Top 8 Best Bicycle Tool Kit To Afford In 2020 Reviews

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If you’ve got a bike, you’re going to need some tools.

Whether you’re at home or out on a ride, at some point you’re going need to do some maintenance or make a repair. Make sure you’re prepared and have the right tools for the job before you get caught out.

We have a selection of the best bicycle tool kits to cover both compact multi-tools kits and home tool kits. The range of kits cover the needs of the occasional leisure cyclist to the serious amateurs and even pros. Furthermore, we have a range of kits to suit every pocket.

So, let’s dive in and show you some of the best bike tool kits currently available, and help you find the right one for you.

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Top 8 Best Bicycle Tool Kit In 2020 Reviews


1 Bikehand 37pcs Bike Bicycle Repair Tool Kit

If you’re looking to get started with some basic bike maintenance this is a good place to begin.

The kit has most things you’ll need to do some simple repairs and maintenance on. Unless you need to do more complicated jobs, like press-fitting a bottom bracket or removing a headset, this has just about everything you’ll need.

All the essentials beginners could need…

The kit comes in a black toolbox. It’s a 37-piece kit with most things that we’d consider essential. We’ll deal with those first. Though it has a few pieces that just seem to be added to make up the numbers. We’ll deal with those later.

So, what about the good stuff?

The Bottom Bracket (BB) Shimano Hollowtech removal tool, Freehub Lockring tool, crank wrench and pullers we all like. We also like the spoke spanners, chain whip, chain splitter, and a nice selection of narrow width open-end wrenches. The wrenches include a headset and pedal wrench.

One tool we didn’t expect to see was a torque wrench. When you’re dealing with carbon fiber this becomes a welcome addition to your tool collection. Over tightening can cause some nasty damage to your precious bike. Under tightening can cause an array of different problems.

A little basic for our tastes…

The T25 torque wrench is, however, a little basic. It’s a little bit small and has a short handle that’s hard to grip. The display is also not easy to read. It’s better to have than not but could have been a lot better.

There are undoubtedly some things that we would prefer not to see in this kit.

The two normal width spanners and screwdrivers feel like unnecessary add ons. Who hasn’t got these somewhere in their garage?

The tire levers, chain cleaner, puncture repair outfit, and bearing grease are also very basic bike tools. These are tools you’ll probably have bought already. Anyone who’s owned a bike for more than a month is likely to have them.

Average quality… but in most situations, they’ll work fine…

These are a few of the tools we’d have preferred to have seen left out. The extra money would then have been better spent on improving the quality of the existing tools. The torque wrench is a perfect example.

Overall, the quality of the tools is average. In most situations, they’ll work fine. Though if you have work on your bike where parts are seized, and you need to apply very high forces, you might run into problems. These tools don’t have the same hardness or strength as Park Tool for instance.

Bikehand 37pcs Bike Bicycle Repair Tool Kit
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Good basic tool kit.
  • Good storage box.
  • Torque wrench included.
  • Excellent selection of narrow open-ended spanners.

Cons

  • Tool strength.
  • It contains some unnecessary tools.

2 Crankbrothers Mini Bike Tools Multi 19 Tool Black + Case

The Cranbrothers multi-tool is more suited for carrying around on your rides. This is predominantly an emergency tool to get you back on the road again. It’s great for emergencies, but it’s also a multi-tool with enough tools to be used for a few minor repairs at home.

Mini multi-tools can be a real lifesaver for cyclists…

It’s not something we’d routinely use over larger and stronger dedicated bike tools. But the fact is that this handy little tool still has its place in your garage or workshop. It’s like a handy add on to your existing home tools collection.

As a multi-tool to carry on your rides it ticks most of the boxes…

This little tool has 4 different screwdrivers, 7 hex wrenches, Torx 25, 2 open wrenches and a spoke key. All the main essentials in the case of an emergency. But best for all, it also has a chain splitter that can be used on 8/9/10/11/12 speed chains.

A chain splitter is often overlooked on a multi-tool but it’s a good thing to have with you. This is even more so on longer bike packing or touring expeditions. Just make sure that you take a couple of chain quick links with you so you can quickly get back on your way.

Strong enough to do the job…

The quality of the tools is about standard for this price. The tools are made from 6150 Hi-Ten Steel. They are strong enough to do the job. We’ve no complaints about their quality for the price.

To keep the weight down the frame of the tool is made from a hardened aluminum alloy. This makes the total weight of the multi-tool 175gms. It’s very hard to get a multi-tool, that included a chain splitter, much lighter than this. So, once more, we’ve no complaints about this either.

The Crankbrothers multi-tool comes with a nice small hard case though we couldn’t see ourselves taking this out on our rides. 40gms of wasted weight in our opinion. A nice thought but a bit of a waste of time quite frankly.

Crankbrothers Mini Bike Tools Multi 19 Tool Black + Case
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Good selection of tools.
  • Chain splitter.
  • Good value.
  • Tools are strong enough.
  • Great for emergencies.

Cons

  • Hex keys can work loose in the frame.

3 BIKEHAND 17 Piece Bike Bicycle Repair Tool Kit Set Maintenance Kits

This is a stripped-down version of the 37-piece Bikehand tool kit we reviewed earlier.

This 17-piece kit has left out a lot of non-essential tools that were included in the 37-piece kit. It’s still got 1 or 2 unnecessary tools, though, on the whole, it’s a better-balanced kit. The truth is there’s even a couple of tools we might have added.

So, what do we like about this kit?

The tools in the kit that we’re happy to see included are the chain whip, lockring remover, crank puller, pedal wrench, BB wrench, chain splitter, and the torque wrench.

The torque wrench is the same as the one in the bigger kit. It, therefore, has the same problems of not being the most accurate or easy to use. No surprises here.

This kit, like the larger one, has a spoke spanner that we also think is a useful inclusion. It does, however, come with a caveat. If you’re replacing broken spokes or just tightening an obviously loose spoke, they’re a great idea.

On the other hand, if you’re going to use one to try to true a buckled wheel, no matter how slight, be careful. Trying to true a wheel is a lot harder than it looks. You might easily take out the buckle but end up with a wheel that has magically taken on an oval quality.

What would we leave out?

There’s not much we’d leave out on this kit. But if we did have to slim it down, we’d lose the screwdrivers, hex keys, tire levers, and the repair kit.

Frankly, who doesn’t have a few decent screwdrivers knocking around the garage? Additionally, anyone who owns a bike should have a puncture outfit and some tire levers. If you don’t have these couple of biking necessities, go and hang your head in shame. Go and sit on the naughty step. Your poor bike.

It’s a fair kit but…

Instead of the things that were left out, we’d have liked to see the money spent on a Shimano Hollowtech BB removal tool and a headset spanner. It’s difficult to prioritize either of these over the other. But if we had to, we think not having a headset spanner is the bigger miss.

For the price, the quality you’ll get with this kit is fair.

BIKEHAND 17 Piece Bike Bicycle Repair Tool Kit Set Maintenance Kits
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros

  • A good selection of tools.
  • A torque wrench is included.
  • Good case.
  • Fair price and quality.

Cons

  • No headset spanner or Shimano Hollowtech BB removal tool.
  • Tool strength.

4 SIGTUNA Bike Tool Kit – Sturdy 19-in-1 Bike Multitool Repair Kit

This has got most of what you want for a multi-tool repair kit.

The SIGTUNA Bike Tool Kit has a rather interesting design that sets it apart from other multi-tool kits in this price range. The Sigtuna bike tool kit comes in a clever modular design. It all looks neat and ergonomic.

If Ikea did tools, they’d probably come up with something like this…

The modular design allows you to take off the top unit that houses the hex keys. This is a great idea because, on conventional multi-tools, where everything is housed together, the tools can feel bulky and awkward to use.

The bottom larger unit houses all the other tools. These include the 2 tire levers, spoke wrenches, screwdrivers, ring wrenches, chain hook, and chain splitter. The 2 tire levers fit neatly into the frame of the larger unit. The spoke wrenches are etched into the tire levers.

Savvy too…

It’s good to see that someone has also finally realized that 2 tire levers are more than enough to get the job done. Why manufacturers continue to include 3 levers in most kits is beyond us.

Some more clever design sees the chain splitter concealed in the second unit at the end of the frame. To deploy the chain splitter, it has to be used in conjunction with a hex key from the first unit. The hex key screws the pointed end of the chain splitter that pushes the pin out of the chain.

We appreciate the no-risk guarantee…

The Sigtuna uses hardened steel for their tools. It’s hard enough to get the job done. It feels nice and solid and the company appears to think so too.

They offer a no-nonsense guarantee on the product for a full year. If you don’t like it just send it back and you’ll get a full refund. That’s an excellent no-risk guarantee that we’re sure you’ll agree is pretty hard to beat.

SIGTUNA Bike Tool Kit - Sturdy 19-in-1 Bike Multitool Repair Kit
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros

  • Clever 2-unit design.
  • Chain splitter included.
  • 2 tire levers included.
  • One year no-fuss guarantee.

Cons

  • Tire levers liable to fall off their mount.
  • Tire levers are not strong.

5 Deckey Bike Repair Tool Kits,48 Pcs Bicycle Tool Kit Multifunction Tool Kit

The Deckey tool kit has plenty of tools for the price. They come presented in a rather well laid out and neat briefcase-style box. This all looks fine on the surface.

So, what do you get for your money?

The kit includes most of the essentials for dismantling your drivetrain. There are narrow width open-end wrenches, a crank arm remover, chain whip, pedal wrench, crank arm remover, and BB cup wrench.

Interesting by its absence is a crankset extractor tool. In a kit with this many pieces, it’s an obvious miss. We’re not exactly sure how Deckey thinks you’ll be able to get your cranks off. Maybe the old-fashioned way with a hammer and a piece of wood? You might have to consult your dads on this method!

Still, this is an inexpensive tool kit option…

The tool kit does have an open wrench big enough to fit the nut on a threaded headset. Although a lot of bikes now use threadless headsets we’re happy to see this. Often a standard 32mm spanner is just too wide, so the correct wrench for the job is a nice inclusion.

The Deckey tool kit has a reasonable selection of hex keys that are good enough to do some general maintenance and repair work. Other than that, the only other tool we would have included is a chain splitter.

The rest of the tools are typical cheap fillers that you’ll find on most kits at this kind of price. There are tire levers, a puncture repair outfit, screwdrivers, and standard wrenches.

Fine, for a starter…

This kit is fine, for a starter kit, that’s being used on new bikes to do some basic work. But that’s all. If you have to work on older or difficult to work on bikes, you’ll quickly come unstuck. These tools don’t have the quality to work with old, seized or rusted bikes.

The chain whip and the chain splitter illustrate this perfectly. Go online and search for either of these tools. You’ll come up with both as being the cheapest option. Frankly, you can’t expect much else, in terms of quality, from the rest of the kit.

Deckey Bike Repair Tool Kits,48 Pcs Bicycle Tool Kit Multifunction Tool Kit
Our rating:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Pros

  • Inexpensive.
  • It contains a headset wrench.
  • Has tools for main drivetrain maintenance.
  • Neat box.

Cons

  • Low-quality tools.

6 DAWAY Bike Repair Tool Kits – 16 in 1 Multifunction

The Daway multi-tool has enough, in most circumstances, to get you back on the road in a maintenance emergency.

This little tool has a 6 sensibly sized hex key. These are 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm. It also has a flat-ended screwdriver and a Philips head screwdriver. All of these are must-haves when you’re out on your bike.

The multi-tool also has a flat wrench tool with 3 different sizes. We like this and it’s not something we normally see on a multi-tool. Even more surprising is the inclusion of 3 different kinds of socket wrench. These are 8, 9 and 10mm wide.

No worries about losing tools…

The socket ends are quite cleverly held in 3 slots in the folding end of the tool’s framework. Happily, these fit nice and securely. They kind of snap into place so you don’t need to worry about them falling out every time you open up the tool.

The materials in the Daway bike repair tool kit are fine. They’re made from ABS and high-quality carbon steel. Strong enough to be used for all but the most difficult roadside repairs.

It’s a little on the heavy side…

One of the downsides of the tool is that it is a little heavy. At 10 ounces that’s a lot of metal to be carrying around on top of everything else you’re likely to need. If you’re a bit of a weight weenie you might want to look for a tool that’s a little less comprehensive.

The kit comes with a bag to put your tool in. A puncture repair kit and 3 tire levers are also included. All, in all not a bad little kit and fine for a gift or to go with your first bike. Don’t forget to sort yourself out with a mini pump too!

DAWAY Bike Repair Tool Kits - 16 in 1 Multifunction
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros

  • 3 socket wrenches are included.
  • It an open-ended wrench with 3 sizes.
  • Good quality.
  • Good selection of hex keys.

Cons

  • It’s heavy.
  • No chin splitter included.

7 Park Tool AK-3 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

It is impossible to do a review of the Best Bicycle Tool Kit without including something from Park Tool. That’s because these are the very best bike tools you can buy. These are the choice of professionals.

Go to any major bike race and take a look inside the mechanics’ vans. They’ll all be awash with black silver and blue. All Park Tool and nothing else. If you buy any of their kits, you’re buying the best there is.

So, what is Park Tool supplying you for this not inconsiderable price?

You get 40 tools.

These include 2 BB tools, a selection of double-ended wrenches, a cassette lockring tool, a selection of professional hex keys, cable cutter, master link pliers, crank pullers, screwdrivers, chainring nut wrench, chain checker and a chain whip.

On a couple of the home tool kits we’ve reviewed we’ve mentioned that they contain items we’d have preferred left out. On the Park Tool kit, they have some of the same things but we’re happy for them to be left in. For very different reasons.

These are high-grade tools for professionals…

Things like the screwdrivers, spoke wrenches and chain scrubber would be easy to leave out. As would the tire levers which we’re sure you’ve all got anyway. But the fact is, if you have these tools already, you’re unlikely to have anything close to this standard.

Talking of quality, just look at the chain splitter and the pedal wrench…

The bottom line is that these tools won’t let you down, whatever you’re working on. These tools are super tough and super quality. They’re tools for life that you can proudly pass on down the generations.

There’s no doubt in our minds that Park Tool makes the best tool kit you can buy.

If you can afford these tools, you’ll never regret buying them.

Park Tool AK-3 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit
Our rating:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Pros

  • Professional-grade tools.
  • Super hard steel and materials.
  • High levels of durability.
  • High-quality toolbox included.
  • Good value.

Cons

  • The price.

8 NAMUCUO Bike Tyre Repair Tool Kit

This is a great value kit to take on your travels to help keep you on the road.

The NAMUCUO Bike Tyre Repair Tool Kit will do more than just help you repair punctures. That’s just part of the kit. Also included in the kit is a handy little multi-tool.

Let’s take a look at the multi-tool first…

The NAMUCUO multi-tool only has a few basic tools. Which is fine. There are 6 hex keys, a flat end screwdriver, a Philips screwdriver, plus a chain splitter. It’s a small but thoughtful set of tools.

Also included, separately, is a multi-bike wrench and a chain hook. We haven’t seen a chain hook in any tool kit for a long time. This is a lightweight and very handy piece of kit to carry around.

The multi-tools are made from hardened steel. They’re no way close to the quality of Park Tool, but on a well-maintained bike, they’re fine.

So, what about the rest of the kit?

To take care of your punctures a full puncture repair outfit, including tire levers and patches, are also included.

What’s more, a mini pump is also provided. The mini pump is suitable for use with both Shrader and Presta valves. It has a hose that attaches to the valve which makes it a little easier to use. But best of all, it also has a gauge built onto the end of the pump.

The pump also has a couple of ball adaptors though we can’t see you taking those on your bike!

Finally, the kit comes with a small seat bag to store all your kit in. There’s even enough room in it for a spare inner tube and your phone.

Everything a new cyclist could want…

NAMUCUO might not be the best quality kit but it’s undoubtedly good enough to get the job done. It’s also got everything a new cyclist could want to keep them on the road. The only suggestion we’d make would be to spend another dollar and get yourself a chain quick link.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be set to go.

NAMUCUO Bike Tyre Repair Tool Kit
Our rating:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Pros

  • It’s a comprehensive emergency bike tool kit.
  • Affordable.
  • Chain splitter and chain hook included.
  • The mini pump includes a gauge.

Cons

  • Not high-quality tools.

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Best Bicycle Tool Kit Buying Guide

Multi-Tools

Multi-tools are most frequently taken on rides and used in a maintenance emergency. However, where budgets are tight, they can also double up and be used at home. The multi-tools are also sometimes part of a larger portable bike kit.

The NAMUCUO Bike repair kit is a good example of a full emergency kit.

If you do not have a full repair kit, and only have a multi-tool, there are a few other things you should take on your rides. These include tire levers, patches and glue, a pump, and a chain quick link. It’s also not a bad idea to always have a phone and some spare cash with you.

Multi-Tool Essentials

A good multi-tool should have a selection of hex keys, two kinds of screwdrivers and a wrench. Equally importantly we’d recommend it should also have a chain splitter.

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Home Tools

Home tools are generally used when you begin to strip your bike down and when you begin to do some more serious maintenance, rebuilds or modifications. These are used when you need something more than just a quick fix to get you on your way.

Most of us have built up a selection of tools as we’ve gone along. Typically, you buy a bike, then a pump, then a puncture repair outfit. Once your mum has chased you out of the kitchen for repeatedly using her cutlery for tire levers, you get some of those too.

In time, after a multi-tool has been added to your small selection of tools, you assemble your own bike tool kit. But once you start to get more serious, there are a lot more specialist tools you’ll need that can’t be purchased in a hardware store.

You can either add specialist tools one at a time or buy a kit with a lot of specialist tools ready included. If you’re new into cycling and want to do your own maintenance, it makes a lot of sense to buy a good-sized kit from the start. On the other hand, building up a kit over time can be just as practical.

Home Tool Essentials

However, you choose to set up your home kit there are a few things we think are must-haves. Leaving out basic emergency maintenance tools, your bicycle tool kit should have a set of narrow open wrenches, a set of hex keys, a crank puller, spoke spanner, chainring nut wrench, cassette lockring tool, threaded headset wrench, chain whip, BB cup wrench, and a torque wrench.

We’ve presumed already that you’ll also have a floor standing pump with an accurate gauge.

With these tools, you should be able to tackle most jobs on your bike.

Quality

The old saying of, ‘you get what you pay for’, has never been truer than when it comes to bike tools.

If you need to do some basic maintenance and repairs on newer and less expensive bikes, then lower quality tools will suffice. As long as you’re just doing occasional maintenance that is. A kit like the 48-piece Deckey Bike Repair Tool Kit would probably work for you.

If you’re doing more frequent and complex work, on possibly older and better-quality bikes, you’ll need some better tools. In this instance, we think the Bikehand 37pcs Bike Bicycle Repair Tool Kit is a good solution. It has a reasonable selection of medium quality tools.

Anyone serious about bike maintenance should think about buying Park Tool products. The fact is that regardless of what quality, make, age or condition of bike you work on, Park Tool products won’t let you down.

The bottom line is that some bikes are more difficult to work on than others. Older bikes can have rusted and seized parts. With cheaper tools, they may not be up to the job. They may bend or break. Furthermore, if you have an expensive bike you don’t want to risk damaging your pride and joy with a poor-quality or faulty tool.

Lower quality tools have their place. At the newer, less complicated, less expensive end of the bike world. As you begin to work more frequently on your bikes, and as that equation changes, you need to upgrade your tools accordingly.

Final Thoughts On The Best Bicycle Tool Kit

Bike tools are often the last thing to be considered as a cyclist.

We get that. Bikes demand our attention. Tools don’t.

The truth is though that a good basic emergency tool kit can save us a lot of wasted time and trouble at the side of the road. What’s more, a good home tool kit can save us a lot of frustration and wasted money spent down at our local bike shop.

We covered that cyclists won’t necessarily have the same tool requirements. So, just make sure you choose the best bicycle tool kit for you.

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get tooled up. However, if you have the money, and are serious about cycling, we’d suggest buying Park Tool products every time. The price might be significantly higher than most of their competitors but so is the quality. Therefore, we heartily recommend the…The Park Tool AK-3 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

It simply can’t be beaten for quality. You won’t find better, stronger, and more durable tools anywhere. They might be expensive, but we strongly believe they also offer excellent value.

Enjoy your bikes and enjoy your rides.

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