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Old 04-14-2014, 12:38 AM   #1
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Compact tools


My son is riding in the Scottish Six Day trial next month and we always cobble together a tool kit from the main tool box, this works out cumbersome and heavy.

Are there specific tool kits on the market for such an occasion? (light and compact)

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Old 04-14-2014, 03:32 AM   #2
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compact tools

Compact tools? I suppose you could buy some titanium tools and save some weight, but, thats a very expensive way to go. The important thing to do is to make sure what you get will actually do the job. Small wrenches that might save space, might not apply enough torque to get that stubborn bolt out. And if they are made out of cheap materials like most kits that come with a bike, you could break them if you try to make an extension. If you buy compact tools, get high quality professional grade brands, you don't want to get stuck out in the woods.
One place it is easy to save space is with screw drivers. Get a quality driver that takes replacable tips, and make sure you have all the tips you need in your kit with a couple of extras for the most used sizes. Go over your bike nut by nut and bolt by bolt, make sure your kit will have a tool that will take out that fitting, or know how you will get your broken bike out of the woods.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:46 AM   #3
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Check out Lightool by Asahi of Japan.

The whole metric wrench set weighs less than a single craftsman 19mm wrench.

The ratchet is good bit of kit, the ratchet is as good as you are going to get short of MAC or SnapOn

I don't have the adjustable spanner, but looks like a good tool.

These are garage quality tools, I rebuilt the CB550 with these as my "go to" toolset.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:22 PM   #4
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Also lots of reading here. You need to build your kit to suit the bike and probabilities.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:20 AM   #5
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I love my GearWrench Quadbox wrench. It has 8-10 and 12-13 mm ratcheting box wrenches as one wrench.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:40 PM   #6
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I recently purchased the RRR tools adventure tool kit. Great quality, very well thought out and versatile. Really like the stackable spark plug socket set, and the JIS bits are great, assuming you ride a metric Japanese bike.

The wrench set is very good quality, and a neat setup where you carry minimum number of wrenches and yet have 2 of every size to get the job done.

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Old 04-17-2014, 10:24 AM   #7
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Look up that Motion Pro Multi Tool. It does surprisingly large amount of stuff in a very small package. Then do a full service on your bike using only it and supplement what you don't have a bit or tool for.

If you need some bigger nuts, also look at the Motion Pro Tire Levers that have a different Bolt Patterns on the other end. They are great Spoons and you get the benefit of a lightweight wrench as well.

Titantium spanners are pretty, but I find I almost never use spanners on the bike. Sockets seem much more convinient.

Good luck to you and your son on the event - those look tough!
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:29 AM   #8
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ADVmonster Ti Wrench set

We offer an affordable titanium wrench set.

10% off for inmates

5 piece set for $40 less than the MP 4 piece set.

Weighs about the same as a Quarter pounder
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:38 AM   #9
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it's much like can burn a lot of money shaving off a few grams/or inches. but for value, tools right out of the main tool box are hard to beat.
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