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Old 04-22-09, 09:12 PM   #1
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Bicycle Tool suggestions!

I want to buy this multi tool.

Do you guys suggest something different no higher then the same price? if so why?
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Old 04-22-09, 09:15 PM   #2
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The alien works very well. I could pretty much strip and reassemble a bike with one. Very practical for taking on rides.
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Old 04-22-09, 09:20 PM   #3
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I get by real well with; 4,5,& 6mm hex wrenches, a small reversable screwdriver, tire levers, patch kit and 2 cotton balls. I use a chain with a power link, so no chain tool is needed. bk
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Old 04-22-09, 10:01 PM   #4
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I had asked a guy at the LBS about a multitool, and he recommended the Alien series of tools.
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Old 04-23-09, 12:40 AM   #5
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IMHO Topeak generally makes nice stuff. I've been considering the Alien II myself.
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I use a chain with a power link, so no chain tool is needed.
Chain tools on a multitool aren't there for routine maintanance, they are there to remove damaged links caused by something that happened on the road, say running a stick or piece of wire through the chain.

I've never need mine for my bike but I've helped three other riders over the years. I carry the chain tool and a couple of replacement pins or extra master links.
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I have the Alien II and I like it a lot. It's great to have on hand in a pinch. I also take along a set of tire levers. But it is somewhat cumbersome ... recommend you have real hand tools when you're wrenching at home.
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As HillRider points out, they are NOT for general maintenance - but as a carry-on tool the Topeak Alien II is a very good one. It's what I carry. But it doesn't replace my shop-tools when I'm at home.
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Old 04-23-09, 12:51 PM   #9
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The alien is good...

I carry this...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Bicycle-Mini-Tool-Kit/
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