Emergency Bicycle Toolkit

How to prepare for a bicycle breakdown

Have you ever been cycling in a remote area and had a bicycle breakdown? While you can’t be prepared for every eventuality, you can carry 25 of the most common bicycle tools needed for bike repairs with you in your jersey pocket or mini saddle bag.

The Topeak Alien III Multi-Tool includes:

  • Hex wrenches – 2-L / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 / 10 mm
  • Torx® wrench – T25
  • Open wrench – 8 / 10 mm
  • Box wrench – 9 mm
  • Spoke wrench – 14G / 15G / Mavic® 7 / Shimano® compatible
  • Tire lever
  • #2 Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Chain tool, Chain hook
  • Serrated knife / saw
  • Bottle opener
  • Disc brake spacer

While the Alien III Multi-Tool might seem a bit pricy with a retail price of about $75, when you consider that is only about $3 per tool, the price seems very reasonable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve relied on the Alien to get me out of a bind. If I could have only one tool, this would be the one.

Note: I rarely write product reviews. When I do, it is always of a product that I use and paid for myself.  I do not benefit in any way by my product reviews. I share my opinion of a product with the visitors to this website so they might benefit from my experience with that product.

Ken Whittaker