MCN’s top 5 biking tools

By Marc Abbott -

Parts & accessories

 18 March 2011 11:11

At some point we’re all going to need to pick up a tool – even if it’s to perform the most simple job, like adjusting a drive chain or adjusting your controls to fit you more comfortably.

Here’s MCN’s pick of some of the best tools you can buy…

Oxford 28-piece underseat toolkit
MCN says:
“Slim enough to fit under most seats, this kit comes with a decent range of tools that you’ll need in an emergency: Allen keys, a set of screwdriver heads and extension bar, 5mm-11mm sockets, needle nose pliers, wire cutters and two electrical screwdrivers. The carry case is hardy and lightweight and it’s reassuring to know that if some part of your bike falls off, you can reattach it and get home. Not bad for twelve quid. And better than most ‘toolkits’ supplied with new bikes.”

Buy Oxford kit at the MCN Shop here

 

Pro-Bolt Progauge bolt measuring tool
MCN says:
“When you’ve amassed several tins of bolts (new and used) over the years it’s good to sort them into sizes and store them in old ice cream or margarine tubs. The easiest way to do this is to use this cheap and simple bolt measuring device from Pro-Bolt. The credit card-sized workshop Progauge features serrated teeth used to gauge thread pitch (0.7mm-1.75mm) and the M4-M12 holes tell you the bolt’s diameter. Place the bolt’s head against the Progauge’s bottom edge and you net the bolt’s length up to 90mm. And if no bolts measure-up it’s likely to be British tat and should be slung.”

Buy Pro Bolt kit at the MCN Shop here

 

Cruz Tools sliding T-bar socket set
MCN says:
“Before I used a T-bar, I didn’t see the point – I already have a socket set. But they’re so convenient for removing and fitting things quickly, especially the bodywork, brake caliper bolts and gearbox drain bolts on my race bike. They fit easily in my toolbox too, and the sockets included (8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 14mm and 17mm hex plus Phillips screwdriver and 5/6mm allen) cover most of the type of things I’d use it for – it accepts any other 3/8 socket too. Finish is holding up well so far.”

More info: www.venhill.co.uk

 

Halfords Professional 10-piece combination spanners
MCN says:
“Cheap spanners are a pain in the arse – even if they fit nuts properly to start with they soon wear, causing slips which knacker fasteners and graze knuckles. So far these have fitted perfectly every time, and the chrome vanadium finish is holding up despite getting wet and damp on numerous occasions. This set covers most tasks on my TZR250. They say ‘Professional’ on the side, too – it helps me convince myself I know what I’m doing.”

More info: www.halfords.com

 

Halfords Professional 60-piece socket set
MCN says:
“For £40 this socket set was a stupendous bargain – 1/4”, 3/8” ratchets, metric, imperial, deep reach and spark plug sockets plus screwdriver/allen bits and extension bars have covered most workshop and pitlane tasks. The quality is impressive – the chrome vanadium hasn’t corroded (apart from one that spent a year in a pond – don’t ask) and is only now starting to scratch and wear. The ratchet handles have a nice action, and despite club-fisted use neither has failed. Socket fit is good too.”

More info: www.halfords.com