Cycling tools serve a specific and useful purpose, but what happens when practical goes out the window? Welcome to the Home Wrench tool nerd test, where you determine whether you have a hobby or a problematic addiction.
Here’s how it works: Give yourself a point for every statement that’s true.
- <5 points: You’re no nerd; carry on
- 5-13 points: You do most of your own work and take satisfaction in it
- 14+ points: Nerd!
20. You own more than one track pump or an air compressor
19. You enjoy visiting the tool section of your local hardware store
18. You own a derailleur hanger gauge
17. Your screwdrivers are made in the US, Germany or by a cycling tool brand
16. You own a bearing press that isn’t just a threaded rod and a stack of washers
Do you have any 'just in case' tools that are still brand new?
15. You have a cycling tool that you bought, but it’s never been used
14. You know that Interbike and Eurobike is the time that new tools get announced (oh… and bikes too)
13. When you’re about to checkout on an online order, you quickly check the ‘workshop’ section to see if there’s anything to add
12. Your birthday/Christmas gifts are generally tool related (add an extra point if they are to yourself)
Do you have more Hex wrenches than you need?
11. You own more than three types of hex wrench
10. You actually have a favourite hex wrench
9. You associate colours with tool brands, blue = Park, green = Birzman, yellow = Pedro's, shiny (yes, it’s a colour) = Lezyne
Have tool brands made their way into your kitchen?
8. You have a cycling-tool branded bottle opener, pizza cutter or toilet roll holder
7. You read this in its entirety
6. You had to buy a bigger, or second, tool box to hold all your tools
Wanting to know what the pro's use is a sign
5. While at your local shop, you peer at the mechanics' area to see what they use
4. You’ve bought tools based on matching colour
3. You’ve spent time on GarageJournal.com or other tool-related sites (this is worth a read if you have a spare week)
2. You own a set of ‘take-along’ tools in addition to your home-based set
1. You’re actually participating in this test
Scoring 21/20 – our Australian editor, Dave Rome, is a self confessed 'tool nerd' – this series exists as a small shout-out to his fellow eager garage dwellers. Before turning to the media, Dave worked in numerous shops and as tech support in wholesale. With a personal cycle-focused tool collection accumulated over more than a decade, and having found other like-minded tinkerers along the way, he's got plenty of little tricks and tips to share. You can follow Dave on Twitter at @dave_rome.