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Old 01-31-07, 09:04 PM   #1
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:06 PM   #2
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:08 PM   #3
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:10 PM   #4
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:10 PM   #5
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topeak alien II... got basically everything you need...
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Old 01-31-07, 09:16 PM   #6
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I got a Crank Bro.'s 17. Buy it.
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Old 01-31-07, 09:38 PM   #7
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:40 PM   #8
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:42 PM   #9
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:43 PM   #10
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:49 PM   #11
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:54 PM   #12
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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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Old 01-31-07, 09:58 PM   #13
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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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Old 01-31-07, 10:39 PM   #14
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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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Old 01-31-07, 10:41 PM   #15
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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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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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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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