These arrived in the post while I was riding my Ritchey Break-Away around America.
In February I saw an online write-up about a new design for a bicycle multitool. The design was light, compact at 10 cm / 4 in long, and the sticks fit together in any combination to form a T-handle for your chosen bit. The article pointed readers to a Kickstarter campaign to raise the USD18,000 that would allow Brian Davis to put his invention into production.
I owned enough multitools already. But I am a sucker for gadgets and gizmos. I pledged USD45. If the fund-raising campaign was successful I would get 2 sets (4 sticks) containing a metric hex #2, #2.5 #3, #4, #5, #6, a #1 phillips and a 5mm flathead screwdriver.
963 people backed Brian to the tune of USD45,201. So my Fix It Sticks arrived in April as promised.
A pair of these sticks has replaced the Lezyne RAP 6 in my bike tool kit. I can generate more torque with the T-handle design of the Fix It Sticks than I can with the offset Allen keys of the RAP 6. I also have more control over the bit because the Fix It Sticks lock together. The Allen keys in the RAP 6 are prone to moving around because of the folding design of the tool.
You are not limited to the bits listed above. There is a large range of other bits available on the Fix It Sticks website. You can choose from 10 Torx bits, 3 square drive / Robertson bits, 3 Phillips bits, 3 slotted / flathead bits, 7 metric hex bits, 9 American hex bits, and a 1/4 inch socket drive.
These could become my favorite on-bike tools. If I bought a stick with an 8mm hex bit I would have all I need to disassemble and assemble my Ritchey Break-Away too.
I love mine. After 20 years and a myriad of multi-tools that try to do too much (chain tool, really?), someone FINALLY got it right.
This, to me, is good design at it’s best.