What tool is overlooked far to often that every biker should own?

one piece crank

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#81
How old is that wheel? I am far from being a millennial and have been working on my bikes since I was 11-12 but I've never seen one of those!
Serioulsy? I guess that is possible if you only ride multi-speed bikes. I've got several on bikes I built new from 1988 up to 2009, plus a box of "old" threaded hubs & FW's that get recycled now and then.
 

Mathers

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#85
You can use a shoe lace.... or any string strong enough. Loop around the quick link and strangle that mofo!
Thats what i thought. I haven't played with bikes in a long time but I sure as shit never had all these tools when i was younger and found a way.
 

serviceguy

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#87
Serioulsy? I guess that is possible if you only ride multi-speed bikes. I've got several on bikes I built new from 1988 up to 2009, plus a box of "old" threaded hubs & FW's that get recycled now and then.
Seriously, I only had a SS for a few years when I was...6, and that was 1972. I wasn't thinkering with my bikes back then. Every single bike after that had at least 3 speeds. First bike I started messing around with was in mid to late 1970s and was a Bianchi 2x5 speed, not sure what it was.
 

w_b

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#89
wait, what? you need a tool to disassemble the no-tools-required quick link? take your gloves off, push together (on the pins' axis) then push together (on the chainline axis.) What am I missing?
 

serviceguy

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#91
That Bianchi had a thread-on FW. Pretty much every FW was up through the late 1980's when the cassette began to take over.
I must have forgotten, not that I would take apart the wheels anyway back then (I would have but I wasn't allowed, just brake cables, brake pads, shifter cables etc.).
I must be a millennial cyclingly speaking after all!
 

Karate Monkey

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#92
wait, what? you need a tool to disassemble the no-tools-required quick link? take your gloves off, push together (on the pins' axis) then push together (on the chainline axis.) What am I missing?
Everything over 9 speed has a secondary 'lock' (small area of a slightly-tighter-fit) that you can't power past by hand alone.

That said, you can remove them with a rock and brains, or a shoelace, as mentioned. Loop through, grab a stick, and tourniquet it off.