First Bike Job

Now this was fun! My son and I had to patch his rear tire – with no prior knowledge! So making use of the iPhone app BikeDoctor, BikeTutor video and a few YouTube videos we got the wheel off without breaking anything!!! My son’s bike is a Trax TFS.1D full suss. We both took turns applying our first patch. Turns out that there were two holes. Must note I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the tube or tire but for a £120 what to expect?

Made use of the following tools:

  • Halfords Large puncture Kit £6 (Which I thought was better than what was offered at Decathlon)
  • Decathlon Multi-tool £6
  • Decathlon Presta Bike Pump £5
  • WD-40 – The bolts holding the rear wheel where rock hard to turn!

The wheel just before we took it off the frame.

First puncture
My son pumping up the tire after the patches.
Wheel Off

Rockrider Kit

Now I have been looking around for kit to add to my new trusty steed. Bullet proof tires – the most honourable Schwalbe Marathon Kevlar MTB Tyre. Then theres the matter of the tool kit. I have a Decathlon multi tool 8-way, but its missing the spanners, chain tool and a few others. So the hunt for that perfect multi tool for a reasonable £25 – £30.  This is an on going tread on Bike Radar  (check it out).

Its a beauity thats for sure and covers a wide range of tools in one bit of kit:

Top Features of the Topeak Alien II 26 Function Multi Tool

26 tools fold into an engineering-grade plasticbody for easy carrying

2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8mm Allen wrenches

8, 9 & 10mm hex bolt wrenches (each 2pcs)

Mini pedal wrench

Phillips and flat screw drivers

Universal chain tool

Spoke wrenches for 14g & 15g

2 tyre levers

Stainless knife

Bottle opener

T25 Torx wrench for disc brakes

10mm Allen socket for Shimano’s new LX crank bolt and a compartment for two chain pins

Size: (LxWxH) 3.4″ x 1.7″ x 1.6″

Weight: 270g

Can be found on Wiggle and Evans Cycle.