Full disclosure: when the Switch Multi-tool from Blackburn showed up at our door for a review, I wasn’t terribly excited about it. It felt a bit too similar to the modular t-handle Fix It Sticks. However, the primary difference between the products is in the execution; as opposed to utilizing standardized bits, the Switch integrates the […]
My favorite multi-tool is a portable ratchet, so we came across the Silca T-Ratchet with its Titanium Torque Adapter, I had to take a closer look. Proper torque is crucial to the use and adjustment of high performance road and XC components, making a portable torque wrench (as well as proper knowledge of its use) a […]
If using a folding multi-tool results in that all thumbs feeling, check out Topeak’s Ratchet Rocket Lite multi-tool, one of our favorite multi-tools to date.
One of the most interesting new multi-tools spotted at Interbike 2015 was the Fabric Chamber. Weighing in a 162 grams, the tool is small and light enough to easily pocket. Housed inside the chamber are 6 double-ended bits and an 8mm over-bit that all fit the ratcheting head for trail or road side repairs. The […]
One of the biggest challenges of apartment living and maintaining a fleet of bikes is where to store tools and parts. It was a lot worse when we lived in SF, but now we’re living on the other side of the bay there is a bit more room to play with. It also meant I […]
The McLeod is one of the tools most favored by trail builders all over. Originally designed as a wildland firefighting tool, it has a large, hoe-like blade on one side, and a tined blade on the other. Essentially a burly rake mated with a hoe, the McLeod is a staple in constructing bench cut trails. […]
Lezyne has been making a bit of a splash lately with fresh product offerings that class up any workshop. In fact, it is probably safe to say they make the best looking shop tools available. While the pro level tools have been getting a lot of press, we had a chance to play with their […]
If you’re a serious rider, learning to do basic maintenance on your bike is a no-brainer. I actually got my start in the bike industry when I started becoming serious about my riding and with that early learning curve, my bike (only had one back then) took a serious beating. Loose spokes, bent derailleur hangers, […]