Nashbar Essential Tool Kit

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Nashbar Essential Tool Kit
Designed to tackle most maintenance and repair challenges, from minor tune-ups to drivetrain overhauls, the Nashbar Essential Tool Kit is an entry-level collection of 18 tools to get the job done right. Included are such bicycle home mechanic staples as a hex wrench set, screwdrivers, chain whip and cassette lockring tools, patch kit, as well as a chain tool. The took kit's also been updated to account for recent advancements in road and mountain bike components reflected in tools such as an integrated bottom bracket wrench and a T-25 Torx wrench. Tools are durably made and ergonomically designed. And for storage and travel convenience, a custom-molded tool box is included to keep your tools secure and organized.
  • Chain tool
  • Integrated bottom bracket wrench adapter
  • Double bit Philips/Flathead screwdriver
  • 6-piece hex wrench set (2/2.5/3/4/5/6mm)
  • Chainring bolt wrench/crankarm dust cover tool
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • 8mm hex wrench with Ā½" driver
  • 2-piece tire lever set
  • 15mm pedal wrench with 14/15mm socket wrench
  • Chain whip (Sprocket removal tool)
  • Integrated bottom bracket wrench
  • Cassette lockring tool
  • 2-piece cone wrench set (2 x 13/14/15/16mm)
  • 3-sided spoke wrench
  • Crank extractor
  • Cartridge bottom bracket tool
  • T-25 Torx wrench
  • Patch kit
  • Custom-molded tool box
Nashbar Essential Tool Kit
  • MATERIAL Steel Tools/Plastic Tool Box
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Essential Tool Kit
 
4.3

(based on 87 reviews)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (52)
  • Durable (39)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Compact (5)
  • Price (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Road biking (44)
  • Mountain biking (33)
  • Commuting/city (26)
  • Extreme sports (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (47), Casual/ recreational (25), Commuter (10), Competitive cyclist (5)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (41), Comfort oriented (30)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (81), Yes (5)

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4.0

Good Basic Tool Kit for Home or Travel

By KevlarHeart

from White Plains, NY USA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • No documentation

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City
  • Home shop
  • Mountain Biking
  • Road Biking
  • Travel kit

Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

Bought this as a quick re-start to home bike mechanic work as most of my tools disappeared over the years.

Nashbar Essential Tool Kit provides a fairly comprehensive set of tools needed to make basic repairs. There are some hits and misses on tool selection and quality, but overall this is a great starting place for the beginner/intermediate home mechanic. The handy carrying case makes this easy to store at home, or in a car when traveling with bicycles. All of the bases are covered from drive train to wheels to tires.

A couple of misses: There is absolutely no documentation as to which tool is which. I should think a beginner might want to know what's in the box. Having the socket wrenches on the backside of the pedal wrench prevents the use of a narrow cheater bar pipe....something a pedal wrench sometimes requires. Cone wrench set is fairly flimsy, but gets the job done. The BB wrench was a mystery, never fit on any of the three bikes I was working on. The patch kit is seriously low end...best to leave it out, or upgrade the quality.

Suggestions: Add 3-way 4, 5, 6 mm hex tool. That's probably the BEST tool a new mechanic can have. Add a Bike Mechanics basics guide, or at the very least a tool ID card. Either of these could be fitted to a recessed portion on the front or rear of the carrying case.

Overall, this is a great starting point. Serious bike work will likely result in purchasing higher quality, more durable tools, but the Nashbar Essential Tool Kit is a great thing to have around in the shop or on the road.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Great for a starter kit

By Home tinkerer

from Arizona

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Economical starter
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

    Nice assortment and good price on a starter kit. I'm not sure what I will need first. I should be able to fix most things that would require a trip to the bike shop. My bikes are new.
    A booklet with the name of the tool and a picture of its possible use would have been nice. I will figure it out, but that would have been a nice inexpensive addition.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Nice set at great price

    By bsr

    from Greensboro, NC

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

        Bought this initially for the cassette tool and chain whip on the principle that I'd spend about twice as much for a variety of tools that I'd probably need at some point. Tools are better quality--at least heavier--than I expected. Chain tool and bottom bracket tool work fine. Would have preferred a bladed spoke holder in lieu of loose Allen wrenches, but you're getting a range of decent-quality tools for a fraction of what you'd pay for separate tools or for a higher-end kit that most people won't need.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Just what the Bike Doctorordered.

        By Maddog

        from Athens, Al

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Mountain Biking
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

          A great basic set of tools at an affordable price.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Comfort Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Is not complete,

          By Tony Latte

          from Doral, FL

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Presentation

          Cons

          • Need more tools
          • Wears Out Quickly

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

            I was expecting more tools, I have 4 bikes, some tools fit some bikes in some components, but I still need to get different tools to get the job done

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Lotsa tools in a compact kit

            By Crazy about this cycling stuff

            from Texas

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking
                • Road Biking

                Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

                I bought this set to keep with me in the vehicle. So far hadn't had to use it much but I like the different types of tools in case you need them.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Great Kit for the $$$

                By Silver bullit

                from Salem, SC

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Value
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

                  Great kit for all your day to day tool needs!

                  • Cycling Style:
                  • Speed Oriented
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Very Nice Tool Set

                  By Pat

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  About Me Commuter

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting/City
                    • Mountain Biking
                    • Road Biking

                    Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

                    Very nice tool kit in and organized case.

                    • Cycling Style:
                    • Comfort Oriented
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Will do just about everything you would ever need to do.

                    By Joseph

                    from UT

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting/City
                      • Mountain Biking

                      Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

                      I bought this same toolkit back in 1998 from the magazine. At the time I was a missionary for my church and on a bike everyday all day. As a big person I broke my bike frequently. With this toolkit I was able to strip my mountain bike down to the frame and put it all back together again. I was able to fix/replace everything that broke. It was compact enough to put in my luggage and go with me from place to place. I think it was even the same price back then! Its nice to see that the toolkit has been updated since then. I would Highly recommend this.

                      • Cycling Style:
                      • Comfort Oriented
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent entry level tool set for the beginner

                      By Eric

                      from Southern Colorado

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                      Comments about Nashbar Essential Tool Kit:

                      Great for beginning the journey of doing your own wrenching. Just starting out, and the satisfaction of replacing my chain was priceless. These tools give me the confidence to tackle new jobs. Next up- cassette replacement! Very well thought out set of tools.

                      • Cycling Style:
                      • Speed Oriented
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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