At-Hand: Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit

At-Hand: Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit

Since moving in 2015, I’ve lacked a dedicated workspace with adequate light and room in which to work on bikes. As a result, I end up setting up the repair stand in the driveway just outside my garage. Without a bench nearby on which to lay out tools, I’ve often headed upstairs for dinner only to discover an Allen key in my back pocket.

I hadn’t come to any firm conclusions about what to do at the point the Feedback Sports introduced the new Team Edition Tool Kit. I’m aware that many riders don’t have a dedicated workspace either, that they need to be able to pull out a stand and some tools and then slip it all back into whatever corner is out of the way. The Team Edition impressed me less because you can fold it up and zip it shut than for the fact that you can hang it on a repair stand and have all your tools right at hand. Holy cow. This is to convenience what a kiss from your sweetie is to happiness.

I’m a big believer in being able to perform at least the basics on your bike. By the basics, I mean, a rider ought to be able to adjust their drivetrain and  brakes, replace cables and the chain. If you’re running disc brakes and tubeless tires, truing a rotor and setting up a wheel and tire with sealant are operations you’ll want to be comfortable with as well. I respect that many people lack the time to do such repairs and are happy to pay someone else to do that work and I dig that; I appreciate what that means for shops. But you never know when you might need to make an adjustment and the shop isn’t open, which is why I believe any cyclist ought to have a rudimentary set of tools. The Team Edition Tool Kit is perfect for riders who want to be able to cover those basics but may also want to do even more than that.

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I’m amazed just how many wrenches you need just to be able to do the operations I describe above. Here’s the list of what’s included in the Team Edition:

  • Tool Case Included
  • Fixed 3-Way TORX T25/27/30
  • Fixed 3-Way Hex 2/2.5/3mm
  • Fixed 3-Way Hex 4/5/6mm
  • L-Hex 8mm
  • L-Hex 10mm
  • #0 Phillips
  • #2 Phillips
  • 6mm Flathead
  • Schrader Core Tool
  • Presta Core Tool
  • Valve Extender Wrench
  • Spoke Wrench
  • Chain Pin Press
  • Rotor Truing Tool
  • Crank Arm Cap Tool
  • Steel Core Tire Levers
  • Brake Pad Spreader
  • 15mm Pedal Wrench
  • 15mm Axle Nut Wrench
  • Bottom Bracket Wrench
  • Cassette Lockring Wrench
  • Cassette Pliers
  • Cable Cutter
  • Cable Crimper
  • Dual Sided Pick

Of those many tools, there are only a handful I haven’t used in the last week: the 10mm Allen (hex), the 15mm pedal wrench, the Schrader core tool (but I did use the Presta core tool), the spoke wrench and the bottom bracket wrench. Whereas I’ve encountered many tool sets that leave out the necessary bits for tubeless tires and disc brakes, this is arguably the most compact and yet complete set I’ve run across in a while.

Other stellar touches: cassette pliers rather than a chain whip and a long rotor truing tool that can reach down to the hub.

The extra flap with loops for additional tools was as welcome as a post-ride burrito. I added my favorite ball drivers. The only other tool I’ve needed in the last month that wasn’t included here was a set of channel locks. But that’s not really the tool kit’s most subtle feature. That you can hang the kit on a tool stand (it’ll work with most any stand) to have the tools within easy grasp makes many procedures noticeably quicker. It’s the perfect answer for anyone who doesn’t have a bench nearby on which to lay out their tools.

After using this set for a solid month I’ve come to the conclusion that it was set up by someone who does a lot of bike work away from a proper shop. Had the tools been chosen by a shop mechanic rather than someone in the less-than-optimal circumstances, it would have included stuff that you wouldn’t use in a year of wrenching. With an abundance of little-used tools, the cost would have been driven up, but as a result of careful selection, the tools with case go for $250.

Final thought: I’m not driving to any ride without this thing and a pump.

 


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6 comments

  1. Les.B.

    You needed channel locks in the last month, but not a torque wrench? Hmmm. Muscle it in, do you? : )
    You being an ex-wrench, I assume the quality of these tools is top notch.


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      Padraig

      Fair point. There was an occasion recently when I did pull out a torque wrench, but the vast majority of the work I’ve been doing lately hasn’t been of the sort that I need a torque wrench for, which is to say, yes, I don’t use a torque wrench on everything. The big ones for me are stem bolts and seat binders. Always there, but not when I’m tightening a cable anchor bolt or a brake pad holder, for instance.

      The quality is terrific, but I have to grant that it will take some time to find out if the tools are hard enough that they last.

  2. Dave King

    Thanks, P. Your last point is especially valuable. If I travel away somewhere to ride for a day or several days, it’s nice to throw some tools in the car but not the entire tool kit. But then I have to sort through and pick things out – then return them to their home when I’m done. This is a nice solution, although it does duplicate some tools I already own.

  3. MarkP

    Seems like a reasonable approach.
    On the other hand, I’ve taken a lot of joy in building up my own tool selection as I’ve acquired different bikes with different requirements over the past 40 or so years. It means a lot to me that I still find uses for some of my grandfather’s old tools. Not that I would object to a matching set of new tools, but I really like, and maybe prefer the history and diversity of origin of each tool in my kit. Over the years, I’ve acquired enough duplication of key tools that I have come up with a solid home set and a great take along set.

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