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Its a Chain tool, the long bit should screw into the back (bottom side in the pic) of the other bit to provide a handle. You can then put an hex key into the twisty bit at the right hand end.
Minimally, you want to be able to tighten all of the bolts on your bike (likely a few hex keys will do this) and an appropriate screwdriver for adjusting derailer & brake pulls. Separate from a multi-tool, a pair of tire levers are the other tool you should carry with you. I would add a chain tool to the above list after being left in a state where I ...
For use at home, there's no question that separate keys are more useful and more economical. A multi-tool has limitations that make it cumbersome to use in tight spots because all the keys are attached to the tool. Separate keys suffer no such limitation. Separate keys can be bought and replaced individually and very inexpensively -- not so with a ...
First, you need to familiarize yourself with your bike. If you're not familiar with your bike to begin with, you'll have a really hard time buying the right tools for it. Once you have an idea of which tools you'll actually need, then it will be quite clear which multi tool to buy.
As others have indicated, it depends on both your bike and the type of riding you're doing. If you're just tooling around town (get it, "tooling"?) with no particular destination or schedule, you can probably get away with not much more than a set of tire levers. A pump is handy too so that you don't have to walk your bike to a gas station if you get a ...
Yep, a chain tool, or "chain breaker". They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. You should note that a given width chain needs a specific chain tool, so the one you have may not work well with your chain. And never just get a chain tool and trust it to work (and be workable by you) without trying it first on some scrap chain of the appropriate ...
A multitool basically only needs to include the Allen wrenches that fit your bike, plus screwdrivers to fit screws on the bike. It doesn't hurt if the tool purports to include a tire lever, but I wouldn't rely on one in a multitool to be any good -- you should carry regular levers or a Quick Stick if you intend to be prepared to repair a tire.
Tire levers Appropriate wrenches to tighten loose bolts, adjust brakes, etc. Probably means a few sizes of Allen (hex) wrench. Metric. Smallest bolts are probably on brakes and biggest under saddle, but varies. The rest, like a chain tool, are a lot less likely to be needed.
For most modern bikes you will need a tool with at least 4, 5 and 6 hex wrenches and a phillips screwdriver. Make sure that the various bolts on your bike can be tightened by the tool you got. You will need a separate tire lever (usually two of them) to deal with flat tires.
One for every removeable or adjustable part on your bike (including tyres). With the exception of those you will be unable to repair/fix on the trail, such has hubs and bottom brackets. They need not all be combined with one tool though (sometimes individual tools can be lighter)
The jobs will dictate the need of tools. Look at the hardware you have, and what needs to be turned to perform common repairs and adjustments: Flat tires (remove and reattach wheels and brakes), adjust pressure Seat height Brake adjustment Gear adjustment Allen Wrenches for the size bolts you have. Tire Levers. Potentially a small screwdriver bit, ...
the individual keys give you more flexibility than the multitool, but if you're anything like me it won't take long before you lose one of the common ones such as a 5 or 6. Personally I've evolved over the years to own a couple of multitools and a couple more key sets - that way I can generally find something when I need it. That's at home - on a ride the ...
What I carry: 5 mm hex wrench - used for most bolts on most bikes I have seen (only common exception is the seatpost) a phillips and a standard screwdriver - for adjusting both derailers and both brakes spoke tool patch kit one spare tube, in case of a really bad puncture a pump and a couple of tire levers, obviously a piece of wire, some patches for ...
Yep, chain repair tool. But I will disagree with Moab's comment. Though it is hard to judge from the angle of the pictures, this chain tool looks a little weird. On most chain tools one of the two ridges (usually the upper one closest to the handle or screw) is thicker than the other. This is because the chain is set on the upper ridge to loosen a stiff ...
You should always have a multi-tool. There are few cases where I really need separate Allen keys on the road. However, I tend to keep a long 5mm Allen key for tightening Drop bar lever clamps, which can't be accessed easily by a stubby multi tool. Ball ends can help when you can't got a straight shot at a bolt and have to try to mate the wrench at a ...
When choosing a tool consider: Is this tool applicable for my bike? (If your bike doesn't have a 13mm nut then a 13mm wrench is pointless.) Do I know how to use the tool and do the repair? (A spoke wrench is pointless if you don't know how to change spokes and tune the wheel to some degree. Also, you might need some supplies for repairs. So without ...
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