The tool junkie holiday gift guide

  • By Logan VonBokel
  • Published Nov. 11, 2013
The Gerber GDC Zip Hex easily attaches to a pack, is versatile, and is only $12. It's the no-brainer on this list. Photo: Logan VonBokel |

Gerber GDC Zip Hex

At $12, the Gerber GDC Zip Hex is the least expensive item on this list, and a no-brainer if you are looking for something small and inexpensive for the cyclist on your list. Gerber tools and knives are renowned for their strength and durability, and are backed by a lifetime warranty.

The GDC Zip Hex has five metric hex bits: 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm. With that range, it’s obvious that the GDC Zip Hex was made with cyclists in mind, specifically commuters and mountain bikers, as the GDC Zip Hex has a zipper attachment and a quick release to keep it securely attached to your messenger bag or trail pack. Beyond all that, the GDC Zip Hex feels more robust in hand than any $12 tool I’ve held before.

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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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