Trade show season is done and we’ve gotten a look at loads of cool new tools. Here is part 2 of our expansive photo gallery for the home mechanic. You can see part 1 here.
Fix it Sticks
Last year at Interbike, Fix it Stick was showing a new prototype bracket that would allow you to store their modular T-handle tool under a water bottle cage. After months of testing, the bracket is now available on their website. It weighs 0.5 ounces and retails for very reasonable $6. For more info, visit store.fixitsticks.com. — Saris Mercanti
Multi-tools aren’t normally sexy, but Silca can make even ordinary items interesting. Their new Italian Army Knife (IAF for short) uses forged aluminum sides with an embedded magnet to hold a master link. The larger version of the tool features 13 tools and retails for $35. The smaller version has nine tools and retails for $25.
Another Silca new tool on display at the show was the T-Ratchet. This little guy features an adjustable torque wrench that can adjusted between 2-8Nm. It can be configured as either a T-handle or offset ratchet and ships with a number of bits. They’re currently back ordered, but the new product should start shipping in January for $98.
In addition to tools, Silca also had several new bike storage systems on display. Their Premio Seat Roll is the first to use a BOA Closure system for mounting. According to Silca, this mechanism is lightweight, super durable, and provides better adjustability than traditional designs. The case itself is designed to hold two CO2 cartridges with a regulator, up to a 700x45c innertube, a multi-tool, and other small accessories. For more info, visit silca.cc. — SM
Setting up tubeless tires with just a floor pump can be a workout. To help make seating easier, SKS has introduced a new valve head that will retrofit onto any floor pump with a 5.0-5.7mm diameter hose. This head accepts a CO2 air cartridge, which can be used to rapidly inflate the tire. Once the C02 supply is exhausted, you can continue to use the floor pump like normal to help top of the tire. The head is packaged with two threaded 16g cartridges and a tire lever for $33. For more info, check out our coverage of SKS here. — SM
These new BB tools are designed specifically for Wheel Manufacturing’s line of bottom brackets. They will also work with any BB that uses a 44 or 48mm outside diameter. Retail is $22.
They also had two new bottom bracket presses on display. The professional model has longer handles that spin on self-lubricating brass inserts. The smaller consumer version has tapped aluminum handles. Both models use the same universal drifts, which are laser engraved with common BB and frame sizes. This allows them to also be used as a feeler gauge, for sizing up a frame or bearing. Retail for the consumer version is $35. The Pro model retails for a $40 premium. The Universal Drifts are also available separately for $12.50. What’s mind-blowing about these prices is that these beautiful tools are all made in Colorado. For more info, visit Wheels Manufacturing. — SM
White Lightning has quietly been manufacturing some of the best cleaning products and lubricants on the market since 1994. This year, they’re shaking things up by introducing a new look. The packaging still benefits from the color-coded product labels, but the entire line now shares the same blue backdrop. There’s also more text on the front of the bottles to help educate consumers about the product. For more info, check out our coverage of White Lightning here. — SM
Whether you are riding your bike or spinning wrenches in the garage, staying hydrated is always a good idea. Electrolyte enhanced drink tab maker nuun has a variety of options, including nuun Active, which has caffeine, and their new nuun All Day, that’s essentially a multi-vitamin in liquid form. One tablet includes electrolytes, plus 17 vitamins and minerals. Each tube contains 15 tablets (which is a lot better than buying 15 plastic bottles of Gatorade) and there are no added sugars. For more info, please visit nuunlife.com. — Jason Sumner
This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2016 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.