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Home Mechanic Tool List-Advanced

Maintaining your own bike can be fun, but it can also be confusing at times to know which tools you will need to perform the service you want. Below are a series of recommended tool lists for general maintenance of the average road or off-road bike. Attempt to develop two sets of tools: one for inside a seat bag for on-the-trail/road use, and another set for home use.

Because these lists are for "average" bikes, your particular bike may need more, less, or slightly different tools than what is listed here. For example, if your bike has a "threadless" headset, you will not need the headset wrench listed for threaded headsets. When in doubt, bring your bike to a professional bike shop and ask about a specific procedure or tool. Better yet, sign up for the Park Tool School, a class in bicycle maintenance at your local shop.

There are several sources of tools. Non-bicycle specific tools are usually available at better hardware stores, automotive shops, tool stores, and some department stores. Check with your local bike shop for specialty bicycle tools. When a Park Tool is our recommendation, the tool number is given. There are some cases where there may be more than one Park Tool that will work — in these cases, we will recommend either the most common or the simplest tool.

The Advanced Home Mechanic is tooled to fix most any bike a friend brings them. You can replace most all parts as well as cut and install new fork. You can pull bearing apart and service them. You want to be able to perform what bike shops typically call a "complete overhaul". You will be working on your friends bikes as well as your own, so you may need more equipment than just for your bikes.

Tool Description Park Tool Product
or possible tool source
More Information
Bicycle Repair Stand See both Portable and Shop Repair Stand categories The stand forms the base of any good shop. 
Sockets and Bit set Park Tool SBS-1 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10mm hex bits T25, T30 and T40 Torx® style bits
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15mm and 1” sockets
Torque Wrench, smaller torques Park Tool Options For use on small threads, use TW-1 or TW-5.
For larger thread and larger torques use TW-2 or TW-6
3/8" ratchete handle Hardware store Speeds installation and removal
Handlebar Holder Park Tool HBH-2 Keeps bars from swining around while bike is in stand
Hex Wrench Set-hand set Park Tool AWS-10 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm
Hex Wrench Set-individual "L-shapes"

Park Tool HXS-1.2

1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm with holder
Shop Apron Park Tool SA-3 A step above the Home Mechanic apron
Screwdriver Set Park Tool SD-SET 3/16" and 1/4" Straight Blade plus cross tip #0 and #2 ("Phillips")
Hammer Park Tool HMR-4 Double ended, steel and plastic
Combinations Wrenches Park Tool MW-SET.2 Box end with open end on other side. 6mm thru 17mm
Adjustable Wrench, 12" Park Tool PAW-12  
Seal Pick Park Tool Up-Set Includes a set of three picks each with magnet
Magnetic Parts Bowl Park Tool MB-1 Useful during overhauls to hold small parts
Digital Caliper Park Tool DC-1  
Tape Measure Park Tool RR-12  
Needle nose pliers Park Tool NP-6  
Side cutting pliers Park Tool SP-7  
Snap ring pliers Park Tool RP-SET For C-clip removal
Hack saw Park Tool SAW-1 Purchase also extra blades at hardware store in 32tpi
Carbon fiber cutting blades Park Tool CSB-1 "Grit" blade of tunsten steel
Shop scizzors Park Tool SZR-1  
Air compressor Hardware store Minimum 3.5 hp, 30 gallon tank, get larger if running air tools. Also get air line, quick couplers and air gun
Air compressor head (air chuck) Park Tool INF-1  
Files-various types and sizes Hardware store Flat mill bastard, rat tail, etc.
Hand tap-M10 Park Tool TAP-10 Tap for 10mm x 1mm threads, such a derailleur hanger cleaning/repairing
Hand tap-M5 Park Tool TAP-8 Tap for 5mm x 0.8mm threads, such as water bottle bosses
Tap handle Park Tool TH-1  


Lockring Wrench Park Tool HCW-5 Fits most all lockring types for adjustable square BB's
Adjustable Cup Tool, hinged, heavy duty Park Tool SPA-6 or SPA-1 Adjustable type bottom brackets
Fixed Cup Tool, 36mm Park Tool HCW-4 Adjustable type bottom bracket fixed cups
Cartridge BB Tool Park Tool BBT-22 Fits 20 tooth internal spline cups such as on Shimano® cartridge bottom brackets, FSA®, and Race Face® ISIS Drive bottom brackets
Bottom bracket external bottom bracket cup wrench Park Tool BBT-9 Shimano® threaded cups in 44mm diameter and 16 notches.
Hollowtech II, Race Face® X-type, andTruvativ Giga X-Pipe crankset systems
Bottom bracket tool-for torque wrench Park Tool BBT-69 Shimano® threaded cups in 44mm diameter and 16 notches.
Hollowtech II, Race Face® X-type, andTruvativ Giga X-Pipe crankset systems
Bottom bracket tool-for torque wrench Park Tool BBT-59 As needed-Shimano® threaded cups in 41mm diameter and 16 notches.
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Bottom bracket tool-for torque wrench Park Tool BBT-49 Shimano® threaded cups in 44mm diameter and 16 notches.
Hollowtech II, Race Face® X-type, andTruvativ Giga X-Pipe crankset systems
Bottom bracket tool-8 notch cartridge cups Park Tool BBT-18 For ISIS Drive models using 8 ring notches


Headset Lower Race Wrench (32 & 36mm) Park Tool HCW-15 For threaded steering columns
Crown race setter Park Tool CRS-1 Installs fork crown races. Add for oversized columns the CRS-15
Headset Press Park Tool HHP-3 Also used for press fit bottom brackets
Headset race remover Park Tool RT-1 Add for oversized headset the RT-2
Crown race remover Park Tool CRP-2 Pulls off the fork crown race
Steering column saw guide Park Tool SG-6 Good for 1" and 1-1/8". Add for oversize the SG-7.2
Star nut installer Park Tool TNS-4 For 1-1/8" and 1" columns


Axle Vise Park Tool AV-1 and or AV-5 Holds axles without damaging threads
Cone Wrenches Park Tool SCW-SET.3 Shop cone wrench set 13mm thru 28mm excepting 25 and 27mm.


Truing Stand Park Tool TS-2.2 Speed repair of wheels
Truing Stand Base for TS-2 Park Tool TSB-2 Tilting base for truing stand
Spoke Tension Meter Park Tool TM-1 Check tension on spokes
Wheel Dishing Tool Park Tool WAG-4 Also see optional WAG-5
Spoke Wrenches Park Tool Spoke Wrench category Many possible sizes and options. Select smallest size that fits.
Tire Levers Park Tool Tire Lever category Levers vary in design and fit.
Patch Kit Park Tool GP-2, VP-1 VP-1 has glue in tube. GP-2 has pre-glued patches.
Floor Pump Park Tool Floor Pump Pump head fits both presta and schrader
Spoke Ruler Park Tool SBC-1 Measures spoke length and ball bearings sizes.


Pedal Wrench Park Tool PW-3 or PW-4 PW-3 has 15 & 9/16". PW-4 has 15mm only.
Crankarm Pullers Park Tool CWP-7,
CCP-44, or CCP-22

CCP-44 is for round, splined ISIS Drive® or Shimano® Octalink only.

CCP-22 is for square type spindle only.

CWP-7 works with either square or round spindles.

Cassette/Freewheel Removers

Park Tool FR-5G for the common cassette lockring

For the common threaded freewheel- Park Tool FR-1.2
Sprocket Removal Tool
(Chain Whip)
Park Tool SR-1, SR-2.2, SR-11 Needed to hold cassette while lockring is removed.
Chain Rivet Extractor Park Tool CT-3.2 Compatible with 10 speed chain systems.
Chain masterlink pliers Park Tool MLP-1.2 Speeds working on masterlinks for derailleur chain
Chain Wear Checker Park Tool CC-2 or CC-3.2 Check chain for wear
Drive Train Cleaning Kit Park Tool CG-2.2 Include Cyclone Chain Cleaner CM-5, gear brush GSC-1 and ChainBrite fluid.
Derailleur Alignment Gauge Park Tool DAG-2 Aligns rear derailleur hangers


Fourth Hand Tool Park Tool BT-2 Tightens cable slack by pulling cable.
Cable Cutters Park Tool CN-10 Cuts both cable and housing
Hydraulic brake piston press Park Tool PP-1.2  
Metric Flare Wrench in 8mm Park Tool MWF-1 For hydraulic line compression nuts


Bearing Grease Park Tool PPL-1. Safe for suspension elastomers and ceramic bearings. Safe for carbon fiber.
Bicycle Cleaning Kit Park Tool BCB-4
Dummy Hub for bike wash Park Tool DH-1
Chain lubrication Park Tool CL-1
Thread Locking Adhesives Medium duty, service removable.
Degreaser for chain and parts Park Tool CB-2 Citrus ChainBrite
Hand Cleaner
Available from grocery and hardware stores
Alcohol For cleaning brake surfaces and press fits
Polisher (glass cleaner) For cleaning frames
Zip ties Various sizes and colors
Rags Lots and lots of cotton rags
Tubes- spare Purchase to fit
Gear Cables- spare Use only high quality cables