My friend recently managed to lose my 4 year old Topeak Alien II on a train ride in Vietnam. I ended up buying a cheap Vietnamese tool but its not great and I need something more substancial. Here are my criteria:
Reasonably light and compact- The Alien II was a tank and had lots of flex because the body was plastic....
Chain tool- I have broken a chain while on tour and this saved my bacon
Pedal wrench- This one is tough.... The pedal wrench on my Alien II was an absolute joke. Piece of crap! It worked but just barely. I would like something better but its hard to find a tool that has a usable wrench. I travel with the bike on airplanes, trains, and buses a LOT! Maybe I should just find a pedal that I like that have a hex key on the back? Any ideas?
Should have lots of tools!- I am not that mechanically inclined but I often tour in the developing world where bike specific tools are hard to come by so the one I carry should have 90% of what I need on it.
What do you all think? I imagine that the pedal wrench requirement is the hardest to fulfill. Should I search for new pedals that dont require a wrench, or maybe I could carry a separate, travel size pedal wrench?
I was looking at this new Knog 20 tool which seems to fit a lot of my requirements but the reviews are not so great. They say its hard to use because of its small size. What do you all think?