t doesn't matter where you are riding, near or far, it is essential to keep a multi tool on you when out and about. They may look a bit daunting at first, but once you get to know your bike - what goes where, what needs regular checking or need adjusting, a multi-tool will become a trusted companion . Not every ride will require essential repairs but you should always be prepared, just in case!
Multi-tools come in many varieties, catering for different rides and bike parts. What you may need on your daily commute or a 3 hour trail ride will differ to what you may need if you're planning to do C2C (Coast to coast - 140 miles) or maybe your own tour of Britain.
When buying a multi tool it is best to think about the type of riding you do, your bike components and which tools they require and the main reasons you may need it in order to buy the right product. There are many parts to your bike that may need adjusting or basic maintenance whilst out riding. Saddle or bar adjustment, brakes, pedals, mudguards or even your shoes cleat bolts, the list goes on.
All singing and dancing multi tools now come with spoke keys, and a chain breaker integrated neatly so you can fix your chain with a spare chain link which is advisable to keep on you.
Basic bike break down: (Multi tool purposes)
Brakes: Fixing pads if worked loose or rubbing against the tyre.
Gear/brake cables: Tightening or loosening tension.
Pedals: Adjusting spring tension, changing or moving cleat bolts.
Saddle: Increase or reduce saddle height, adjusting the saddle position.
Stem/handlebars: Flipping the stem to increase or reduce the degree position, tightening handlebars, or rotating them either up or down for comfort or race position.
Front and rear derailleur: General adjusting of cables or position, tightening the mech hanger, fixing high and low limits if needed.
Chain: Spare link replacement.
Spokes: Truing your wheel if it has deteriorated during your ride.
Bottle cage attachments: Adjusting the cage position or tightening.
Saddlebag attachments: Tightening or re-positioning the bag if the saddle need's adjusting.
It can be easy to underestimate your bike and it's maintenance needs, or the usefulness of a multi tool for that just in case reassurance, having a pocket sized multi tool that does all the jobs is priceless to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.
What tools for which ride:
MTB - Off-road/trail
ROAD - Commuting, city or club rides and training.