This Passport penknife-style block squeezes in 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm Allen keys, flathead and phillips screwdrivers and gets bonus points for a T-25 Torx wrench and (if beer’s your thing) a bottle opener built into the shell.
At half the size of the average mobile phone, this tool is a bit small for getting a really good grip when you’re tightening Allen screws. You’ll ﬁnd that you will struggle to shift a stubborn pedal because of that shortness.It’s fine for emergency tightening of loose bits, though. The price is good too.
The omission of a spoke key here could be viewed as a problem if you get caught with a broken spoke at the side of the road, but given how many wheels come with special nipples this is not as big a niggle as it used to be.
It fits nicely in the hand, but on balance we’d rather have a 8mm Allen key and spoke key in the sideplate like you get with Lifeline’s multi-tool (£8.99, www.wiggle.co.uk), as these would prove more useful in the long term, even if it meant less beer was consumed.
The chromoly-vanadium tools are decent quality, and the whole thing feels well put together.