Silca T Ratchet + Ti Torque Kit review

Silca's jewel-like tool kit looks to cover the bases for the regular traveller

(Image credit: Silca)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A great travel tool and workshop stalwart but the lack of an 8mm and frustrating torque bit let it down.

Reasons to buy
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    Well designed and a pleasure to use

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    Has almost every head you need

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    Great for accessing hard-to-reach bolts

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Reasons to avoid
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    Lacks an 8mm Allen key for pedals

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    Torque beam is frustrating to use and inaccurate

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One of the things they don’t tell you about the super glamorous life of a jet setting tech writer is that you will spend an inordinate amount of time trying to set up very fiddly modern bikes in hotel rooms. A few years ago, things were not so bad, I’d travel with a saddle and seatpost and my shoes, take all the spacers out from under the stem of whatever bike I was testing, and arrive at a passable fit. These days with proprietary everything, there is a lot more fiddling involved. 

Flying with a whole bag of tools, let alone riding with them, is very annoying. But I almost never check into a flight these days without Silca’s handy ratcheting tool. The toolkit comes in a handy waxed canvas and leather organiser which is perfectly pocket sized, and contains nearly all of the tools you need to adjust your bike as well as a ratchet, an extender for hard-to-reach bolts, and a torque beam that can be used to avoid over or under tightening them. 

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