If the current chaos at the fuel pumps teaches us anything, it’s the peril of relying on cars. Fuel shortages aside, modern electronics can make repairs tricky if not impossible for the DIY mechanic. No such problem with the trusty bicycle. Armed with a basic set of tools (and perhaps an instructional video on YouTube) you can fix many problems with ease.
We have a set of tools worth £70 to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave us a comment at the bottom of this page and we’ll pick a winner next week.
The tool kit includes the following:
Puncture repair kit: rubber cement, sandpaper, 2 bits of rubber, 6 small, 2 medium, 1 large patch
Chain rivet extractor: compatible with MTB/road chains and some single speeds
Crank extractor tool
Large double ended headset spanner: 30/32/36/40
Shimano compatible external bb tool (Hollowtech II)
Shimano compatible crank cap removal tool (Hollowtech II)
Double ended spanner: 8/10mm
15mm pedal wrench with 24mm hex in centre
2 double ended cone spanners: sizes: 13/14/15/16 x 2
Spoke key ring: 3.3/3.5/3.2/13G/14G/15G
ISIS bottom bracket tool
Cassette lockring remover tool
3 tyre levers
Bit and socket set compatible with L shaped tool: Flat bladed screwdriver 5/7, Torx: T25/T30, Philips PH2/PH1, Socket 8/9/10 plus adaptor
Ball ended Allen key set: 2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8/10
Ethical cycle insurance
On the face of it, one cycle insurance policy is much like another, but the devil is the detail. Check your small print for so-called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use the term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.
With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. Little wonder The Good Shopping Guide judges us to be Britain’s most ethical provider.