This is my approach for all things mechanical, not just bikes.A good old fashioned book covering bike maintenance, one you don't mind having next to bike whilst working on it, with dirty hands.
Containers for placing any bits you take off such as bolts. Nothing worse than dropping a bolt or part on the floor then not being able to find it to put back together .
Take photos as you go for anything that looks moderately complex. It'll help you reassemble later. For instance not sure which way round a brake block fits? Take a photo before you remove the existing one...
The right tools for the job does save a lot of hassle. But I'm the sort of person that rather than buying a whole toolkit, I'd rather buy as I need. Guess it's because I already have a lot of tools knocking around, and that other than the true bike-specific stuff, I'll have something that works. I will say though, that a good multitool is an excellent starting point, and then just build up from there.Unless you have a top end cycle with electronic gears, there is nothing but basic mechanical engineering about a cycle. However without the correct tools to do the work, it becomes a nightmare. It is well worth purchasing a good cycle specific tool kit, which will save the anger and frustrating using the wrong tools to do the job.
Masking tape.Give it a go and be careful not to scratch your paintwork, it's easily done in the beginning, especially if your bolts are worn.
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