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  1. #1
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    New question here. Bar Ends w/ tools - would this be actually useful?

    Greetings All,

    I ran across this when looking around for bar ends - Bicycle Bar End With Tools - USD $ 9.99

    Mountain Road Bike Bicycle Alloy Handlebar Bar Ends Repair Tools Kits Spanner | eBay

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    "...Tool kits contains:
    • Hex Wrench 4, 5, 6, 8mm
    • T25 Wrench
    • Spoke Wrench 14G, 0.136"
    • +/- Screw Drive/Tire Lever
    • Spanner 8, 9, 10mm
    • Chain Rivet Extractor..."

    Would these be useful in the field? Would I be much better off with a well known multi-tool in an underseat bag?



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    Fat-tired Roadie
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    I've sometimes thought about alternate ways to store tools. I actually don't think a seat wedge is in the best location, although I use one myself.

    I don't use bar ends anymore. I feel like wide bars put them too far apart, and I'd rather have wide bars. But if you want bar ends anyway, why not?

    It can be nice to have hex keys that unfold to a straighter shape to get into difficult spots. And a good tire lever is a great thing for stubborn tires.

    I'd also be a little suspicious of the price.

    If you try them, post back in a year or so. Or sooner if you hate them.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Is the handle plastic? If so, not sure I'd trust it not to break/flex. I also have more than one bike, so easier for me to carry a multi. I picked up the Crank Bros 19, but the 17 also gets great reviews.

  4. #4
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    It'd be worried that the tool would rattle out and disappear. It's also a weird place to add weight, but Idk that'd pay people would notice it. Personally I'm really liking the Specialized SWAT kit and tool. Not enough to give Spec money, but it's a good use of space.

    I've actually been loving my Revelate Jerry can as a tool holder.

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    Captain Calico Jack
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    Depending on the o.d. of the tool part I would be tempted to just jam that into my bar and ditch the climber end

  6. #6
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    Yep, this would be better if it was a bar plug rather than a bar end.

    They'd have to find a different way to secure it, but that's a solvable problem.

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    They look really cheap. Looks aside, I would be concerned about the tools rattling whilst riding over rough ground or the caps working loose. If it was better quality, would definitely be worth considering

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    I would pay good money for a high quality version of this. Are you listening, Ergon?

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