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Fix It Sticks Review

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Fix It Sticks are geniusly simple modular tools — a Y-wrench in a multitool, with two identical aluminum wrench bodies fitting together to form a T-shape to deliver four flavors of torque far better than folding versions. Each pair features four different non-removeable bits with no small parts to lose, available in common combinations for $30 per pair or with custom bit combinations for an extra $5. Start bolts by spinning the body in your hand, tighten them down using the T-shape, easily applying up to 15 Nm of torque (enough to meet most bicycle torque specs). The Fix It Sticks make quick work of roadside repairs and adjustments, but given the torque limit of the wrench body it’s best to use shop tools to break free stuck bolts as I cracked the Fix It Sticks body trying to loosen a stuck quill stem bolt. No tool fits every bolt, but it’s hard to find a place beyond a bottle boss or inconvenient rack mount that the Fix It Sticks can’t reach. At 51 g per pair the Fix It Sticks are a lightweight addition to the travel kit—combined with a chain tool and a wrench fitting your axle bolts of choice you should be able to fix most any roadside mechanical. Increase the torque spec to be able to handle stuck bolts and I’d be among the first to outfit my workbench with a full assortment of Fix It Sticks.

5 Comments

  1. Brian DavisJuly 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for checking us out. I am very close to announcing a steel version of Fix It Sticks for heavy duty use. Should be getting the prototypes today actually! Thanks all!

  2. kenJuly 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I would pay $5 for these. $30 is way out of line.

  3. FredJuly 24, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I have a set. Great tool to use out in the field in an emergency. You can get good leverage and can fit tight spots. The price is in line with quality mini tools.

  4. MarkJuly 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Or you could spend $20 and get an equally compact multitool that has far more tools on it.

  5. kristinJuly 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    but they’re pretty. i pay more for pretty.

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