There were quite a few new and interesting tools on display at Eurobike and Interbike. From less frustrating ways to route cables through frames, to clever multi-tools, there’s something to help you keep your bike rolling smoothly, regardless of your level of mechanical aptitude. Here are a few of the standouts from this year's tradeshows.
Park Tool IR-1 internal routing kit
Internal cable routing may look clean, but it can be infuriating to work on. Park Tool is attempting to make fishing wires through frames a less frustrating process. IR-1 internal routing kit consists of three routing cables with magnets and fittings, plus an external guide magnet to ease stubborn cables and electronic wires through frames. It can also be used with hydraulic lines for brakes and dropper seatposts.
Crankbrothers has developed an interesting way to package a Y-tool in a ride-friendly package that won't impale you on the trail. This Y tool is available in versions with 12 and 16 tools. The Y16 features a CO2 inflator, chain tool, along with 2,2.5,3,4,5,6,8mm hex wrenches, T-10 and T-25 torx wrenches, philips and and flat screwdrivers, and three spoke wrenches and a patch kit. The Y12 lacks the CO2 inflator head and chain tool.
Sometimes the simplest ideas prove to be the most useful. Feedback Sports’ A-Frame bike stands are a staple at many cycling events, especially cyclocross races. The Colorado-based company downsized the idea for garage use.
The Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post is a great way to hold bikes or wheels. It folds up when not needed and even has an opening to pass a cable lock through for security.
There's more: take a tour of the gallery for more new tools from this year's tradeshows.