In the previous chapter we have learned about different components of your mountain bike. Each component of the bike needs special maintenance.
However, for maintaining and repairing your bike you need to have a dedicated toolkit. So, let’s introduce with all the tools you need to maintain and repair your mountain bike. Remember, these tools are mainly for maintenance and not for professional repairing.
In case of serious repairing like frame misalignment, wheel truing you better go to expert mechanic because these kind of repairs need complicated instrument that is difficult to install and maintain at home.
However, let’s learn about the set of 25 tools that you need to maintain your mountain bike:
2.1 Bike Repair Stand
Bike repair stand keeps your bike upright and firm while you work on it and gives a secure foundation. Portable bike repair stands are available in the market that can be attached to the wall or the floor.
Portable bike stands allow the bike to stand in any position you want while cleaning or repairing the bike. It also helps you to change the position of the bike by making it lightweight and easy to move.back to menu ↑
Wrench is an essential member of any toolkit. A 15mm combined wrench (socket and open end) will help you to check the axle nuts, pedals and the tire lever. It will also help you to open the bottle of a tasty beverage when you get thirsty with the tiring maintenance work.back to menu ↑
2.3 Cable Cutter
Cable cutter is needed to cut the unnecessary cables of the brake levers and shifters. This dedicated tool has a sharp jaw that can cut the cable very cleanly.back to menu ↑
2.4 Cassette Lockring Tool
2.5 Chain Lubricant
This is a special type of lubricant only made for bicycle chain.
2.6 Chain Tool
While replacing a new chain in your mountain bike excess links of the chain creates a havoc. This essential tool removes the excess links and makes the replacement easier.back to menu ↑
2.7 Chain Whip
Chain whip works in conjunction with the cassette lockring to remove cassette and chain from the freehub at the wheel.back to menu ↑
2.8 Diagonal Cutting Pliers
Mountain bike maintenance is full of cutting jobs. So, always keep this handy tool in your tool kit.
2.9 Electrical Tape
This is also a very useful component of your tool kit. From wrapping the wears to repairing the derailleur an electrical tape proves necessary in every kind of servicing.back to menu ↑
2.10 Floor Pump
Bike maintenance cannot be done without a floor pump. Maintaining perfect tire pressure is crucial for mountain bikes. So, collect this equipment and make sure that it has a gauge in it so that you can understand how much air is in your tires.back to menu ↑
Grease is very important material for your bike’s maintenance. A good waterproof grease is useful on bottom bracket threads, saddles, headsets, pedal threads, and other areas where you have some metal on metal friction. It’s good to use on stem bolts, rotor bolts, brake caliper, and brake adapter bolts.
Hammer is not frequently used in bike’s repair or maintenance. However, smooth tap might be needed very often for proper maintenance. For mountain bike maintenance, try to get a both side hammer with rubber covering on one side.back to menu ↑
2.11 Hex/Allen Wrench
This essential tool is needed to check the tightness of the screws and bolts in different parts of your mountain bike.back to menu ↑
2.14 Pedal Wrench
Pedal is a crucial part of the mountain bike. So a dedicated wrench is needed to check the pedal’s fitness or to replace the old pedal. Pedal wrench is just like 15mm open ended wrench with longer shaft as you need for force to unscrew the very tightly fitted pedal bolts.back to menu ↑
2.15 Normal Pliers
This is also a very common and handy tool and can be used for many different purposes.back to menu ↑
Screwdrivers are also frequently used to check the screws in different parts of your bike.back to menu ↑
2.17 Shock Pump
If you have air suspension system in your bike, shock pump is must to check and maintain the air pressure. A strong, durable valve is a necessary component of the shock pump otherwise it will bleed off the air when you disengage the puump from your bike.back to menu ↑
2.18 Spoke Wrenches
You need spoke wrenches to tighten the weak spokes of your bike. Spoke wrenches are of various sizes according to the different sizes of spoke. Make sure that you buy the spoke wrench that fits with your bike.back to menu ↑
2.19 Tire Levers
Tire lever is a very important tool. You will need it to remove damaged or faulty tires. Get a rubber tire lever; metal lever itself can damage your tire by exerting excessive force.back to menu ↑
2.20 Utility knife
A knife is an essential tool for a mountain biker. There are countless number of situations when a utility knife can save your life and the bike.back to menu ↑
2.21 Chainring Nut Tool
It will be needed if you want to change or remove the entire chainring.back to menu ↑
2.22 Torx Driver
Torx driver is an essential tool to adjust and check the disc brake of your mountain bike.back to menu ↑
2.23 Adjustable Wrench
An adjustable wrench is very useful as it can work on all kinds of nuts and bolts. Don’t forget to include this in your tool box.back to menu ↑
2.24 Pen and Papers
Maintain a pad to record the dates of your servicing or cleanings. Maintain another pad to record the dates of your rides.back to menu ↑
Having a good view of things is always helpful.