You don't need to carry a lot of bike tools—you just need the right tools.
The Victorinox Bike Tool ($48) offers two tire levers, one 5mm hex key, a stainless steel 5mm to ¼-inch hex adapter, eight standard one-inch screwdriver bits, and a sturdy impact-resistant plastic case to hold them all together.
Weighing in at less than 3.5 ounces, it’s a lightweight tool to add to your kit. Its compact size, along with its weight, is easily carried in the back pocket of a jersey. It’s equipped with enough implements to address some cycling emergencies, I have used the tire levers to mount new tires with no issues, and because it bears the name “Victorinox”, a lifetime warranty awaits the owner.
Still, I have a few reservations.
Why a flathead screwdriver? In the thirty years I have been mountain biking, I can’t remember a time on the trail that I have ever needed a flathead screwdriver.
Only one hex wrench? Really?! In thirty years of mountain biking, I have used more hex wrenches on one ride than there are idiots in the current Congress.
Where is the chain tool? In thirty years of mountain biking, I have broken a chain or ten.
Where is the 8mm and 10mm socket wrench? The spoke wrench? The bottle opener?!
It also looks suspiciously like a PB Swiss Tool that has been rebranded as Victorinox.
There is nothing inherently wrong with this. It’s still Made in Switzerland with Swiss manufacturing, which has a long history and reputation for precision, quality and reliability.
But Victorinox is an unparalleled brand in its own right. It’s iconic. I can’t think of anything that represents Switzerland better then the stainless steel, sharp, capable-of-severing-limbs-and-throats blades of Victorinox Swiss Army knife.
My point is that they’re more than capable of making their own bike tool. If they had, they likely would have added the chain tool, spoke wrench, 8mm and 10mm socket wrench, a knife blade and a beer bottle opener.
This is still a quality basic bike tool that is lightweight and compact. In my opinion, it's a bike tool better suited for roadies or commuters, rather than mountain bikers who, as a population, tend to require more on-trail maintenance and have more loose screws to tighten.