Workshop Focus: Essential Workbench Tools
Before getting onto the tools themselves, it's worth mentioning a good maintenance book; so that you have a reference point before getting to work. I have the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, which has a in-depth tutorial of most of the jobs you're likely to attempt, as well as lots of colour photos. Another good option are Leonard Zinn's road and mountain bike books, or for those sat with a computer... Youtube! Make sure you know what you're doing, before you start work.
Below I've outlined my recommendations for a very basic starter tool kit. This is the kind of kit that every cyclist should have as the bare essentials. In a later blog, I'll look at Intermediate and then Advanced tools for your workbench.
Loose Hex Key Set - Wera ToolsWera Tools Stainless Hex Key Set on the blog recently, and was extremely impressed by the quality and design. It's worth getting a good quality set of hex (Allen) keys; it will significantly reduce the risk of damaging bolts and components with poor fitting tool heads. Being stainless, this set from Wera tools should last for a seriously long time.
Torx Key Set - LifeLineLifeline is my choice, and is very inexpensive.
Screwdriver Set - Pedro's ToolsPedro's is superb quality, with carbon hardened shafts and tips that should last for years; the organisational pouch is a great touch too.
Scissors - Unbranded
Pedal Wrench - Pedro's ToolsPedro's is a great tool that will last for years and years.
Chain Wear Checker - Weldtite Tools
Chain Tool - Pedro's Tools
The Pro Chain Tool from Pedro's is a really high-end bit of kit, but it is worth every penny. A good chaintool, made of high-quality strong materials, will help to drive out pins in a straight line and avoid damage to the tool or chain in the process. Don't skimp on this purchase, get a good one.
Needle Nose Pliers - Unbranded
Tyre Levers - Pedro's ToolsPedro's tyre levers are still my favourite by quite a significant margin; they're chunky, wide and robust, and will allow you to lever off even tough tubeless tyres without an issue.
Track Pump - LezyneLezyne range; they're well made, they last for years, and they have big accurate pressure dials on them. Well worth the investment.
The above products are my choices as 'Workbench Essentials'; the products that I wouldn't be without, even when I'm travelling with a bike. In another post soon, I'll expand on the Workshop Focus series, and detail Intermediate and Advanced tools that are also worth considering.