T-handles are awesome for working on bikes, but they take
up a lot of room in a small toolbox. Check out PitPosse.com.
Pit Posse Tools offers a rotating T-handle with a non-slip top
grip and a bearing-mounted handle on the shaft so it spins
effortlessly. They also offer a full set of 3⁄8-inch drive sockets
that fit the single T-handle. Motion Pro offers L-handles that
take sockets, and ASV offers Y-handles that hold three different sockets at once so you can change the handlebar with
Again, you want this toolbox to be portable, so don’t include
every screwdriver in the world. A #1, #2 and #3 Phillips and
a couple of bladed screwdrivers should do the trick. Note
that one blade is ground down to remove pilot jets. The small
driver with replaceable bits has additional tips in the handle to
fill in the gaps.
Hopefully you’ll never need tire irons at the track, but it is nice
to have them just in case. Whether you use cheap flat ones
or nice Motion Pro or Zip-Ty Racing tire irons, make sure you
have two or three for easy tire-changing.
When it comes to smaller wrenches, it is best to have a better-quality set, such as this ratcheting box-end wrench from
Craftsman, but use cheaper, large wrenches in your track
box. The 32mm wrench didn’t fit in our old track box, so it got
chopped. Also, consider SAE equivalents. A 1 1⁄16-inch wrench
is the same as a 27mm and can often be found for much
cheaper than a metric one. Be sure you have wrenches or
sockets that will remove both wheels and adjust the chain.
Carry a full set of 1⁄4-inch drive sockets since they are small
and light. Note the T-handle that takes the small sockets. A
3⁄8-inch drive ratchet, select sockets and a 1⁄2-inch drive ratchet
with a few selected sockets are all you need in your track box,
but we like to make sure that we have extensions and sockets
that will fit our truck and trailer wheels as well.
It is easy to get carried away with pliers. This assortment
should be adequate for what you need to do at the track.
Make sure you have safety wires to go with the safety-wire