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    Best multi tool

    I know many ppl carry tools around during rides

    But does anybody carry multitools around? I mean... they do have MOST of the tools u realy need... right?

    replies please

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    I have the crankbrothers M-19 and like it fairly well. It is nice to have a chain tool built in.

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    i have a topeak. it's aight. also have a smaller park one. it's also aight. shrug.
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    I was thinking abotu getting that one from Park Tools... there's 3 different kinds.. mind as well get the one with the most tools..??? or no?

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    topeak alien II... got basically everything you need...

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    I got a Crank Bro.'s 17. Buy it.

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    I have a topeak and I love it. Every tool I've needed so far when riding with the exception of a 15mm wrench, or a second pair of hands.
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    mine actually does have a 15 on it... you wouldnt be able to torque it down too hard, but it would get the job done.. kinda

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    I carry a Crank Brothers, but you still need tire levers and a 15mm wrench. I still like it. I think I did use the chain tool once while I was out.

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    I have two crank bro's 19, and one 17. works as well as any multi tool, but I prefer them b/c I feel the wider, flatter design is easier to pack in my seat bags.

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    i carry an alien. it's rusted out, the 'lock' mechanism to keep the blades locked is broken. the two halves frequently come apart during torque. but i still carry it.


    huge +1 on the crank bros w/ the chain tool. that will be my next one. too many friends love that one.

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    +2 on the crank bros 19. much less bulky than the topeak i had with an equal number of tools necessary for riding fixed.

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    For my daily rides I just carry the Park IB-1 as I can do any adjustments/tightenings that would need to happen. I have a seperate chain tool for longer rides.
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    I carry a Park Tool MT-1. It's probably the least sexy multi-tool in existence (the pieces dont even fold out), but it's got everything I need.

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    i carry the basic crank brothers 5, just a few allen keys and a phillips.

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    I have a Blackburn toolmanator 2. It's basically two multis that nest together with a small spoke wrench that tucks inside one. It has

    • Chain Tool
    • Chain Retainer
    • 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm Hex Wrenches
    • Locking 8, 9, 10mm Box End Wrenches (still need a 15)
    • Detachable 14-, 15-Gauge Spoke Wrench
    • Flat Head, Phillips Screwdrivers
    • Slip-joint Mini Pliers
    • Knife
    • Bottle Opener

    Everything is nice hardened steel. Basically it's a bit much until you need to do some odd little thing, then it's just right.

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    So I'm trying to decide... I'm going with either the Cranksbrothers 19 or the Topeak Alien 2 - the difference is the Topeak Alien 2 has box wrenchs, chain hook, tire levers, a knife, and a bottle opener

    someone help me decide... or some insight...

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    This is the girl unit- not Ian.

    I use the 24 piece Specialized multi-tool. Although I hate Specialized, this isn't bad--has the bottle opener, so I dig it more than the 19 Crank Bro. And cheap--like $25. Isn't the Alien a bit more?
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    Quote Originally Posted by humancongereel
    This is the girl unit- not Ian.

    I use the 24 piece Specialized multi-tool. Although I hate Specialized, this isn't bad--has the bottle opener, so I dig it more than the 19 Crank Bro. And cheap--like $25. Isn't the Alien a bit more?
    did u move too?


    on my commuter i have topeak alien

    on my fixed gear bicycle i have crank bros 17

    i also have a small black burn which belonged to my road bike


    look at the bike and decide what tools you need

    make sure you have what is needed at a minimum

    then decide how much more you are willing to carry

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    My favorite is the Cool Tool, no longer made. Damn you Gerber!
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    The topeak alien II - seems to be more well known... the crankbrothers seems good too though... i don't really need a knife or a bottle opener

    the only thing extra i might need is a 15mm wrench and tire levers - which most ppl bring as extra anyways right..

    thanks for the input

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    i got a crank brothers 17 and the park tool two piece... quite frankly, i like the crankbros better. I rarely use the Park tools its not as efficient taking it apart and putting it back together, but it did come with a sweet little strap mount pouch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TreeUnit
    I carry a Park Tool MT-1. It's probably the least sexy multi-tool in existence (the pieces dont even fold out), but it's got everything I need.
    I have that tool too but rarely use it now. I have no use for the wrenches. Back in the old mountain biking days, that tool was handy. Commuters with bunch of accessories on their bikes love that tool.
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