Sea Otter: Abbey Bike Tools provide needed fix

Oregon-based tool maker offers creative solutions for everyday problems

Gear Sea Otter Classic

2015 Sea Otter Classic

The Abbey Bike Tools pedal wrench has all the bases covered. MSRP: $130.

The Abbey Bike Tools pedal wrench has all the bases covered. MSRP: $130 (click to enlarge).

Jason Quade is known as a guy who can make things. It’s a rep he first earned during a string of freelance wrenching jobs on the North American bike racing circuit. And one that’s continued to grow with the increasing profile of his start-up tool company, Abbey Bike Tools.

Take Quade’s take on the pedal wrench. Along with the standard 15mm open wrench, it has 6mm and 8mm hex keys, which together cover about 99.9 percent of the pedal removal possibilities. It’s a gem of a tool that belongs in any mechanic’s toolbox.

At last weekend’s Sea Otter Classic, Quade’s booth was buzzing, with a steady stream of folks stopping by to see the Bend, Oregon-based company’s latest creations (all made in the USA). Among the most popular was the HAG, aka hanger alignment gauge. While by no means the first tool of its kind, Quade says his stands above the competition because of its precision.

“There is no slop at all,” he explained. “It swivels 360 degrees and will tuck in and out of fenders or around odd suspension designs.”

Hammer, chainwhip and the cassette lockring tool that started it all.

Hammer, chainwhip and the cassette lockring tool that started it all (click to enlarge).

The Abbey Bike Tools name is a tongue-and-cheek poke at the beer brewing industry, which so often borrows naming lexicon from the cycling world. But the company’s bottom bracket sockets are no joke, covering just about all the bases, from the common 16-notch Shimano, to RaceFace Cinch and Rotor, to new offerings from Wheels Mfg.

And of course there’s the tool that started it all: The Crombie is a dual sided cassette lockring tool that fits over the quick release nut so you don’t have to remove the skewer to pull off the cassette.

“People were impressed with quality of that tool and asked for more,” recalled Quade. “That was about 3.5 years ago. Not it’s a full time business.”

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This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2015 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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