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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:39 pm 
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“Cool tools” are typically overpriced, and not really necessary, but damn, I would’ve liked to find one of these in my Xmas stocking instead of that lump of coal:



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http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/wolf-tooth-master-link-combo-pliers/#menu


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 Post subject: Re: Cool tools
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:39 pm 
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Saw that as well and was thinking the same thing. Cool looking tool.


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I seriously considered buying this. I like that it combines multiple tools (quick link remover, tire lever, and valve remover).

However, one thing that holds me back is that I have yet to see a reason why I need quick link pliers on the trail. If my chain breaks I use a chain tool to remove the broken link, install the quick links by hand, and then stomp on the pedal to engage the links.

So if I don't need the pliers, then that just leaves the tire lever and valve core remover. Well I already have a tire lever and valve core removers are smaller and cheaper than the $30 this thing costs.

Am I missing something?


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 Post subject: Re: Cool tools
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:36 pm 
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^^^ No, you aren’t, except possibly removing an existing quick link, which is occasionally necessary. But there’s always the shoelace hack for that.


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 Post subject: Re: Cool tools
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:43 pm 
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I've had to remove a quicklink a couple times when my chain got jammed in between the cassette and spokes including once where the quicklink was in the derailler. Would have been way easier with a real tool. I've snapped tire levers too so having a metal one isn't a bad idea. This is something I would buy.


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 Post subject: Re: Cool tools
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:22 am 
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Ordered one , just cuz it looks cool. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Cool tools
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:54 am 
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Post up some more cool tools ‘Treaders!

Here’s a PB review of some new multitools:

https://m.pinkbike.com/news/ridden-and-rated-six-takes-on-the-multi-tool.html

I carry a traditional Crank Bros multitool I’m quite happy with. Of the newer ideas in this link that are striving to be cool, I don’t find any I’d want to buy, except the Reductivist Ringtool, but that would be for a glovebox item, not to carry in place of a traditional multitool or a real toolbox.


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 Post subject: Re: Cool tools
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:38 pm 
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Ironically, I lost my 25 year old CoolTool on the CamRu trail a few weeks ago. I have an empty spot in my heart... but I reckon time to look at that tool link.


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 Post subject: Re: Cool tools
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:58 pm 
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EBasil wrote:
Ironically, I lost my 25 year old CoolTool on the CamRu trail a few weeks ago. I have an empty spot in my heart... but I reckon time to look at that tool link.


I did not remember that one, and had to look it up. Nice! I do carry a small crescent wrench to go with my Crank Bros tool.

http://digitalhippie.net/mountain-biking/cool-tool-the-multipurpose-bicycle-repair-tool/

So, that was actually the second one you’ve lost?

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 Post subject: Re: Cool tools
PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:49 pm 
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I still have my Cool Tool. It is kept more as a relic of a past, idyllic time than a functional tool. The crescent wrench aspect is nice, but not very useful nowadays, and makes it pretty bulky and heavy compared to modern trail tool do-hickeys. I still use nad bring my Ritchey CPR 13 on every ride. http://www.mtbr.com/cat/accessories/too ... 52crx.aspx It's light, works well, and has just about everything you need except tire levers and a T25 torx, which are easy to add.

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 Post subject: Re: Cool tools
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Here’s a combo tire lever set and master link plier. Costs way less than the Wolftooth pliers, but probably not as cool...

https://www.bike-tube.net/accessories/tire-pliers


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