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Dave Rome  Tech writer at CyclingTips. Tool nerd. Photo taker.

I’ve been testing a fair number of cycling shoes as of late. The new @rideshimano S-Phyre RC901 are my favourite to date. They fit me perfectly, have fantastic features and a great finish.
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In my review (just published on CyclingTips), I compare these with the new RC701, and the older RC900. As it turned out, the RC901 and RC701 may look similar, but they’re really quite different. *
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#cyclingkicks #cyclingshoes #shimano #sphyre @shimanoaustralia #velokicks

When it comes to random spanners to fix silly component design, @parktoolblue is a reliable choice. *
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Spanners are easy to find, but thin spanners to fit at weird angles are not. I often find myself reaching for my Park spanners over my Stahlwille’s where clearance is an issue. *
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A few highlights include the cheap CBW. The thickness of this, for example, makes it perfect for Shimano SPD rebuilds and bearing preload adjustments. *
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The OBW-4 is ideal for centering road rim brakes that put super thin wrench flats at silly angles so a normal cone wrench doesn’t work. *
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And used for hydro disc brakes, the MWF flare nut wrenches are nothing special, but I’ve yet to find an alternative to offer the right combination of sizing, quality and price. The 8/10mm combo has served me well, and I’m sure the new 7/9mm combo will too. *
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#cooltooltuesday #handtools #tools #spanners #parktool #bicycletools #bikemechanic #wrench #stahlwille

Sometimes I buy tools simply because I don’t have them. Yes, that’s clearly a sign of a problem! *
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This Hazet “pick-up tool with claws” is such an example. I had no need for it, but have already used it. Like an idiot, I recently dropped a headlight bulb cover into my car’s engine bay. Instead of pulling out the battery, I was able to use this half metre-long tool and grab the lost cover in under a minute. The spring jaws are amazingly strong and will carry some oddly shaped and weighty items. The way it bends around object is seriously cool, too. *
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The only word of warning is that the wire jaws should be treated with care. The plastic cover that comes on the tip of this tool should be a clear indication of where its limitations (and failure point) lay. *
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Yep, grabbing tools that look like this are typically found in dollar stores and are rather gimmicky. However, this is not one of those. Hazet doesn’t make this tool themselves, but whoever does has done a great job with it. Swipe across to see a video of it doing its thing. *
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#cooltooltuesday #cooltools #madefordroppedthings #hazet #madeintaiwan #grippytools #forlazypeople #theclaw #hazettools @hazet_1868_official

I teased this one just a few months ago, and now I have my own. It feels like it has been a Decade. 😜 *
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What you see is one of @abbeybiketools first (pre)production chain breakers (though the actual production batch is still waiting on plating). Made entirely of metal, this chain breaker takes a number of proven design ideas (such as a hardened pin that backs onto a ball bearing), a few original concepts (such as the impressively closed, but still open body that provides great support to chain plates) and combines it all with tighter tolerances and a fancy powder vapour low-friction coating. *
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This tool will work on all modern multi-speed chains (or 1/8 with a different mid-plate/bridge), and the replaceable mid-plate future-proofs it too. Adding to that, the body handle stores a grub screw (driven with a 3mm hex) that’s used for peening newer Campagnolo chains and there’s a spare pin in there, too (which is dimensionally the same as Campagnolo and Shimano chain tool pins). *
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If you deal with Campagnolo chains on a daily basis then perhaps stick with their tool (or the Pedro’s Tutto), but for everyone else, this green fidget spinner is my pick for the best damned chain breaker money can buy. And that’s exactly why, despite it being so so new, I included it in my “Most loved products of 2018” that published on CyclingTips today (link in bio). *
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#ifeelbadforpostingthiswhileotherswaitfortheirs #cooltooltuesday #cooltools #abbeybiketools #bikemechanic #biketools #chainbreakers #greentools #madeinusa🇺🇸 #madeinoregon

😍😍😍. Hot damn this thing is nice! *
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Check out CyclingTips.com for this latest Bike of the Bunch. Some beyond stunning work from @fireflybicycles and @hot_tubes_paint right here. *
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Thanks for sharing it @_jlidds , hope you get to ride it soon! 🙌. #titaniumbike #fireflybicycles #dreambike

If you like shiny tools, you’ll love Nepros. As the premium line from Japanese company @kyototool , Nepros is all about precise fitment and perfect mirror chrome finish. *
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Pictured is the 90T Flex head 3/8in ratchet (swipe across for more detail). I’d been wanting to try one of these ratchets for awhile now and finally took the plunge. As the saying goes, you’ll never regret buying guality tools. *
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First impressions are that the head is wonderfully compact and the socket quick release button is elegantly recessed to prevent accidental release. The ratchet mechanism is a little tighter than my Snap-On F80, but I suspect it’ll break in with time.
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Like many Japanese companies, Nepros and parent KTC are terrible with their global marketing. It’s certainly one of those relatively unknown brands that deserves wider attention. And plus, not even my bathroom mirror shows a reflection like this.
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#cooltooltuesday #cooltools #ratchets #madeinjapan #nepros #ktctools #mirrorchrome #toolsofthetrade #biketools #abbeybiketools #snapontools

Not that it was needed, but @knipex_official has refreshed its Pliers Wrench (left). Currently limited to the 250mm (10in) size, the new version introduces laser etched size scale markings, finger grooves above the coated handles and an increased opening capacity (52mm vs 46mm of old). Knipex has also managed to whittle away some weight, with the new version at 458g versus 541g. *
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The German company have also introduced a (marginally) lower cost grey atramentized finish version (pictured) and will continue to offer a Chrome version, too. I was impatient and the atramentized was the only option in stock, but I prefer the chrome. *
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The Pliers Wrench is one of my favourite tools and the new version just builds on that. If you already own a pair, then the new version is unlikely to warrant an upgrade (unless you count those grams!). Personally, I’m now hanging out for an updated 180mm version. Knipex, when you do make them, can you offer a narrower (ES) jawed version too? *
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#cooltooltuesday #cooltools #knipex #plierswrench #madeingermany #biketools #bikemechanic

What’s my vice? Tools. And this one is for use with a vise. *
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Made by @efficientvelo in Portland, Oregon, the No Tilt axle vise aims to keep the jaws in parallel and with no risk of one dropping, shifting or tilting at a different angle to other. *
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Made of case hardened steel, it’s built to last like a good vise does. That’s an unusual material choice for such a tool, with most others, such as Park Tool’s, made of soft aluminium to prevent thread and axle damage. However, those softer jaws also wear out quickly. *
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It offers three sizes of tube clamping, as well as M5/M6 bolt holding slots on the sides. *
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It’s clearly a quality tool, but not without issue. The No-Tilt aspect works well and removes the frustration of seperate soft jaws, but it isn’t 100% free of all tilt. Similarly, the steel clamping surface needs to be used with care, and certainly, I’ll be holding onto my Park Tool soft jaws for delicate aluminium or titanium threaded axles. *
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#cooltooltuesday #biketools #vise #cooltools #recordvise #efficientvelotools

Here’s a clever one for (specific) full suspension mountain bikes. The @pinnerbiketools Hanger Socket uses the bike’s thru-axle as the handle and is used for rear hanger replacement where there is an obnoxiously large nut to remove. In my case, it’s a 23mm nut used on Trek’s ABP-equipped bikes.
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At just 40g it’s light and small enough to chuck in a pack. Better yet, it’s precise enough to use in the workshop with a snug fit and a guiding pin to prevent cam-off. A highly niche tool for sure, and also very clever. *
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#cooltooltuesday #madeincanada #cooltools #trekbikes #trekmountainbike #biketools #madeinwhistler #purpletools #machinedtools #traveltools

I’ve given @lezyneusa a bit of stick in recent tool group tests, but the company’s new Mega XL and C GPS computers are pretty impressive for the asking price. If you need guidance in your riding, check out my review on @cyclingtips #lezynegps #cyclinggps #bikecomputer @monzacycling

I always thought my wife was the kindest and most gentle person on earth. Wouldn’t hurt a butterfly. However, I just moved into a new decade of life and news to me, she’s capable of deception for months on end. It’s a side to her I never knew existed, and I’m afraid to say, I love it! *
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For months she’s secretly spoken with Jason of @abbeybiketools to create what I believe is the world’s coolest gift (swipe 👈 for details). What you see here is the first prototype of Abbey Bike Tools’ wheel dishing gauge. It’s a large, single hunk of billet aluminium with beautiful lines (reminiscent of the Sydney Harbour Bridge). The sprung brass button releases the plunger, which carries just enough weight for gravity to do its thing. And despite this being the first shot at it (and to paraphrase Jason, “a little rough around the edges”), it works perfectly!
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With enough demand the dishing gauge may make it to production (seriously, let Abbey know if you’re keen!). However, it’s unlikely to come in the Walnut wood case (or with my name on it ;) ), probably a good thing given the case alone is over 3.5kg (7.7lb) and demands its own shelf! *
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The biggest thank you to Jason of @abbeybiketools for making this crazily cool gift happen, I know how much time you put into this tool and I’m (continually) in awe of your work. And to Tracy (wifey), you’ve officially won the gift giving game! Love ya! And yes, I fully understand why I’ll just be getting socks next year…
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#cooltooltuesday #seriouslycooltooltuesday #thebesttooltuesdayever #madeinusa #billetaluminum #wheeltools #abbeybiketools #bestgiftever #prototype #bikemechanics #biketools

Another week and another large grouptest of tools for CyclingTips. This time it was bit-based multi-tools (link in bio) and a close battle between the Spurcycle Tool and this @mineral_design Mini Bar. *
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While SpurCycle have the bling (and lower weight), a lower price swung the result to the Minibar. Here it is in more detail. *
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Sturdy enough to stand on, light enough to carry, and with individual magnets for every piece, this one does exactly what a good trail tool should. *
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The bit-carrying capacity may be a little limited for some and the bits do rattle if stored in a rigid place, but otherwise this is a clever item that deserves wider recognition. *
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#cooltooltuesday #biketools #multitools #pockettools #hexkey #trailtools

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