2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Indispensable tools for the home mechanic

Ten tools guaranteed to make any gearhead happy on the holidays

Gear Holiday Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Just like clearing that tricky climb without dabbing, there’s something tremendously satisfying about having the right tool for the job. Not only does it simplify general maintenance, but it makes wrenching feel like less of a chore. Here are 10 great gift ideas for the gearhead in your life.

SKS Airchecker

SKS Airchecker

Most mountain bikers check tire air pressure with the pinch of a finger or a floor pump gauge. If it’s somewhere between 30-40 psi they’re good to go. But the landscape has changed with tubeless, fat bike, and plus size tires. Now the difference between 15-20 psi is critical — and most floor pump gauges simply are not exact enough. Enter the SKS. Pressure is displayed in psi or bars via a digital display, and the head is presta and schrader valve compatible. There’s even a bleed valve for easy air release. Price: $25 | More info at www.sks-germany.com

Birzman E-Version 15 Multi-Tool

Birzman E-Version 15 Multi-Tool

The multi-tool anchors every home mechanic’s tool set. From simple trailside repairs to more complex operations, it’s one of a cyclist’s most frequently used tools. There are a number of great options out there, including the Birzman E-Version 15. It’s small, lightweight, affordable, and has just about every tool you could possibly need in an emergency, including a Mavic spoke wrench. Price: $27 | More info at www.birzman.com

Finish Line Mechanic Grip Gloves

Finish Line Mechanic Grip Gloves

While we love the tactile feel of working with your hands, when working with corrosive chemicals (or just trying to stay clean) nothing beats a good pair of work gloves. While nitrile or latex gloves are wonderful for certain applications, we’ve been wearing the Mechanic Grip Gloves from Finish Line for a while now. The gloves have a textured surface lining on the fingers and palms for better grip, plus a breathable upper that helps keep hands from sweating. Price: $5 per pair | More info: www.finishlineusa.com

Lezyne Port-a Shop Tool Kit

Lezyne Port-a Shop Tool Kit

Whether you already own a full set of Snap On tools or are just getting by with a Leatherman, the Lezyne Port a Shop offers something for everyone. It’s the perfect kit for traveling or if you just need some basic tools. The kit includes three multi-tools, spanner wrenches, a flat repair kit, and more. Everything is secured in a handsome padded case that can withstand years of being thrashed around in your trunk. Price: $140 | More info at www.lezyne.com

Park Tool PSC-10 Home Mechanic Repair Stand

Park Tool PSC-10 Home Mechanic Repair Stand

A nice stand is a must have for any home mechanic. Not only will it save your back, but it also accelerates most repairs. Among the best is the Park Tool PCS-10 Home Mechanic Repair Stand. Unlike most foldable stands, the PSC-10 is incredibly sturdy, and the clamping mechanism can accommodate a wide variety of tube shapes and sizes. It is also easy to adjust one handed. The entire unit collapses down into a package slightly larger than a slim baseball bat bag, which makes it ideal for those with limited storage space. Price: $206 | More info at www.parktool.com

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