Words: Chris Catchpole/Cycling Active
We don’t like to label people, but no matter what ‘type’ of cyclist you are, you need a multi-tool in your bag. Such a small item holds the potential to fix 99 problems, as long as your legs aren’t one. It’s not just about adjusting derailleurs, or mending chains though.
They’re great for on-the-fly adjustments to bike-fit, such as saddle height. Multi-tools are a strange purchase, an item much like a puncture repair kit, that you hope you’ll never need to use. But when you have to, you want it to be an easy and hopefully stress-free experience. Take a look at our selection to find the one suitable for you.
At just over a tenner, the One 23 MT is a great value piece of kit. Multi-tools tend to last a lifetime if their design is a simple one, such as this, so that small initial outlay should see you through many seasons of riding. It is lacking the key ingredient of a chain breaker, but at a third of the price of some other tools here, you’ve got plenty of spare pennies to invest in a specific chain tool to use at home.
Some of them are actually pretty small too, so you can even carry it with you on longer rides if necessary. The alternative is a multi-tool with a built-in chain breaker, such as the excellent Pedro’s ICM. The price is about right for a tool that will cover almost any mechanical situation, and as tool experts, Pedro’s knows how to make a tool that will last.