Dan Varney of London based Altum Designs got in touch to tell us about their MODUAL range of products they have just launched on Kickstarter, comprising an innovative 13 function multi-tool and an accompanying tool roll to carry a cyclist’s essential items underneath the saddle.
The multi tool system (or “MTS”) is modular and uses CR-V steel tool bits rather than pivoting allen keys. There’s a further clever design feature in that Altum have (40% glass filled injection moulded) tyre levers which snap magnetically to each side thereby forming an ergonomic handle and also giving great leverage due to the elongated body, so this really seems an interesting alternative to conventional multi-tools.
The head of the tool features a pair of tool bit slots, one acting as a wrench and the other like a screwdriver, which allow for easy access to any bolt. The MTS holds four tool bits internally so it can be reconfigured to match the individual requirements of any bike.
• 2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8mm tool bits
• PH2 tool bit
• T25 tool bit
• Tool bit extender
• 3.23/3.3/3.45mm spoke keys
• Tyre levers
The tool roll (or “MTR”) is a novel twist on the traditional tool roll and is constructed from hard-wearing Cordura. The top flap provides a workstation whether you are at home or on the roadside. It even features a hidden magnet so no longer is there a risk of tool bits getting lost. Internal sections are divided to store MTS (and its attachments) as well as other cycling essentials and there is an external strap for securing a spare inner tube. The MTR looks spacious when flat but when folded up forms a compact bundle that can be strapped under a saddle or sit perfectly in a jersey pocket.
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