For a while, I refused to post Kickstarter campaigns. Mostly because the products seemed chintzy or a little too hastily designed. Until recently, I’ve been coming across some products that are so simple that I want to share them. That’s what I thought about the Lever+ Bike Tool.
It’s a tire lever, something most people carry when they ride, combined with a 4 mm, 5 mm hex, Phillips head driver and a T-25 Torx head driver. Basically everything you’d need in a multi-tool, stuffed into the plastic gut of a tire lever.
Check out more information on the Lever+ at its Kickstarter campaign.
Here’s a video showcasing that cool tool roll I posted about earlier this week, the Nutter.
Clean and simple tool rolls are essential, especially if you’re touring or traveling with a bike. The latest from Full Windsor is just that. Introducing the Nutter multi-tool, complete with leather roll. Either attach it to your Brooks saddle, or toss it in your pannier or backpack. See more at Full Windsor!
Portland Design Works keeps it weird with this new video highlighting how multi purpose their 3Wrencho can be!
I tend to shy away from Kickstarter projects but when I caught wind of Fix It Sticks, the Made in the USA, minimalist bicycle tools, I gladly posted to support their cause, as many of you did. Well, all the support paid off. Fix It Sticks are now in stock. They even come in titanium…
Scoop up a set here.
NAHBS is always overwhelming for me but sometimes I just like to see really useful products mixed in with all the high-end, custom bikes. I’ve put my Feedback Pro Elite stand through the ringer over the years and I really love the simplicity of it but when I saw the Sprint Work Stand, I had to check it out. The front fork mount is compatible with all spacing for front or rear dropouts and the bottom bracket padding slides to accomodate all wheelbases.
See more details at Feedback Sports and a few more shots below.
Look, I don’t like posting Kickstarter projects. I believe in a good old fashioned pre-order or a loan. Crowd funding has gotten out of hand in the past year and the amount of utter garbage that makes its way to my inbox is embarrassing for the human race. Ok, I’m overreacting here but when I got an email from Brian from Fix it Sticks, I almost deleted it without reading past the word “Kickstarter”. Call me a cynic. What I do appreciate about Kickstarter is many individual’s desire to bring fabrication back Stateside, for even the simplest products.
Cynicism aside, bicycle tools are something we all need, whether at home or on the road. I’m partial to Leyzne’s ultra mini SV tool line for the jersey pocket but sometimes you need a little more leverage (yes, even on the road). The Park tri tool is great but too bulky to take with you. That’s why I dig the Fix it Sticks “tinker toy” design. I put them in my zippered pouch I carry with me on rides and hardly notice that they’re there. There’s no moving parts and you don’t have to worry about losing the tool head (they’re in there!).
Simply arrange the sticks in any order to gain the leverage you prefer on the tool head you need. It’s so simple that I’m surprised Craftsman or someone didn’t already think of it. Check out more photos below and more information at the Fix it Sticks Kickstarter.