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.
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.
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.