If you’re a bicyclist, you will, at some point, have to tighten various objects on your bike. It’s just a fact of bike ownership. And it can be an enormous pain in the butt. But Fix-It Sticks has a smart solution to this problem that may just make them a must-own.
Leverage, Leverage, Leverage
The main problem with most bike tools is essentially their design. A fold-out tool is a space saver, but anybody who’s had to use a folding knife will know that there’s only so much force you can apply before something snaps. Y-tools, meanwhile, do offer leverage but are really, really hard to carry around because, well, they’re Y-shaped and thus highly awkward. And both sometimes suffer from not having the right bit, which is a problem in of itself.
An Elegant Solution
Fix-It Sticks solve the problem by breaking it in half. It’s actually stunningly simple, when you look at it. The tool comes in the form of two straight sticks. You place your bit where it needs to go… and slot the other stick over the other end, right through the hexagonal hole. In other words, you have all the leverage you need, built into the tool, and it’s also designed to save space and weight; they weigh just thirty grams and have an included rubber sleeve, so tossing them in your bag or your pocket is painless and simple.
A Variety of Bits
Of course, the fixie rider and the mountain biker have different needs when it comes to tools, so Fix-It Sticks are coming in a wide variety of bit combinations so nobody gets stranded on the side of the road. They’re currently being shown off at Interbike in Las Vegas and will be available for $30. Heck, I don’t even ride a bike and I might grab a pair; after all, some of us need a flathead screwdriver with us at all times.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.