Fantasy Fridays: Bike specific tool kits

This week for our Fantasy Friday post we thought we would cover some bike specific tool kits. Most riders who truly care about their bikes and can pick up the slightest difference in gear changes, that little bit of slack when you need to tighten your headset or the way the brake levers feel on the trail will go mad over these ParkTool repair kits. Although most riders prefer to take their bike into a specialist it is always good for travelling, for pre-race tune ups or repairs when a specialist isn’t available, especially due to the fact that bikes have to be booked in days in advance at most LBS.

The home mechanic starter kit 

Park tool home starter kit

Contents of the SK-1:

  • AWS-10 Wrench Set, 2mm to 6mm
  • CL-1 Synthetic Blend Chain Lube
  • CT-5 MiniChain Brute Chain Tool
  • DCW-1 Double Ended Cone Wrench 13mm & 14mm
  • DCW-2 Double Ended Cone Wrench 15mm & 16mm
  • DCW-3 Double Ended Cone Wrench 17mm & 18mm
  • FR-5 Cassette Lockring Tool
  • GSC-1 GearClean Brush
  • HCW-16 Pedal Wrench and Chain Whip
  • HR-8 Hex wrench
  • SD-2 Shop Screwdriver #2 Phillips
  • SD-3 Shop Screwdriver 3mm Straight Blade
  • SW-7 Three-way Spoke Wrench
  • TL-1 Tire Levers
  • VP-1 Vulcanizing Patch Kit

This home mechanic starter kit is perfect for keeping your bike in top condition; the chain whip and cassette removing tool will allow you get all that muck out that is impossible to reach as well as giving you access to your freewheel for a bit of cleaning and re-greasing. The only addition we would make to this kit is  a good ParkTool chain cleaner.

Parktool chain cleaner

The advanced mechanic tool kit

Parktool advanced mechanic tool kit

Contents of the AK-38:

  • AWS-1 4, 5, 6mm Hex Wrench Set
  • AWS-3 2, 2.5, 3mm Y Hex Wrench Set
  • BBT-9 Bottom Bracket for 16 notch external crankset system cups (SRAM, Shimano, FSA, Truvativ, Race Face, Zipp, etc)
  • BBT-22 Cartridge Bottom Bracket Tool (for 20 tooth internal splines, such as Shimano®, FSA®, etc.)
  • BO-2 Bottle Opener
  • CBW-1 8 and 10mm Open End Wrench
  • CBW-4 9 and 11mm Open End Wrench
  • CC-3.2 Chain Checker Chain Wear Indicator
  • CL-1 Synthetic Blend Chain Lube
  • CM-5.2 Cyclone Chain Cleaner
  • CN-10 Cable and Housing Cutter
  • CNW-2 Chainring Nut Wrench
  • CT-3.2 Professional Screw Type Chain Tool
  • CWP-7  Crank Puller for Splined Octalink®, ISIS Drive®, and square-taper type
  • FR-5 Cassette Lockring Tool for Shimano® and similar brands
  • GSC-1 GearClean Brush
  • HT-8 8mm Hex Tool
  • PPL-1 PolyLube 1000 Grease
  • PW-3 Pedal Wrench
  • SCW-13 13mm Professional Shop Cone Wrench
  • SCW-14 14mm Professional Shop Cone Wrench
  • SCW-15 15mm Professional Shop Cone Wrench
  • SCW-16 16mm Professional Shop Cone Wrench
  • SCW-17 17mm Professional Shop Cone Wrench
  • SCW-18 18mm Professional Shop Cone Wrench
  • SCW-19 19mm Professional Shop Cone Wrench
  • SD-0 Shop Screwdriver #0 Phillips
  • SD-2 Shop Screwdriver #2 Phillips
  • SD-3 Shop Screwdriver Flat Blade 3mm tip
  • SD-6 Shop Screwdriver Flat Blade, 6mm tip
  • SR-11 5 to 11-Speed Compatible Chain Whip/Sprocket Remover
  • SW-0 Professional Spoke Wrench
  • SW-2 Professional Spoke Wrench
  • TB-2 Tire Boot
  • TL-6 Tire Levers
  • TWS-3 T10, T25, T30: Torx® Compatible Three-Way Wrench
  • VP-1 Vulcanizing Patch Kit

This kit may look like it comes with more tools than you could possibly use in a lifetime but you would be incorrect; by having the correct tools for each application you save money in the long run by not stripping screws or threads on your racing machine giving you the confidence to go all out when you hit the trails with your MTB buddies. If you are at the level where you are able to use all the tools in the kit you would most likely already own or require a bike repair stand and wheel truing stand, for further info on these insane products visit their website: ParkTool 

All pictures have been taken from their website