Best bike multi-tools: roadside repairs made easy

Prevent a loose bolt from ruining your ride with these function-packed gadgets

Using a bike multi tool to fix a broken chain

by Adam Binnie |

One thing that unites road and mountain bikers is the potential for a loose stem bolt or snapped chain to ruin your day. Usually these things will happen when you’re miles away from home or on a ride you’d really rather not miss out on, rather than when five minutes away from your front door and tools.

The most annoying type of mechanical failure of course is not a snapped frame or taco’d wheel, but the one you could fix so simply if only you had an allen key with you – except your tools are in the garage at home, so now you’re stuck. I can’t be the only person who’s sat by the side of the trail trying to tighten up a loose crank with a stick.

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Helping negate the chances of the above is the humble multi tool – whether a DIYer’s allen key set or a more focussed cycling gadget like those in this list – these masterpieces of design efficiency contain (in theory) everything you need in one pocket-sized package.

What should you look for in a bike multi tool?

These days the cycling industry likes to use all sorts of fastenings, meaning all sorts of potential failure points, so in reality you’re going to at least want some Torx keys as well as a flat and crosshead screwdriver.

Some sort of chain splitter is nice to have, and then there are tubeless tyres to consider, which require a set of tools all of their own – spikes for pushing repair strips into your tread, and CO2 inflators to repressurise your rubber. Either way, a tyre lever or two is handy to have.

We’ve got the lot covered here, from the ultimate in weight efficiency to those at the other end of the spectrum claiming to fix any mechanical malady.

Best bike multi-tools 2022

Park Tool IB-2

Best compact tool
Park Tool IB-2 bike multi tool

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For serious trailside repairs look no further than Park Tool, and in this case, its super compact and lightweight IB-2. It contains most of the things you need to tighten something that has come loose - the most common sort of mechanical problem - but wonu2019t help you out if you have a chain or tyre failure. That said, itu2019ll easily fit in a pocket and wonu2019t trouble gram-counting road cyclists.

What's The Best Review: “The perfect bit of kit to throw in the commuter bag or tuck into your saddlebag."

Pros Cons
• Small • No chain tools
• Lightweight • No tyre tools
• Park Tool quality
Allen keys 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm
Torx T25
Screwdrivers Flat head
Weight 108g
Dimension 75x40x18mm

Topeak Mini Pro 20

Best value for money
Topeak Mini Pro 20 bike multi tool

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Ramping up the functions somewhat is this tool from Topeak u2013 in addition to the Park Tool above it has a load of functions like spoke wrenches, a tyre lever and chain tool. A bit larger and heavier, granted, but with pretty much everything you could need while out and about, except for tubeless tyre tools. Which weu2019ll come onto later.

What's The Best Review: “It's small enough to slide into any pocket, the selection of tools is ideal for what I do, and the gold version is so garish that I'll never lose it.”

Pros Cons
• Comprehensive • Tools a bit squeezed in
• Value •Heavier than the Park Tool
• Neoprene case
Allen keys 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm
Torx T25
Screwdrivers Positive and flat head
Chain tool All except Campagnolo 11 speed hollow pin
Weight 150g
Dimension 76x42x18mm

Pedros RX Micro-20

Best for sorting tyre trouble
Pedros RX Micro-20 bike multi tool

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This is a really clever tool from the makers of my favourite tyre levers, Pedros. In fact, Iu2019ve chosen it largely because it comes with a pair of micro levers built into the side of tool, offering much more purchase when it comes to removing a tight tyre. It also comes with pretty much every tool you could think of, plus handy quick link storage.

Pros Cons
• Lots of tools • Can be hard to find in stock
• Proper tyre levers
Allen keys 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm
Torx T25 and T30
Screwdrivers Flat head
Chain Tool 1-12 speed
Wrenches 7 and 8mm
Spoke wrenches 3.23, 3.3, & 3.45 Spoke
Other tools Shimano crank cap tool, presta calve core tool
Weight 160 grams
Dimension 80x45x10mm

Topeak Mini PT30

Editor's pick
Topeak Mini PT30 bike multi tool

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Without wanting to cover old ground (weu2019ve reviewed this tool here, and itu2019s absolutely excellent) the Topeak Mini PT30 is the absolute sweetspot where value for money, size, and function meet. Adding tubeless tyre tools to the Topeak Mini Pro 20 above means youu2019re a CO2 inflator away from complete breakdown coverage. I fixed my friendu2019s snapped chain with it the other day, and on another occasion plugged a puncture on my bike. Both would have been ride-ending failures.

What's The Best review: “It's the best and most comprehensive multitool we've ever used.”

Pros Cons
• So many tools • A bit fiddly with gloves
• Compact design
Allen keys 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm
Torx T10, T15, T25
Screwdrivers Phillips and flathead
Chain Tool Chain hook, chain breaker, power link tool
Tyre tools Tyre lever, tubeless reamer, tubeless plug insertion tool, knife
Spoke wrenches 15g/14g/Mavic M7/Shimano 4.5mm
Other tools Disc spacer, neoprene carry case
Weight 169 grams
Dimension 74x40x19mm

Blackburn Wayside 19

Best allen keys
Blackburn Wayside 19 bike multi tool

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Another all-in-oner, this tool comes with a unique selling point u2013 a set of proper L-shaped allen keys. Not only that, theyu2019ve got ball ends for reaching tricky bolts. In addition there are all the chain tools and spoke wrenches youu2019d expect, plus quite a large knife, which means you need to be over 18 to buy it.

What's The Best Review: “Brilliant. Separate Allen keys and very high quality throughout. Wouldn't buy anything else.”

Pros Cons
• Actual allen keys • Only for 18+
Allen keys 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5mm with ball end, 8, 10m without
Torx T25, T30
Screwdrivers Flat head
Chain Tool 7-11 speed
Spoke wrenches #0, #1, #2
Other tools Knife, disc pad spreader, valve core tool, chain hook
Weight 200g
Dimension 25x10x25mm

Topeak Ratchet Rocket

Best ratchet
Topeak Ratchet Rocket bike multi tool

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Another tool that defies convention is this teeny tiny ratchet, which comes in a fabric wrap that can be easily stashed in a bag or attached to your belt. Iu2019ve got one of these at home and itu2019s my go-to tool for bike jobs but also small DIY tasks like assembling a flatpack, because it combines the convenience of a multi tool with the ease of use of a ratchet.

Much easier than trying to squeeze a large tool into a small space, plus you don’t need to keep removing it from the bolt head to tighten or loosen it. Simple, but brilliantly effective, and beautifully made.

What's The Best Review: “Gets into the tight corners, solid build, magnetic holder all good. Particularly like that you can use either end.”

Pros Cons
• Small • No flat head screwdriver
• Easy to use
• Fast
Allen keys 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm allen wrenches
Torx T10, T25 Torx
Screwdrivers #2 Phillips
Other tools Two tyre levers
Weight 155g
Dimension 120x63x25mm

Adam Binnie is the Commercial Content Editor and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in bikes, fitness, cars, parenting and cooking.

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