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Old 04-21-08, 08:12 PM   #1
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Do you carry a bike tool?

If so , which one?
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Old 04-21-08, 08:57 PM   #2
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Topeak Alien II multi-tool.

It has various allen wrenches, open and closed-end wrenches, philips screw driver, flat screwdriver, the requisite bottle opener, tire removal tabs, chain splitter, and of course a knife. It's reasonably small, and accommodates most of my needs. Actually I find it pretty convenient to use even for minor jobs in my own garage (rather than hauling out my full-sized tools).

All it lacks are pliers, which are of limited usefulness on a bike anyway, and a spare patch kit. haha. Ok, it doesn't have a big enough open end wrench to disassemble my head assembly either, but nor should it. It's for on-the-go repairs.

Maybe it's just extra weight, but I like having it along.
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Old 04-21-08, 09:15 PM   #3
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PArk AWS-10, and a small flip blade pocket screw driver. And of course my bear spray, but that is not a tool for the bike, that is for 4 legged nuisances (2 legged ones as well).
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Old 04-21-08, 09:31 PM   #4
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+1 on Topeak, Mini 18, has everything, except for the knife fits in a convenient spot and works well for just about anything you need to do while on a ride. No Pliers here either. It works and it does the job, so I keep using it. Started with some kind of schwinn tool revision, it worked and I still use it on occasion but not near as often as the topeak.
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Old 04-21-08, 10:43 PM   #5
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Short rides, within walking distance of the house, no tools.

Longer rides, just take whatever regular wrenches it takes to fit the assorted bolts and nuts on my bike.
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Topeak multi-tool with no knife so it won't get confiscated if I forget and take it with me on the plane.
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Old 04-22-08, 01:12 AM   #7
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Ha, just bought the Topeak mini 18 today. Will probably need to carry some extra spanners for adjusting rack bolts on tour.

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Old 04-22-08, 01:21 AM   #8
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park mtb 3 with some park levers. the pedal wrench on it even works!
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I keep some kinda Topeak tool in my saddle bag, so it's always with me on the bike. Just has a half dozen or so hex wrenches, a Philips, & a flat blade screwdriver. I mostly use it for tightening my cleats.
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Old 04-22-08, 07:36 AM   #10
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Some people have said that I carry all of them



Mind you this is my expedition tool set. For every day I carry some less
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Old 04-22-08, 07:53 AM   #11
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park mtb 3 with some park levers. the pedal wrench on it even works!
I carry that too, it has most of the tools I use for fixing things at home or away.
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Old 04-22-08, 07:55 AM   #12
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Folding allen wrench set and a crescent wrench.
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Some allen wrenches, adjustable wrench, cone wrench and of course my Leatherman Supertool. I am almost never without the supertool. I don't have a specific "Bicycle tool".
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Yup. But rarely use it. (And I can't remember the name of the multi tool).
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Serfas multi-tool. Works great.
I also carry an adjustable wrench and tire levers.
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Yes. Park multi-tool. Forget which one. I've used it on occassion to make fit adjustments mid-ride: saddle up/down, cleat loosened up, etc. Very handy, I don't ride without it.

'Sides, one never knows when one will have to help someone else out on the road.
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- i really like this and carry it on one of my rides:



(my crank bros tools all rusted)

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I carry a modified Bare Bones multi-tool.


I modified it by switching out the size 4 & 5 allens for longer ones that I yanked off another multitool.
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Every bike has a kit. Topeak Alien, spare tube (in a baggie with talcum powder), patch kit with adapter and $5, tire levers, and an air source. It's foolish not to IMHO.
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Old 04-22-08, 04:33 PM   #21
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Generally, on a road ride, I just carry enough stuff with me to fix one flat tire. No multi tool.

On the other hand, I've been wrenching bikes for a lot of years and I'm pretty attentive to unusual noises and such. On every ride I make a mental note of any maintenance that needs doing on that particular bike and I'm pretty good about seeing to it before I ride that bike again. In other words, I prefer to do my bike fixing at home.

In the interest of full disclosure I do carry a Park mini-tool kit, and even a few carefully selected spares, on my tandem and on my mountain bike.
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Crank Bros. for me.
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I use the Pedro's ICU multi-tool. 2mm-8mm hex wreches, phillips/flat-head screwdriver, chain tool, T-25 torque wrench, spoke wrench for normal nipples, spoke wrench for Ksyriums, and 2 tire levers attach to the side of it. Surprisingly small too (Edit: Unlike this picture. Sorry bout that).


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Old 04-22-08, 05:38 PM   #24
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How often have you each found yourself using the tools?
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most of the folks i ride with say i am a tool.

i carry levers on my roadie and geared cross bike. that's about it.
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