A FEW weeks ago I was at the Cycle Show at the NEC in Birmingham, where hidden among the seemingly never-ending array of bike candy was a small exhibition area for Stique multi-tool, cycling’s very own Swiss Army Knife.
However, whereas the Swiss Army Knife comes in for a lot of stick because the more bits you have on it the less you use them, Stique has the opposite effect.
All I take with me when I’m out cycling are two tyres levers (very old Michelin ones; now considered to be a classic), a box of Park Tools Super Patches and occasionally a couple of allen keys; and these have served me well for many years.
The worst thing that has ever happened to me was a chain snapping on my mountain bike – an almost new Sram – and this occurred in a forest a couple of miles from home.
I left the chain in a clump of grass and freewheeled home while cursing Sram for ruining my evening’s ride, and then returned the next day to collect my broken hardware.
It’s only in the last couple of months, and because I’m doing a lot more off-road riding in remote places, that I’ve started to think about getting a multi-tool, so coming across Stique at the NEC – where it was being officially launched – was perfect timing.
The Stique ML123 Multilever is three tyre levers that clip together with magnets and each one can be adapted to hold other items such as allen key, screwdriver bits and a spoke key.
Okay, these are pretty standard run-of-the-mill functions which multi-tools should have; but what makes Stique different are the extras such as chain link holders, a coin holder, a bottle opener, a puncture pad compartment, a heart rate monitor battery storage area and a thermometer.
And it’s get better because next year Stique will be introducing a chain splitter; albeit in place of the thermometer and puncture pad holder.
Going back to my old Michelin levers, one of the great things about them is their strength (I’ve never heard of anyone breaking one of them) and Stique is carrying on that tradition being made from a type of plastic used in the automotive sector to replace the metal parts on cars to make them lighter; which means they are 90 per cent stronger than market leading levers.
Stique looked to Kickstarter to help get it off the ground, seeking £15,000 to assist with the tooling costs and this was quickly achieved thanks to 307 backers (who exceeding the total by £749).
Stique is not definitely not something you’ll want to keep hidden in your backpack; it’s nicely styled, has a good feel to it, it’s incredibly useful and, what’s more, it’s made in Britain; Cannock, Staffordshire, to be precise.
The Stique ML123 Multilever full spec:
2x tyre lever in engineering-grade, metal-replacement plastic
2x Allen key (4 & 5mm)
Philips #2 screwdriver
T25 Torx wrench
2x spoke wrench (3.3 & 3.5mm)
2x split (chain) link holders (8/9/10/11 gear)
2x £1 coin holder (€1 & 25¢ will also be available)
CR2032/2025/2016/1616 battery storage
Puncture pad holder