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Tech Tuesday: Tools of the Trade

Tech Tuesday

Tech Tuesday: Tools of the Trade

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One concern that so many women (and guys) have with owning a bike is the basics of fixing it, or how to do basic road side repairs. I do recommend that as an avid cyclist even with some mechanical skills that you should become best buds with your local mechanic (beer or ice cream works well.) I also want women to feel empowered and to have a better idea of what they are talking about. Tech Tuesday is the remedy for common tech questions!

A few emails have come through since I started this series that interest of what tools I recommend to start their tool collection. While I have a large collection that is only missing a couple (very expensive and very unique) tools. Sometimes it is best to buy as you need, but if you find a good deal on a tool kit or a shop closing – jump on it!!! While most of the links below are affiliate links that I gain a very small commission, they are all products I use daily and recommend to all. If your local bike shop carries them, order it there!

Starter Kit

These are the tools and accessories I recommend to anyone that owns a bike.


  • Genuine Innovations Seat Bag and Flat Kit – Includes CO2 adapter, cartridges, tire levers and patch kit
  • Small Multi-tool – Holding the major allen wrenches, and if you are a mountain biker have a torx for your disc brakes and SRAM XX
  • Floor Pump – My goto pump is from Pedro, mine has lasted currently 8 years and thousands of bike repairs.

Testing Out the Waters

You are learning how to work on your own bike, the multi-tool isn’t cutting it and you want tools with more leverage and use.
  • A Repair Stand – The first thing that will make you feel like you are working on a bike like placing your bike in a repair stand. Get up off the garage floor.
  • Full size allen wrenches – Don’t use the ball end to tighten as you’ll strip out the wrench or the bolt, but you won’t ever go back to using multi-tools for major servicing.
  • Gear Brush – Maintenance starts with keeping that drivetrain clean!
  • Lube – Make sure to lube your chain after cleaning it
  • Grease – Grease and lube are very different. This goes on bolts (that don’t screw in to titanium or around carbon)

The Kitchen Sink

Simply put go buy the Professional Kit from Park Tools.
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