Roadside Bike Repair Kit: 6 Must-Have Mountain Bike Tools for a Bike Rider
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cycle buddy_admin
Published 
December 24, 2021

Roadside Bike Repair Kit: 6 Must-Have Mountain Bike Tools for a Bike Rider

6 min read
By 
cycle buddy_admin
Published 
December 24, 2021

Any bicycle rider who has logged their miles has run into a roadside bike problem. A punctured tube, a slashed tire, or a broken chain is part of the overall biking experience, and veteran bikers have learned how to prepare for these mishaps.

But before they learned, they started out as a newbie like you. They can now come out of adventures with unscathed bicycles, but only because they went through something traumatic, like walking a bike with a deflated tire in the middle of nowhere, miles away from home.

Luckily, you can skip a similar scenario by wising up and getting a starter bike tool kit. Here are our six recommendations.

Bicycle Multi-tool: Crankbrothers M19

Purpose

For keeping all the bolts, nuts, and screws of your bike intact. When handling impromptu repair and maintenance on the road, you'll need a set of tools. However, we are less inclined to bring them because they add at least a couple of pounds and rolling resistance.

The solution is a mini bike tool kit. 

Crankbrothers multi-tool is one of the popular products among mountain and road bikers. This multi-tool is compact and efficient. Its sturdy alloy outer casing fits together 19 tools, making it ideal for both pocket or pannier carry. 

Bringing this multi-tool will make you feel secure and confident when handling any bike problems. 

Price: $24.99

Quick Specs

  • Tools are encased in 6061-T6 aluminum material.
  • Total weight of 175 grams
  • Seven types of hex wrenches
  • Four spoke wrenches
  • One Phillips and one flathead screwdriver
  • Universal chain tool
  • T-25 driver

Highlights

  • The hex wrenches have enough sizing options that a mountain biker may need for both home and roadside repairs.
  • The chain tool is well-built and can rival any separate chain tool. It’s a superb addition to the tool mix, especially for long-distance riders.

Lowlights

  • The tools rust after 2–3 months of use because they aren’t stainless steel. It's best to apply lubricant to the tools to prevent rust.
  • The weight leans more on the heavy side; it is best to keep the tool on a pannier.

Tire Patch Kit: BaySerry

Purpose

For pulling out inner tubes and fixing light punctures.

Getting a punctured tube is not a question of “if” but “when.” For cyclists who still use tires with tubes, getting a puncture is a rite of passage, a situation that makes one truly attuned to the reality of cycling.

Sooner or later, cyclists who come out of this punctured tube predicament wise up—they bring a patch kit. 

BaySerry is a good addition to your bike emergency tool kit. It offers all the necessary items you'll need to stick a patch on that puncture hole so that you don't have to ride your bike home on a flat.

Price: $5.39

Quick Specs

  • Two-piece plastic tire levers/spoons
  • Five-piece no-glue round rubber patches
  • One-piece 4.5 × 1.4-inch plastic box casing
  • One-piece metal file for tube surface cleaning

Highlights

  • The patch kit organizes everything into a neat casing that's portable enough to carry in your pocket or a small pannier in front of your handlebar.

Lowlights

  • The no-glue patches may not stick to your rubber tube as well as you'd like. You may need to buy a separate patch glue just in case. Good thing it can fit the casing.

Tire Pump: Giyo

Purpose:

For reinflating patched inner tubes and as a quick remedy for gradually deflating tires

One of the most important tools you should always bring is a tire pump. Patch kits can only do so much for your tire tubes. When you apply the patches, your tubes will still need enough air before you fit them inside your tire. You do this to arrange your tube properly and avoid a pinch flat caused by your bike's rim.

Another situation you should watch out for is the gradual loss of air pressure in your tires, perhaps within an hour or two. A tiny puncture or tire diffusion may cause this. 

Both situations don't necessarily require patching your tubes, so your option is to inflate your tires.

Mini tire pumps like Giyo are a tremendous help in any flat tire situation. Just hop off your bike, pull the mini pump, and start reinflating your tires on the spot. You won't need to carry your bike to the nearest bike repair post or call for roadside assistance. 

Price: $13.99

Quick Specs

  • Minimum length: 9.06 inches
  • Maximum length: 13 inches
  • Built-in pressure gauge
  • Presta- and Schrader-compatible
  • Weighs 440 grams
  • One-piece mounting bracket
  • One-piece Velcro strap
  • Two-piece mounting screws
  • One-piece patch kit
  • One-piece ball needle

Highlights

  • Portable. The Giyo mini tire pump is small enough to fit a rear or front pannier inside your sling bag.
  • Mountable. This mini tire pump doesn't occupy much space. It has holders that you can screw onto your bike frame for easy access.
  • The PSI gauge is a very neat addition and worth every dollar you pay for it. The gauge is accurate and perfect for more calculating riders who want to optimize their PSI.
  • We love that the mini pump is adaptable for both Schrader and Presta valves.

Lowlights

  • You will find the PSI gauge under the inflator. As a result, seeing the gauge is almost impossible if your valve is at the bottommost part of your wheel, the optimum valve position when inflating a tube.

Spare Tubes: Zukka

Purpose:

For replacing tubes that a patch kit can't fix

Sometimes, your tube will have several undetected punctures and it becomes impractical to patch them all. The best option is to scrap the punctured tube and replace it with a new one.

Purchasing high-quality tubes are a must. However, tubes can still wear out even if they’re only stored inside your bike pannier. Exposure to different temperatures can also make them brittle, their folds can develop minor cracks, and the rubber may attract insects.

Tubes from Zukka are a good product to stock up on. They’re durable enough to withstand heat, so you're guaranteed they will remain in good condition even if you're storing them in a heat-absorbing bag.

Price: $13.99

Quick Specs

  • Equipped with a 48-millimeter Schrader valve with a screw cap
  • Wheel sizes go from 16 to 29 inches.
  • Made of butyl rubber material
  • Heat resistance
  • Comes with two pieces of inner tubes
  • Includes two pieces of tire levers

Highlights

  • Zukka can handle a bit more weight, given its PSI capacity. It's amazing how these tubes can give you almost no rolling resistance while riding.
  • The package comes as a pair. You can use one to replace your flat tube and the other as a spare.

Lowlights

  • The tubes may easily puncture if you inflate them to a high PSI point. It’s best to use them with a beefy set of tires.

Tire Boot: Park Tool TB-2

Purpose:

For sealing off ruptured or slashed tires and protecting the inflated inner tube.

A severe flat tire is a much bigger problem than a simple tube puncture. The lucky ones get away with it by doing pre-ride checks to check for a tire slash. Other bike riders may start out riding with a healthy tire condition. Then, road debris comes flying off from a speeding vehicle and hits your tire, deflating it instantly.

Park Tool tire boot is useful in this scenario. It's a handy and light tool to keep in your small bike bag to help prepare you for the worst flat tire situation.

Price: $5.75

Quick Specs

  • Comes in three pieces
  • A single boot measures 76 × 45 millimeters
  • Built-in pressure-sensitive adhesive
  • Waterproof vinyl material
  • Fiber-weaved

Highlights

  • The tire boot holds up on the open road for a long time. It remains intact until you finish your ride.
  • The boot covers a wide area because of its dimensions. It can patch up a huge gash or hole on your tires. You can also split it in half if you're going to cover only a small tire hole. 

Lowlights

  • The adhesive only works well on a tire with an inner tube because the tube applies pressure on the tire boot when inflated. On the other hand, be sure to apply it firmly; a loose tire boot edge may stick out and rub a slash on your tube.

Chain Pliers: Oumers

Purpose:

To disconnect and reconnect a broken bike chain.

A broken chain is an uncommon occurrence and happens when your chain reaches the end of its life. The problem is we don't know when this will be. You can check for symptoms by measuring your chain, but more often than not, you'll ride your chain until it breaks.

Chain breakage is horrible, and spontaneous roadside damage will leave you feeling like you're stuck in the middle of the desert. But coming in prepared with chain pliers such as Oumers to match your chain tool will help you survive until you reach home.

Price: $8.59

Quick Specs

  • Acts as both a chain link remover and connector
  • It can be used for five- to 11-speed derailleur chains.
  • Nonslip handles for stable grip
  • Measures 170 millimeters in length
  • Has a return spring for easy squeeze and release
  • Position clasp is attached to the base of the pliers to save space.
  • Fits with SRAM, Shimano, KMC, and Clark chain links

Highlights

  • Quick and effective to use
  • Works well on brands such as KMC. It also works well when reconnecting links of Shimano chains.

Lowlights

  • Applying the pliers for reconnecting links is not as simple as expected.

Become Your Own Mechanic with the Best Bike Tool Kit

If you are a bike rider, the first mechanic you can summon in a roadside problem is yourself. You must realize that the open road and rugged trails can break your bike down, but that's part of what makes the ride a thrilling experience. 

But the excitement only becomes complete if you show up prepared for the worst. So get the essential roadside mountain bike tools the soonest. It's a decision that will spell the difference between a fulfilling after-session ride home and a stressful survival scenario.

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