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Old 12-07-23, 09:29 AM
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If I can't take care of it with a basic multi-tool, I'm in deep doo-doo because I didn't do proper maintenance at home. Anything with separate bits is a non-starter because the first time using it on the roadside, it's guaranteed to lose parts into some tall grass or leaf debris that's inevitably there.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
I have this: Big Switch Ratchet Multi-Tool | Blackburn (blackburndesign.com)

But I usually do not carry that. Instead, I carry the minimalist SV Pro 5: LEZYNE SV PRO TOOL | STAINLESS STEEL BIKE MULTI TOOL

Just enough to remove the through axles.
Thanks for the recommendation. I ordered the LEZYNE tool.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals
If I can't take care of it with a basic multi-tool, I'm in deep doo-doo because I didn't do proper maintenance at home. Anything with separate bits is a non-starter because the first time using it on the roadside, it's guaranteed to lose parts into some tall grass or leaf debris that's inevitably there.
Now you're playing the "IF" games..
Anything could happen on the road ,
It's nice to have something to work with ..
Say something worthwhile or shut the H..up !!
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Originally Posted by chaadster
What's best totally depends, primarily, on which fasteners and components you have on your bike. For example, if you've a modern bike which only uses Allen and Torx bolts, you don't need a tool with a hex wrench. Similarly, if you have SAE fasteners, a metric spec tool will be pretty useless.

So, what kind of bike do you have?
And, to build on that, the type of riding you're doing matters as well. A multitool for a quick training ride may be one tool, and one for a multi-day tour something completely different (with gradations in between - e.g. a tool OK for a 3 hour ride on well traveled roads might not be enough for a 3 hour ride on logging trails that are not accessible to cars if you break something you can't fix with a smaller/lighter tool).
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I don't like tools that use small 1/4" drive bits. I tend to fumble and drop things like bits, and losing the bit you need to make a necessary repair could add up to a long walk back to safety - especially in the dirt where little things disappear easily. I prefer a folding multi-tool that includes a chain breaker.

I carry a Crankbrothers M-17 multi-tool in my MTB and gravel bike kits, and a Blackburn Switch 8 set in my road bike kit. I like the Crankbrothers tool better than the Blackburn set. Now that I'm thinking about it, I should probably buy another M-17.
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Originally Posted by BK007
Now you're playing the "IF" games..
Anything could happen on the road ,
It's nice to have something to work with ..
Say something worthwhile or shut the H..up !!
BlazingPedals is spot on, IMO. Tools with small pieces are an open door for losing those pieces when you really need them. I've been there, and done that.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
BlazingPedals is spot on, IMO. Tools with small pieces are an open door for losing those pieces when you really need them. I've been there, and done that.
I'm not here to listen to your lectures
I ask for what tool "brands" that people actually used and their experiences ..
I didn't ask for how to use them
STOP lecturing me NOR others .. !!
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Originally Posted by BK007
I'm not here to listen to your lectures
I ask for what tool "brands" that people actually used and their experiences ..
I didn't ask for how to use them
STOP lecturing me NOR others .. !!
IMO, it was helpful information on why someone might select one type of tool or another. If that info wasn't helpful to you, so be it. However, there may be others who read this thread and find that info to be useful for making their own decision.

Also...

Lighten up, Francis.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
IMO, it was helpful information on why someone might select one type of tool or another. If that info wasn't helpful to you, so be it. However, there may be others who read this thread and find that info to be useful for making their own decision.

Also...

Lighten up, Francis.
So .. open your own post .. ,!!!
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Originally Posted by BK007
So .. open your own post .. ,!!!
Maybe you don't understand how public discussion forums work.

Why so angry, bro? Maybe a bike ride will help you feel better.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Maybe you don't understand how public discussion forums work.

Why so angry, bro? Maybe a bike ride will help you feel better.
I'm NOT angry just sick and tired to listen to "Smart ass" contribute Nothing but showing off their ego ..
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Originally Posted by BK007
I'm NOT angry just sick and tired to listen to "Smart ass" contribute Nothing but showing off their ego ..
None of that happened.

Some people gave specific tool recommendations based on their actual experiences. Other people shared their reasons why they made a decision about one type of tool vs. another, based on their actual experiences, which is pretty much spot-on with what you asked for in your OP...
Originally Posted by BK007
I'm based in US and looking for multi-tool set to carry with my bike ..
Base on what you have and experiences ..
Any suggestions.. ?
None of that is "smart ass" or ego-driven. It's just sharing knowledge based on experience, which is what discussion forums are about.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals
If I can't take care of it with a basic multi-tool, I'm in deep doo-doo because I didn't do proper maintenance at home. Anything with separate bits is a non-starter because the first time using it on the roadside, it's guaranteed to lose parts into some tall grass or leaf debris that's inevitably there.
Originally Posted by BK007
Now you're playing the "IF" games..
Anything could happen on the road ,
It's nice to have something to work with ..
Say something worthwhile or shut the H..up !!
Originally Posted by Eric F
I don't like tools that use small 1/4" drive bits. I tend to fumble and drop things like bits, and losing the bit you need to make a necessary repair could add up to a long walk back to safety - especially in the dirt where little things disappear easily. I prefer a folding multi-tool that includes a chain breaker.

I carry a Crankbrothers M-17 multi-tool in my MTB and gravel bike kits, and a Blackburn Switch 8 set in my road bike kit. I like the Crankbrothers tool better than the Blackburn set. Now that I'm thinking about it, I should probably buy another M-17.
Originally Posted by BK007
I'm not here to listen to your lectures
I ask for what tool "brands" that people actually used and their experiences ..
I didn't ask for how to use them
STOP lecturing me NOR others .. !!
This is Bike Forums. You received a perfectly normal range of answers. BlazingPedals' response was also my first thought though I hate the often inadequate ease of use of many of the multi tools out there. I do my best to keep my bikes in good shape and carry - the allen keys appropriate for that bike (minus the 8mm crank wrench), a Park Black spoke tool if I have concerns about the wheels), appropriate tire stuff, valve adapters (both ways) and .sometimes seatpin wrench. Plus tools specific to that bike. (I find loose allen keys far easier to use. Yes, they do run off and hide but they are also cheap and easy to find.)

I don't see anything about Eric F's post that is a lecture.
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Originally Posted by BK007
Now you're playing the "IF" games..
Anything could happen on the road ,
It's nice to have something to work with ..
Say something worthwhile or shut the H..up !!
Originally Posted by BK007
I'm not here to listen to your lectures
I ask for what tool "brands" that people actually used and their experiences ..
I didn't ask for how to use them
STOP lecturing me NOR others .. !!
Originally Posted by BK007
I'm NOT angry just sick and tired to listen to "Smart ass" contribute Nothing but showing off their ego ..
Less than a month on bf, and you're already alienating some rather helpful posters. Nicely done.
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Originally Posted by chaadster
I, too, like the Topeak Mini 9, although I don’t really need the 8mm for pedals— mine never have come loose in decades now, even though I change them frequently, moving my power meter pedals between bikes— but I carry it on my gravel bike for the SRAM Force crank fixing bolt, which did come loose on the road once. I’d failed to torque it properly on install, so that was more on me than anything else.
Now that I think about it ... I don't think I've ever used the 8mm hex head on my multi-tool. It's just nice to have. Plus, the 8mm is just a removable head placed overtop the 5mm tool, so it's somewhat of a "throwaway" addition to the set. If at some point it gets lost, it wouldn't bother me in the least .
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Originally Posted by Koyote
Less than a month on bf, and you're already alienating some rather helpful posters. Nicely done.
Yah .. I signed up to ask ONE question..
And I got into this BUL-**** ..!!
Lot of cocky/ obnoxious ppl here
Bye .. !!
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Originally Posted by BK007
Yah .. I signed up to ask ONE question..
And I got into this BUL-**** ..!!
Lot of cocky/ obnoxious ppl here
Bye .. !!
You created the problem you’re complaining about. Maybe discussion forums aren’t the place for you. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by BK007
Yah .. I signed up to ask ONE question..
And I got into this BUL-**** ..!!
Lot of cocky/ obnoxious ppl here
Bye .. !!
Weird, I’m only seeing one user in this thread who fits this description…
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Originally Posted by BK007
Yah .. I signed up to ask ONE question..
And I got into this BUL-**** ..!!
Lot of cocky/ obnoxious ppl here
Bye .. !!
Why the aggressive behavior? I am baffled why someone comes here asks a question gets good answers and then goes off the rails and starts attacking people? It is weird. I certainly have seen where people can be harsher than needed but there wasn't any of that here. Take a nice deep breath, relax and go ride a bike for a while. No need to be so negative especially not over multi tools of which there are a multitude of.
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Originally Posted by Jughed
Thanks... this fits the bill for me. Do I see a place to hide a master link in that gizmo?
There is enough room for the two separated pieces of a quick link to fit side-by-side in between the tools, but not securely unless wrapped with tape.

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Over Thanksgiving, my nephew 3D printed me a bottle cage mount for the Lezyne SV Pro 5, which will be installed in the third bottle cage mounting position under the down tube.

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Building on Chaadster and Blazing pedals, maintenance can make any multi tool better. Given that they are all less ideal than regular workshop tools, the best multi tool is one you never have to use.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
There is enough room for the two separated pieces of a quick link to fit side-by-side in between the tools, but not securely unless wrapped with tape.
Thanks.

I found the model they sell that has storage for master links and has a chain breaker - but its $75.
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I carry links in a separate package ... I know myself, and I know I would pull out the tool, drop the links, and be stuck on the roadside in knee-deep grass looking for them for an hour ... probably at night and in the rain. (A selection from the "Been there, done that" line of uncomfortable cycling experiences. )
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