Our personal favourite, opening a bottle of beer with the body of your multi-tool. Since it is St. Patrick’s Day this week, we thought it would be rude not to use a bottle of Guinness for this demonstration.
First of all place your forefinger/index finger on the bottle and then place your thumb on the neck of the bottle. With your other hand place the bottom of the multi-tool body onto your thumb and the top of the multi-tool body under the bottle cap. You can then use the multi-tool as a lever against the cap and use your thumb to push the cap upwards and voila! Your bottle is now open.
We went through a couple of these bottles, just to make sure we got the hang of it.
Check out how we did this in our explainer video.
Our next multi-tool hack is a new one to us. We hadn’t come across this one before but we’re glad we did. It’s one of those moments where you think, oh that’s cool !
Your average multi-tool tends to be only a few inches long, which doesn’t give much leverage. This is fine if you want to tighten up a water bottle mount or nip up your brake lever bolts, but when it comes to removing stubborn, rusted up pedals they are completely inadequate. Or are they?
To remove a tight or rusted bolt you simply need to increase the leverage you have on your tool. A very clever way is to utilise your through axle along with your multi-tool.
First, remove your front through axle - we use the front axle as you don’t want your rear derailleur without the protection of your rear wheel - a broken derailleur is something a multi-tool hack won’t fix.
With the front axle out, keep your Allen key in the axle and take out the correct tool for your pedal from the multi-tool and attach it to the pedal. Remember your right hand pedal has a right hand thread, so lefty loosey and righty tighty, as is the norm, but then the left pedal has a left hand thread, so lefty tighty and righty loosey.
We’ve been involved with building bikes for years and it still confuses us from time to time.
With the through axle attached to your multi-tool and your multi-tool attached to the pedal, you have effectively increased the length of your lever and in turn the power of your multi-tool. Press gently on the lever and watch the pedal unscrew effortlessly.
Check out the video below to see this hack in action:
Have you ever been going at it with a pump and a Presta valve and unintentionally unscrewed the valve core? The solution is simple, just tighten the core back up with the VeloChampion tubeless valve with integrated core removal tool cap.
If you have a multi-tool with a chain breaker you can use this as a core removal tool too.
Place the valve core into the chain breaker and tighten the screw until it creates a tight grip on the valve core, not too tight as you don’t want damage the valve. Gently twist the chain breaker to either loosen it or tighten it.Tighten the valve core, pump up the tyre and off you go!
Remember lefty loosey - righty tighty unless it’s a left hand pedal.
Now this hack is a last resort only, but it could get you out of a pickle.
You could be traversing the Mongolian step or cruising the highways of Death Valley and days away from the nearest town, and your crank bolt keeps coming loose. Crank bolts tend to take large Allen keys (8mm) or special tools which you don’t generally carry on the bike, it’s more of a workshop tool.
Did you know that you can combine Allen keys to create a larger Allen key? (A 3mm and a 5mm to make an 8mm) On many multi tools Allen keys will sit closely together and usually in order of size, which is handy if you wanted to combine two. If your Allen keys come free from the multi-tool you can combine a number of Allen keys to get a better fit.
Now this hack isn’t recommended for daily use (just buy the correct size Allen key for the bolt) but if you are stranded it’s good to have this knowledge.
VeloChampion produces a number of multi tools, from our traditional MLT10, to the VeloChampion Magnetic Y Wrench Multi Tool for home maintenance or our latest addition to the collection, the MLT20 Premium Multi Tool, with 20 Functions including a compact chain breaker.
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