Essential for all cyclists, a multi-tool can get you out of minor mechanical trouble and help you make it home on two wheels rather than having to make a phone call to your support crew
Like a Swiss Army knife, a good cycling multi-tool should allow you to effectively deal with any maintenance issues you might have whilst out on a ride or even as a do-it-all workshop tool.
A well made and thought out multi-tool should be practical enough to enable the use of all the features and not have ‘token’ features. They should be comfortable in use and the tools of sufficient quality so as to not damage precious parts.
A good multi-tool will accompany you on all of your rides so needs to be reliable. You should be able to practically strip a bike down completely using one so it should include all of the correct sized Allen keys and Torx keys required for modern bikes along with others such as screwdriver heads or a chaintool and not have anything obsolete or impractically sized.
The cycling multi-tools were used for a variety of tasks both out on rides and in the workshop to check functionality, ease of use, comfort, weight, and durability.
Our pick of the best multi-tools
- Practicality – there is no point having 20 different functions on the multitool if they cannot be used properly.
- Versatility – a good cycling multi-tool should be allow you to fix most mechanical issues whilst out on a ride.
- Durability – The tools should be strong enough to withstand repeated use and not fail you when needed most.