Hey BMX dudes, welcome to your go-to guide for all things BMX tools!
If you’re like me, your BMX bike is not just a chunk of metal, rubber, and a few screws; it’s your PASSION, your ADRENALINE machine, and maybe even your BEST friend on those long days at the park or streets.
Now, we all love nailing that perfect trick or cruising through a fantastic run, but let’s face it, our bikes put up with a lot.
That’s why regular BMX bike maintenance is not just necessary – it’s essential. It keeps your bike in top shape, extends its lifespan, and most importantly, ensures your safety.
“But where do I start?” you may ask.
Well, that’s precisely why you came here!
A craftsman is only as good as his tools, and the same applies to us BMX riders.
Having the proper set of tools can make all the difference between a quick, easy repair and a frustrating day of trial and error.
Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than running to the bike shop every time something goes south. Plus, fixing things yourself allows you to know your bike better.
I’ll guide you through the whole toolkit gamut in this comprehensive article.
So grab a seat (pun intended) and let’s dive into the world of BMX tools!
Importance of BMX Maintenance
Alright, let’s get into it!
First off, let’s talk about why giving your BMX some regular TLC is not just good practice but an absolute GAME-CHANGER.
Trust me, your future self and bike will thank you.
Extending Your BMX’s Lifespan
We all have that one friend who seems to change their bike every season, right?
Ever wonder why that happens? One word: Maintenance – or a LACK thereof.
A well-maintained BMX can withstand MANY extra months of hard riding, jumps, and tricks.
Seriously, a little attention CAN ADD MONTHS (!) to your bike’s life, and who doesn’t want to keep their trusted steed around for longer?
Remember, your BMX isn’t just a piece of equipment; it’s an investment. And just like any investment, it pays to take care of it.
Sure, you’ll need to replace a part here and there – but if you take care of it, you can postpone the part replacement by many months.
Enhancing Performance and Safety
Now, maintaining your BMX isn’t just about making it last; it’s also about ensuring you get PEAK performance every time you hit the park, trails or the street.
Moreover, a bike that’s in top shape is SAFER. Loose bolts, worn-out grips, or frayed cables can be risky, especially when you’re in mid-air or pedaling hard to jump a big set of stairs.
Regular checks and tweaks can help you spot potential issues before they turn into real problems, and for that, you’ll need the right set of tools.
So there you have it.
Not only does regular maintenance keep your BMX running like a dream, but it also keeps you safer while you’re tearing it up out there.
Sounds like a WIN-WIN, doesn’t it?
Tools You Need For BMX
Alright, let’s roll up our sleeves and talk tools!
Below are some essentials that every BMX rider should consider having in their toolkit.
Trust me, each of these tools is like a trusted sidekick waiting to come to your rescue.
But the number 12 is the one I recommend!
1. Allen/Hex Keys
These are the Swiss Army knives of the BMX world. You’ll use them for nearly EVERYTHING – from adjusting your handlebar to securing your seat post.
Don’t even think about BMX maintenance without these babies!
The most common Allen key sizes are 5mm, 6mm and 8mm. But the one that you will use the most is a 6mm Allen key.
2. Deep Sockets
Need to tighten or loosen nuts on your BMX bike?
Deep sockets are your GO-TO.
They offer the grip and depth needed for tasks like securing your wheels (especially if you run pegs).
Basically, they’re a non-negotiable for ensuring everything stays where it should be.
The most widespread deep socket size is 17mm.
3. Chain Breaker
Chains can wear out or break, and a chain breaker makes it simple to remove old links and add new ones.
Trust me, it’s a lot easier than trying to wrestle the chain off with your hands!
4. Tire Levers
Flat tires are the bane of a BMX rider’s existence. With a set of tire levers, changing flats becomes a breeze.
They help you get the tire off the rim without damaging it either. No more prying and cursing!
I recommend getting plastic tire levers because they are much more tire- and tube-friendly.
Note: Check the best BMX tires that withstand a lot of abuse.
5. Floor Pump
A floor pump offers an efficient way to inflate your tires to the perfect pressure.
The gauge ensures you don’t over or underinflate, and that’s key for optimal performance.
Note: Check what’s the best BMX tire pressure.
6. Hand Pump
This is your on-the-go solution for flat tires.
A hand pump easily fits into your bag and ensures you’re never stranded by a simple flat. It’s the emergency backup singer for your floor pump.
I always carry it around with me – JUST in case.
7. Tube Patches
Don’t toss that punctured tube! A patch can extend its life and get you back on your bike in no time.
Super handy for minor repairs and a big money-saver in the long run.
However, I rarely get a flat and when I do, I usually just replace the inner tube.
8. Spoke Wrench
If you’ve ever experienced wobbly wheels, you know how unnerving that can be.
A spoke wrench allows you to adjust the tension and straighten those spokes. A stable ride is a happy ride!
I highly recommend you learn how to true your wheels. (It’s way easier than you think.)
9. Bottom Bracket Tool
If you hear weird creaks coming from the belly of your BMX beast, it might be time to check the bottom bracket.
This tool helps you install or remove it, keeping the heart of your bike’s rotation smooth.
Plus, you don’t need to use the hammer to smack your bike just to get your cranks apart.
While this isn’t necessarily considered a tool, it’s a lifesaver.
Think of this as the moisturizer for your BMX.
A little grease goes a long way in making sure everything moves smoothly. It reduces friction and prolongs the life of your moving parts.
Don’t go in dry!
All the above are the basic tools to help you maintain your bike like a champ.
Here are two alternatives for the serious ones.
11. Bonus #1: BMX Tool Kit
While some recommend a BMX tool kit for bike maintenance, I don’t really suggest getting one unless you run a store or a service.
They are usually expensive and come with all these extras you will likely never use.
That’s why I recommend getting a:
12. Bonus #2: BMX Multi-Tool (!)
It’s a compact version of all the tools you need combined into one tool you can carry around wherever you go.
I always have one with me, just like a spare tube and a hand pump.
I also carry a small block of wax and a separate 6mm Allen key for quick fixes.
Conclusion: Multi-Tool FTW!
And there we have it, folks — the ultimate guide to the essential BMX tools you’ll want in your arsenal.
But hey, before we wrap up, let’s have a quick heart-to-heart about one of my personal favorites: The BMX multi-tool.
Now, don’t get me wrong, having a full set of specialized tools is great, especially if you have a home workshop.
But let’s be real: We can’t lug around a toolbox every time we hit the park, trails, or street.
That’s where the magic of a multi-tool comes in. This little gem is like having a mini-workshop right in your backpack!
It’s CONVENIENT for quick adjustments and emergency fixes. And honestly, it’s a lifesaver when you’re out and about and something suddenly goes sideways.
I recommend a multi-tool over getting individual tools, especially if you’re getting into the maintenance game. And Shadow’s tool includes all the essentials and then some.
It’s cost-effective, saves space, and most importantly, it means you’re always prepared.
I mean, who wants to cut a riding session short because of a minor issue you could have easily fixed if you had the right tool on hand?
So go ahead, invest in a quality multi-tool, and start exploring its numerous capabilities.
Take care of your BMX, and it will take care of you. 🤘