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Old 12-02-11, 01:25 PM   #1
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Looking for a new multi-tool

I'm trying to find a tool that I can use to remove axle nuts and pedals, but I don't want to carry around a full-size pedal wrench when I'm out on the road. I would like something similar to the 3Wrencho, but open-ended. I can't use a box wrench like the Trixie or 3Wrencho due to clearance issues with my dropouts. Do you guys own anything you really like?
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Why do you want to be able to take your pedals off with a rescue tool?
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can you spring for $5?



http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_10000_202585
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A regular open ended 15mm wrench, or you can carry an allen wrench if your pedal fits one.

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I can't use a box wrench like the Trixie or 3Wrencho due to clearance issues with my dropouts.
pics please, i dont get it.
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also, i just use a craftsman wrench i cut in half and smoothed out the cut area. i use the box end, but the open end is just the same. cheap, simple, and as durable as it gets.
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pics please, i dont get it.
I'm going to guess he has a Steamroller or something
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Why do you want to be able to take your pedals off with a rescue tool?
I tour. Sometimes I can't get near a bike shop.

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pics please, i dont get it.
The frame is an IRO Phoenix. The dropouts are similar to the Steamroller in terms of where everything comes together.

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We have a winnah! Thanks for the help.
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I have gone on week long tours, and never once needed to remove a pedal. And cant imagine a situation where I would need to.

Alternately, do it right and get some bags.
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Why to they all have ****ing bottle openers?
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Why to they all have ****ing bottle openers?
Um because hipsters need to open PBR's whenever they ride a bike.
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Apparently if we're changing a tube/tire, we should also be drinking beer.
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I tour. Sometimes I can't get near a bike shop.

The frame is an IRO Phoenix. The dropouts are similar to the Steamroller in terms of where everything comes together.

We have a winnah! Thanks for the help.
ok, am glad to have been of assistance...so now how 'bout returning the favor & posting a ride review of that phoenix?
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I have gone on week long tours, and never once needed to remove a pedal. And cant imagine a situation where I would need to.

Alternately, do it right and get some bags.
If your tour includes a ride on amtrak, where you have to box your bike, then it is needed....
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can't have too many bottle openers. Even quill stems can be used as bottle openers
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Anything can be used as a bottle opener. I can open a beer with my teeth for crap's sake.
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Um because hipsters need to open PBR's whenever they ride a bike.
PBR caps twist off.
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I feel like an ass when I use my Chrome buckle to open bottles
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I've still never done it, I'm so used to reaching for my keys.
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PBR caps twist off.
Crap. No way for me to have known that I guess.
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I have gone on week long tours, and never once needed to remove a pedal. And cant imagine a situation where I would need to.

Alternately, do it right and get some bags.
Just because I may never NEED to strip my bike down to the bare frame, doesn't mean I shouldn't be ABLE to while I'm out there. If I crash and bend a pedal spindle and the only thing resembling a bike shop within 10 miles is a wal-mart, you can be damn sure I'm not gonna want to buy a set of wrenches while I'm there too. That was just one of a half-dozen scenarios I came up with in which I would need to remove a pedal. Also, if the addition of a spanner like the Nashbar one means I can eliminate a set of tire levers and save a little space in my bags, all the better.

The advice on getting some bags was golden though, I'd love to hear some more pearls like that.
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Me too. Even when I smoked I couldn't do it with a lighter, and I always seem to break the lip of the bottle when I use my keys.
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ok, am glad to have been of assistance...so now how 'bout returning the favor & posting a ride review of that phoenix?
I've been meaning to, but I never have my camera with me when the bike is out. I usually only take it out when I'm on the occasional S24O, and ride my townie (a 1983 Peugeot UO-9, converted to fixed) when I'm running errands or cruising with the wife.

I do enjoy the Phoenix. It's got a Soma Iggy 5-speed wheel, and I replaced the fork with one from a Surly Cross Check. As it sits, it's got a lively ride, perfect for the mostly-flat land we've got around here in south central Kansas. With a front load, it does settle down nicely and tracks well down the road.

I probably wouldn't buy another one though. It's got a really short headtube, which required me to stack up a lot of headset spacers in order to get the bars high enough. The top tube is also quite long, and it's been a real struggle to find a bar/stem combo that doesn't stretch me out too much. When routing the cable for the hub, I discovered that one of the cable guides had a pretty nasty weld. I had to spend at least a half hour with a set of flat files and a dremel so I could get a zip tie in there. Another issue is that it requires a long-reach brake caliper for the rear, but the stock fork needs a shorter reach caliper in front (Tektro R556 is perfect for the rear, but too long for the front). I considered having canti bosses brazed on, but it would have cost as much as the frame.

Still, for $179 shipped from Jenson, it was a pretty good value. When I do upgrade to a full-fledged touring bike (like the Salsa Vaya or Soma Saga), the Phoenix will take over as my commuter.

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