The last blog spoke about the various maintenance activities that can be undertaken so that your bike can perform at an optimal level. Remember the last time you walked out of the door of your neighbourhood bike repair shop thinking to yourself “That didn’t take too long! I could have fixed it myself!”. We’ve all been there. In order to maintain or subsequently, repair your bikes, you will require some basic tools. This blog intends to educate beginners of some of the tools that can help solve a lot of your bikes problems. It is highly recommended that someone have elementary knowledge about the workings of a bike so that they can resolve minor issues by themselves and reach out to professionals if the problem persists.
Some basic bike maintenance/repair tools are:
Allen keys are L or T-shaped tools usually available in sizes of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm. They are used to tighten or loosen bolts and screws with hexagonal heads. This tool is operated using the principle of torque and thus larger the size, the more torque it can generate. Tight pedals, handlebars, crank arms etc can be adjusted using this tool.
A wrench or a spanner can be used to tighten nuts and bolts. 8, 9 and 10mm are sized that generally recommended for most fasteners on a bicycle.
Phillips (crosshead) and flat blades in sizes 0,1 and 2 should suffice for most bike related maintenance/repair activities. Not only can you use these tools to tighten up the screws on your brakes or the water bottle holder, you can use them in and around your house too
Chain Grease/Spray for Lubrication:
Properly cleaned and lubricated components are not only vital for good performance but also keeps them safe from rust and corrosion. Grease works well for ball bearings, threaded components, cables etc and WD-40 that you may have lying around might be good enough for lubricating your drivetrain but it recommended that you invest in a good chain lubrication product.
Puncture repair kit:
When you ride a bike, punctures are inevitable. It is advised to carry a puncture repair kit that can be procured locally as they are quite compact and save you the trouble of pushing your bike over long distances. Learn how to use it here.
Chain tool/chain breaker:
Sometimes, no matter how well maintained a chain is, it can break. Repairing this issue usually involves the removal of the damaged link by pulling out the pin that holds the link in place. The chain can be reconnected but might be tighter than recommended which should be adjusted by a professional.
As mentioned earlier, learning how to do your own repair and maintenance will keep both your bikes and wallet happy. Most essential jobs can be completed with this basic set of tools and should save you the trouble of taking your bike to the mechanic for a simple repair. Of course, if you feel that the issue requires professional assistance, at the comfort of your residence, feel free to give us a call. We will be back again next week with tips and tricks on how to keep yourself safe on a bike during the winters.