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The tool junkie holiday gift guide

  • By Logan VonBokel
  • Published Nov. 11, 2013
Fill up your favorite mechanic's tool roll with any or all of these items. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com


Had I been a lyrical von Trapp youngster in The Sound of Music, new tools would have topped the list of “My Favorite Things.” Even if they’re not quite the tech geek I am, it’s safe to say cyclists love new tools.

Most mechanics’ favorite tools are the simple ones, like my Paul Component Engineering Rasta Bottle Opener, which pulls double duty as a 15mm cantilever tool. Other wrenches will be head over heels for something more along the lines of the Pro Torque Wrench, which keeps every bolt torqued within 0.2nm of spec. If your favorite cyclist falls anywhere along the OCD mechanic spectrum, you’ll find the perfect gift here.

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Logan VonBokel

Logan VonBokel

Equally at home on a mountain bike above treeline and chasing down moves in the heat and humidity of a Midwest criterium, Logan Vonbokel is something of an oddity in cycling. Since he first swung a leg over a road bike as a freshman in high school, Logan has been a lover of both cutting-edge technological innovations and the clean lines of classic handmade bikes. Logan joined the tech team in May 2012, bringing with him nearly a decade of high-caliber road racing experience and his undying love for the mud, cowbells, and culture of cyclocross. Logan still races at the Cat. 2 level on the road and in cyclocross, and carries a seldom-used Cat. 1 mountain bike license.

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