Maintenance: Basic Bike Maintenance Tool Kit Check List
These are what we consider to be the bare bones tools needed to keep your Xtracycle bike rollin'. All of the items here can be found at your local bike shop or from an online retailer. These items are needed to do basic bike maintenance for the average rider. If you are looking to do more specific maintenance (i.e. replacing derailleur cables, changing out the bottom bracket), more specific tools would be needed.
|TOOLS TO KEEP ON YOUR BIKE
|Handheld tire pump with gauge
|If you only have one bike pump, it should be a portable one. That way you have a pump that you can carry on your bike and use at home. Having a portable pump is crucial for fixing flats on the go.
|Allen key set
|A fold-up wrench set is perfect for making any adjustments to your bike.
|Spare inner tubes
|Bike inner tubes are made to fit one wheel diameter (i.e. 20", 24" or 26") but most tubes can fit a range of tire widths. It's best to use a tube with a max range large than your tire width since this can cause less flats. For example, if the tire size is 2.5" wide and you have the option between a 1.5"-2.5" range tube or 2.2"-2.8" tube, the latter will likely cause less flats. When buying a tube, look at the tire size and then find a tube with a width range that meets your needs. Please note that all Xtracycle wheels use Schrader valve (not Presta valve) inner tubes.
For more details on tubes and tires, including what tires are on what Xtracycle bike models, please check out our All About Tires and Tubes article.
|These allow you to remove the tire from your rim. Removing and replacing a tire without levers is difficult and not recommended.
|Puncture repair kit
|This kit will allow you to patch a patch-able puncture in your inner tube. Some flats require a new tube, so be sure to carry both on your bike.
|Bike chain-breaker and spare links
|Being able to replace a chain link while on the road is key to keep rolling. This tool will allow you to remove a problem link to replace it.
|TOOLS TO KEEP AT HOME
Stand-up tire pump with gauge
|A stand-up pump is great for your home kit since it's comfortable to use and inflates tires more quickly than a handheld pump.
|Keeping your chain lubed is a huge part of keeping your bike in tip top shape through the years. Be sure to have a bottle available at home since lubricating your chain will be a common occurrence.
|Shop towels or an old cotton shirt cut into clothes
|These are great for cleaning your bike and chain.
|A good degreaser is key to keeping your bike and chain clean.
|An old toothbrush
|When a shop towel won't get the job done, a toothbrush can surely handle it.