Basic bicycle mechanic tools

Les outils de base en mécanique vélo

Starting to do your bike mechanics can seem like a big deal, you can feel like you don't know where to start or even what to buy to get started. There's no need to start big by equipping yourself as if you were a bike shop mechanic, especially if you're not that used to it. In this article, I have targeted the first tools which are truly a “must have” and which will be useful to you regardless of your mechanical level!

1- The chain measurer . This tool is very useful for increasing the life of your cassette and front chainring. As soon as the chain exceeds 0.5 for a 12 speed or 0.75 for 11 speeds and less, it must be changed.

2- Allen key set . You will quickly realize that your Allen key set will quickly become your best friend, no matter what repair you have to do!
Don't forget, however, that you need metric and not imperial Allen keys.

3- Torx key set . If your bike is fitted with SRAM there is a good chance that you will need at least a T25 wrench. It is also useful for certain components of
consider equipping yourself with a T10 key.

4- Master link pliers . Your chain is probably the piece you're going to
change most often and they are practically all equipped “quick
links”. With these pliers it will make your job a lot easier since you don't have to
You won't have to cut your channel.

5- Tire lever . Try to prioritize plastic ones, because otherwise you have more
chance of damaging your “R tape” or even your rim!

6- Set of brushes for cleaning . You will realize that well
cleaning and maintaining your parts helps increase their lifespan.

7- Degreaser . Degrease and clean your transmission system regularly
is a good habit to have and it also helps increase durability.

8- No-rinse cleanser . Having a clean bike is always pleasant, but also beneficial. By using a no-rinse cleaner instead of a garden hose, you will help keep your bearings greasy longer and therefore optimize their life expectancy.

9- Repair support . Carrying out repairs on a repair stand is
just much simpler and more efficient.

10- Torque wrench .* Because you want to be sure that you have the right torque to avoid
not break parts or make sure they are tight.

*A little advice, when you have finished using your torque wrench, always reset it to zero if you don't want it to become out of adjustment and no longer give you the correct torques!

Of course, your mechanic skills may increase and you will have more tools, but to start, with those mentioned above, you should be able to do a good part of it.