When you’re out cycling it’s a good idea to have a few essential tools with you for road-side maintenance emergencies. But space is a premium so having a handy, pocket-sized multi-tool is a great solution.
Here are six of the best multi-tools to keep you rolling.
Topeak Mini 20 Pro
The chaintool works with all except Campagnolo, and incorporates four spoke wrenches, a chain hook and 4mm hex for adjusting the tool’s pivots.
A tyre lever and bottle opener complete a comprehensive selection.
Blackburn Wayside 19
It’s heavier than most, but is a mobile toolbox that comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The 30mm-long 2-8mm hex keys, Phillips screwdriver, T25 Torx and 11-speed chaintool incorporating three spoke wrenches should cover most emergencies.
The only issue is its width when working in very confined spaces.
Unscrew the aluminium housing’s base to reveal six double-ended tools that slide though the ratcheting top, locking in one of three positions for an efficient T-bar shape.
Hex keys from 2-8mm, four screwdrivers and T10 and T25 Torx deal with non-chain-related fixes.
Specialized EMT Road
It’s ideal for adjustments but won’t fix your chain, and the only omission is a T25 Torx key.
Crank Brothers Y15
• Price: £35 / $40 / AU$60
The frame holds two Y-tools with magnets to keep them in place. They have 40mm-long 3-8mm hex keys and a bit driver, which operate the 11-speed chaintool.
Two clip-on compartments contain a puncture kit and six tool bits, with two screwdrivers, T10 and T25 Torx and 2 and 2.5mm hex keys.
At 223g it’s weighty, but the tools are excellent.