There are literally hundreds of mini tools that can be used for a bike. You can get them anywhere from your grocery store to high end bike shops. They cost any where from $1.99 at Harbor Freight (with a coupon) to $99+ for some of the Lezyne Carbon Tools. We have owned a few too many mini tools in our life time. It always seems that they get traded around with friends. An new one appears in my truck from falling out of someones bag, then I loose one, and buy another only to find the lost one. I have enough now to keep one in everyone of my riding bags, as well in all my vehicles. These are a few of my favorites.
Topeak Mini 9 Mini Bike Tool (Retail $16.95)
The Topeak Mini 9 Bike tool has the perfect essentials and nothing more. It is super compact while still large enough to get leverage on those stubborn bolts.
- Allen Wrenches 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 /5 / 6 / 8 mm
- Neoprene Bag
- Extruded aluminum body
- #2 Phillips
- Size 6.6 x 3.1 x 2 cm / 2.6” x 1.2” x 0.8”
- TORX® Wrench T 25
- Weight 92 g / 3.24 oz
Topeak Mini 9 Pro Carbon Mini Bike Tool (Retail $44.95)
The Topeak Mini 9 in carbon ads tire lever ans sheds some weight. It’s really nice having an attached tire lever. They are always floating around in bags and falling out. Having an emergency one attached to a tool it highly recommended.
- #2 Phillips
- Tire Levers
- Allen Wrenches 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 mm
- Air release button
- Size 7.6 x 2.6 x 1.6 cm / 3” x 1” x 0.6”
- WEIGHT 73 g / 2.57 oz
- TORX® Wrench 25
- Neoprene Bag
- Carbon fiber body
Parks Tool I-Beam Mini Bike Tool (Retail $16.95)
The Park Tool IB-2 has a unique I shape handle with a mix of hex and Torx wrenches. It’s a great all around durable tool for the necessities.
- 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm hex wrenches
- T25 Torx® compatible driver
- Flat blade screwdriver
- Dimensions: 75mm x 40mm x 18mm (2.87″ x 1.57″ x 0.71″)
- Weight: 108g (3.8 ounces)
Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool M10 (Retail $19.99)
For style points the Crank Brothers M10 come in a few different colors. It features the necessities that the above offer as well as a phillips #2 head. It weighs a little more, but it pretty bullet proof.
- Hex wrenches: #2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
- Screwdrivers: phillips #2, flat #2
- Torx: t-25
- Length: 89mm, Weight: 124 grams
Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool F10 (Retail $29.99)
A step of from the M10 is the F10 from Crank Brothers. It’s a little more compact, and more attention to detail which is why it cost almost twice as much. It also includes a spoke wrench that is missing from most compact tools.
- Hex wrenches: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8,
- Screwdrivers: Phillips #2, flathead #1,
- Spoke wrenches: 0, 1, 2, 3
- Torx t-25
Lezyne RAP-6 Mini Bike Tool (Retail $14.99)
The Lezyne RAP-6 is 7075 aluminium, black anodized side plates with forged and drawn chrome vanadium tool bits. It offers less tools that some of the others in a similar size, but still gets the basics done.
• Centre-pivot, wrapped bit design
• 3, 4, 5, 6mm Allen, Torx T25, and Philips bits
• Weight – 74g
• Size – 18mm x 27mm x 78mm
Lezyne Blox 23 Mini Bike Tool (Retail $34.99)
The Lezyne BLOX is steping almosts outside of the mini tool, featuing 23 tools, and weighing a lot more than other mini tools. However, for the size, weight, and cost if you are looking for just a little bit more, the Lezyne BLOX is a great upgrade for a little more out of a tool.
- Spoke wrench
- Tire lever
- Open-end 10mm, 8mm T25, T30
- Phillips & flat heads
- Hex 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 mm
- l-allen 2, 2.5, 3 mm
- Bottle opener
- Disc-brake wedge
- Chain breaker
A good multi-tool should give you just what you need for trail/street side repairs or in the workshop. A good well made multi-tool should not flex, and have tightly machined edges to ensure your not rounding out bolts.
A multi-tool for bicycles should be with you on each ride, a small one like the tools listed above make it easier than ever to do that. Also, it’s worth reviewing your bike and making sure the tools provided match the components on your bike.
Features to look for in a bicycle multi-tool:
- Durability: The tools should be strong, there are many very cheap, plastic handled tools out there that will only let you down when you need them most. Spend a few extra dollars and get a tool that will work and last.
- Versatile: We find our self using multi-tools to adjust seats, brakes, handle bars. There is also the occasional peddle fix, or something else that needs repaired just to limp back to the car. A good multi-tool should help you accomplish any of this.
- Be Practical: Don’t buy the biggest multi-tool out there if most of the tools are never going to be used. It will only get in the way, and weigh you down. Find a good mix that will meet the majority of your bikes needs.
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