Knowledge of the tools
Tools can be quite an alien environment for women. Could you recognise and name some bike tools? Do you know which tools to have & why? Tools should be easy for you to use, if they make a job difficult or are frustrating it is time to get a new tool or learn more about what you are trying to do.
Knowledge of the tasks
Aim to make life with a bike easier by owning bike tools that you know how to use. Think about what maintenance and repairs you would like to be able to do and get tools that are well matched to the job. Take a look at our story to get an idea about some simple bike tasks that, once mastered, make life with a bike easier.
Home Use vs Riding Use
Tools that are to be carried need to be lightweight and small whereas tools for home use can be brought primarily for ease of use, e.g a floor pump. Home use tools allow you to complete a wider range of maintenance – beyond the emergency side of the road repair job.
How will you carry your bike tools?
There are a number of options for carrying tools with you as you ride. If you know how you want to carry tools you can match your buying to the space that you have available. We like to see women carrying bike tools on their bike rather than on their body. Learn more about your bike tool carrying options here.
Adding to your basic riding tool kit
Only carry tools that you know how to use. Start with the basics (What are the Essential Items in a Bike Tool Kit) and expand from there to match your tools to your riding environment. Adding more for family riding, long day rides, isolated multi-day riding, touring and events.
See What’s in a Multi-Day Mountain Biking Tool Kit. Family Tool Kit, Touring Tool Kit coming soon to the goRide SHOP
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Learn How to Use Your Tools
Not only should you know when to use them but how to use them efficiently. Make sure that before you need them that you have practiced how to best handle them. There is no point having a bike tool that doesn’t assist you in getting the job done quickly. We have tried were we can to offer YOU solutions that we see as the best options for women, now it’s up to YOU to use them well.
Wear & Tear
Like everything your tools will eventually wear out or not perform as they once did. Make sure you buy the best your budget can deal with, then do your best to look after them by keeping them stored in a dry protected place. Ideally all your bike tools should be kept together. When they start making your job harder rather than easier it’s time to invest in a new tool.