Your bicycle’s inner tubes lose air in very small quantities continuously. Therefore, you need a good pump to keep the tires inflated at all times. The different types of bicycle pumps available include floor pump, frame-mounted pump, compact or mini pump, foot-operated pump and double action pump. A mini pump is light and easy to carry, but doesn’t have the power to fill the tubes quickly. Other types of pumps are good for use at home.
- Spoke wrench
The wheels are your bicycle’s workhorses. Because of the load they bear and the wear they sustain, they tend to lose the uniformity of tension in the spokes of the wheels over time. A spoke wrench lets you adjust the tension of the spokes.
- Pedal wrench
The pedals of your bicycle suffer a lot of wear and tear over time. When you fall, they are among the first to hit the ground. A pedal wrench allows you to hold the axle while replacing a broken pedal or rotating the cranks to tighten or loosen them. You should keep a pedal wrench in your toolkit box, especially when going on a long and hard ride.
- Torque wrench
The nuts and bolts of many parts of your bicycle need to be tightened regularly. But they need to be tightened to a specific torque so that they don’t hurt the materials. A torque wrench is designed to accomplish just that. It is especially important for components made from carbon fiber and aluminum.
- Three-way wrench
Every bicycle has a hex key and hex-head bolts that can only be tightened or loosened using a hex wrench. The three-way wrench comes with two hex-wrenches of different sizes and a socket wrench. Its Y-shape makes it easy to apply force when loosening rusted and stuck bolts.
You will need scissors to snip vinyl tapes and trim handlebar wraps. You can also use them for other purposes. Get a pair of compact scissors that will fit nicely in your toolkit box.
- Cable cutter
If you are going to fix or replace the brake wires, then you will need a strong cable cutter to cut the extra length of the wires. You can also use it for electrical works at home. So get a good cutter that will last many years.
- Tire levers
You will need to pry open the tires every time you need to repair or replace the inner tubes or replace the tires. The broad, flat blade of a tire lever lets you accomplish the job without much effort. Make sure you have two or more tire levers in your toolbox.
Screwdrivers are among the most essential tools for any kind of repair and maintenance work. Your bicycle has several screws that can be tightened or loosened only with these handy tools. Make sure that you have a few drivers of both flat and round head of various sizes in your toolbox.
No matter how good are, you can never rule out accidents. If you are injured in a crash with a motor vehicle, talk to a bicycle accident attorney immediately to find out how you can get compensated for your medical treatment and other costs.
Our lawyers have decades of experience in providing excellent results in these areas of practice.