In order to keep your bike up fit and rolling properly you are going to need a range of tools and supplies to have handy at home or in your garage, unless you are the lazy or rich type and want to take it to your local shop every time there is a problem. Here are the basics we recommend:
Make sure you stock up a lot of this as it helps reduce the friction of metal on metal that can grind down and wear out your bike’s drivetrain. It also helps smooth the chain noise with you pedal and when you shift gears. There are many types of chain lubricators for every type of riding conditions, weather or style. I particularly like the “self-cleaning” varieties, which means the lube acts like a solvent that cleans the chain of debris and old lube while it lubricates.
You can’t fix a flat if you can’t get your bike tyre off the rim. The easiest thing is to do it with a set of tire levers. Some of the best levers are Mavic levers because they have a broad, flat blade and their rigidity makes them gentle to the tires, tubes, and rims. But in reality any levers are helpful. So long as you practise and get used to them, you will be on the safe side if you ever have a problem with flat tyres and need help.
You need a set of hex keys in your toolset, or alterantively some Torx bolts. These latter ones are are shaped like stars rather than hexagons like the hex keys. Have a look online for the Park Tool ones (the TWS-2, $19) as they can be quite handy and not expensive.
All tyres tend to eventually go flat if you don’t pump them up, even if you hardly ever have a flat tyre. That’s because the rubber is slightly porous and naturally loses air, even in as little time as overnight. You’ll want to have a standard floor pump (not just a mini-pump) to inflate your tires with on a regular basis. I make it a habit to pump up my tires before just about every ride, or at least every other ride. A good pump will have a gauge that tells you yourtire pressure, and many also have convenient markings right on the gauge indicating the appropriate pressure for road, mountain, and hybrid bikes
Try and buy the best multi-tool you can afford. This can be very helpful when making a swift, easy mid-ride adjustment or repair. Always carry a palm-sized workshop, like the Lezyne RAP 13, which boasts eight sizes of hex and Torx keys,a chain tool, and even spoke wrenches and a Phillips screwdriver.
I hope those tips helped you… please feel free to let us know if there are any basic bike machanics tools that you may use and should be mentioned