The tool junkie holiday gift guide

  • By Logan VonBokel
  • Published Nov. 11, 2013
My silver Sharpie paint marker helps me keep track of tube sizes. Photo: Logan VonBokel |

Sharpie Paint Marker

This one may not make much sense to loved ones when you send out your wish list, so you may want to pick these up yourself, but they’re great. For one thing, they easily mark tools, much like a golfer marks balls, and a wrench needs to keep track of tools. At $3 each, they’re perfect for marking saddle heights and other fit points as well. I’ve found the medium point marker perfect and it comes in a rainbow of colors.

I also use them to mark my tubes. Before I stuff a tube into my pack or a packet, I wrap it in electrical tape — which can later be used to boot a tire or fix something rattling on your bike — and then I write the tube size on it.

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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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