The One Tool That World Cup Mechanics Can't Live Without?

Jun 9, 2018
by Richard Cunningham  
Dave Garland - Danny Hart
Dave Garland: mechanic for Danny Hart.


Dave Garland: Longacre Tire Gauge

bigquotesYou have to be accurate with tire pressure these days - really accurate - and the Longacre tire gauge I use is certified. You can clean the gunk out of it - latex and what have you - and it always works perfectly.
Dave Garland - Danny Hart



Jake Scoynes - Kaos Seagrave Jamie Edmonson
Jake Scoynes wrenches for Kaos Seagrave and Jamie Edmonson.


Jake Scoynes: Wera Allen Keys

bigquotesI picked me' Wera Allen keys - or just about any Allen keys in my toolbox, because I can't do what I do without them.
Jake Scoynes - Kaos Seagrave Jamie Edmonson



Pierre-Alexandre Roche - Loris Vergier
Pierre-Alexandre Roche says Santa Cruz Syndicate mechanic Dougie Hatfield often helps him keep Loris Vergier on two wheels.

Pierre-Alexandre Roche: Dougie "Fresh" Hatfield
bigquotesThe tool I am using all day, every day? When I don't know, I just ask Dougie Fresh. He has been here for a long time with the best riders in the world, so when you have a question, he has an answer for everything.



Dougy Hatfield - Luca Shaw
SC Syndicate's Dougie Hatfield is one of the most experienced and respected mechanics on the World Cup DH circuit.


Dougie Hatfield: Snap-On Swivel Ratchet & 3-Way Allen Tool

bigquotesLot of tools in the toolbox, but when you go to the main tools, I like my little Snap-On swivel and my three-way. When I want to do a bolt check, these are the tools that come out of the box.
Dougy Hatfield - Luca Shaw



Jordi Cortes - FOX
Jordi Cortes: Fox Factory Racing

Jordi Cortes: Scottish Unicorn Coffee Mug
bigquotesSometimes you are walking down the street and things call out to you. I don't even like unicorns, but I've never really met one. Does the caffeine help? I think it's like playing pool drunk. You get really good and then you get really sh*t. It helps at first...



Jon Stout - Mick Hannah
Jon Stout wrenches for Mick Hannah.


Jon Stout: Unior Nipple Insertion Tool
bigquotesMy favorite tool is this Unior Tools nipple insertion tool. Great for inserting nipples without dropping them inside the rim. Nothing worse than having a nipple rattling around inside a rim.
Jon Stout - Mick Hannah



Evan Warner - SRAM
Evan Warner is a SRAM factory mechanic.


Evan Warner: Custom Knipex Shock-Shaft Pliers
bigquotesThese are pretty cool air-shaft and shock shaft pliers - like a little mini-vice that works with the Knipex pliers that many of us carry on the circuit now-a-days. The DSD guys in Germany came up with the idea and made some up. Now we couldn't live without them.
Evan Warner - SRAM



Mathieu Dupelle - Connor Fearon
Mathieu Dupelle is Connor Fearon's mechanic.


Mathieu Dupelle: Fuller Flathead Screwdriver
bigquotesA little flat-head screwdriver that my uncle gave me to put in my toolbox when I was 14. Somehow, it has made its way from toolbox to toolbox. It's nothing really special, but I'm 36 years old and I haven't lost it yet. Since 2004, it's been at every World Cup I've been at.
Mathieu Dupelle - Connor Fearon



Darren Burns - Sam Blenkinsop
Darren Burns keeps Sam Blenkinsop's Norco on point.


Darren Burns: Custom Park Tool Wheel Balancer
bigquotesIt's a wheel-balancer. I used to work in a motorbike shop and this is the kind of static balancer that they use, and I just made a mini version of that for bicycles. Last year we were taping lead to the actual rims with Gorilla Tape. This year, I made some more refined brass weights we use.
Darren Burns - Sam Blenkinsop



John Hall - Aaron Gwin
John Hall: Aaron Gwin's mechanic.


John Hall: Abbey Rotor Straightener & Birzman Pad-Spacing Tool
bigquotesWe've done plenty of these stories and you always see the same stuff... But there's a lot of little things the guys use and one of my favorites is the rotor-straightening tool from Abbey. It's something I use all the time. Most mechanics and riders as well, are super finicky about rotors rubbing. The other one is a Birzman pad spacing tool, which is another tool to keep rotors from rubbing...

John Hall - Aaron Gwin



Grant Sides - Marcelo Gutierrez
Grant Sides: mechanic for Marcelo Gutierrez.

Grant Sides: Snap-On Midget Box Wrenches

bigquotesHere at the Giant pits, I use a 12-mil' and a 19-mil' midget box wrench. We use those for suspension linkages, and they make our jobs much easier.
Grant Sides - Marcelo Gutierrez



Aaron Pelttari - Troy Brosnan
Aaron Pelttari wrenches for Troy Brosnan.


Aaron Pelttari: Drift Punch & Abbey Hammer
bigquotesYou always need to hit things. With a punch, you can get into smaller things to hit. It's great! You can push bearings in, bush bearings out - do whatever you need to do with it.
Aaron Pelttari - Troy Brosnan



Chappy Fiene - Dean Lucas
Chappy Fiene is the team wrench for Intense.


Chappy Fiene: Vintage Leather Hole-Punch
bigquotesWe've got this vintage leather hole punch that I've had since last year. John Hall and I have a matching pair, but mine's a bit better because I've got a fancy depth gauge on mine. Anytime you are doing soft-material fab work - number plates, specifically - it makes a nice clean punch.
Chappy Fiene - Dean Lucas



Jack Roure - Loic Bruni
Jack Roure: Loic Bruni's mechanic.


Jack Roure: Diagonal Flush-Cut Pliers
bigquotesThe cutter for the tires. It is hard to find a good one, because it is hard to cut exactly the good angle. This one, I got 15 years ago and I have never needed to change it.
Jack Roure - Loic Bruni



Maxime Auguin - Myriam Nicole Thibaut Daprela
Maxime Auguin: team mechanic for Myriam Nicole and Thibaut Daprela.


Maxime Auguin: Unior Square-Nipple Socket Driver
bigquotesThis screwdriver spoke tensioner. We are using spoke nipples with a special head which is square. That tool is the best for tension. It is quicker, and for small control I can feel a half turn or less.
Maxime Auguin - Myriam Nicole Thibaut Daprela





172 Comments

  • + 119
 This is great, more mechanic stuff please!!! My favorite tool is the Pedro's dh tire lever for use on removing dust wipers, works way better than anything else.
  • + 5
 That's exactly how I remove mine. Plastic coated so it doesn't mark the paint.
  • + 53
 Surprisingly no one brings Brian Lopes.
  • + 14
 Pedro's tire levers are straight up the best ones you can buy.
  • + 1
 you guys make Syndicate mechanics sad by bringing up tyre levers...
  • + 4
 Cause they don’t want to get punched @chyu:
  • + 11
 @chyu: They asked for FAVORITE tool , not BIGGEST tool.
  • - 9
flag SnowshoeRider4Life (Jun 11, 2018 at 7:24) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: tire*
  • + 10
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: Tyre. English word, and that's how you spell it.
  • + 85
 duct tape Hammer wd40 anything you can't fix with those is an electrical issue
  • + 19
 AvE fan, eh?
  • + 3
 WD40 is life and Danny Hart knows it (big sign on his helmet)
  • + 6
 I don't know - duct tape fixes most of my electrical issues.
  • + 7
 @beeekilbee: not sure if joking, but duct tape glue conducts electricity... Be careful
  • + 3
 @Mngnt: Haha, thanks for the tip, but yeh, I was joking : )
  • + 2
 @Mngnt: ditto. Used it on a computer as a kid, to hold a bios battery in on a motherboard. Fried that sucker rather quickly.
  • + 8
 @Kainerm: Haha! get yer safety squints on.
  • + 7
 @Mngnt: I didn't know duct tape glue conducted electricity, but I always have electrical tape so I never used duct tape on energized circuits. PB is a wealth of knowledge.
  • + 9
 @expat: safety squints engaged, mother on speed dial, TWO condoms and filtered thru a cigarette
  • + 2
 Exactly, and if you can't remove it with the hammer, get a bigger hammer!
  • + 1
 I just saw the guy on the trail I sold my bike too. He was happy with the bike (he should, it was pristine!) but was complaining about the linkages creaking… and WD40 didn’t fix it!! I give up...
  • + 2
 Duct... or duck?
  • + 2
 @Tuckandroll: or a drift punch Wink
  • - 1
 what is a duct tape hammer?
  • + 32
 Would like to hear more about the wheel balancer, how many pro guys do this, anyone tried it?
  • + 5
 I balanced wheels in high school automotive class. As for bicycles, I'm not very picky, rode with a huge flat spot forever on my mountain bike, my commuter bike rims are irreperably bent like wet noodles. Depends on the person, in my opinion if you want to be good at biking, "just ride your bike" is the answer. If you ride a shitty bike 8 hours a day for a year, you'll do way better than fussing 8 hours a day for a year.
  • + 3
 @allballz: Riding DH you can easily get well over 30 and the World Cup guys are doing that all the time now (AVERAGE speeds for the top riders at Leogang are over 30 mph) however, I do agree that it is a World Cup/Pro issue - unless you're trying to get an extra time advantage it seems like a lot of extra work for the average bike and probably expensive if you paid a shop to do it.
  • - 7
flag Kramz (Jun 10, 2018 at 4:36) (Below Threshold)
 Look, 700$ CAD, pretty sweet bike. You're set. m.norco.com/bikes/mountain/dirt-street/ryde/ryde-26
  • + 1
 think some of the wheel balancing issues are now coming from 29ers (bigger wheel so more chance to feel any unbalance) and also the faster jump sections of track aka fort bill motorway and Leogang motorway. The solution to it on Sam Blenkinsops bike is really elegant with the little brass weights
  • + 0
 Some wheels and tyres are just fkd and wobble as hell. Saw different things at my friends workshop. That does make a difference on a bigger wheel, especially for air time.
  • + 3
 @AC1987:
Trying to balance anything with knobs is a futile exercise.
I'd hate being the mechanic asisgned to that rider
.
I'd be bald within the first week
  • + 28
 Personally I stand with Guy Martin on this one, the Yorkshire Tea, tea bag is my most useful tool. Repair going wrong? Make a brew. Problem need solving? Make a brew. Tired? brew. Workshop needs tidying? make a brew first. Once you’ve got that sorted everything else is easier. That and a 4,5,6 Y Allen wrench.
  • + 1
 Always start a shed session with a Yorkshire brew.
  • + 4
 No love for an Earl Grey?
  • + 14
 @steve-sxt: No sir........I suggest you refrain from using such foul language as well tsh.
  • + 1
 So which's more popular, coffee or tea, in Britain???
  • + 1
 @okavango: Which is needed most, water or air?
  • + 2
 @steve-sxt: totally an earl grey man here
  • + 12
 @okavango: honestly we chug coffee as much as anyone.

But certain situations require tea and tea only
  • + 3
 I love this. I recall reading a report from Rowan Sorrell back when he was still racing WC DH. They were racing in Canada and were getting a bit stressed out because they couldn't get any proper cup of tea. I love you Brits for that. But I know you hate me. Because I drink green tea. With no sugar, no milk. Sorry for that.
  • + 1
 @vinay: We don't hate you, we just look on you with the gaze of a wise man looking down on a fool. Seriously though, i did the whole green tea thing for a month once due to sleep issues caused by coffee and long working hours. Its ok, but a decent cup of Yorkshire Tea fixes whats wrong with everything.
  • + 1
 @steve-sxt: It's been known, but not a go to.
  • + 26
 No hacksaws? I must be doing something wrong...
  • + 6
 No, you’re doing everything right haha

Throw in duct tape
  • - 15
flag fecalmaster (Jun 10, 2018 at 1:19) (Below Threshold)
 : A Glock 19!?!!??
  • + 20
 I’d like a 3-way but I’ll pass on the shaft pliers.
  • + 1
 Hahaha. I thought the same.
  • + 11
 Flush-cutters are soooo key, and I have a pair similar to those; however, a good cheat-code for clipping zip ties is toenail clippers. Some of them are also flush-cut, but rounded is okay. And they're $3.
There's a Pedro's nipple setter for cheap, and it fits into a drill so you can zip the nips down to a pre-set depth fast.
Snap-On makes a "stubby handle" 1/4 and 3/8 wrench that's great for bikes! It's so short it's hard to overdo anything. Fits right in the palm of your hand... (It may not be my #1 bike tool, but it's my #1 all-around garage tool!)

Nobody said non-chamfered sockets?

But my personal must-have (like anyone give a $hit...) is a good variety of syringes and fittings. Air bubbles suck!
  • + 2
 I picked up a guitar feet nipper that is awesome for flush-cutting zip ties. Super cheap, and it’s plier sized so it looks and feels like a proper tool.
  • + 10
 I'll go with assorted dentist picks, for fine detail work like removing 'o' rings on fork/shock/dropper cavities. And of course bearing seals, for critical blue HPG-1 fillings Wink
  • + 10
 Omg I want those knipex shock shift pliers. Unfortunately they appear to be custom.
  • + 2
 The plier itself you can go and buy. I have one and it is a super handy tool. No more adjustable wrenches for me. Will have to look into that special shock shaft mod nowSmile
  • + 3
 Holy shit, seriously! I've spent hours, no days googling every possible combination of words searching for what is basically the Knipex Shock Shaft Pliers. In KS's tutorial video of how to disassemble the seat post, their mechanic uses what he calls soft jaws to grip the inner shaft of the seat post and they are nowhere to be found online. Pedro's doesn't make them. Park tool doesn't make them. No plumbing supply store sells or even knows what I'm talking about. Grainger has nothing like them. McMaster-Carr, no luck there. Home Depot...nope. When I explain what I'm looking for ppl either direct me to " soft jaws" for a bench vise or have no clue what I'm talking about. Hell, even KS has no clue what I'm talking about even after I cut and paste the link to THEIR OWN TUTORIAL VIDEO. Those are the closest things I've seen yet to do exactly that job of holding the inner shaft tight and not mar it while removing the actuator assembly. Gawd I hope I can find these somewhere as the others are impossible. Though I haven't checked with the mechs at my LBS to see if they can order them for me.
  • + 1
 That isn't the actual vide for the air tube though is it?? It's only the pliers themselves?@thestraightline:
  • + 1
 Hmmm auto correct! I meant vise/ clamp. @thestraightline:
  • + 7
 @lightsgetdimmer: Drill a block of aluminum and cut it through the hole, you have a shaft holder any size you need. looks like they made saddles to fit the jaws of those slip joint pliers.
  • + 1
 @lightsgetdimmer: Any halfway decent fabricator can probably make you some. Also you can just use a Knipex plier alongside the RS or similar shaft clamps but the clamping force may not be enough. rockshox, fox, etc all make shaft clamps which is typically brass or aluminum clamps with pre-drilled holes.
  • + 1
 @thestraightline: Thanks for the link! I just wish I could find the tool actually used in the KS video but it's impossible. I could probably fab up some of the clamps for the pliers you know but kind of a P.I.T.A.. I'd much rather save my time resourcing the material and a shop to do it and purchase the actual tool. I mean, couldn't be more than $$30 bucks right? I don't have a bench vise so using tubes and wood blocks and such to hold the shaft in place is not really possible. I just want to find that tool!!!! hahaha, the search continues........
  • + 1
 @lake-st: yeah but i'm not really shop set up to do that kind of work. No bench vise, no band saw, no drill press, etc. And I don't really want to spend my time sourcing a shop and the material to do it so........i'll keep searching
  • + 2
 @oilpathsuspension: yeah, I do have a buddy who owns a welding shop so I could go that route but.....i'd rather just buy the tool refered to as "soft jaws" and be done with it. Call me lazy but I can't be the only one looking for that tool. It's really ridiculous that it can't be found anywhere and no one knows what i'm talking about when I ask companies that make bike mechanic tools. haha, oh well
  • + 2
 @lightsgetdimmer: I'd definitely look at getting a vice if I was you, they're super handy for loads of jobs. Get a folding work table and a clamp on vice if you don't have a work bench.

If you have a vice you can use a golf club vice clamp to grip narrow fork/seatpost shafts:
www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RUBBER-VICE-CLAMP-FOR-GOLF-CLUBS-SHAFTS-NEW-Black-FOR-GRIPPING-REPAIRS/181243147858?hash=item2a32eef652:g:HkQAAOxyJX1TC3O4
  • + 2
 @dingus: dude, my garage is so full, I have no room for a folding workbench even. Yeah, sounds strange but I'm one of those guys that actually parks their car in their garage. Straight up, with all the my gear in it's place, skis, snowboards, 5 bikes, camping gear out the a**, winter car tires, tools boxes, I could go on, there's no room. I've got shit hanging from the ceilings even! haha, good lookin' out on the golf club vise clamp though. I have seen those before and they seem like they would work great at not marring the shaft. Thanks!
  • + 2
 Get a G-Clamp, a couple of short pieces of wood and the golf clamp, ghetto mini vice. Only requires one square foot of space for operation.
  • + 1
 @lightsgetdimmer: search for an axle vise, the one in the KS video is something they had made up. Park Tool have one.
  • + 2
 @lightsgetdimmer: calm down you’re going to be okay.
  • + 1
 @lightsgetdimmer: if it's the tool I believe you are talking about then the mechanic in the KS video says it's custom made.
  • + 1
 @lightsgetdimmer: "Soft-Jaws" are just a slang term for Axle/Shaft Clamps. Here's Park Tool's

www.parktool.com/product/axle-and-spindle-vise-inserts-av-5?category=Hub%20%26%20Axle

Barnett's

www.bbinstitute.com/store/tools/bbi-universal-shaft-clamp-set-detail

They're called "soft" because the alloy is softer than the steel of the vice and hopefully the material you're clamping to.
  • + 9
 Knippex pliers were king last time they did this with several mechanics picking them. I've since sourced a couple pairs and can confirm they are indeed damn useful.
  • + 3
 Pro wrench here. Knipex are the best, no doubt ????
  • + 2
 @oilpathsuspension:
Quit playing with your shocks and just go riding nobody needs their shaft clamped bud it’s all about the red knob anybody says different and they’re just tryna cause trouble for no reason.
Set it.
Forget it.
  • + 1
 @hampsteadbandit: knipex for the bike and truck, channellocks for everything else
  • + 8
 In Colorado we have vape pens
  • + 5
 For me, presta core remover. Gotta clear out those valves from time-to-time and a core-free valve makes seating tires and adding sealant so easy. I go mental when I can't find it.
  • + 1
 Pliers also function as excellent core removal tools.
  • + 2
 Peaty's Products are bringing out some new valve caps that have a core remover built in. Quite a neat solution IMO.
  • + 1
 Same here, then I drilled rims for shraeder valves and much easier now to add air and stans
  • + 7
 You know your pool playing glory is about to end when you have to close one eye to take the shot
  • + 5
 I'm glad at least one of the pro mechanic uses the same hammer and drift technique for bashing bearings out....................and people tell me I'm harsh for doing it that way.
  • + 1
 it is harsh and will eventually fuck up the part the bearing rides in.
  • + 7
 Want more information on the wheel balancer!
  • - 1
 put your bike on a stand, loosen the axle, remove the caliper and balance away!
  • + 3
 Knipex (Pliers), WIHA (Screwdrivers)and WERA (Wrenches and Sockets) are the Holy Trinity of hand tools once you get past the Chinese trash running through most tool boxes.
  • + 1
 Get whatever tools you want, but I want (Instagram @bee_kay77 ) whoever he is to make my tool boxes . Every SINGLE tool is custom fitted into foam. The guy is obviously insane... saying his tool boxes are drool worthy, would be huge understatement.
  • + 1
 The one in my pants. Actually I have a set of Pedro's Allen keys that I got dirt cheap years ago. I use them for everything. 1, 2, 2.5, 4 ,5, 6, 8, 10. I use most of those for a full year down and rebuild. A 3 way Y wrench in 4, 5, 6 is very useful too.
  • + 3
 Pedro's cassette mole grips by far for me. Because chain whips are the biggest pile of faffy snappy nuckle shredding gripless levarageless junk.
  • + 5
 Zipties gone out of fashion?
  • + 1
 @lake-sr
Man it sounds like the snap on guy is just a clown, i have never had an issue getting anything warrantied. Usually 1/4 drive ratchets and the ratcheting screwdrivers.
  • + 5
 Nipple insertion
  • + 17
 So now we all know you’re 12
  • + 6
 Nipples...not just for babies ( • )( • )
  • + 5
 Hydraulic jackhammer
  • + 7
 A hand grenade?
  • + 3
 Is it me, but there are no female techs in the world cup?
  • + 15
 Evidently not, Trudeau
  • + 1
 At least one. Jule Palm, Canyon Young Gun. You'd have to wade through a sea of images of the srampagne of beers on Vital to find hers. We've a lot of young guns in our schools in the States, but that's just a ricochet. Also, Bruni's bike is too small for him.
  • + 3
 not a single fancy torque wrench on deck?
  • + 3
 We need a matching dolphin mug for the unicorn mug @whattheheel
  • + 2
 You don't want to know kind of Dolphin produce is in that mug.
  • + 1
 Nope. Ignorance is bliss on that one!!
  • + 2
 As someone who finds great pleasure in throwing tools around, I love 100% of this. (Insert joke)
  • + 4
 Duct-tape?
  • + 1
 Another vote for flush cut snips. I use these daily at my job and they are priceless. Fuck slicing yourself on zip ties cut with a pair of dikes.
  • + 2
 Guys at work thought I was nuts for using a razor blade one day when I misplaced my flush cut snips. It took more time, but I was also the service guy that would be living with the cut hands any time I had to work on that control panel in the future. Same thing with zip ties for number plates or any zip tie on my bike of my wife's bike.
  • + 1
 @Greenday9261: used a razor blade once to cut a zip tie off. Shaved a piece of brake line off too. Expensive oops.
  • + 3
 "soft material fab work" :-P
  • + 1
 maybe cuz some of them work on coil shocks more
  • + 2
 oops wrong comment to reply to
  • + 1
 tiny flat head screwdriver FTW! I have one as well. I've had it for close to twenty years, never use it, always know where it is.
  • + 1
 Had a bike in my teens, whole thing came apart with like 2 Allen keys from what I remember. It was the Herbie of bikes.
  • + 3
 Park tool AWS-10!
  • + 3
 Useless without PZT-2
  • + 0
 Seems some odd choices. I mean I know that leather punch would be handy. But are there not other tools he values more? Or were these guys posed a different question??
  • + 11
 Wondering the same thing.
"Sorry you have to carry your bike down the hill in a bag for this race, the only tool I have is this hole punch. Number plate looks boss tho."
  • + 6
 When you ask the same question several times over, it makes for better copy if they give you different answers.... if everyone said, Allen keys and pressure gauge every time, it would a pretty boring segment.
  • + 1
 "Nothing worse than having a nipple rattling around inside a rim" exactly my thoughts when it comes to wrenching Razz
  • + 1
 So where does one get a set of those Custom Knipex Shock-Shaft Pliers??????
  • + 1
 The earth is not flat.
Give me Matty Dupelle’s flatblade screw driver any day.
  • + 2
 Wera keys aren't ball-ends. on purpose?
  • + 1
 Ball end hex is a fast way to wear out a head head bolt. The tolerances are so loose with the ball of hex wrench, your always putting forces against flat edges of the bolt ar angles. Plus, you can't consistently torque things, even hand torque is more inconsistent when the wrench is at weird angles all the time.
  • + 2
 @GTImkIV: but its on the short end, so not meant for torquing...
  • + 1
 @GTImkIV: You spin it in and out with the ball end if necessary. You don't break it loose or torque it down.
  • + 1
 @drunknride: Good point
  • + 1
 @mm732: well ya, but still. Wink
  • + 1
 I love drinking beer and working on my bike almost as much as riding it...
  • + 1
 Can’t believe shock/fork pump didn’t make the list.
  • + 1
 Allen keys are my best friend Big Grin
  • + 0
 For me the best tool I used (17 years as a mechanic) is the allen Y-wrench, i never will buy a knipex plier!!!
  • + 1
 The bigger the job, the bigger the hammer.
  • + 1
 Definitely agree with a drift punch and hammer as a workshops must have.
  • + 1
 Nah, for the nipples, I just use my fingers...Wink
  • + 1
 Zip ties! Next to the wheel, surely one of mans greatest achievements?!
  • + 0
 Where’s the Leatherman tool? Apparently one can do anything with a Leatherman.
  • + 0
 My favorite tools are my Pedro's L-bend allen wrenches, doesn't hurt that my name is Allen.
  • + 9
 I named my oldest son Hex for the same reason
  • + 1
 I found out that they can be stripped the hard way.
  • + 1
 Mechanic trivia: Allen is a brand of tools. You could buy Allen combination wrenches and Allen hex wrenches. Even an Allen “crescent wrench”. If a friend asks you to pass him a Allen wrench pass him any of your tools made by Allen.

“You wanted a hex wrench? Why didn’t you just ask for one?”
  • + 1
 Ultimate bike stand still the best investment I made.
  • + 1
 ...and when it doesn't work, you take a bigger hammer.
  • + 2
 BFH
  • + 1
 I want all that stuff!!!
  • + 1
 Multi tool.
  • + 0
 some of these are interesting , and some these are just plain stupid
  • + 1
 Snap On!!!
  • + 3
 Great tools shit warranty unless you buy $10,000 a year from them, they will tell you you misused them, I had screw drivers worn out no warranty they had a small electrical burn half way up the shaft, pliers broken squeezed to hard should have used a different tool, it goes on and on,

Mastercraft I have regular sockets used on impact warrantied NP broken allen keys NP 3/8'x1/2" adapters same no questions no bill, best was a vise probably 30yrs old just a smile and here you go a new one.
  • + 1
 Jordi Cortes knows!
  • + 1
 Lover Wera wrenches.
  • + 1
 What are Knipex parellel pliers really good for? I hear people say in magazines about how great they are, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what I’d do with them.
  • + 1
 @sevensixtwo: They replace the need for wrenches and work much better than normal adjustable wrenches. They are great if you need to limit the tools you bring.
  • + 1
 Great for the likes of Reverb collars / seal heads etc that could potentially round off with conventional wrenches.
  • + 2
 @sevensixtwo:

The mechanism gives it a high clamping force, in addition to even pressure applied by the jaws since they're not pivoted at one point but instead slide up and down. You need to to try one out to see what the hype is about! Worth every damn penny! Oh and the Knipex mini bolt cutters - Ohmygaaaaahhh so gooooood
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 @sevensixtwo: It’s like having a perfectly on size wrench for any application where you’re presented with two parallel surfaces to wrench on. I dunno, I’m a machinist by trade and I use them constantly at work, where before I had an entire drawer dedicated to all the different sized spanners I needed. Knipex also sells a lock ring plier kit that’ll change your life.
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 @sevensixtwo: like others said, super versatile. Quicker to size perfectly than an adjustable spanner, it has a basic ratcheting mechanism, and big size adjustability. I use it everywhere, from plumbing to truing wheels. Great father's day gift for mechanically inclined, but a bit spendy.
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 @sevensixtwo: off the top of my head: Pedal lock nuts. Fork top caps. Cassette tool. Presta valve core. Caliper bleed nipple. Brake lever hose nut. Headset/pressfit bottom bracket/cartridge bearing installation.
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 @acali: Also awesome for most bladed spokes.
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