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View Poll Results: What is you most used tool?
pedal wrench
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2.47%
hex set
62
76.54%
BB tool
0
0%
other
17
20.99%
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most useed tool?

Old 11-21-04, 04:36 PM
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most useed tool?

what is your favorite tool? ok..most used!
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Old 11-21-04, 05:06 PM
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Um... who the heck would use their BB tool or pedal wrench more than their hex wrenches? :-P
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Old 11-21-04, 05:25 PM
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Hex wrench with my own bike, but the pedal wrench with the fleet of rental POSes at work.
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I use my hex set on my bike the most, but I've seriously considered using my pedal wrench on many peoples' skulls before. It's got a nice heft to it.
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Easy, its the hammer!



Just kidding. The tool I ALWAYS have in my apron pocket is a Park 3 Way Allen. Its a 4-5-6 combo, very very useful and quick.
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Old 11-21-04, 05:33 PM
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To be specific: the 5 Allen key
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Old 11-21-04, 05:37 PM
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One of those things you can get at auto stores for like 6.99 that has 10 allen keys in one. A valued treasure....
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Not even close: a pump.
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Old 11-21-04, 05:52 PM
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Currently, tyre levers x 2
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@seely: LOL! The hammer's my favorite thing to use at work(I'm an autoworker--my apologies). I've got one of those 3-way park allens, too. They come in very handy, but I take a folder on the trails--everything from 2.5mm to 6mm. 8mm wouldn't fit.
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5mm Allen....by a MILE.

so much so, that I go to "speciality" tool shops and buy about 15 at a time for a buck each coz I wear
them out so much. I have a pile of them sitting near my front door so I can just grab one (or two) on
the way out on my ride.
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Old 11-21-04, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by drcrash
Not even close: a pump.
Ah....smarty
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The coffee pot and my cup, the music player, my apron, the workstand, and shop rags, and finally the "other" tools. You folks must be amateurs (Just kidding!?)...
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Probably the Park tri 4,5,6. But tire levers might beat it out. I also use the green handle spoke wrench a bunch. There is also my Brain, that is the tool I use the most.
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I clicked "other". My pump is used every day, not so with any other tool.
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Originally Posted by moxfyre
Um... who the heck would use their BB tool or pedal wrench more than their hex wrenches? :-P
I do !!! between me & my 3 daughters we have 8 bikes.... a road bike and a track bike each. We have triathlons on Sat or Sun mornings, local road or criteriums on Monday afternoon, and track racing on Friday evenings.
With pedals being around $120 a pair, I have only bought one pair each for the girls (I have 2 pairs of my old Cinelli M71).

So every week I'm swapping pedals from the road bikes to the track bikes and back.

Hex wrenches only get used when I need to adjust the saddle height.......... often, BUT not as often.

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Old 11-21-04, 08:12 PM
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4, 5, and 6mm allen keys in many formats--regular, T (indespensible!) and Y. I too buy these sizes in quantity and dress the ends on a belt grinder when they start to lose their corners.
Also, buy the Park Y wrench only--all the others are stuck together rather poorly.
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Old 11-21-04, 11:17 PM
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My Multi-tool, which is my primary hex set. Unbelievably strong, doesn't strip and offers lots of leverage
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Old 11-22-04, 12:39 AM
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My favourites are both Park allen folding allen key sets, a smaller one than goes from 1.5-6mm and the bigger one that goes from about 2-8mm. Both invaluable .
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It's the pump for me too. I use it before every ride.
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You didn't have a spot for Brain or common sense - too bad. ;')

[N.B.]There should be an emoticon, but the feature wasn't working when I posted this.]
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Ya got me, I wish I had enough bikes to swap pedals that much For what it's worth my most-used tool is definitely my mini pump.

Originally Posted by Bobthe....
I do !!! between me & my 3 daughters we have 8 bikes.... a road bike and a track bike each. We have triathlons on Sat or Sun mornings, local road or criteriums on Monday afternoon, and track racing on Friday evenings.
With pedals being around $120 a pair, I have only bought one pair each for the girls (I have 2 pairs of my old Cinelli M71).

So every week I'm swapping pedals from the road bikes to the track bikes and back.

Hex wrenches only get used when I need to adjust the saddle height.......... often, BUT not as often.

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I was going to say chain cleaner but then I read the pump and have to agree. Got to be the pump.
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Mine's actually 15mm wrench. Pump is close second. Third would be either rag or chain cleaning tool. But I ride a fixie with bolt ons and no chain pulls. I might end up undoing and re-tightening the rear wheel several times before I am happy with the tension. I've been lucky with flats/pressure lately, so the pump is only every 1-2 weeks, and the tire levers even less.

I probably shouldn't say that. I'll have to change a slow flat when I wake up to go to work tonight!!
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I am the only obsessive compulsive when it comes to roundness?

How about the trusty spoke wrench?
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