Brucey wrote:a note of caution re tools that use hex drive bits;
- it is quite easy to lose the relevant bits.
Unfortunately the same is also true of most other bicycle-grade / bicycle-strength tools (i.e. small and light) including individual allen keys.
You just have to learn that if you want to have reliable good quality tools you have to be reliable yourself when looking after them.
Brucey wrote:- vs a standard allen key if you damage your hex bit it is 'game over' ; with a standard key you have another end right there.
True, but the end that you will damage will be the shorter-arm end, precisely because of the excessive torque you were trying to apply
which means that the other end will also not be able to apply sufficient torque because you now only have the damaged-end short arm with which to apply said torque
(and you will probably have rounded-out the hex socket head too) which again means "game over".
Brucey wrote:- the hex drive bits vary enormously in quality; I've had some which were brittle and some which were as soft as cheese, so buy a good brand if you can
- the sizing and corner radii (esp on small allen key sizes) are often suspect on inexpensive hex drive bits
I will "second" those observation about hex-bit quality "in spades".
But if you use a particular type of tool often, then you will eventually end up with a good instance of that tool.
(I bet you can guess how I know this.)
When that good instance eventually wears out, you will be sad, but at least know what to look for in (and pay for) as a replacement.
Unfortnately, nowadays you can no-longer throw good money at an unknown quality tool and reliably get a good one.
Brucey wrote:- you can't reach into some narrow hollow recesses and tight corners using a hex bit (e.g. brake levers etc).
That precisely sums up / reiterates both your comment "I think that the common theme emerging here is that we all need something slightly different, because of how our bike is."
and my comment "I carry a toolkit for the bicycle I am currently
riding" and also "[the bitwrench is included in my] minimal bike-specific
Every rider who wants to carry a toolkit that is more than just "a mobile phone to phone a friend",must
think about their own abilities and how much "junk" they want to carry when out for a ride,
(or who else they can prevailable upon to carry and/or use said "junk"
And I use the term "junk" because it can mean poor quality tools and/or heavy (but useful) tools and/or tools that you are never likely or able to actually use.
Only if it is a good quality tool that not too heavy to be prepared to carry and you know how to, and will, use it, does it become "not junk".
So the question here is really: "which multi-tool should I buy because I don't know what I, or my bike, needs and I do not want to do the necessary research to actually find out for myself. So can someone just tell me the name of a single product to purchase that reputedly works for someone else
And the answer is: "Well, the following ... works well for my bike when used in my hands
- your mileage may vary