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Old 03-14-09, 02:14 PM
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Best Bike Multitool?

Opinions please. Does anyone make one which includes a 15mm wrench for FG/SS/IGH wheel removal?
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This isn't a true multi-tool but it is small enough to take along with a multi-tool of your choice.
http://www.parktool.com/products/det...6&item=SS%2D15
Pedros has just introduced a similar product, but it looks longer, maybe to long to carry-along.
http://www.parktool.com/products/det...6&item=SS%2D15
Surly's product has been out the longest.
http://www.surlybikes.com/stuff/pop_jethro.html
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Old 03-14-09, 03:46 PM
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Pedro's Trixie. You would still need Allen wrenches.

http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=7443
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That Pedro's Trixie action is sweet, its got the lockring tool, 8 9 10 and 15 boxes and a 5 hex along with a bottle opener and the option to mount it onto your frame. You do need other hexes however
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I have the Topeak Hexus 16 (15?) and it's great. It doesn't, however, have the 15 mm box, which is too bad. It does have a decent chain tool, tire levers, and hexes.
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I haven't found a mini tool with a 15mm box, so you may need to carry that seperate.

I carry the Park MTB3 even though the tire levers are suited for mtb tires and not road, thus I carry seperate tire irons along with a QuikStik. I also carry cheap folding pliers made by Eddie Baur(sp?) from Target.

Craftsman (Sears) makes a 15mm stubby box wrench that would fit in a saddle bag.
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Originally Posted by tatfiend View Post
Opinions please. Does anyone make one which includes a 15mm wrench for FG/SS/IGH wheel removal?
It's not enough just to have a 15mm end wrench. You need one that has a longish handle to provide the leverage that you need for securing your rear wheel in horizontal dropouts. Have you considered what other tools you actually need to carry with you? A multi tool might not be what suits your needs.
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Old 03-15-09, 03:45 PM
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A Cool Tool does the job quite well.
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Old 03-15-09, 04:48 PM
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This one tool will remove anything on a bike:
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Originally Posted by mike_s View Post
This one tool will remove anything on a bike:
Yes your right, but it has to be battery powered so one can take it with them.
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No one likes this tool? I just bought it because it is what my LBS had, but seems decent enough.

http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-I-Be.../dp/B000S6LPXM
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Even if a multi tool had a 15mm wrench it doesn't have enough leverage to be any good. I carry a Topeak Hexus 16 for most things and a seperate spanner for the wheels and seat on my cheaper bikes.

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Originally Posted by fmullegun View Post
No one likes this tool? I just bought it because it is what my LBS had, but seems decent enough.

http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-I-Be.../dp/B000S6LPXM
Nothing wrong with that. A few hex wrenches and a chain tool are a pretty handy on-the-bike resource. The OP, however, needs a 15mm end wrench to remove and replace his rear wheel and that tool doesn't have one. The ideal multi tool would have every single function that you need and nothing else. That's going to vary somewhat from bike to bike.
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And the Topeak Hexus does not have a 15mm box either.

Have you considered my earlier suggestion of the Craftsman Stubby 15mm box?
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If you ride frequently, a smallish ziploc bag / pouch filled with a variety of the most common tools (15mm wrench, multitool, presta adapter, tire levers, pliers, spoke tool and a patch kit) plus a tube and a pump become extremely handy.

There's no single best tool, so throw a small bag of gear in your backpack and reduce your chances of getting stranded significantly.
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The best tool I ever had was called the "Cooltool" it was an adjustable wrenth, three allen keys, a chain tool, a 14mm socket, and I think an available casette tool...

They don't make them anymore so I ride without tools now.
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Originally Posted by LarDasse74 View Post
The best tool I ever had was called the "Cooltool" it was an adjustable wrenth, three allen keys, a chain tool, a 14mm socket, and I think an available casette tool...

They don't make them anymore so I ride without tools now.
I didn't see that Gerber tool on their website so you probably right-it's out of production.

The only problem I have with adjustable wrench's, especially cheap ones, is that they have a tendency to round off bolt heads due to not being able to fully lock down with some movement in the jaw resulting in a less then secure fit and opening some on the bolt when pressure is applied allowing the tool to slip and round off bolts. I would personally avoid adjustable wrenchs, and go with the Craftsman 15mm stubby.
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I've carried and used the Topeak Power 21 for several years and it's worked well. No problems at all, though I replaced the two tire levers with three others of better quality. I don't think Topeak makes it anymore, but maybe one can be found. It's small and fairly light, with the longest tool being about 3 1/2 inches long. The two main tools stack on top of each other and everything fits in the small included neoprene case with everything else.

Some of the negative reviews in the link above are probably from folks trying to use it as daily tool -- what's it not meant for -- though I've often used mine when I'm too lazy to get my toolbox. One complaint: the flat head screwdriver can be difficult to use due to its awkward position on the tool.



Tools include: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 mm Allen Wrenches 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 mm Box Wrenches, Small flat head screwdriver, Universal chain tool, 2 Spoke Wrenches for 14g and DT, Combo T Wrench and leverage bar, Stainless Steel U chain hook, 3 Glueless patches, sandpaper and 2 tire levers Size: (LxWxH) 3.6 x 2.24 x 1 inch.

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