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dazzmaster




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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:52 am    Post subject: Multi-tool with pliers? Reply with quote

Hi,

Call it luck or fate - in the last month, three times I have had instances where a roadside issue required pliers - when the little tip of the presta valve got dislodged and stuck in a pump, or when I just could not get a bottlecage crew out...

Luckily, on all occasions help was not too far away - either a local petrol station or a friendly cyclist bailing me out.

Regular multi-tools do not tend to have pliers in them - any recommendations on good options? I have seen gerber and letherman tools referred to commonly on MTB posts, but these are hardly cycling-specific...

cheers
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just put a small pair of pliers in....but i have had a Leatherman for years...quality tool...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for Leatherman, but it would have to be in addition to a small bike tool rather than instead of, because it has none of the standard allen keys etc that you'd need for most running repairs on the bike.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've discovered an elusive gap in the market. Quick, patent it and invest your life savings in re-designing a cheap Chinese tool to include pliers. Then import a few thousand and make a fortune....or not.

Doesn't seem to be anything available, but then when you can buy something like this for 1.94 delivered, it may just be easier to get one, wrap it in plastic and tape it to your bike somewhere (plus I bet your bike tool hasn't got a nail file!).

Newfrog mini tool
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Buzz_




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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Needs some carbon fibre and cost 50 minimum before it will become a cycling/tri accessory must have.
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JaRok2300




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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got some like the ones Tony posted but you don't get the scale from that picture. They'd fit in a match box when folded up so you don't get much leverage as the handles are so short.

Having said that I leave them in a compartment in my briefcase and they've come to the rescue numerous times at work. Just don't expect to be undoing rounded/seized bolts etc as they haven't got that sort of grip.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buzz_ wrote:
Needs some carbon fibre and cost 50 minimum before it will become a cycling/tri accessory must have.

And be sports specific with names such as "Tri-Pli" and "IronMan (c) Survival".
Then show some fancy photos of how well it will fit in a jersey pocket and how those 16 grams could SAVE YOUR WHOLE RACE!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People still use briefcases?!?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gingerbongo wrote:
People still use briefcases?!?


well, carbon, obviously.....


and red...


and wind tunnel tested...
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JaRok2300




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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gingerbongo wrote:
People still use briefcases?!?


Not recently unless you can get one with a clip for the front of the Brompton.

At the time I worked in the bank's internal investigations department so the papers I carried needed to be under lock and key, even from the rest of the staff. People snapping keys off in their desks when I asked to see what was in there wasn't an unusual occurrence, hence the pliers. I also carried a small crow bar on occasions too Smile

I'm marginally less unpopular these days, what's one step up from a pariah?
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