What multi tool, lock, and pump please?

Paul Burke

Regular
Location
Birmingham
Hello.

Just getting more and more into my cycling and I am looking to buy the following 3 items but I have no idea which ones to short list?

I currently really need...


Multi tool (seen one in wilko's with a chain tool for 7 quid)?

Lock, no idea what to get, would probably need to be transportable yet secure enough

Pump... for when I go on longish journeys and if I got a puncture that needed roadside attention.

Thank you.
 

Dave 123

Legendary Member
 

DiddlyDodds

Random Resident
Location
Littleborough
I would have thought a multi tool with chain tool for £7 its most probably made of cheese.

I carry one of these and use the chain tool all the time so I know its up to the job, its £21 but its all I have ever needed when out on the road
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/crank-brothers/multi-17-tool-ec007558

Regards a pump I am a co2 convert and use these, quick and easy to get to 100psi in seconds, I find a 16g canister will do two inflations.
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/air-tool-cpro2-microblast-ec034744

These are not the cheapest out there but have had them both for three years now and still as good as when they were new.

I don't tend to use a lock so no idea on that one
 

mjr

Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next
Locks: http://www.lfgss.com/conversations/144109/ and I favour taking a decent D lock and an alarmed cable lock - one for security, the other to annoy and allow me to cope when out in the countryside and the only thing to lock to is a tree.

Pump: I carry a mini floor pump with a gauge. I avoid pumps that connect directly with no hose because I've broken valves with them. I dislike the waste of co2 canisters.

Multitool: I carry a Ritchey CPR-9, a small Park chain tool and some extra tools if the bike uses them (6" wrench or whatever). I think most flickknife-style multitools are a lot of weight for what you get and I always feel like I'm bending them when I tighten a hex bolt. I saw a pretty neat micro toolkit (big hex key and sockets giving smaller hex bits, screwdriver and nut sockets) in TKMaxx today for under £10 but I think it had no chain tool.
 

shouldbeinbed

Rollin' along
Location
Manchester way
Multi tool: Topeak: Alien, hexus etc. All good IMO

Pump: Topeak pocket rocket, fits schraeder and presta valves and will put 100+psi in a tyre at the roadside without sweat. Lezyne also do good mini pumps.

Lock: Actually locks would be better. The best you can afford generally, they suggest 10% of bike price as a rule of thumb but avoid cheapo cable locks, try to avoid cable locks full stop as a primary lock/deterrent. A good U lock with little room under the U for a jack or lever to get in, to secure frame and rear wheel, another one or a cable extension to secure the front wheel. Kryptonite, Magnum....
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Lock - depends a bit on the value of the bike and the Ts & Cs on your insurance policy

If not leaving a bike all day, I use one of these, the D lock through the rear triangle and wheel and around the stand, cable front wheel http://www.wiggle.co.uk/kryptonite-evolution-mini-7-lock-and-4-foot-kryptoflex-cable/

Pump, Lezyne road drive (about £30, but with separate hose and easy to use) + inner tubes (5 for a tenner from Halfords) + self adhesive patches if you plan to repair at the roadside (Lezyne get good reviews)

Multi-tool, cheapie (in fact freebie). No chain tool, but I wouldn't know what to do with one anyhow! I expect something at £7 from Wilkos will be made of cheese
 
I would have thought a multi tool with chain tool for £7 its most probably made of cheese.
I expect something at £7 from Wilkos will be made of cheese
Hmm, cheese.:hungry:

(having a cholesterol test tomorrow, so none for me!)
 

Pale Rider

Legendary Member
As a general point, it's best not to lock a bike in any city centre for an extended period of time.

Particularly the same place each day, and particularly if the bike is shiny, new and expensive.
 
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Paul Burke

Paul Burke

Regular
Location
Birmingham
Thank you, I will look into the suggestions later, I do appreciate that.

The lock would be for my 2nd hand MTB for days when I just pop to the post office or similar... usually for 10 mins or so?
 
Tools are a bike specific thing.......

Go round your bike and list all the things you want to adjust

Then look at a multitool that has those items
 
Thank you, I will look into the suggestions later, I do appreciate that.

The lock would be for my 2nd hand MTB for days when I just pop to the post office or similar... usually for 10 mins or so?
I'd go for a hiplok. I've got a really tough (and really heavy) d-lock, but when I pop out to the shops - especially on my older bike - I take the hiplok. It's still quite tough, and easy to carry ,cause it goes round your waist. And it locks to things too wide for the d-lock.
 
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