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crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

The crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool.  It fits anywhere.  Stash it in your pocket, seat bag, backpack or messenger bag and off you go.  It comes with just about everything a cyclist would need to fix their ride, and it looks cool. The crankbrothers m-17 comes equipped with a chain tool, spoke wrenches 1-4, hex wrenches 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8, both phillips and flat head screwdrivers, torx wrench t-25, and 8mm & 10mm open wrenches.  It also comes with a lifetime warranty to boot.  I can vouch for its usefulness because it has helped get me home more than a few times.  I’ve used it most recently to replace a broken spoke on my Lemond Fillmore but it has proven its worth more than once when I have broken a chain while mountain biking.  This is one serious multi-tool and its tough as nails.  The crankbrothers once again show us they are committed to producing top quality bicycle accessories and tools.

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

weight: 168g
length: 3.5″ / 89mm
frame: 6061-T6 aluminum
tools: 6051 high tensile steel
chain tool: 8/9/10 speed compatible
spoke wrench: #1, 2, 3, 4
hex wrenches: #2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
screwdrivers: phillips, flat
open wrench: 8mm, 10mm
torx : t-25

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September 16, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Culture, Product Reviews, Single Speed, Writing | , , , | Leave a comment

The Spoke Broke

Broken Spoke On Lemond

Broken Spoke On Lemond

I remember hearing the metallic ping but when I looked down I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary and the Lemmy wasn’t handling any different from normal so I just kept riding.  That was yesterday afternoon on my ride home from work.  This morning was the same as any other.  I went out the door with my bike and rode up the street to 7-11 to get my fix of Rockstar.  Again, nothing out of the ordinary in regards to how the bike was handling the rode so I didn’t think much about what had happened yesterday.  I did my business inside of 7-11 and when I came out and was walking my bike to the street I heard that metallic pinging sound again.   This time I made a closer inspection of the frame and wheels and sure enough, broke spoke.

I was at the halfway point of my commute and I had to decide whether or not to ride to the MAX and just go to work and deal with this later, or turn around and ride home and then swap bikes.  There was no real damage to the tire or wheel so I took a chance and continued on to the MAX.  So there you have it, another thrilling day of commuting by bike.  Luckily I have extra spokes at home so this will be an easy repair.

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Commuting, Culture, Writing | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bicycle Maintenance: Brake Replacement

After seven months of daily commuting in both the heat and rain of Oregon, it was time to replace the brakes on my 2008 Lemond Fillmore.  As you can see by the photo below, there was not much stopping power left on the original brake pads.  A quick trip to Performance Bicycle here in Beaverton solved that problem.

Brake Replacement In Progress

Brake Replacement In Progress

I picked up two sets of Shimano BR-7900 brake pads and within a few minutes I had replaced the old, worn out pads with a set of grippy new ones.  I had been meaning to get this maintenance out of the way several weeks ago but one thing or another had sidetracked me.  Now my Lemond is all set to stop on a dime whenever I need it.  Having the ability to stop quickly is a necessity when you ride the mean streets of the suburbs like I do.

Newly Installed Brake Pads On Lemond Fillmore

Newly Installed Brake Pads On Lemond Fillmore

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Culture, Writing | , , , , | Leave a comment