There’s no reason to drop hundreds of dollars each year on tuneups. Keeping your ride in top shape is cheap and easy, if you have the right tools. We pulled together a bare bones toolbox for just this task, including a high-tech pump, a serious torque wrench, and, of course, the Big Blue Book of bicycle repair.
Park CN-10 Cable and Housing Cutter
More ambitious home mechanics may decide to tackle a cable replacement when their shifting ones fray, or want to swap housing when road grit or trail grime gums theirs up. Park's new CN-10 Cable and Housing Cutter is a blunt-nose internal spring cutter that can handle both tasks. Designed for use on all bicycle cables and housing, including index housing, the built in crimper perfectly deforms cable end caps and the forming hole reshapes housing ends and ferrules. A wire latch holds the handles together when not in use. Cold forged, heat-treated steel handles are bomber strong, and precision ground jaws make a clean cut front and back. $38, parktool.com