Newbie Question: Bike Upkeep

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Tonytiger, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Tonytiger

    Tonytiger New Member

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    Besides a decent pump what are some of the most important tools for a newbie to invest in to do basic bike maintenance ?
     
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  2. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    On the bike you should have a frame pump, tire levers, a spare tube, and a small under-the-saddle bag to carry the stuff in. If your wheels are not quick release, add a small 15mm spanner.

    For home maintenance, a floor pump, a set of metric Allen wrenches, 2 to 10 mm, and a set of metric spanners--8 to 20 mm should do it--and a couple of small to medium sized flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench that opens to about 35 mm, and a tube patch kit should get you started. Add a decent repair guide, such as the Park Tools Big Blue Book, and add specialized tools as you find yourself needing them.
     
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