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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".


ITEM Description or  Park Tool #


Park Tool repair stands, one per bench. There are many options. Park Tool PRS-33, PRS-2 OS-1 PRS-2 OS-2 PRS-3 OS-1,
PRS-3 OS-2


Park Tool repair stand for bikes that cannot be clamped PRS-20 or PRS-21


Internal seat clamp Park Tool ISC-4


Handlebar Holder Park Tool HBH-2


Work apron Park Tool SA-3 or SA-1


Hex wrench hand-set Park Tool  AWS-10


3 way Hex-wrench, 4,5,6mm Park Tool AWS-1


Hex-wrench, three way wrench-2, 2.5, 3mm Park Tool AWS-3


Hex-wrench, three way, 4mm, 5mm, T25 Park Tool AWS-7


P-handle hex wrench set and holder 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10mm Park Tool PH-1


Hex wrenches as needed
11mm, 12mm, 14mm, 15mm
HR-11, HR-12, HR-14, HR-15


Hex wrench set- L-shaped Park Tool HXS-2


Star Point wrench- PH-T25, for hydraulic discs in size T-25 Park Tool PH-T25              


Star Shaped Wrench Set
T6, T8, T10, T-15, T-20, T-25, T-30, T40
Park Tool PHT-1


Star Shaped Wrench Set T7 to T40 Park Tool TWS-2


3/8" drive torque wrench 0-60 inch pounds Park Tool TW-1 or TW-5


3/8" drive torque wrench 0-600 inch pounds Park Tool TW-2 or TW-6


Socket set 3/8" drive, including 8,9,10,14,15mm sockets. 4,5,6,8,10 hex bits sockets. Park Tool SBS-1


3/8" ratchet handle, 8" Hardware/tool store


Parts Washer   Hardware/tool store Grainger/MacMaster Carr


Work bench   Hardware/tool store Grainger/MacMaster Carr


Tool board Painted white, and outlin ed for tools, using hooks Lumber Supply:
Peg board
4x8 sheet of1/4 inch thick


Work stool Park Tool STL-1.2 or    STL-2.2


Mechanics Gloves Park Tool MG-2 (M,L,XL)


Vise 4" jaws with rotating base


Axle vise jaws for vise Park Tool AV-1 and Park Tool AV-5


Magnetic Parts Bowl Park Tool MB-1


Air compressor Minimum 3.5 hp, 30 gallon tank, get larger if running air tools


Air line, fitting, quick couplers, air gun Hardware/tool store


Air chuck Park Tool INF-1  


Hand drill, 3/8" chuck, reversible Hardware/tool store


Drill bit set and index Hardware/tool store


Center punch Hardware/tool store


Hammer, double sided Park Tool HMR-4


Tape measure- metric and English Park Tool RR-12


Dial metric caliper Park Tool DC-1


Thread pitch gauge Hardware/tool store


6" machinist ruler Hardware/tool store