Essential Tools for Cyclists at Any Skill Level

Keeping your bike in optimal condition makes riding it more comfortable and extends the life of all its parts as well. And being able to handle routine repairs yourself, and not having to rely on a shop’s mechanics—or, should you run into problems while out on a ride, the kindness of a passing cyclist—will give you a sense of self-reliance and independence. (Not unlike the feeling of freedom that bubbled up when you first learned to ride your bike!) Here are the tools we’ve come to rely on, in order of importance.