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Old 07-23-12, 09:48 PM
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A couple of new tools i bought (pics!)

i 'fess, i'm a tool junkie, and i got a couple of fixes recently.

the crank bros. m5 is small, sturdy and 4 of the tools will cover everything but the
crank bolts and the headset bolt. the 5th tool (smallest, 3mm)doesn't fit anything on the bike. wrenches are 3,4,5, and 6mm. $13 (msrp) at peak cycles in golden. i put the split ring and lanyard on to prevent loss. i lost it twice the first 3 days i had it, snort.

i've been wanting a general multi-tool for some years, but couldn't find one that really served my needs/wants. i found the model gerber model 600 blunt nose, black (their description) at amazon.com for $47 and change + 'free' shipping. got it in 3 days. the jaws have replaceable triangular shaped cutters. not just replaceable, but rotate-able as each cutter gets dull. replacements available from gerber. comes with a wrench for that purpose. i tried the cutters on electrical wire and the result was dismal. probably for baling wire. it has a crimper, should be good for wire end caps. the phillips works with #0 and #1 screw heads.

the black tabs are lock releases for the tools. the plier locks in the out position. it retracts, not folds like a leatherman. comes with belt pouch that has a slot for the wrench.

biiiiiig sigh. i love tools. can i rummage through your tool box?
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I'm kinda nutty about tools too. I happened across my bike multi tool at a yard sale for 50 cents. It's a Bell and it has a chain tool built in. It's sort of heavy, and I'd like to replace it with a 1/4" driver with just the bits I need for the bike.
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Must...resist...the...urge...to...buy...more...tools!
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The 3 mm hex key fits a lot of water bottle cage bolts so it can be useful on some bikes. Now, i'm going to feed your tool addiction even more. Look here:

https://www.parktool.com/product/multi-tool-mt-1

This Park "Dog Bone" multitool has all of the hex wrenches your Crank Bros. tool does, adds an 8 mm for crank bolts and 8,9 and 10 mm box openings, is long enough to develop useful torque on larger bolts and weighs less! For about $10 you can't go wrong!
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
The 3 mm hex key fits a lot of water bottle cage bolts so it can be useful on some bikes. Now, i'm going to feed your tool addiction even more. Look here:

https://www.parktool.com/product/multi-tool-mt-1

This Park "Dog Bone" multitool has all of the hex wrenches your Crank Bros. tool does, adds an 8 mm for crank bolts and 8,9 and 10 mm box openings, is long enough to develop useful torque on larger bolts and weighs less! For about $10 you can't go wrong!

hang on, i'm digging through the alien head cookie jar 'bank' for enough $....

and, i kiiiiiinda bought the m5 as a pre-birthday present to myself, annnnd, i kiiiiinda bought the gerber as a post-birthday present to myself.

addicts always have an excuse. addictions and afflictions, mmm, mmm, mmm.
we get pain killer-type addicts here at the free clinic (i s'pect they are found at regular dr's
offices, too, snort) and they rationalise anything and everything they do/don't do.

roll on, christmas! i really want a repair stand (pcs-10, park), and i have yet to get a cable tool (cn-10, park).

are there tool zombies? i've been known to stagger around with my arms out, holding a tool, and moaning, looking green around the gills.
and why do zombies and mummies always walk with their arms out? do they really do that or is that hollywood?
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The tools is where my other hobby of making gear reviews collide with cycling. Gerber makes a decent Multi-tool and I know they have a die-hard following but I cannot stand how the knives are laid out on them. I want the blade edge to lie flush with the handle and aility to deploy the blade without pulling out the pliers is MAJOR to me.

I acknowledge that people have different tool needs. For me the blade is of more use than the pliers.

Loving that Park tool and Crank Bro M5. Going to buy them on the first here.
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Originally Posted by ka0use View Post
i 'fess, i'm a tool junkie, and i got a couple of fixes recently.

the crank bros. m5 is small, sturdy and 4 of the tools will cover everything but the
crank bolts and the headset bolt. the 5th tool (smallest, 3mm)doesn't fit anything on the bike. wrenches are 3,4,5, and 6mm. $13 (msrp) at peak cycles in golden. i put the split ring and lanyard on to prevent loss. i lost it twice the first 3 days i had it, snort.

i've been wanting a general multi-tool for some years, but couldn't find one that really served my needs/wants. i found the model gerber model 600 blunt nose, black (their description) at amazon.com for $47 and change + 'free' shipping. got it in 3 days. the jaws have replaceable triangular shaped cutters. not just replaceable, but rotate-able as each cutter gets dull. replacements available from gerber. comes with a wrench for that purpose. i tried the cutters on electrical wire and the result was dismal. probably for baling wire. it has a crimper, should be good for wire end caps. the phillips works with #0 and #1 screw heads.

the black tabs are lock releases for the tools. the plier locks in the out position. it retracts, not folds like a leatherman. comes with belt pouch that has a slot for the wrench.

biiiiiig sigh. i love tools. can i rummage through your tool box?
No bicycle multitool holds a candle to the Cool Tool. One of the first and still one of the best. Unlike most mulitools for bicycles it actually fits your hand and feels like a tool should. Hard to find today.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
No bicycle multitool holds a candle to the Cool Tool.
I'm having a hard time finding this. Have a link?
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I believe he's talking about either the Gerber Cool Tool https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gerber-Cool-...607#vi-content or the original below https://wiki.multitool.org/tiki-index.php?page=Cool+Tool

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Originally Posted by Hoshnasi View Post
I'm having a hard time finding this. Have a link?
Cool Tool Wiki. You can find them occasionally on Fleabay.
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Originally Posted by Hoshnasi View Post
The tools is where my other hobby of making gear reviews collide with cycling. Gerber makes a decent Multi-tool and I know they have a die-hard following but I cannot stand how the knives are laid out on them. I want the blade edge to lie flush with the handle and aility to deploy the blade without pulling out the pliers is MAJOR to me.

I acknowledge that people have different tool needs. For me the blade is of more use than the pliers.

Loving that Park tool and Crank Bro M5. Going to buy them on the first here.
This is the Gerber I've been using forever:
https://www.gerber-tools.com/Gerber-M...egend-8239.htm
All the tools can be accessed without opening the pliers, and the knife can be deployed one-handed. The major drawback is the weight, but it's very sturdy. I've had it on my belt and in use almost daily for 10+ years, and it hasn't loosened up at all. Quite durable.
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Originally Posted by onespeedbiker View Post
I believe he's talking about either the Gerber Cool Tool https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gerber-Cool-...607#vi-content or the original below https://wiki.multitool.org/tiki-index.php?page=Cool+Tool


I saw one of these for the first time on Saturday. Funny coincidence. We needed a pedal wrench, and my adjustable wrenches were too thick. My friend whipped this out and asked if it would do. Yeah! Very clever.
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I saw one of these for the first time on Saturday. Funny coincidence. We needed a pedal wrench, and my adjustable wrenches were too thick. My friend whipped this out and asked if it would do. Yeah! Very clever.
i just looked at ebay and there is a used one for bid beginning at $15. no bids yet. hmmmm......
does look like a useful tool.
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Why would anyone resist the overwhelming urge to buy new tools? Resistance makes no sense. bk
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Originally Posted by WickedThump View Post
I'm kinda nutty about tools too. I happened across my bike multi tool at a yard sale for 50 cents. It's a Bell and it has a chain tool built in. It's sort of heavy, and I'd like to replace it with a 1/4" driver with just the bits I need for the bike.
well, ya gonna show us, or just tease us? a visual fix isn't as good as buying a tool, but it is a start.
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here is another gerber , cool tool' i saw on ebay. no idea what it does. suggestions?
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here is another gerber , cool tool' i saw on ebay. no idea what it does. suggestions?
It was less successful than the original Cool Tool. It has a 4,5,6 mm allen wrench (the 4 and 5 mm are in the cam lever). It also has two slots on the nut that were used as spoke wrenches and there is a 10mm socket head in the cam side as well.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
It was less successful than the original Cool Tool. It has a 4,5,6 mm allen wrench (the 4 and 5 mm are in the cam lever). It also has two slots on the nut that were used as spoke wrenches and there is a 10mm socket head in the cam side as well.
selling as a closeout for $24.95, apparently new on card or in box. mmmmmmmmm, have to think about it.
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Huh.

Now I really want that Cool Tool. Best multitool I've ever seen, and I thought I have a good one (3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 mm allen, phillips screwdriver, flat head screwdriver, 8 mm wrench and chain tool. And can opener.)

EDIT: and a torx driver.
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I just can't get excited about multitools, because I hate using every single one I've ever tried.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
It was less successful than the original Cool Tool. It has a 4,5,6 mm allen wrench (the 4 and 5 mm are in the cam lever). It also has two slots on the nut that were used as spoke wrenches and there is a 10mm socket head in the cam side as well.
It is also a seatpost QR!

This my my new acquisition. It's a crank puller with left hand threads..

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What the...?

What diabolical bastard put left-hand threads in their cranks' extraction hole?
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Originally Posted by WickedThump View Post
I'm kinda nutty about tools too. I happened across my bike multi tool at a yard sale for 50 cents. It's a Bell and it has a chain tool built in. It's sort of heavy, and I'd like to replace it with a 1/4" driver with just the bits I need for the bike.


something like this? i found it in a hardware store. had them next to the cash register. marked 'AES', no card or box, just several in a canister on the counter.

1/4" drive on all ends, choose your own bits. my bits have small o-rings around the centers to hold them in the tool, and they are double-ended with different sizes. use as in-line or T confiduration. inexpensive, $3 at the time.
hope/home/hap-less depot doesn't have them. try handy andy, hardware hank, true value or ace.
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I bought a Gerber Cool Tool in 1996 and comes with me on every ride. Get one if you can.
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