7. Sit on a stool to remove wheels


Really. This puts you in a much better position for lifting your bike’s wheels clear of all the hardware that mounts them. Also, when you’re pondering a stuck bolt or a sheared-off stud, the stool gives you a good place to sit, drink a frosty beverage, and wonder why the hell you ever wanted to start wrenching. Our recent tire changing extravaganza for our 1000s track test, where we had to sit on the tarmac to remount the wheels, reminded me why I’ve kept that ratty old rolling stool in my garage for the last 10 years.