A chain tool is a vital bit of kit to have with you on every ride, but unless you’re doign somethingbadly wrong, you’ll seldom have to use it. Instead it will likely just sit in the depths of your saddle bag gathering rust and taking up valuable space.

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If you want to make better use of the space in your saddle bag, then the new Barstow system looks like a great idea, attaching a chain tool to the inside of your bar end plugs, meaning it can be forgotten about until the time comes to use it.

Available in three different colours (red, white, and black) the Barstow system will fit any diameter handlebars thanks to the wedges that expand with the turn of an allen key bolt to sit snug against the inside of the bars. It also doesn’t weigh too much either, with the cap and chain tool coming in at a claimed 55g.

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Mineral Design, the company behind Barstow, is currently searching for crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with punters also being encouraged to put their money behind the Mini Bar mini tool which includes six different allen key heads which can be positioned in one of three places on the tool.

The Barstow chain tool is currently available for $45 (approx. £30) while the Mini Bar is a little less at $30 (approx. £20). The products are still in the development stage, but the company is aiming to deliver them to backers from June.

Visit the company’s Kickstarter page for more details.

  • Calum Croft

    Clearly then you’ve never put out much power 😉

  • Johngarcon

    A chain can break while out on a spin particularly if the chain is stretched and well used. A tool known as a chain breaker is required to remove the pins from the broken links. A new joining link can be used to rejoin the chain or a new pin can be inserted using the chain breaker tool.

  • Roger

    Well I think it’s a risk I am willing to live with. The idea of taking a Campag chain tool on every ride is not a pleasant one!

  • Andrew Bairsto

    I have never had a break but I have been with people many times over the years that have snapped chains recently Shimano chains broke due to a design fault.

  • Roger

    What do you mean by “break” though? Do they actually snap, or do they come apart because they weren’t put together properly in the first place? I have had frames, cranks, bars, seat posts, saddle rails, axles etc. break on various occasions. I have never had a chain break.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    The example shown on the video the rider has to carry more than a conventional mini tool that can be bought at any good cycle shop at half the price.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    They have been known to break and unless you have the correct tools your lumbered.

  • Stevo

    A chain tool is a “vital” bit of kit to have with you on every ride? Why? Unless you are planning to change your chain there shouldn’t be any need for a chain tool at all.

  • Mike Prytherch

    But you need one for each bike unless you are going to remove it