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best compact tool to carry around for you(15 posts)

best compact tool to carry around for youMannyD
May 13, 2002 12:06 PM
I need a tool to carry for emergency. Would someone please tell me who has the best tool and why? I think the Topeaks look nice.
Crank Bros. Multi-17Over-the-Hill
May 13, 2002 12:17 PM
The Topeaks are nice too, especially the new models that have the built-in chain tool. I had an older version that required you to purchase an optional chain tool. I like the CB Multi-17 better: it is a little more compact, a little lighter, has a nice chain tool, and has the best spoke wrench. However, it does not have tire levers.
Crank Bros. Multi-17JBurton
May 13, 2002 12:50 PM
Ditto. It also seems to be built very well...strong and stable. It also has a torx driver for those of you who also ride disc brakes on your MTB.
hands down the best available IMHO. -NMTig
May 13, 2002 6:44 PM
Ritchey CPR-17 (NM)MrCelloBoy
May 13, 2002 12:18 PM
Park MT-1Galibier
May 13, 2002 12:30 PM
For ten years, I carried a multitool which included a chain tool. However, I never needed the chain tool. Now I carry the Park MT-1, which is a single lightweight wrench that includes everything you are likely to need other than a chain tool, tire lever, and spoke wrench . . . so I also carry a couple of lightweight tire levers and a spoke wrench. All together, my kit is compact and light, while including everything I ever seem to need. The MT-1 is sturdy enough that I often use it at home, too. Here's a link to the MT-1:
Nice Tool. What's its length? (no pun)5ive
May 13, 2002 12:40 PM
About 4.5 inches (nm)Galibier
May 13, 2002 12:52 PM
Perfect size. Thanks. (nm)5ive
May 13, 2002 12:55 PM
May 13, 2002 12:50 PM
It's on the heavy side, but it comes with built-in tire levers and is a real workhorse. I ditched the chain tool since it useless with Campy chains.
Nokia (cell phone)firstrax
May 13, 2002 3:29 PM
Visa - it's everywhere you want to be. (nm)grzy
May 13, 2002 4:00 PM
Topeak iscoonass
May 13, 2002 4:52 PM
very well machined compared to Parks'..(I have the Jr. version of the Alien, which I really do like.) I also have a Park's hex/screwdriver (AWS-9) setup with a different bike, which has been adequate for hex adjustments. The Crank Bros. is an excellent tool and about $20.00 cheaper and 110g lighter than the Alien. I carry my old chaintool & plastic tyre levers with me as 'old friends' since 1981 (yep, the 1981 chaintool works for Shimano 9 & Campy 10 chains)...and if I had to replace any item, I'd be happy with either a Topeak or Crank Bros. (I'm not particulary fond of the finish-quality of Park's tools....but that's just MHO.)
best (imo)SteveO
May 14, 2002 3:22 AM
3 allen keys
1 spoke wrench
1 flat repair kit
2 tire levers
all rubberbanded together.

Lighter, more reliable, all you really need, and free (assuming you have the parts already; otherwise $15 less than a multitool).
re: best compact tool to carry around for youtarwheel
May 14, 2002 4:00 AM
I've had a real change of position on multi-tools. I used to carry around an Alien and never used it. Then, while looking at ways to lighten my bike, I began to realize how heavy the Alien is -- 260 grams, more than 1/2 pound. Most of the this weight is because it has all sorts of tools you'll probably never need. It also takes up a lot of space in the seat bag. So, I got a very lightweight Ritchey multi-tool, which weighs about 60-70 g and has all the tools I would need 99% of the time. I also carry 2 nylon tire tools, one allen wrench that fits my seat post and stem, a tube repair kit, and a spare tube. If you absolutely must carry a bunch of tools, then look at the Crank Brothers -- it's 100 g lighter than the Alien and takes up a lot less space. My 2 cents.