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    tools for singlespeed xc?

    One for the racers out there.....I've been doing more ss and less on the geared bike and am going to race the local series on it...so what's the hot set up for flats if you have track ends like me? Just find a box end wrench thats light or is there some kind of specialty thingie that will fit axlenut/setscews also?
    Have a Surly hub BTW

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    Oh, I can think of a few singlespeed XC tools...

    but I've used a 15 mm cone wrench for axle nuts.

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    Ive got track ends on my Monocog and use XT QR with the stock Redline nut tug. Hasn't slipped yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    Ive got track ends on my Monocog and use XT QR with the stock Redline nut tug. Hasn't slipped yet.
    But the OP is already running a Surly hub with a solid axle and track nuts. Your suggestion of a XT QR is not helpful to him.

    To the OP, go to Sears and find a Craftsman 15mm stubby wrench. Prior to the race, use that wrench to cinch down your axle nuts as tight as you can and still be able to back them off with that wrench. Then carry that wrench with you.
    There are lightweight alternatives available from the cycling industry. IIRC, Surly has a really short track nut wrench. Felt makes one that has a bottle opener integrated into it. That might be handy after the race.
    You could also make your own if you have some mechnical skills and equipment.
    Get a 15mm 3/8" drive socket. Trim the socket down in a chop saw by cutting off the 3/8" drive end. Weld that shortened socket to a thin metal handle. You can tailor the size and length of the handle to what you need for leverage, weight and space in the tool kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    But the OP is already running a Surly hub with a solid axle and track nuts. Your suggestion of a XT QR is not helpful to him...
    Awesome, glad you asked.

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    I've got some Bell multi-tool that has a bunch of various wrenches on it. One of them fits the axle nuts on my new wheelset. I'm not sure about how much leverage it could give, but I'm sure I'll eventually find out, as I'm building up a SS/fixed CX bike.
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    i raced xc and endurance on a rigid SS with solid axles...on surly hubs (v-brakes)

    i rant it tubeless, brought 1 tube, 1 'big-air' co2, and a wrench for the axles...that's it.

    only other stuff i brought was a gel shot taped to my stem (where it tears off) and a 50oz camelback (i fumble with bottles too much)...
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    Bottle opener for beer.

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    I've been thinking about making a CNC 15MM wrench, with holes that align with a bottle cage mount. Think it would sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by old'skool View Post
    I've been thinking about making a CNC 15MM wrench, with holes that align with a bottle cage mount. Think it would sell?
    Something like the Pedro's Trixie? Of course for SS riding you don't need a lock ring tool, but I guess if you wanted to shave off a little weight you could take a hack saw to it. I like that it comes with wing nut type bolts so you don't need a tool to get your tool off the bottle mounts.

    From the Pedro's site:
    "Trixie
    Specifically designed for the fixed gear rider, the Pedro’s Trixie is the urban survival tool with all the right pieces to keep that fixie rolling. Hardened tool steel give this tool a great feel and long lasting life.

    15mm box end wrench.
    Lock ring hook.
    8,9,10mm box end wrenches.
    5mm hex.
    Of course, a bottle opener."

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    +1 trixie

    Works well and light. I keep it on my monocog for changing cogs and fixing flats.
    http://www.pedros.com/trixie.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2 View Post
    Oh, I can think of a few singlespeed XC tools...
    Yeah, I know some people who ride SS XC are tools, but that does not represent the entire SS culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Yeah, I know some people who ride SS XC are tools, but that does not represent the entire SS culture.

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    I carry a Pedro's "Trixie" tool. I like it b/c it has a bottle opener plus the lock-ring tool for the cassette retaining ring. The stubby Craftsman 15mm is a good idea as well.
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    Don't need a lock ring tool? Sure you do if you have a cassette-style SS hub. Its not necessary for the trail but is nice to have for in the shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Don't need a lock ring tool? Sure you do if you have a cassette-style SS hub. Its not necessary for the trail but is nice to have for in the shop.
    Different kind of lockring....

    Would the lockring tool on that Trixie suffice for freewheels too?
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    I have that Trixie tool and it's great for my bike. I have track ends and a track-style cassette locking. I don't use the bottle opener out on the trail, but it comes in handy when I get home.

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    Surly Jethro Tule



    The end is flared wide so that it gives you more leverage in your palm, yet is very small for seat bag, pocket, pack..
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    Thanks all, when I go out Ill check out sears first (im cheap)
    Lockring tool is in order so I should be set

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    Different kind of lockring....

    Would the lockring tool on that Trixie suffice for freewheels too?
    No sir, You would need something like this. Depends whether you have english or BMX threads and what kind of freehwheel you use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    No sir, You would need something like this. Depends whether you have english or BMX threads and what kind of freehwheel you use.
    Damn.... That's me, being cheap. Ironically, the pin spanner I got in the hopes of removing the freewheel takes care of the track lockring just fine, but it don't budge the freewheel without pain on my part.

    That's actually the exact type of "this" that I would need too. One more trip to REI. Damn money pit. Thanks.
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