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Old 07-01-05, 04:54 PM   #1
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does anyone have this? If so, good reviews? Is this good quality or should i buy seperate Park tools? The EAI multi tool is too pricy for me

3/32" Chain Whip or 1/8" (your choice), 15mm and 5/8" Wrench, and Lock Ring Spanner...
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Old 07-01-05, 04:54 PM   #2
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there was some discussion about this a while back, and someone who had one said it was flimsy
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Old 07-01-05, 05:19 PM   #3
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I would recommend a separate chainwhip and a separate lockring spanner. It is like that tool is trying to do too much for you.
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Old 07-01-05, 05:29 PM   #4
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Chain on handle good.
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Old 07-01-05, 05:43 PM   #5
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the EAI tool is really sweet, this thing is overkill and i don't want a chainwhip attached to any other tool, especially in a situation where i'd have to grab the greasy chain end to use the other side.

pro racers aside, how many folks here really use a chainwhip or lock ring wrench very often? probably not many (i know, cue 20 people posting about how they switch cogs every day). i work on lots of my friends bikes and do maintenance on my 3 fixies, so i use these things, but still really not more than once a month or so.

i got a nashbar chainwhip for around $6 after a coupon. it's 3/32", but i changed it to 1/8" with some chain scraps i had lying around. if you have the facilities to drill small holes in scrap steel, you can make your own whip easily.

pick up a hozan lockring tool for around $20 and for track nuts at home, i use a generic hardware store 15mm socket on a wratcheting wrench. works great, but it's a bit much to carry on the road. for my bag, i have a 14/15mm socket wrench, as sold by harris. works great for oldschool crank bolts, too.
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That reminds me of the Homermobile.

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get yourself a bonafide set o' tools:
•14/15mm open/box wrenches. Picked these up at the HomeDepot down the road
•Lockring Wrench or Lockring Pliers - thanks John@ Business Cycles! very worth it.
•Chainwhip (if needed) - 1/8" made by Wheels
•Chainring bolt tool/wide,flathead screwdriver

I like having each tool on its own. Wrap them up in a towel, wrap that with a spare toe strap, and stuff 'em in your bag.

Plus, torquing on a thin piece of metal for a good deal of time is not fun. You might hurt your beer-drinking hand.

Most swap outs at the track (if you are racing at a familiar track) are chain rings. A lot of racers at Ed Rudolph train on a 48t ring and race on a 50t ring. From what I have seen, 15t cog seems to be the choice.

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Old 07-01-05, 06:01 PM   #7
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John from Business cycles told me (when I called and asked about the cool looking EAI Track Multi Tool) that they COULD sell it to me, but that it is nowhere near as good as the individual tools.

Perhaps its good in a pinch (like a little multi tool), and maybe that's where this tool fits in..but otherwise I agree with 165...get the proper tools.
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if nothing else i have bad vibes about the flingy nature of hook spanners combined with a chain at the end. kinda kinky, sure, but not something i'd want to run into unexpectedly.

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I got that tool. It's a piece... really. spanner can't bite because the chain whip is in the way, whip is too flimsy — warps under torque, and the nut wrench is all uneven. not worth my 10 bucks, can't even fill in in a pinch.
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oh, and my **** is longer.
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I have one and I regret buying it. they are made by a company called pyramid. I don't know much about them, but I can tell the tool isn't made out of high quality materials. It gets the job done though.

wanna buy one?
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this tool is a piece of crap.....dont waste the money on it....so how about that nashbar chainwhip?
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Old 07-02-05, 01:07 AM   #13
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If you want an all-in-one tool make it this one:



mind you, it costs 10x as much.
http://www.businesscycles.com/trtool_makino.htm
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Old 07-02-05, 11:09 AM   #14
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If you want an all-in-one tool make it this one:



mind you, it costs 10x as much.
http://www.businesscycles.com/trtool_makino.htm
Yeah, that's great as long as you're running a 14 or 15 tooth cog.
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"The EAI multi tool is too pricy for me"

Come on guys.
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Old 07-02-05, 11:19 AM   #16
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i recommend a good peanut butter wrench and lock ring spanner. ...i made my own lock ring spanner, and as far as a chainwhip i just use the chain around the bb trick.

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usually multi-tool stuff is crap ...and the last thing one needs is tools that are crap.
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If you want an all-in-one tool make it this one:



mind you, it costs 10x as much.
http://www.businesscycles.com/trtool_makino.htm

THIS is the tool that when I called Business Cycles, they steered my away from. Its very specfic, and limiting and not as good as the separate tools that it replaces. This, according to John from Bus. Cycles.
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Multi-tools are traditionally the wrong tool for every job.
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