Pedros Trixie Fixed Gear Multi-Tool
Pedro’s introduced the Trixie as a minimalist multi-tool specifically for fixed-gear cyclists and the lockring that keeps their drivetrain together. The story is all at the ends, the lockring hook is one-of-a-kind in pocket tools and the 15mm box-end fits the majority of axle nuts out there. Combined they lend each other plenty of leverage to get the job done, the box end wrench is particularly nice in this regard as the lockring hook’s curve fits just-so in your palm. While a properly installed lockring should have minimal risk of coming loose, having a lockring tool at hand is a damned good insurance policy. Made from hardened tool steel and weighing a solid 98g I don’t suspect the Trixie will dull or deform over time, keeping that hook sharp for a good hold. I’d go so far as to say this could be used as a home shop lockring tool without much worry, it’s certainly crafted better than some of the low-end shop tools out there. One could gripe that the 15mm box-end would be more useful open in order to fit pedals as well as axle bolts but I won’t be one of them, even if it would be on my Christmas wish list. And while it does also boast of 8/9/10mm box wrenches, a bottle opener and a 5mm hex wrench, besides the bottle opener the other wrenches are questionable at best; useless at worst.
The 15mm box-end and lockring hook have secured this tool a place in my tool kit for the long haul – it just makes sense to have each on board “just in case.” And the leverage of the Trixie as compared to the stubby 15mm wrench I usually carry is appreciated, especially on bikes where a little extra oomph is required to keep the axle in place. The Trixie is available for about $30 from shops and makes a good addition to most tool kits, whether on the road or back at home.