In our Fantasy Friday bike room part 1 and part 2 we went through the initial stages of the process. This included finding an appropriate area, utilizing the space as wisely as possible and donating all your unwanted equipment to charity. Part 3 will be organising your tools and making sure you have everything you possibly need. If you repair your bike yourself and do most of the maintenance yourself then you will have much more equipment to organise.
The complexity of your tool box will depend on your ability to work with mechanical pieces, if you are this way inclined this process of arranging tools will come naturally. If you are a beginner and you are still in the process of collecting tools; a pencil case, tackle box or even a shoe box is better than having everything scattered in a cupboard.
Every cyclist should have a wet and multi-purpose chain lube, cleaning brushes, grease and some disposable plastic gloves to make sure you don’t get any of that on the walls and your clothes 😉
Begin by sorting all your tools into size and weight. The heavier items should be placed at the bottom to ensure they don’t damage your tool box or any other delicate items below.
Beginner cyclists will benefit from simple tools such as a shifting spanner, Phillips (star) screwdrivers, flat screw drivers, Allen key sets and a selection of pliers. This will allow you to tighten any loose items, replace broken parts ensuring your bike is good shape.
Neatly store all additional fittings and fasteners that come with bottle cages, cleats, cycle computers and any performance parts. You may need to use them at a later stage if you buy a new bike and require different size fittings. Storing them in small seal-able plastic bags will prevent them from being damaged and will keep them nice and clean.
If you have the know how, make sure you have the tools! There is nothing more frustrating than having to take your bike in to your LBS purely because you don’t have the correct tool. These simple bike specific tools can save you money in the long run; chain whip, lock ring tool, crank puller, spoke wrench, bottom bracket tool and a multi-functional bike spanner.