Best Portable Bike Tool Kit [Review] in 2020
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Once installed and adjusted, today’s bike components are likely to perform as intended for a long, long time. But as amazing as they are, they still have three major enemies: vibration, which, over time, can loosen bolts and connection points; impact, which can break, bend, and twist things; and neglect, which can lead to rust, corrosion, and other nastiness. These enemies can sometimes catch you by surprise and ultimately leave you stranded on a ride—unless you have a great multi-tool handy to patch things up. A portable bike multi-tool is one of the most important pieces of tool you should have in your saddle bag. It doesn’t see much use on most days. But when you need it, that’s when you realize how important it is.
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Best portable bike tool kit
Crank Brothers m19
Top Choice Item
Though it’s not quite as loaded as the RX micro-20, the m19 stands out for its fine finish and the magnetized case that helps lock pieces into place. The crank brothers m19 is a cleverly designed model with all the tools you need to get you out of a bind on the trail. If you’re going off to the trails or are planning on a big day out with very little support, you’re going to need the crank brothers m19 multitool. It comes with 19 different functions including hex and open wrenches, three different screwdrivers, spoke wrenches, two torx drivers and a chain tool. It also comes with a cool built-in magnetized bottle opener on the case. This is probably the multitool that bail you one in most situations except the very complicated ones.
All metal construction
Comes with storage case
Its missing a set of tire levers
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Pro bike torque wrench
Best Value Item
It features three torque levels to cover most recommended manufacturer tightness settings in one tool. Also includes four interchangeable tool bits: 3, 4, 5mm hex / allen and t25 to cover most bike needs – including adjusting stem clamps, seatposts, headsets, handlebars and lever clamps. You don’t have to be worried about over-tightening a bolt and damaging your bike. Remove guesswork and risk with pro bike torque wrench, which prevents over-tightening bolts and damaging your carbon fiber or lightweight components. Includes ‘cam-over’ feature, ensuring the torque wrench will continue to ‘click-out’ once torque is reached. It ensures a bolt cannot accidently be over-torqued. The wrench has an ergonomic composite mold handle for comfortable use and to help apply the correct force.
Accurate torque measurement
Pro quality and portable
Each tool is fully tested
Comfortable to use
6mm allen key 'not' included with set
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Wotow 16 in 1
Prime Picked Item
The wotow 16 in 1 can help you fix most problems of your bike with this kit in no time. The good quality tools are extremely durable and build to last. 16 function all in one tool; socket hex wrench 8/9/10/mm, slotted screwdriver, phillips screwdriver, socket extension rod, solid wrench 8/10/15/mm, hex key wrench 2/2.5/3/4/5/6mm, spoke wrench and allen keys: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6. Equipped with several hex, torx and spoke wrenches, plus a chain tool and pin holder, this compact multi-tool will get your road or mountain bike up and running again in no time. It is a high-end folding tool with chrome plated tools.
3 pcs nylon pry tire rods
Compact and lightweight
16 different features
Allen keys maybe me ductile
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Pgmj all-in-1 multitool
Pgmj is an 11 in 1 multifunctional bicycle repair tool for rider or professional fixers. It includes 6 hex (2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0), 8.0mm straight / cross screwdriver, cut chain tool opener. Durable quality, full-featured and a must have regular maintenance and emergency repair tools, for cyclists. The pgmj is small, mini, powerful and able to meet all the glitches of your daily bike and not take up a lot of space in your backpack.
Stainless steel design
Weighs only 6.4 ounces
Available in 3 different colors
A bit heavy
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Topeak alien ii multi tool
If you want to be absolutely sure you always have the right tool, topeak’s alien ii is tough to beat. It packs a whopping 31 tools into its still relatively compact package and is among the highest rated bike multitools, with a four-and-a-half star rating. The alien ii has the added advantage of a pedal wrench that can come in handy. It’s an entire tool box that fits comfortably into your hydration pack or jersey pocket and short of a cracked frame or complete fork overhaul, you should be able to fix just about anything with the alien ii. The topeak alien ii combines pressed stainless steel with engineering-grade plastic for lightweight durability. It also splits apart for ease of use. The alien ii comes with a chain tool and a chain hook to assist with chain repairs. It also comes with a 15mm pedal wrench and two tire levers. As for allen bits, this alien has them covered from 2 to 10mm, with a t25 torx also included. 8, 9, and 10mm box-end wrenches, along with 14, and 15-gauge spoke wrenches, and #2 phillips/flat-head screwdrivers, round out the alien ii’s features.
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Super-minimalist tools contain the bare essentials—mostly hex wrenches. You’ll likely need to augment them with a set of tire levers and/or a chain tool to have an all-situations fixer. They are small, lightweight, and simple. All-in-one tools contain pretty much everything you need, including tire levers and a chain tool, to fix most any malfunction. You can likely completely assemble or disassemble a bicycle with one if you wanted. They can be bulky—likely best carried in a backpack or seat bag—but will let you ride worry-free. Hidden multi-tools slot into existing openings on your bike, so you don’t need to carry them in a pack, seat bag, or jersey pocket. These are great set-it-and-forget-it options.
When choosing from our list of best portable bike tool kits, keep in mind that first and foremost, the bike tool will be there to bail you out when you need it most. That means you’ll be relying on your tool in the middle of nowhere, or stranded on a rainy day along a country road some place. For those reasons, it’s important to take note of the quality of your multitool since the last thing you’ll need is for it to fail on you. There are super lightweight options out there that use feathery materials. But consider this, is it worth going for a material that handles less stress than something like stainless steel?
Your multitool choice should be the most quality piece of kit in your saddlebag because it’s the thing most likely to save your ride, not to mention your day. Bike multitools come in various sizes, weight and ultimate the number of tool functions. Generally, the more functions a multitool has, the bigger and heavier it is. Add in a high quality build, you might be looking at a heavy multitool. Try to find a good balance between weight and tool functions. These multifunction tools can come in the combined form of hex wrenches, spoke wrenches, torx drivers, screwdrivers, chain breaker tool and sometimes even tire levers.
So, knowing your bike and what tool it needs is the first and best way to determine your multitool choice. Also known as allen keys, the 4/5/6mm hex keys are most commonly used. They can be found on almost all bolts in bottle cages, headset, stem, seatpost, chainrings, derailleur and shoe cleats. The torx head has a 6 pointed star pattern. Over the past 5 to 6 years, bike component manufacturers like fizik, zipp and sram are increasingly leaning towards using t-25 bolts in their components. With hex bolts (especially those 3mm and below), they’re prone to being stripped out over times. The 6 pointed stars pattern allows you to exert a higher torque on the bolt head compared to a hex bolt. Most importantly make sure you have the 2 most common screwdrivers, the phillips and flathead.
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