The tool junkie holiday gift guide

  • By Logan VonBokel
  • Published Nov. 11, 2013
Part bike component, part tool, the Specialized Top Cap chain tool takes some of the clutter out of your trail pack. Photo: Logan VonBokel |

Specialized Top Cap Chain Tool

Specialized announced its SWAT (Storage, Water, Air, and Tools) system earlier this summer. One of the standout pieces is the headset cap chain tool, which retails at $30. The 4mm compression bolt acts as the driver for chain breaking, while spare masterlinks are stored under the top cap, held securely by two tiny magnets. Wrap up this sleekly integrated tool as a subtle hint to your riding buddy who likes to carry a huge saddlebag filled with who-knows what. Yes, his oversized bike accessories reflect poorly on you, too.

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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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