Home Mechanic Tool List: Intermediate

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.


Intermediate Tool List

What do I need to know how to do?

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.

Moving up from the Novice Repair-person, you want be able to replace a few worn out components, say a rear derailleur, chainrings, or cassette cogs. You want to be capable of adjusting bearings, but you won’t necessarily be pulling them apart. You will be working on other peoples bikes and need a variety of tool options. You want to be able to perform what bike shops typically call a “major tune-up”.

Tool Description Park Tool Product More Information
Bicycle Repair Stand See Portable, Shop, and Wall-Mount Repair Stands The stand forms the base of any good shop
Socket and Bit set 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 Park Tool Options For use on small threads, use TW-5
For larger thread and larger torques, use TW-6
Hex Wrench Set AWS-10 or HXS-1.2
Screwdriver Set SD-SET 3/16" and 1/4" Straight Blade plus cross tip #0 and #2 (“Phillips”)
Hammer HMR-4 Double ended, steel and plastic
Combination Wrenches MW-SET.2 Box end with open end on other side. 6mm thru 17mm
12" Adjustable Wrench PAW-12
Cartridge BB 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 BBT-9 Threaded cups 44mm in diameter and 16 notches:
Shimano® Hollowtech II®, Campagnolo®, Race Face®, FSA®, SRAM®, and more
Headset Lower Race Wrench (32 & 36mm) HCW-15 For threaded steering columns
Axle Vise AV-1 and/or AV-5 Holds axles without damaging threads
Cone Wrenches SCW-SET.3 13mm thru 28mm excepting 25 and 27mm.
Truing Stand TS-8 Speed repair of wheels
Spoke Tension Meter TM-1 Check tension on spokes
Spoke Wrenches Spoke Wrenches Many possible sizes and options. Select smallest size that fits.
Tire Levers Tire Levers Levers vary in design and fit
Patch Kit GP-2, VP-1 VP-1 has glue in tube; GP-2 has pre-glued patches
Floor Pump Floor Pumps Pump head fits both presta and schrader
Pedal Wrench PW-3 or PW-4 PW-3 has 15 & 9/16"; PW-4 has 15mm only
Crankarm Pullers 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 FR-5G for the common cassette lockring For the common threaded freewheel—FR-1.2
Sprocket Removal Tool (Chain Whip) SR-1, SR-2.2, SR-11 Needed to hold cassette while lockring is removed
Chain Rivet Extractor CT-3.2 Compatible with 10 speed chain systems
Chain Wear Checker CC-2 or CC-3.2 Check chain for wear
Drivetrain Cleaning Kit CG-2.3 Includes CM-5.2 Cyclone Chain Cleaner, GSC-1 Gear Brush, and CB-4 ChainBrite fluid
Derailleur Alignment Gauge DAG-2.2 Aligns rear derailleur hangers
Fourth Hand Tool BT-2 Tightens cable slack by pulling cable
Cable Cutters CN-10 Cuts both cable and housing

Miscellaneous Supplies and Parts

Part / Supply More Information
Shop Apron SA-1, SA-3
Bearing Grease PPL-1—Safe for suspension elastomers, ceramic bearings, and carbon fiber
Bicycle Cleaning Kit BCB-4.2
Dummy Hub for bike washing DH-1
Chain lubrication CL-1
Thread Locking Adhesives Medium duty, service removable
Degreaser for chain and parts CB-4 Bio ChainBrite
Hand Cleaner Available from grocery and hardware stores
Alcohol For cleaning brake surfaces and press fits
Polisher (glass cleaner) For cleaning frames
Spare Tubes Purchase to fit your tire size and valve type
Spare Gear Cables Use only high quality cables
Zip ties Various sizes and colors
Rags Lots and lots of cotton rags