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Old 02-22-05, 10:15 PM   #1
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Best All-in-one biking tool for the road?

Best All-in-one biking tool for the road? How much, what tools does it have and how much? I have been looking at my LBS and they have a $40 one with a lot of tools, but I need a little help, I do a lot of miles on the bike but I still trying to get a book on how to do it, but also needed the tools.


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Old 02-22-05, 10:18 PM   #2
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Look at some of the Topeak Alien stuff
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Old 02-22-05, 10:19 PM   #3
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I like the Crank Brothers tools, very compact and lightweight. Expensive though
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Look over you bike and identify all of the fasteners you're likely to need to access. Most likely, unless you have an old bike, you need basic allen keys, a phillips and maybe a flat blade screwdriver. You most likely don't need open end wrenches, torx (unless you plan to swap out a disk rotor on the road), or chain tool for local rides. Same goes for knife, bottle opener, tire levers (you already have these I hope), spoke wrench, and flare gun.

Something like an Ascent Bare Bones tool is just about perfect for most of my rides.

If you're doing a multi-day tour, expand the tools as required.

Some of the multitools look really cool, but so what? Anything more than the basics is going to be extra weight.
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I carry a Topeak Toolbar on most of my local rides. It has the right bits and a pair of alloy tire levers and only weighs 68 grams. For multiday stuff, I add a Topeak Hummer, which has lots more goodies, like a chain breaker, etc. In addition, i always have a patch kit, tubes, and a cell phone with me.
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- - And pack an empty 35mm film container with waterless hand cleaner.
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My exact reaction after I read it.
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Thanks for your get advice, Topeak Alien tool was the name thanks, but I flare gun what would you use that for?

Well how about peperspray? I run into a lot a mad people, I haven't been atacted yet. Do any of you carrie some, or what do you use?

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I'm sure the flare gun was a joke.

AFA the pepper spray; I guess that's a decision you'll have to make for yourself. If you are riding in areas that aren't not "safe", then either come up with some new routes, or if that's not possible perhaps the pepper spray is. HOWEVER, remember that if you do use the pepper spray on someone, chances are they'll be waiting for you the next time you come by!
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The traffic that I deal with a flare gun might be handy....put one of those puppies through the window into his front seat and watch him jigger. The Toppeak alien is well made but has lots of things like open end wrenches that have no use on my road bikes.
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I've got the Topeak "mini-6" and it's pretty nice, but I really dig the Crank Bros stuff!
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Have you not seen 'Dead Calm'?
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I've got the crank brothers tool. It's okay but the chain tool sucks. I bought a park tool chain tool and carry that also, plus I switched to the sram chain. Now I'm ready for anything except what will actually happen.
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I used to carry a mini multi-tool on the road but over the years I've never ever been in any situation where I needed more than a couple allen wrenches. Therefore, besides my tire kit, I only carry a couple of allen wrenches...
I do carry an ancient multi-tool when I go mountain biking though.....more things that can go wrong and you're away from civilization.

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Had a dork disk,aka spoke protector, brake on a ride way out in the country one day. I was at least 12 miles from home and even black top. That is the only time i needed something to either: a. take the cassette off. Or b. cut that stupid thing off.

It kept causing my wheel to not freewheel and my chain would gather up when i would stop pedalling. Throw in a flat tire that of course had to happen, and you have yourself a bad ride. I still don't carry a lockring remover or anything special like that. I just considered it a freak occurance. Oh yeah, and by the way i did remove the dork disc for good.
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the thing is, no matter how much stuff you carry with you, there will always come a time when you don't have what you need.

as mentioned, some of those 'all in one' tools suck.

make a list of what you might really need and go to sears or the bikeshop and get the individual tools. they work SOO much better, it's worth the small space they take up. IMO.

In my small travel tool kit I have;
tire levers
patch kit (just glue, scratcher, patches from a larger kit purchased at fred meyer or some place)
a few allen wrenchs (for my stem, bars)
new tube.
chain breaker
zip ties

I think that's about it.
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For local rides (in town) I carry an Topeak Alien XS. For times when I'm off road trail riding I have a Topeak McGuyver. Finally on test rides after repairs I carry a Park MT-1
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- - And pack an empty 35mm film container with waterless hand cleaner.
What for? I don't get it.
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I like the crankbrothers multi-17 tool, around $20-25 as shops, not too bad.
Lightish, too, and it has a cool rubber band strap thingy to keep the tools from unfolding. It is also very slim, and fits in a jersey or other pocket well. It also looks really good, as with most crank brothers stuff! I've heard that they have really good a really good warranty/customer serice dept, too!


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* Weight: 168g.
* Length: 35' / 89 mm.
* Material: 606146 aluminum chain.
* Chain Tool: 17-4 ph stainless steel. 8/9 speed.
* Spoke wrench: #1, #2, #3, & #4.
* Tools: 6150 high tensile steel.
* Hex wrenches: 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 6 ' /8.
* Screwdrivers: philips and flat torx: t-25 open.
* Wrenches: 8mm / 1O mm.
* Warranty: lifetime.
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topeak toolbar is awesome! light weight and has a nice set of tools. On sale at Nashbar for $10 atm, http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
Mine weighs under 100g with all of the tools and a key. If I remember it correctly it was around 80g with all.
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- - And pack an empty 35mm film container with waterless hand cleaner.
Someone is a previous thread suggested keeping a pair of latex surgical gloves in a 35mm canister. I think I like that one better than the hand cleaner. Plus, you could use the gloves to keep fingerprints off of the flare gun
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I like the crankbrothers multi-17 tool, around $20-25 as shops, not too bad.
I have this, and i like it.
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