Crank Brothers Y Tools by the Numbers

Let me preface this post by saying that I love Crank Brothers’ products. I use their pedals, their pumps, and their tools. That being said, I would like to offer some constructive criticism on one of their new items that I came across at Interbike. The tool is called the Y Tool. The tagline is that it is a shop quality tool to being with you on the ride. By shop quality, I am assuming they mean the construction and style of the tool. Any mechanic remembers, or uses the Y-shaped tools made by various tool companies in the shop. They’re both fast and easy to use. Crank Brothers wanted you to be able to take it on the road. So let’s break this tool down after the break.

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The Top 10 Tools You Will Need to Work on Your Own Bicycle

English: A Park Tool crank extractor and cone ...
English: A Park Tool crank extractor and cone wrench (with an off-brand adjustable wrench). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I guess if you’re going to work on your own bike, you’re going to need tools. Nothing worse than using the wrong tools to work on your bike. When you use the wrong tools, things get broken and pretty soon you are in the bicycle shop with a surly mechanic looking over your handy work. Real surly. Hence, that defeats the purpose of this blog, which is to teach you how to work on your own bike, not the surly bike mechanic. Hint: Handcrafted beer goes a long way to soothing that surliness.

So here’s that list of tools:

  1. Combination Wrenches
  2. Allen Wrenches (Hex Keys)
  3. #1 Philips Screwdriver
  4. 1/4″ Flathead Screwdriver
  5. Floor Pump with a Pressure Gauge
  6. Patch Kit
  7. Degreaser
  8. Bicycle Specific Lube
  9. Tire Levers
  10. Shop Rags
Keep in mind, this list isn’t all inclusive and it’s not in any particular order. It will definitely get you through most repairs that don’t involve a lot of swearing and a 200-page technical manual. Just a list isn’t all that helpful, so see the details of each item after the break.

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