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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.

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.

INTERMEDIATE TOOL LIST
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
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
Hex Wrench Set Park Tool AWS-10 and HXS-2.2  
Shop Apron Park Tool SA-1  
Screwdriver Set
3/16" and 1/4" Straight Blade
#0 and #2 Phillips
Park Tool SD-SET  
Hammer Park Tool HMR-4 Double ended, steel and rubber
Combinations Wrenches Park Tool MW-SET.2 Box end with open end on other side.
Adjustable Wrench, 12" Park Tool PAW-12  

BOTTOM BRACKET TOOLS

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 brackets
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® Hollowtech II, Race Face® X-type, andTruvativ Giga X-Pipe crankset systems
Bottom bracket lockring tool Park Tool BBT-7 Shimano XTR & Dura-Ace lockrings (adjustable type bottom brackets)
Crankset & BB tool Park Tool BBT-18 Fits 8 notched bottom bracket cups, ISIS Drive of Truvativ® and Bontrager®.

HEADSET TOOLS

Headset Locknut Wrench (32mm and 36mm)- threaded headsets only

Park Tool large adjustable wrench PAW-12

32mm and 36mm open end wrench in 8-point. Wrench wraps to fit all points.
Headset Lower Race Wrench (32 & 36mm) Park Tool HCW-15 For threaded steering columns

HUB TOOLS

Axle Vise Park Tool AV-1 and or AV-5 Holds axles without damaging threads
Cone Wrenches Park Tool SCW-SET.2 Shop cone wrench set For some hub models, 2 wrenches required of 13, 14, 15 or 16mm.

WHEEL AND TIRE TOOLS

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 TL-1, TL-4TL-5, or TL-6 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.

DRIVE TRAIN TOOLS

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-4 is for round, splined ISIS Drive® or Shimano® Octalink only.

CCP-2 is for square type spindle only.

CWP-7 works with either square or round spindles.

Cassette/Freewheel Removers Park Tool Cassette/Freewheel category Purchase as needed.
Sprocket Removal Tool
(Chain Whip)
Park Tool SR-1 Needed to hold cassette while lockring is removed. Note: older freehubs required two sprocket tools.
Chain Rivet Extractor Park Tool CT-3.2 Compatible with 10 speed chain systems.
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 hanger

BRAKE TOOLS

Fourth Hand Tool Park Tool BT-2 Tightens cable slack by pulling cable.
Cable Cutters Park Tool CN-10 Cuts both cable and housing

MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES and PARTS

Bearing Grease Park Tool PPL-1. Safe for suspension elastomers and ceramic bearings. Safe for carbon fiber.
Bicycle Cleaning Kit Park Tool BCB-4
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