Toolkit pliers?

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Toolkit pliers?

Postby UpWrong » 3 Feb 2020, 11:20pm

I got caught out yesterday with a puncture I couldnt fix because of no pliers in my toolkit. I couldn't unscrew the cap on on my pump to convert it back to presta valve from schraeder. Any recommendations for lightweight pliers to keep in the bike toolkit? I think Chris Juden recommended a pair many years ago in the mag.

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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby Jan Marten » 3 Feb 2020, 11:51pm

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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby hemo » 4 Feb 2020, 12:12am

£104 someone having a Giraffe !!!!!
Just buy a small pair for few quid to do the same thing.

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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby Tcc » 4 Feb 2020, 4:39am

I have a small folding pair with a screwdriver head on each end. Dont use them any more if you’re interested
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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby PH » 4 Feb 2020, 7:59am

What else are you likely to use them for? The example you gave seems easily avoided. I’ve never carried any or had any cause to wish I had.

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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby Jdsk » 4 Feb 2020, 8:22am

The ones on my Victorinox Spirit multitool. 210 g.
But whatever you get make sure that the tips align nicely: for some jobs that's the crucial bit.

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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby pwa » 4 Feb 2020, 8:25am

It might be easier just to make sure the cap on the pump isn't done up tighter than you can undo.

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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby Vorpal » 4 Feb 2020, 8:37am

I carry a Mini Leatherman. They don't make exactly mine anymore, but it is similar to a 'Squirt'. It's small (a little wider than a pocket knife), and it includes scissors and a knife, both of which have come in handy a time or two. Leatherman make good quality tools. I've had mine for more than 20 years. It gets more use than my other multitools (I use it for other stuff than just bikes), and it has outlasted several of the bike tool ones from various companies.

https://www.multi-tool-store.co.uk/mult ... black-p104
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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby pwa » 4 Feb 2020, 8:53am

I think CJ may have had something favourable to say about the Irwin Vise Grip, which would certainly do the job. But my small example weighs about 150g and is 16cm long, which makes it a bit too much of a lump to carry when I consider that in the last five years I have had zero occasions to use it on a ride. Mine stays in the garage.

This version looks slightly smaller than mine but is still 10cm long and 140g.

https://www.screwfix.com/p/irwin-vise-g ... rs-4/5181k
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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby reohn2 » 4 Feb 2020, 8:55am

If I'm using a tool a lot I buy the best,but for occasional or emergency,one off uses I buy something cheaper.Some years ago I bought a cheapo DSL multitool very similar to this one(but without the bits set):- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anpro-Multi-To ... 32&sr=1-21 (sorry for the Amazon link).It's proved to be a really good tool on the occasions I've needed it and being made from stainless steel it doesn't go rusty if it gets wet in the bag :)
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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby iandriver » 4 Feb 2020, 8:56am

Mini Leatherman for me also.
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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby tatanab » 4 Feb 2020, 9:04am

I take the other approach and equip each machine with a suitable pump.

As it happens, the Swiss Army Knife in my tool kit has pliers. Too heavy for the weight conscious at 6 ounces. The file blade has been used to break a cheap cable lock when the owner had no key.

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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby Vantage » 4 Feb 2020, 9:24am

reohn2 wrote:If I'm using a tool a lot I buy the best,but for occasional or emergency,one off uses I buy something cheaper.Some years ago I bought a cheapo DSL multitool very similar to this one(but without the bits set):- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anpro-Multi-To ... 32&sr=1-21 (sorry for the Amazon link).It's proved to be a really good tool on the occasions I've needed it and being made from stainless steel it doesn't go rusty if it gets wet in the bag :)


I have one of those too!
It's on the heavy side to keep in the saddle bag but a brill little tool nonetheless.

I'm now thinking of maybe removing all the gubbins in the handles and just keep em as pliers in the saddlebag. Hmmm.
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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby slowster » 4 Feb 2020, 9:43am

As a general purpose tool I like the Knipex Pliers Wrench. The 150mm size is much heavier (170g) than some of the lightweight multi-tools, but it is a much more useful tool:

- Parallel jaws properly grip spanner flats, unlike ordinary pliers which often have the potential to damage fastenings with their serrated jaws.
- The way the pliers work ensures that fastenings are gripped by the flats with no play or looseness which might result in the corners being rounded off
- Very wide opening jaws (27mm on the 150mm version), so it can be used for everything from tightening a presta valve core to a pedal or a solid axle nut.

Although it's not designed primarily as a pair of pliers, I've found it useful for awkward tasks like gripping the tabs on BB7 disc brake pads to twist and remove the pad, and to crimp the metal brackets supplied with SKS mudguards (for which the parallel closing jaws are far better than pliers), and I've read of others using them to bend warped brake discs.

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Re: Toolkit pliers?

Postby Sweep » 4 Feb 2020, 9:58am

Vorpal wrote:I carry a Mini Leatherman. They don't make exactly mine anymore, but it is similar to a 'Squirt'. It's small (a little wider than a pocket knife), and it includes scissors and a knife, both of which have come in handy a time or two. Leatherman make good quality tools. I've had mine for more than 20 years. It gets more use than my other multitools (I use it for other stuff than just bikes), and it has outlasted several of the bike tool ones from various companies.

https://www.multi-tool-store.co.uk/mult ... black-p104

Looks nice.
Go outdoors sell a range of tools from Gerber. I think they may be cheaper than leatherman, no idea how the quality compares.

Looks interesting

https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15922053/g ... o-15922053

Other gerber stuff available from them.
Myself am happy to use a cheapo but not bad multitool i got from aldi and a neat little wilkinson sword branded thing i got from tk maxx, which is always worth a scout if passing.
Must say have never needed one for a pump, would be concerned about the pump design if I did.
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