|Handy multi-tools with many bicycle applications|
Often I carry one or both of these while riding. That's in addition to a bicycle-specific multi-tool with a chain breaker, a 15mm wrench for axle nuts, along with a mult-torx folding tool just in case.
From fixing eyeglasses to opening cans to getting hold of something that needs a little extra torque, to cutting things, these have both performed essential and helpful jobs on many rides. On more than one occasion, I've used the pliers to extract cactus spines from a human, and also a dog.
Too much? Unnecessary weight? Be prepared, I say. Ready for whatever comes. But as I look at the minimalist loads carried by other cyclists, I start to wonder if I am all alone out there, in terms of carrying stuff like this. Anyone else carry something along like this, just in case? Or should I start counting grams, perhaps cut down to a minimal bike tool and titanium axle wrench?