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What Multi-Tool or Tools would you recommend for road riding ?(16 posts)

What Multi-Tool or Tools would you recommend for road riding ?Maartin
Feb 27, 2003 6:49 AM
I am rebuilding and getting together my bike for spring as we still have two feet of snow here in Massachusetts. Anyway, I was wondering what people recommended for tools or a multi-tool. Thanks
Topeak Macguyver multi-tool. nmeschelon
Feb 27, 2003 6:50 AM
Other than the basics a Cell Phone is the most useful.nmMB1
Feb 27, 2003 6:54 AM
alien is consistently appropriate IMHO nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 27, 2003 7:04 AM
I like the alienbigrider
Feb 27, 2003 7:14 AM
It is a little heavier than others but you can do almost all straightforward repairs and adjustments on the road including tightening crank bolts.

If you are doing long rides a cell phone is invaluable. You hardly ever need it but it is worth carrying just for the comfort of knowing it is there if you need it.

Caramel cremes are the third most important thing to carry on long rides.
Crank Bros Multi-17B2
Feb 27, 2003 7:18 AM
Heavy duty, very compact, easy to use and about $20 or so.

Bryan
Ditto.Very high quality multi tool.(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Feb 27, 2003 7:43 AM
I like the Park MB-2 - hex keys and excellent tire levers. nmdzrider
Feb 27, 2003 7:46 AM
I have the alien for my mtn bike and the hummer for my roadbikejoekm
Feb 27, 2003 8:31 AM
Ritchey CPR-13terry b
Feb 27, 2003 9:06 AM
After lugging around some of the bigger ones for years, I finally went with the minimalist Ritchey. I've never used anything but the chain tool and the 4 nd 5 mm hex keys anyway, so why carry the extra crap.
I second that motion...Matno
Feb 27, 2003 9:32 AM
If you want lightweight, get the Ritchey. Everything you'll need 99%+ of the time. I use a Topeak Alien for mountain biking (where I'm much farther from any help), but dang that thing is HEAVY! (plus it doesn't have a torx head for my disc brakes...) The Crank Bros is also a decent size if you want lightweight. It seems to have everything you would need as well...
a third vote for the CPR13 (nm)teamsloppy
Feb 27, 2003 10:25 AM
Park Pack Mini Tool Kit - PPM-2laffeaux
Feb 27, 2003 11:14 AM
It's probably a bit heavier than the average mini-tool, but it's everything you need for roadside/trailside repair. Don't leave home without it.

http://www.parktool.com/tools/PPM_2.shtml
Park MT-1Galibier
Feb 27, 2003 3:29 PM
Park makes a single rigid wrench with multiple heads containing all allen wrench sizes you need plus a small screwdriver. I believe it is called the MT-1. It is compact, slim, durable,and weighs next to nothing. I carry that, two tire levers, and a spoke wrench. I used to carry a multitool that included a chain tool, but in 20 years of riding I've never needed a chain tool on the road, so I ditched it.
Don't use a multi-tool, but here's my list...timfire
Feb 28, 2003 5:32 AM
IMHO, At the least you need...

-a 4,5, & 6 mm Allen wrenches
-Spoke wrenches (whichever ones fit your wheels).
-Tire levers
-A pump
-A patch kit
-A chain tool

These can also be helpful depending upon your individual needs...

-Some of the smaller allen wrenches
-An assortment of Box wrenches, or an adjustable wrench
-A tire pressure gauge (mine's on my pump)
-A screwdriver

Most of these will be covered by a good multi-tool. On cheaper MT's the chain tool is often left off, but I think it's important to carry one, since the need has come up more than once for me or my riding mates.
Crank Brothers Multi-17 (nm)macalu
Feb 28, 2003 6:10 AM