All posts tagged Multi-tool

  • Atelier Cycles Custom Multi Tool


    I’ve said it before, but getting yourself a good multi tool is one of the best and most underrated investments.

    Atelier Cycles, makers of custom multi tools, just launched their Kickstarter campaign today with a simple mission: to provide you with the exact tools you need out on the road in a neat, high quality package. You can pick and piece together your own multi tool with everything you need and nothing you don’t.

    Nelson Trees, founder of Atelier, came up with the idea for a custom multi tool while riding the Transcontinental from Belgium to Istanbul and found that his tool was missing a certain sized Allen wrench he needed and had another size that he had no use for. If you’ve ever done any touring or self-supported racing, you know that any piece of unnecessary gear or extra weight is something you want to avoid. So if you think a multi tool with functionality tailored to your needs is something you’d like, then head on over to the Atelier Kickstarter and help them get production rolling!

  • Blackburn Grid 13 Multitool


    A multi-tool is one of those “buy nice or buy twice” items. Buy a cheap one, and it’ll let you down when you need it most (the farther you are away from home, the more likely).

    While I don’t personally own a Blackburn Grid 13, I’m a huge fan of Blackburn’s gear and had to pass this release along. With 13 tools packed into a small and portable body, it’s sure to get you through whatever trail/road side mishaps you might have. Oh, and it’s under 20 bucks.

    Features include:

    • “L” Bend to get into tight places
    • hex
    • 2.5mm hex
    • 1.5mm hex
    • 3mm hex
    • 5mm hex
    • 6mm hex
    • 8mm hex
    • Flathead screwdrivers
    • T30 Torx
    • T25 Torx
    • Disc pad spreader
    • Presta core remover
    • Bonus: Bottle opener

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  • Crank Brothers M-17 Review

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    The Crank Brothers M-17 has been my trusty, do it all (cover-all) multi-tool for nearly a year now and I couldn’t be happier with it – no I didn’t get it for free (but I was a shop employee at the time), but it’s saved my ass once or twice over the past year and has the potential to perform most any trail/roadside operation your bike should need. After breaking my chain nearly 25 miles into a 50-mile midnight moonlight ride last summer, I knew I needed a compact chain tool to go along with the rest of the stuff I carry. The M17 was the answer.

    Even since moving to Shanghai, I’ve used this tool for something bicycle or apartment-related at least weekly. For example, my girlfriend and I just moved into a new apartment and therefore had to get a bunch of new furniture from IKEA. Being that I’m in China, I don’t have my huge, massive tool box full of multiple Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, nor did I want to buy the toolkit from IKEA. The Crank Brothers M17 has been more than just a bicycle multi-tool for me since moving to China, it’s pretty much replaced my entire toolbox.

    This piece features all the convenient allen key’s you’d want (even a 8mm), a torx, phillips, flat head, spoke wrenches, and chain tool. I love the thing. Seriously, it flies everywhere with me. (Now you know where to put that Christmas money). Go pick one up at your local shop or hit up the Crank Brothers Amazon.

    Check out a couple more reviews by Singletracks and Bike Rumor.

    Pick yours up here: Crank Brothers M17 Tool


  • Topeak Mini 9 Pro CB

    Topeak now features their Mini 9 with a carbon fiber body. Full review and specs at Bike Rumor.