Video: Going Through Loris Vergier's Mechanic's Toolbox

Apr 26, 2019
by Sarah Moore  

Loris Vergier's mechanic Pierre Alexandre takes us through his precious toolbox at the first round of the UCI World Cup in Maribor.

What's your prize tool in your toolbox?

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35 Comments

  • + 16
 Well at least that PA grease monkey ain't a prima dona when it comes to the brands of his tools. He has a bit of everything and I guess what he likes better. Great lesson for those idiots going all in with one brand and one brand only simply because they like the blue colour better ... you know they also have some crappy designed tools ...
  • + 3
 Strewth. Some of that blue is just crazy money.
  • + 6
 That blue is pretty low quality. Red, however...
  • + 4
 @dirtyburger: well if it was just expensive but still good ... lmao
But let's be real, you have to wrench for a living if you want to really banter about bike tools.
  • + 2
 @spaceofades: if you don't like Park, Unior makes some pretty good kit. The DT Swiss stuff is beautiful. I own 4 spoke meters, and while at least one of them is nicer than the DT, and one other equally as good, I would still love to own one!
  • + 2
 @privateer-wbc: Me, i use a lot of Unior stuff. Super impressed with their value, and so far I haven't had any reliability issues. The same cannot be said for Park.
  • + 3
 @spaceofades: I agree fully. Unior is good stuff.

Just put down my Unior tension meter. Much better made than the blue meter. I typically use them as my workhorse meter before final tensioning and final checks for wheel building - at which point I convert to Wheel Fanatyk, and Cognoscenti digital meters. I do find the park springs break/snap too frequently and accuracy drifts. The Unior is much better made, much more robust, and actually comes with a calibration rod so you can ensure your meter is always spot on - where Park wants you to send their back for calibration which is totally a pain in the ass.

I'm slowly converting to Unior when I need new tools and replacements.
  • + 1
 @privateer-wbc
@spaceofades

Not sold on the other blue brand from Eastern Europe at all. Yes they are a bit cheaper here and there but not by much, and in terms of forge I don't like their alloy at all. Pure crap that doesn't last long and it almost looks like it's made out of (not so well) recycled metal ... but I digress.

At least the other blue brand always deliver in terms of packaging. Some of their tools come with a nice box and a fancy laser cut foam. But some of their design are pure junk, like their BB30/PF30 extractor.

And regarding spoke tension meter, yes the original blue one is crap, but it's cheap crap ^^. The other blue one, the one you're talking about guys, is crap as well but at least it comes with a calibration tool. But there is a Chinese made copy of the DT Swiss design, it costs like 50 bucks and it comes with a digital gauge. Bought it for a trainee, ended up rebuilding upon reception to make it more accurate. It has been used everyday ever since for the last 2 years. I even bought a second one and I do not bother using the DT one any more, I like the digital gauge on the Chinese copy better than the analog one from DT. And yes the Chinese one is accurate, since we have a proper spoke calibration tool (homemade, steel frame with a portable scale with digital gauge) and that I have to lace loads of carbon hoops it better be Big Grin .
  • + 1
 @privateer-wbc: wouw one of those DT swiss spoke tension meter is 1K alone!
  • + 1
 @Euskafreez: it throws me off, you calling it 'the other blue'. Its orange in North America.
  • + 1
 @spaceofades: well...Unior was blue until this year or last. Now they are Orange/Red.
  • + 1
 @zoobab2: check out Cognoscenti's Filip Kralyevski manufactured meter. Cost a bit more than the DT, and is even more precise/accurate/consistent.
  • + 10
 That hand ratchet is nice.
  • + 10
 "I always finish by hand". Wait, what are you talking about exactly here?
  • + 1
 Park aren't great but most of their stuff does the job fine.
I treated myself to a few Facom T handle Allens in the key sizes and they are as good as I've used.
For smaller tools as a reasonable price Topeak/Lezyne are better than Park in my experience.
Also Wolf Tooth do some (not many) pretty nicely made tools.
  • + 4
 Flashback to the 80s with that intro.
  • + 1
 Yes! I scrolled down hoping to see what theme song that is.
  • + 4
 Is that one of those visors with the fake hair on top?
  • + 1
 I think its radder than that. his own mop.
  • + 1
 I love following toolboxwars on Instagram, has quite a few tool boxes to look at. That page also got me to follow knipex. Now I'm spending more time working on my tools and bikes than riding! Smile
  • + 2
 My 20 year old Pedros bottle opener.
  • + 1
 My 20 year old park BO-1
  • + 2
 6:40 I also had the same tools lol
  • + 2
 Metal tire lever ? How do you not damage the rim ?
  • + 2
 Soft hands
  • + 1
 Impossible to fit tyre on without if they are using inserts like cushcore
  • - 1
 Jesus Christ is this guy inventing a new language? He's got great tools, and probably knows what's up, but it's like listening to Charlie Brown's teacher.
  • - 1
 can someone explain to me what "trick" he's talking about at 5:30? About the nipples
  • + 1
 yes what ?
  • + 4
 When lacing a wheel, use an old spoke to hold the nipples (from the tyre side of the rim) and prevent dropping them between the walls of the rim. Assuming thats the trick. Keen to know if its something else though
  • + 2
 Getting nipples through rims can be a hassle if you’re in a hurry. With the spoke tool you just thread on, push through and then thread it off, straight on to the spoke in the wheel.

There are other tools/tricks for it, but you’ve always got a spoke at hand, they’re tiny, and pack light.
  • + 1
 @heinous: even better:

www.wheelfanatyk.com/store/pin-vise-nipple-inserter

Far better than using the threaded end of another spoke.
  • + 1
 @privateer-wbc:
Tried a few different nipple insertion/driver tools. Still yet to find one better than an old spoke.
  • + 1
 @sam264: I definitely prefer the pin vice for quick working

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