I’ve amassed a small collection of multi tools over a few years. They are definitely something you want on every ride, just like a spare tube. Don’t skip MP when buying a multitool. It could very well be the difference of walking home, or riding home.
Park Tool IB-2
by far, my favourite, and comes on nearly every ride, is the Park Tool IB-2
It has almost every tool I’d need for simple roadside help. It’s simple, well thought out and the tools have a decent length. Very light and small. However, the tools can get discoloured quite quickly, but it has no effect apart from being unpleasing on the eye. It’s also very easy to break down, clean and lubricate. If you do break it down, be sure to apply a small amount of threadlock to the bolts, there is a tendency for it to loosen over time.
- 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm hex wrenches
- T25 Torx® compatible driver
- Dimensions: 75mm x 40mm x 18mm (2.87″ x 1.57″ x 0.71″)
- Weight: 108g (3.8 ounces)
Moving up in the tool stakes, this tool has a few more options, but larger, heavier and bulky.
It also has a bonus of a easy to use CO2 head. I find the flap for the chain tool flaps around, and the tools are a little short, as well as the small Allen keys are 90 degree angles on the head.
- Hex 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm
- Torx T25, T30
- Phillips and flat head screwdriver
- Chain Breaker: (9/10/11 speed)
- Spoke Wrenches: Mavic Mtv, 3.22, 3.45
- Tire Lever with open end 10mm wrench
- Bottle Opener with open End 8mm wrench and disk brake wedge
- Presta/Schrader Co2 Inflator
Quite the impressive list of tools. The finish of the tools is corrosion proof, and a high quality finish.
But, it’s not really a tool I carry often. Mostly due to the bulk. If I’m on a long ride, with a larger saddle bag, I might consider it, but it often plays second fiddle to the IB-2. The CO2 inflators, is always in my saddle bag, as it’s small, and a lot easier to use than the other inflators I have to hand.
This thing is an absolute monster. Virtually every tool you could need. But it’s seriously heavy and bulky.
Well, maybe not every tool, but each tool is strong and well constructed out of steel. I don’t think I’ve ever really had this out on many rides, it’s sat in my toolbox for a quite some time.
And the second most used tool I have at my disposal
Topeak Mini 20 Pro Multi Tool
I like this one, and it’s often found in my jersey pocket. It’s light, flat, and a good selection of tools.
- 2/2-L/2.5/3 (2 each) 4/5/6/8/10mm
- 14g/15g/ Mavic M7
- Shimano Compatible Chain Tool
- Cast CrMo Steel chain hook
- Stainless Steel Wire Tire Levers
- Super Hard Anodized* (*The metal tire lever is designed for durability and for emergency use only)
- Hardened Steel/ with Spoke Holder
All the tools are made from aluminium, and the body is steel. The tools are a little on the short side, but easily useable.
Easy to have in a jersey pocket, or saddlepack for when you need it, and the most common sizes of Allen keys for when you need them.
But whatever multitool you choose, don’t just let it sit there. You need to make sure it’s clean, rust free and the tools lubricated. Everyonce in a while, clean out any grit or crud and give it a drip of dry chain lube in the joints.