With a little knowledge on how to use them, a set of common bicycle tools can certainly save you money and keep you riding. While the majority of riders sway toward the cheapest option for casual use, spending a little more once is a sure way to ensure the tools work when you need them to.
At over 95 years old, Slovenia-based Unior is a steel-forging specialist that does a great deal more than just bicycle tools. This makes Unior a unique company in the cycling industry – not only does it make all of its own tools in Europe, with its own steel, but much of the more universal stuff is designed for the automotive industry and built to exacting standards.
Available throughout Europe for a long time now, Unior has recently started expanding its export reach into the likes of the United States and Australia. In the US, the tools aren’t in Unior’s traditional blue (as pictured), but are instead red and orange.
The new 20-piece bike tool set and bag is designed for the starting mechanic or perhaps a travelling user seeking a mostly-ready second set. With this, even a Phillips #2 screwdriver is included.
All tools provided are manufactured by Unior itself, a rare thing these days. The combination of cast, forged and laser cut tools add to a high quality set that is at least on par to Park Tool for most tools, some a little less so, some a little more.
- Phillips #2 screwdriver
- 1.5-10mm short hex wrench set
- Shimano/SRAM cassette tool
- External bottom bracket tool
- Shimano Hollowtech crank preload spline tool
- 15mm pedal wrench
- Chain whip / Freewheel removal spanner
- Chain wear checker
- 5-11 speed chain breaker
- Multi-spoke tool
- Steel cable cutter
- Tyre levers
You can read more at BikeRadar.com