Wednesday, November 30, 2011

$11 well spent

I love tools, especially bike tools, most especially old, out of production bike tools that serve no current purpose and have "Campagnolo" stamped into them.
The very first bike tool I fell in love with is the original Ritchey CPR. Mainly because it said "Ritchey" on it, but at the time it was a solid multi-tool that took up minimal space. Having spent years buying and selling bicycle multi-tools from the dense forest of over designed tools at the bike shops I both purchased from and sold out of, I have this to say about the multi-tool: Less is more. That being said, I have found the MT-1 to be the underwhelmingly best all-round tool to have with me on a daily riding basis. No, it doesn't do everything (most tools that claim to don't actually do everything anyway), but this covers the emergency bases pretty well, with the caveat that on a fixie you'll still need a 15mm wrench, mountain biking you'll prolly want a chain tool, and if you ride a Schwinn, you're fucked.

foto borrowed from Park Tools

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