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The Best Bike Tool Kits for Making Repairs on the Fly

Because the last thing you want is to be far from home with a flat and no way to fix it

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You’re miles away from home on a bike ride and you get a flat, break a chain, or need to make an adjustment. All not good, but even worse without a bike tool kit on hand. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or a newbie, out for the day or just an hour, a bike tool kit should go with you on every ride. If something goes awry, your ride is over unless you’ve got the right tools to make a repair.

Best Bike Tool Kits

    The Expert: I’ve been a competitive Ironman triathlete, road cyclist, and time trialist for more than a decade, so I’m familiar with flat tires, on-the-fly adjustments, and quick fixes. But I’m also all about staying as light as possible, so I carry only what I need. Typically, my DIY kit includes an extra tube, two CO2 cartridges and an inflator, a couple of tire levers, and twenty bucks for food. But depending on the type of bike you’re riding, how long you plan to be out, and how far you’re planning to go, you may want a more substantial kit with more specialty tools. To make sure my recommendations cover a wide range of scenarios, I’ve included different kits for different needs and budgets.

    What to Consider When Buying a Bike Tool Kit

    While some folks might prefer to buy a seat bag and gradually build their kit over time with the tools they want, others might find it easier—and more affordable—to make a one-time purchase of an off-the-shelf kit. If you fall into the latter group, rest assured there are repair kits for all levels of cyclists, in a range of styles, and to help you accomplish a variety of tasks.

    Most basic tool kits will include a multitool with, at minimum, the most common hex wrench sizes (4, 5, and 6mm), a flat-head screwdriver, and maybe a T25 Torx bit (for properly tightening down bolts). Some also come with CO2 cartridges and an inflator head (make sure you choose one that fits your tube style) or a mini pump, two tire levers, and a patch kit. You’re usually on your own with spare tubes, as no one stock kit can accommodate every tube style and size out there.

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    Make sure your kit is compatible with the type of riding you do. The Topeak Gravel Gear Bag on our list, for example, includes tubeless-tire repair plugs and the Tubi 11 minitool, which is equipped for tubeless-tire repairs. If you want a more substantial kit to keep in your car at the trailhead (or if an extra 2.3 pounds in your pack doesn’t bother you), go with the Fix Manufacturing MTB Field Kit, which includes a mini pump with pressure gauge, a chain breaker, a full-size pedal wrench, degreaser, and more. If you choose to carry only CO2, make sure you know how to use it (practice first); you really get only one shot to do it right. It certainly doesn’t hurt, then, to carry a mini pump as backup—some are designed to attach to your frame, and some are small enough to fit into a jersey pocket or even a seat bag.

    Most kits come with a seat bag or pouch to keep all your tools in one place. Some are roomy enough to accommodate additions, such as a spare tube, extra CO2 cartridges, or even a mini pump (just remember that the more you stuff into it, the heavier it will get). Most kits are designed to attach under your saddle or somewhere on your frame. If you really want your kit out of sight, out of mind, consider the Wolf Tooth Components EnCase, which fits discreetly inside the ends of your handlebar. And if somewhere down the road you decide to upgrade your tool kit storage, there are tons of well-designed bike bags to choose from.

    How We Chose These Bike Tool Kits

    Based on my own experience using bike tool kits, researching bike tool kits online, scouring customer reviews and ratings, and factoring in price and value—in addition to research and input from the Bicycling gear editors—these are my recommendations for the best bike tool kits for any kind of bike or adventure.

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    Best All-in-One Tool Kit
    Bontrager Flat Pack

    • Woven nylon bag
    • Streamlined design
    • Includes coupon for one free tube

    • Bag is on the small side
    • No CO2 cartridges or inflator

    Key Specs

    • Type: Saddle
    • Includes: Seat bag, mini pump, multitool, tire levers, patch kit
    • Capacity: 26 cu. in.
    • Weight: 0.49 lb.

    This lightweight, all-around kit attaches underneath the saddle and stores what you need to fix a flat while leaving a little extra space for other necessities like keys or cash. The included multitool has seven hex wrenches, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, and a T25 Torx bit for minor repairs and adjustments. And for all your flat-fixing needs: a mini pump with frame attachment, a patch kit, tire levers, and—bonus!—a coupon for one free standard Bontrager presta or Schrader inner tube. Not a bad deal for around 50 bucks.

    Most Unique Design
    Wolf Tooth Components EnCase System Bar Kit One
    Wolf Tooth Components

    • Can be used with drop bars (with the included fit kit)
    • Lightweight
    • Discreet design is noise- and rattle-free

    • Won’t fit some aero drop bars
    • Separate bag needed for tube, levers, and inflation device

    Key Specs

    • Type: Fits inside handlebar ends
    • Includes: Hex-bit multitool, EnCase Chain + Tire Plug multitool, storage sleeves
    • Dimensions: 98 x 15mm (hex wrench), 102 x 15mm (Chain + Tire tool)
    • Weight: 132 grams

    This unique, made-in-the-USA tool kit fits inside the ends of most mountain bike and road bike handlebars (and includes a drop-bar fit kit for larger-diameter road bars). The multitool includes seven hex wrenches, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, a spoke wrench, a valve core wrench, and three Torx bits (T10, T25, and T30). The EnCase Chain + Tire Plug tool is compatible with all chains, including 12-speed, and has a tire plug at one end. Both tools slide neatly into the included storage sleeves which fit snugly inside your handlebar for a rattle-free design.

    Best Budget Tool Kit
    MSW Ride and Repair Kit

    • Lightweight design
    • Enough room for extra tools and a spare tube

    • Multitool has limited functionality

    Key Specs

    • Type: Saddle
    • Includes: Seat bag, CO2 cartridges, valve head, tire levers, multitool
    • Capacity: 50 cu. in.
    • Weight: 3 oz.

    This minimalistic kit includes just the basics—what you’ll need to fix a flat. You get a multitool with five hex wrenches, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, and a T25 Torx wrench, plus a patch kit, a threadless inflator head, two CO2 cartridges, and three tire levers. At 50 cubic inches, this bag’s capacity is almost double that of the Flat Pack above.

    Best for Bringing Extras
    Blackburn Local Ride Kit

    • Mini pump works with both valve types
    • Water-resistant bag

    • Patch kit not included
    • Attachment design makes it harder to access tools
    • No CO2 cartridges or inflator

    Key Specs

    • Type: Saddle
    • Includes: Seat bag, mini pump, minitool, tire levers
    • Capacity: 24 cu. in.
    • Weight: 32 grams

    This water-resistant, compact yet roomy case fits underneath the saddle and comes with two tire levers, a Blackburn-branded mini pump for both presta and Schrader valves, and a Grid 8 multitool that includes five hex wrenches, a flat screwdriver, and two Torx wrenches. Because the mini pump attaches to your frame (attachment included), there’s extra room in the bag for keys, cash, and a tube. The strap that attaches the bag to the seat rails interferes slightly with the zipper opening, making it a little tricky to access tools quickly. The Local Ride Kit is also available in a CO2 version for the same price.

    Best for Those With Multiple Bikes
    Topeak SideKick STW Wedge Pack

    • Convenient access to tools
    • Easy to swap between bikes
    • Bright interior makes finding tools easier

    • Not for someone who doesn't want to keep a mount attached to their bike
    • Does not include inflation device

    Key Specs

    • Type: Saddle
    • Includes: Multitool, tire levers, open wrenches, chain tool, glueless patch kit
    • Capacity: 36 cu. in.
    • Weight: 1.1 lb.

    The Wedge Pack is all about convenience. It’s ideal for anyone who often swaps their tool kit from bike to bike, or for riders who want to quickly remove the bag on race day. An included QuickClick mount (additional mounts cost $8 each) attaches to your seat rails and lets you pop the bag on and off at will—no more feeding straps through that hard-to-reach space under your saddle. Accessing gear is also a breeze thanks to dual-sided openings, with one side large enough to hold a spare tube and the other compartmentalized to hold the included multitool, 8 and 10mm open wrenches, levers, and universal chain tool. Safety features include 3M reflective detailing and a light clip.

    Best for Road Bikes
    Lezyne M-Caddy Sport Kit

    • Minimal space keeps this a lightweight option
    • Extra pocket in addition to main compartment

    • No CO2 cartridges or inflator

    Key Specs

    • Type: Saddle
    • Includes: Mini pump, frame mount. tire levers, multitool
    • Capacity: 30.5 cu. in.
    • Weight: 274 grams

    Founded by former professional triathlete Micki Kozuschek, Lezyne makes a number of decent tool kit options, including the Sport Kit, which I like for road bikes. Constructed of durable nylon fabric with a water-resistant zipper, this wedge-shaped bag keeps contents dry in a rain shower or through road spray. It stows all your essential tools in its main compartment with labeled organizational pockets. A second, smaller compartment on the underside holds a phone or other items. Ideal for commuting or longer rides.

    Best Kit for Tubeless Tires
    Topeak Gravel Gear Bag

    • Opens completely for easy access
    • Interior organizational pockets

    • CO2 cartridges and tube not included
    • Bag has to be removed from frame to access contents

    Key Specs

    • Type: Top Tube
    • Includes: Bag, Tubi 11 multitool, Power Lever X tool, tire repair plugs, CO2 inflator
    • Capacity: 36.6 cu. in.
    • Weight: 12.82 oz.

    The Gravel Gear Bag attaches to the top tube via two hook-and-loop straps and is constructed of durable 1000D nylon—ideal for rugged riding situations. The bag opens up like a book to reveal pockets designed to hold everything you need to fix a flat or repair a tubeless tire. The Tubi 11 multitool includes six hex wrenches, a T25 Torx wrench, and a tire lever. Behind the tire lever, you’ll find a tire reamer and plug-insertion tool and a small knife to trim the tire plugs. Also in the bag: the Power Lever X (levers, master link pliers, and presta valve core tool), the AirBooster CO2 inflator, and 10 tubeless-tire plugs.

    Best for Mountain Bikes
    Fix Manufacturing MTB Field Kit
    Fix Manufacturing

    • More than just a basic tool kit
    • Great for travel

    • Not designed to be carried on your bike
    • No CO2 cartridges or inflator

    Key Specs

    • Type: Pouch
    • Includes: Carry pouch, multitool, mini pump, tire levers, chain breaker, and so much more
    • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 3 in.
    • Weight: 2.3 lb.

    The MTB Field Kit is like a first-aid kit for your bike. It includes not only the tools you need to make on-the-fly adjustments and repairs, but also a few extras to do some trailhead parking-lot maintenance. In addition to essentials like an 8-in-1 multitool, mini pump with gauge, a chain breakers, and tire levers, you also get a shop rag and a couple brushes, refillable chain lube and degreaser, a tape measure, a screwdriver, a spoke wrench, and a full-size pedal wrench. It all comes neatly organized in the labeled pouch with plenty of room leftover for spare tools, parts, and a tube.

    Best Tool Kit for Triathletes
    XLab Gear Box
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    • Designed to fit in most bottle cages
    • Sold with or without tools
    • Kit includes CO2 inflator

    • Cannot be attached directly to your bike frame

    Key Specs

    • Type: Case (fits in water bottle cage)
    • Includes: Gear Box: box only; Gear Box Kit: multitool (w/six hex wrenches, T25 Torx wrench, 8mm open wrench, flat screwdriver), tire levers, CO2 inflator
    • Capacity: 25.8 cu. in.
    • Weight: 65g (box only); 447g (kit)

    XLab is a leader in the triathlon world for its front- and rear-mounted bottle cages and other accessories. The Gear Box, which at quick glance might be mistaken as being carbon fiber, fits snugly inside XLab’s Gorilla and Chimp cages (and most other cages), has a sound-proof inner lining, and opens to reveal two sides for tool storage. The Gear Box alone costs $30; filled with the above tools, the Gear Box Kit will run you another $33.

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    BI: Is a hard case or foldable one better for a portable bike tool kit?

    M.O.: This is up to the individual. Everyone has their own views on which style is better. It depends on your style of riding—mountain, road, or gravel. If it’s not attached to your bike, I prefer a hard case.

    BI: What essentials should everyone have in their bike tool kit?

    M.O.: Everyone should carry a spare tube, at least one tire lever, two CO2 cartridges, a CO2 inflator, and a multitool with, at the very least, 4, 5, and 6mm hex wrenches.

    BI: If I can’t fit everything I want in the tool kit bag, where else can I stash tools?

    M.O.: The back pocket of your jersey is a great place to stash a spare tube, a mini pump, and any additional tools that don't fit in your bag. Just be sure to not stuff it to the point where it weighs you down and disrupts your ride.

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