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Old 11-26-04, 01:53 PM
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Multi-tool recommendation needed

Hello everyone,
Last night, while shortening the chain on my CX bike I managed to break my chain-tool in Topeak 21 multi-tool set. This tool-set was pretty old anyway and Iwanted to replace it a long time ago, since some of the allen wrenches wore out. Yet the darn thing worked fine most of the time and I grew acustomed to it.
Frankly, I really don't know what's out there these days. I hope some of you can suggest some good new tool sets for jersey-pocket/seat pouch. I mostly ride road and CX. I haven't ridden my mtb for about 3 years so I don't need anything too fancy and MTB ONLY specific. A nice universal multi-tool with nice and easy to use features will be fine.
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Old 11-26-04, 02:35 PM
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I don't carry any tools on my road bike - maybe a tire lever.
I carry one of the old Park miniroll up kits in my mountain bike hydro pack. I like it because it has individual tools and a decent chain tool that's separate from everything else so it's easier to use.
I'm not crazy about any of the multi-tools but then, I'm a retro grouch.
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Old 11-26-04, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I don't carry any tools on my road bike - maybe a tire lever.
I carry one of the old Park miniroll up kits in my mountain bike hydro pack. I like it because it has individual tools and a decent chain tool that's separate from everything else so it's easier to use.
I'm not crazy about any of the multi-tools but then, I'm a retro grouch.
yeah... A real chain tool, appropriate hex wrenches and tire lever.
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Old 11-26-04, 03:54 PM
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One thing to keep in mind. A multi-tool is really for emergency and occaisional away from home adjustments. I would also get a Park chain tool for regular maintenance.

I need a new multi myself. I have been looking at the various Alien tools. So I will be watching this myself.
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Old 11-26-04, 04:10 PM
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The new AlienII is pretty nice. I've had my Alien for a little over five years now and use it for both road and MTBing. It's still doing fine and there's not much wear on it so I haven't found a need to replace it yet but then again as another poster said, I really only use it for when I'm away from my regular toolset. I would have replaced it with a more updated model sooner actually if my MTB had discs since my version of the Alien doesn't have torx drivers.
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The only thing real spefic to a MTB is a Torx driver for disc brakes.
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I've got the Crank Bros 19. The allen keys and screw drivers on it work well for occasional repairs. The chain tool on it sucks, but it has gotten me out of the woods on several occasions. Thats probably all you can ask of any multitool. I've also used the Topeak Hummer, and I don't like it as much as the Crank Bros tool because it's too complicated. I've heard the Alien is a good tool. I second the idea of getting a shop grade chain tool; once you've used a good one, it's hard to go back to relying on a multi-tool chain tool.
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