Fix it Sticks Bike Tool Review

Travis GneitingReviews, Tools

There are about a million bike tools out there to choose from some are simple with only a few Allen keys screwdrivers and wrenches while others have built-in chain breakers brake pad spreaders, bead breakers for your tires, and more. The decision of what Bike tool to carry with you is a hard one. For short rides, I like to carry the smallest tool I can for an emergency saddle adjustment or brake lever adjustment that might need to be made. However, on longer rides, I like having a chain breaker tools to work on tires and anything else that might go wrong.

Fix it sticks sent us a few pairs of their tools to try out. They are well known in the shooting industry for their tools. However, they also make a few bike tool products specifically. We tried out the ratcheting t-way wrench the mountain kit and the classic Fix-It sticks original for both mountain biking and road bike rides. This review contains affiliate links.

Ratcheting t-way wrench

The ratcheting t-way wrench was really cool it’s a small ratchet that you can change directions or spin freely it also has a locking mechanism as well. It can hold standard hex tips and bits in place and the ratcheting mechanism can be removed. It’s perfect for tight to reach places that a standard socket can’t get into. I found myself reaching for this socket more and more as I work on motorcycles and putting together furniture from Ikea. It is expensive at $48, but once you start using it you realize what a great product it is. The ratcheting t-way ranch isn’t one that I like to carry with me because it’s a little bit heavier and doesn’t hold the bits as well. It’s a wrench I leave on my tool bench and reach for it over standard Allen keys all the time.

Fix it sticks mountain kit review

The mountain kit is the perfect gift for a road or mountain bike cyclist. It comes with bits a set of tire levers a chain breaker all in a small pouch. It also has a bracket to hold the extra bits. If it’s perfect in the pocket of a cycling Jersey or in the bottom of a Camelbak backpack. The bits are removable and I’m always afraid that I’m going to lose one the bits are held in place by a magnet and stay in place fairly well. However, the bits that are extra in the carrying case are sometimes hard to remove when your fingers are cold the bits can also be shaken out if not careful.

My first use of the chain breaker I thought it was a little bit gimmicky just trying to get too many tools out of one small set. However, the way that the Fix-It sticks fit into the chain breaker and The leverage you can get make it one of my favorite chain breakers in a small compact size. Overall the mountain kit is a little bit large for short rides and heavy, but it has just about everything you would need for a trailside or roadside repair to get you home.

The classic or original fix it sticks

The original Fix-It stick comes with a set of four, five, and six mm hex for mountain bikers or you can order a three four five mm, or a 2.5 4 and 5 mm set for road bikers. This shows some of the limitations with the bits being stuck into the sticks and not being able to be removed. This makes me feel a lot more comfortable that I’m not going to lose the bits when I am riding around with them underneath my water bottle. if you’ve used multi-tools in the past you know how awkward they can be with the Swiss army knife fold-out design. It seems like you can only get a half a turn in here and there in an awkward position.

That is the stand out for The fix it sticks for me. The ease to quickly tighten and remove bolts and screws with a t-style wrench. If you’ve ever worked on motorcycles you know how convenient this is to be able to spin the screwdriver with one hand and balance it with the other. The torque is a lot easier to manage as well and found me not rounding off screw heads because of the control that the fix-it stick s gives you.

One thing I would like to see is when the fix it sticks are put together with a magnet inside to hold them together. There were a few times when I was spinning where the top stick slipped off because I was screwing upside down. this is something that doesn’t happen with the ratchet stick because of the locking mechanism on it.

Overall I really like using to fix it sticks and would choose them over the Swiss army knife style multi-tool. Carrying multiple pieces or having to carry them in a separate bag is a slight downside they also take up different size space than some of the smaller multi-tools I use. Ideally, you have a few different multi-tools and can grab the one that would best suit your ride.