The Best Bike Tool Kits for Handy (And Not-So-Handy) Bikers

Yes, you can raise seats and tweak brake levers.

by Chris Hrenko
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A great bike multi-tool set against a yellow background

Kids grow. And fast. That means when you pull their bikes out (and yours, for that matter), seats need to be raised, brake levers tweaked and the shifting smoothed out. But there’s some good news: You don’t need an engineering degree or a funny little mustache to do these DIY fixes yourself. Quite the contrary. Bike tools, which are often part of handy bike tool kits, plus a few YouTube videos will take you from never-turned-a-bolt noob to neighborhood-shade-tree-bike-mechanic hero — but only if you’re willing to put in the effort and learn as you go. Not looking to go deep? We’ve also included a few bike multi tools for down-and-dirty fast jobs. But a word of caution: Get too skilled, and before you know it, you’ll be fixing bikes for friends of friends of your kids. Our advice? Make space in the garage.

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