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Home Mechanic Tool List — Essentials

Home Mechanic Tool Lists

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 product 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.

Essentials

These are just the essentials to just to keep you on the bike keeping up the air pressure in the tires, fixing the occasional flat tire, and cleaning and lubricating the chain. Otherwise, we will assume that any technical work will be done by a professional bicycle shop.

Tool Description Park Tool Product
or possible tool source
More Information
Floor Pump Park Tool PFP-5 or PFP-8 
Home Mechanic Floor Pump
Fits either valve type (Presta or Shrader)
Tire Levers Park Tool TL-1, TL-4  
Drive Train Cleaning Kit Park Tool CG-2.2 Includes CB-5 Bio ChainBrite® cleaning fluid,
GSC-1 Gear Brush, and
CM-5 chain scrubber
Hex Wrench/Screw Driver Set Park Tool AWS-9, IB-1 or IB-2, or IB-3 Used to tighten bolts and adjust derailleurs
Pre-Glued Patch Kit Park Tool GP-2 or VP-1 For flat tires

Miscellaneous Supplies and Parts

Chain Lubricant CL-1 Park Tool Synthetic Blend Chain Lube with PTFE
Degreaser for chain and parts Park Tool CB-2 Citrus ChainBrite
Hand Cleaner Available from grocery and hardware stores
Bike Polish (glass cleaner, etc.) For cleaning frames
Rags Lots and lots of cotton rags
New Tubes Purchase to fit your tire size and valve type
Shop Apron Park Tool SA-1