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Ilya’s work is cool. I like it.
Repair Rebel not so much. Tool may just be too bulky to work in tight locations, probably not enough to get some real leverage in there to tighten things up, not easy on the hand either. For mountain/road, I don’t see a reason to switch from my classic fold-out designed, but if you got a fixie, this should be enough.
Agreed. Best simple cheap and light tool is the Park MT-1. I have one with each of three bikes.
Repair Rebel, just another “solution” looking for a problem. Out of 24 tools, you could use a maximum of six on any given bike. How many bikes have four different sizes of spoke nipple? How many bikes have more than one size hex nut?
And what do you do when your favorite hex key breaks or wears out? Titanium is not magic and is a poor material for this kind of tool. It fatigues quickly in torsion and requires vast energy/emissions to mine, refine, and cast. The planet does not need more bling.
Reuse what you already have — beats new. Just carry the two or three regular hex keys that fit your bike, a single light spoke key (only if your wheels have 28 or fewer spokes) and maybe a single hex wrench. Huge jive reduction.
The creator of the a.m. Repair Rebel, Thomas Smafield had his project successfully funded by over 800 supportive backers, but he has failed to deliver products to his backers.
His website http://www.repairrebel.com has expired, he does not communicate at all.
Be aware of this individual – don’t do any business with him.
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