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Old 08-18-19, 02:43 PM
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One piece multitool? OPMT EDC

Good folks, I'm riding again for the first time since college, and looking for some advice for cool and useful small lightweight bike tools, and tangentially curious if anyone has any links to super cool keychain gadgets, fidget thingies, and the like. I've decided to skip getting a Crank Bros M17 or Topeak Mini 9 until I understand my bike better. Not interested in any heavy folding plier like multitool - I've already got plenty, and the bike options are full of tools I don't yet need, and subscribe to "something that does everything, does nothing well". Basically I can't seem to find something cycling specific tool in the vein of a Gerber Shard, and dream of finding a hex/bike friendly OPMT I can fall in love with as much as my discontinued TT Pocket Tools Chopper.

My only bike specific tools are the Park Tools MT-1, Pedro's Six Pack, and Pedro's Trixie. These single piece metal tools are light, strong, simple, and cheap. They are not frustratingly small, ineffective, or awkward. I've already got a micro ratchet and bits. Could there be such a thing as an Atwood-like bike specific holy grail of EDC pocket tools?
The neat little Specialized EMT Micro seems like a Swiss Army Rambler type pocket tool, so I can't resist that, but it's not an OMPT. No current need for torx 25 until I upgrade to disc brakes.

Since someone will ask, my SS summer project is a nearly new KHS Solo One 2006. I'm upgrading the bar, stem, chainring, chain, pedals, and grips using the trinity of tools above. Next phase of the project is upgrading crankset, wheelset, and brakes, so that'll be a separate tool thread (who would EDC tools for those components?!)
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2 3 4 5 6mm short-arm hex keys
2 pedro's tire levers
patch kit
mini pump
2 x $5 bills
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Old 08-21-19, 06:59 AM
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The only one-piece bike specific multi-tool I know of is the Park MT-1 "Dog Bone" you already have. One thing I've noticed about "Holy Grail" items is they don't seem to exist.
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Originally Posted by grizzly59 View Post
2 3 4 5 6mm short-arm hex keys
2 pedro's tire levers
patch kit
mini pump
2 x $5 bills
I carry a few more tools than on Grizzly's list but not much more. Multitools have way more implements than are needed so are heavier than need be. Hex keys I carry inserted through a piece of old bike tube with holes punched through for the keys. This hold the hex keys securely. The whole works is carried in a small hand sewn pouch.
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I don't like multitools. I do carry an MT-1 but I hope not to need it much. I prefer real tools, and honestly, they're not that heavy or hard to keep organized.
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Keeping it simple

Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
The only one-piece bike specific multi-tool I know of is the Park MT-1 "Dog Bone" you already have.
I carry the Park MT-1, plus a spare tube and a patch kit. This has been enough for me. The jackknife-style tools look heavy to me.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
The only one-piece bike specific multi-tool I know of is the Park MT-1 "Dog Bone" you already have. One thing I've noticed about "Holy Grail" items is they don't seem to exist.
Hence the search...of course I prefer a proper tool for the job, but I really like fidgety cool pocketable tools also, and while the MT-1 is that, itís also the sort of thing EDC zealots usually improve on, or at least make a knockoff in titanium, cerakote, or fabricate Damascus style steel, etc, and Iím stunned looking into it thereís not really ANY thing out there that I can find. Anyone have anything other than this and the Reductivist Ring tool??
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
I carry a few more tools than on Grizzly's list but not much more. Multitools have way more implements than are needed so are heavier than need be. Hex keys I carry inserted through a piece of old bike tube with holes punched through for the keys. This hold the hex keys securely. The whole works is carried in a small hand sewn pouch.
Yeah, Iím not necessarily looking for a packing list as much as alternatives to the popular multitools out there. Your solution is simple and clever - itís hard to beat a simple hex key for bike adjustment, and I can throw a 4,5,6mm in my pocket or bag, but surely thereís something I can put on my keychain or pocket and admire its machining or design when Iím not pedaling...?!
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Originally Posted by katerba View Post
Yeah, Iím not necessarily looking for a packing list as much as alternatives to the popular multitools out there. Your solution is simple and clever - itís hard to beat a simple hex key for bike adjustment, and I can throw a 4,5,6mm in my pocket or bag, but surely thereís something I can put on my keychain or pocket and admire its machining or design when Iím not pedaling...?!
It sounds like the Silca t-ratchet kit is what you are looking for, but it is not one piece.

Most of us like to have our nicest tools at home. I donít think that you are going to find a key ring tool. Abbey makes some nice pocketable stuff too.
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I figured out what OPMT means: one-piece multi-tool. I had to look up EDC: everyday carry.
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Originally Posted by katerba View Post
Yeah, Iím not necessarily looking for a packing list as much as alternatives to the popular multitools out there. Your solution is simple and clever - itís hard to beat a simple hex key for bike adjustment, and I can throw a 4,5,6mm in my pocket or bag, but surely thereís something I can put on my keychain or pocket and admire its machining or design when Iím not pedaling...?!
Fix-it-sticks. It may not fit on a key ring but it is a very versatile tool kit that actually fits your hand like good tools do.
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Something I carry, KMC Tire Lever/Quick Link Opener:

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Originally Posted by aggiegrads View Post
It sounds like the Silca t-ratchet kit is what you are looking for, but it is not one piece.

Most of us like to have our nicest tools at home. I donít think that you are going to find a key ring tool. Abbey makes some nice pocketable stuff too.
Abbey looks really nice! Iíd love to fuss with the 4-Way Multi-Tool, over machined and lovely. The Silca ratchet looks real nice too, both unnecessary wish list items, keep em coming..
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A multitude of bicycle multi-tools on aliexpress.com

I have a "Boy" brand 21 function that fits in the flap slot of my seat bag.
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Not at all bicycle specific but here is a one-piece multitool for EDC that fills a number of functions all for under $8 ( https://www.walmart.com/ip/Swiss-Tec...SABEgJs_PD_BwE )

What more could you ask?
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There's 5mm Allen key and there's otherwise.

A 5mm allen wrench is all you need for probably 80% of bicycle maintenance and emergency repairs. It takes more gizmos than I want to carry with me to handle the other 20%.
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Abbey looks really nice! Iíd love to fuss with the 4-Way Multi-Tool, over machined and lovely. The Silca ratchet looks real nice too, both unnecessary wish list items, keep em coming..
If you are looking for bike tool jewelry, there are definitely other things out there:

Mini bit ratchet - there are a couple of nice brands; I have the Wera mini-Zyklop. It is a joy to use, and I carry the bits that I need, plus an extension.
https://www.kctoolco.com/wera-057418...i-bitorsion-1/

Anything that Efficient Velo Tools builds is about the best there is, but they are mostly specialty tools. Their workstand is their most visible product and has a price to match its reputation. Everything they make is made in the USA. Pro mechanics refer to their pressure gauge as "The Rolex":
https://www.efficientvelo.com/tools/bleedin-gauge

The German-made Knipex pliers-wrench, like the bit ratchet is also not bike specific, is also a great addition to a pro toolbox. I carry the 5" and the 7" is a great size for a workshop - big enough for threaded headsets, but small enough that the head can still get to 8 and 10mm bolts. You really have to use them or see a video to understand how useful they are.

Although Bondhus hex keys are ubiquitous, the PB Swiss L-keys are superior, and the color coding is helpful as well.
https://www.amazon.com/PB-Swiss-212L...dp/B00312LYWM/

If you prefer a sliding T-handle, the Spanish brand Beta is amazing. Very hard tool steel and excellent tolerances:
https://www.amazon.com/Beta-951-S6-T...dp/B00FI17CS4/
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