The Coolest Tool You Own?

Prot%20Tool%2004.jpg Having worked on bikes for years, I am used to handling tools. I always find those 50-something-function folding multi-tools to be disappointing, having a lot features that are just not practical to use. Give me something simple, but beautifully made. I have a 3-piece set of headset/BB/pedal wrenches made by Shimano that surpass even Campagnolo. However, the set is just about obsolete when dealing with today’s bikes. But I just got the coolest tool out there.

It’s called the Pro Tool Super and it’s marketed in the United States by Euro-Asia Imports. But the back story is that it was originally marketed in Japan years ago by legendary keirin builder San Rensho. Nowadays, it’s made by their successor Makino.

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What’s so great about it? It’s a track bike specific tool that tightens 15mm axle-fixing nuts, removes/install track hub lockrings AND cogs, as well as adjust MKS-style axle tugs. The coolest part is the cog removal without a chain whip. The lockring end has a slot that allows you to hook it over the teeth of the cog, though you are limited to cogs about 14-16 tooth. The Pro Tool Super is solid chunk of chromed steel satisfaction. It is the track racers dream, eliminating all other tools from the racer’s kit other than a couple odd Allen wrenches. But at nearly $150, it also be a source of concern. While I’m circling the banking, I hope that no one forgets to put my Pro Tool Super back in my kit if they borrow it.

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So what’s the coolest tool you own?

And just for kicks, what the crappiest?



9 Comments

My new S&S tool is the best tool. I think it’s made by the same company and it’s actually another tool, but it’s cool.

I just got an S&S Vanilla, and Sacha made me a custom tool for the couplers & 15mm pedals out of brushed stainless with the vanilla flower milled into it.  It is sweet!

Nice! Do you photos online or send us some and we’ll post them.

I LOVE the headset press.  I don’t own one (but I’ve got a good friend with one).  It’s so definitive in it’s action.  No F’ing around with that bad boy.

That, and using it usually means I have a new bike in the works :).

I’d love to see the S&S tool. I never heard of it.

It’s a hook spanner wrench, simple, but it’s cool and used to uncouple [the Modal](/tag/modal). It’s made by Hason.

I own a lot of tools, the best is not bike related though.  It’s a Noxon spring nail set, found a www.springtools.com.  Oh yeah, I’m kind of fond of my Surly Jethro Tule even though I don’t have much use for it currently.

I thought this bad boy was a good option for riding a bolted rear axle.  I mostly just like the simplicity of having it bolted to the bottle cage.

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