Your bike tool questions
As specialists in cycling tools and accessories, we get a lot of questions and queries from our loyal customers. It’s great to get our thinking caps on and answer these, so everyone can enjoy cycling. These are some regarding “tools” from the past weeks, which have been sent via social media and emails. Feel free to have a look through, and send us your cycling questions in the comments below.
Bike multi tools are a handheld tool with various applications, to use on your bicycle. They are usually small and portable, with bicycle specific dimensions. The ideal multi tool will have everything you need in one device. The main problems you will come across whilst cycling will be to do with your chain, tyres, gears and brakes. So the tool needs to have options for all of these. It should also be hardwearing and lightweight so it can take the strains of different types of cycling.
What tools should I carry on my bike?
The type of tools to carry on your bike when riding can be quite extensive. The essential items include: chain hook, tyre levers, allen keys, spoke keys and spanners. If you carry these as individual items, they will be numerous and heavy. Most people will opt for a multi tool. This is a tool which has various applications in one device. Luckily, the Rehook PLUS offers all these essential tools, in a single device. It is also the lightest of its kind on the market, so it won’t weigh you down.
What is a bike multi tool used for?
A multi tool is used for various parts on your bike, both at home and on the go. The Rehook PLUS multi tool is for the following applications:
- Chain hook, to cleanly and easily put the chain back on your bike
- Tyre levers, to effortlessly remove the tyre and gain access to the inner tube for repair.
- Spoke keys, to tighten or loosen your spokes to straighten the wheel
- 8mm, 9mm, 10mm Wrench, for use on cable clamps and handlebar attachments
- 5mm, 6mm Hex / Allen keys, to adjust brake and gear components
- PH1 Philips screwdriver, to adjust derailleurs and other components
What is the best bike multi tool?
The way to decide which is the best multi tool, is to ask some simple questions. What attachments do I need on the tool which are essential? Will it attach directly to my bike? Is it light enough not to weigh me down? Is it durable and reliable enough to stand the test of time? The easy answer to all of these comes in the form of the Rehook PLUS. A fantastic, lightweight durable multi tool, which attaches directly to your bike frame.
What do you do when a bike chain falls off?
In the past, it was a very messy job when your chain fell off the gears. Now, it is very easy to position the chain correctly without any hassle or mess. You simply need to use our Rehook tool to hook the chain links. Then you place it on the front sprocket, lift the bike slightly, and turn the pedals forward. Your chain is now back on your bike in no time at all.
How do I keep my chain from falling off?
The short answer is, you can’t. Any bikes with derailleur gears are likely to have a chain come off at some point. This is because of the inherent flexibility in the springs of a derailleur. The chain is never tight enough to keep it on 100% of the time. It can bump off the gears with a sudden shock from a curb or pot hole. It can even jump off if you do not change gears correctly. Which is why you now have the Rehook tool to help get those dirty chains back on correctly. There are also some preventative measures to help keep it on though. Firstly, you must make sure the chain is the correct length. Otherwise there could be too much slack allowing too much movement is the chain. Secondly, you must keep pedalling whilst changing gears. This will ensure the chain moves smoothly, and doesn’t slip. Doing this will also put a lot less strain on the gear components to help them last longer.