Is that a multi-tool in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Sorry, couldn’t escape multi-tool related puns, it’s out of my system now!
Carrying around a load of tools on the bike is a pain. I often find myself thinking “I’ll just risk it, what are the odds of getting a puncture”. With my Marathon Schwalbe tyres pretty slim. However, it is still best practise to have the multi-tool with you in case you need to make adjustments. This is one of those bike purchases that you only have to make once in your life so it is worth considering your decision.
What things to look for in a multi-tool
Features – work out what things you actually need. Take a look at your bike or bikes and see what bolts and nuts are on there so you can decide what features the multi-tool will need to include.
Weight/size – this is something you should carry around with you on bike journeys so smaller and lighter is always better
Quality – spending a tiny bit more can often make a major difference in quality. Cheaper tools are likely to break or be pretty much useless when needed which adds massively to the frustration of an on the road repair.
Some of the best multi-tools
Here are some highly recommended multi-tools for your consideration.
Available in 5, 17 and 19. The 10 is a good mid range to go for most cyclists. It weighs 124g and has a fairly compact design. The price is excellent and the only extra you will possibly need is a spoke key. The multi-tool comes with a lifetime guarantee.
One of the most compact multi-tools you can get. This can be seen as both an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage is obviously for carrying the thing around however if you need to use it then the short length of the tools will make your job a little tougher. Also includes a surprisingly effective spoke key. Weighs 115g.
Your multi-tool recommendations
Can you recommend any multi-tools that you use or have used?
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