2. Buy the special tools if your bike needs them

I’m looking at you, bikes with insanely large allen heads in your front axle or those with single-side swingarms that require special adapters. Yes, there is frequently a workaround that increases the time to perform the simple task of removing a wheel. However, when using something other than the tool specifically designed for the task, you risk damaging the troublesome fastener. Additionally, your ability to get an accurate torque value on reassembly may be compromised. You’re gonna own the bike for years. Bite the bullet and buy the overpriced tool.