Bicycles

Mini Bar/Barstow system shoves a chain tool up your handlebar

Mini Bar/Barstow system shoves...
The Mini Bar (right) is used to operate the Barstow Chain Tool (left)
The Mini Bar (right) is used to operate the Barstow Chain Tool (left)
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The Barstow is removed and replaced using the Mini Bar to loosen and tighten its center retaining bolt
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The Barstow is removed and replaced using the Mini Bar to loosen and tighten its center retaining bolt
The Barstow reportedly doesn't rattle against the inside of the bars when the bike is in motion
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The Barstow reportedly doesn't rattle against the inside of the bars when the bike is in motion
The Mini Bar's bit rack is attached to the wrench by neodymium magnets, and is simply pulled off when needed
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The Mini Bar's bit rack is attached to the wrench by neodymium magnets, and is simply pulled off when needed
The Mini Bar (right) is used to operate the Barstow Chain Tool (left)
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The Mini Bar (right) is used to operate the Barstow Chain Tool (left)
A pledge of US$45 will get you the Mini Bar and Barstow, when and if they're ready to go
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A pledge of US$45 will get you the Mini Bar and Barstow, when and if they're ready to go
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In order to remain sleek and compact, most of today's cycling multitools lack a chain-repair tool. Well, the guys at Philadelphia-based Mineral Design have addressed that limitation, with their two-part Mini Bar and Barstow system. It consists of a pocketable magnetic multi-bit wrench, paired up with a separate chain tool that sits inside the handlebar.

The 112-gram (4-oz) Mini Bar is a welded steel T-wrench, that can accommodate 1/4-inch hex bits in each of its three ends. As is the case with the Replaceable Edition of Fix-It-Sticks, they're held in place by neodymium magnets. Those three bits, along with three others, are stored in a "bit rack" when not in use. Like the bits themselves, that rack is attached to the wrench by neodymium magnets, and is simply pulled off when needed.

Oh yes, and the Mini Bar also has a built-in bottle opener.

A pledge of US$45 will get you the Mini Bar and Barstow, when and if they're ready to go
A pledge of US$45 will get you the Mini Bar and Barstow, when and if they're ready to go

The 40-g (1.4-oz) Barstow Chain Tool is built into what is otherwise a traditional expanding handlebar plug, and comes with a 15-g (0.5-oz) matching non-tool plug to go in the other end of the bars. It reportedly doesn't rattle against the inside of the bars when the bike is in motion, and is removed and replaced using the Mini Bar to loosen and tighten its center retaining bolt.

It additionally has a receptacle at the inside end, for storing a replacement chain link.

Mineral Design is currently raising production funds for its system, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$45 will get you the Mini Bar and Barstow, when and if they're ready to go. The system is demonstrated in the following video.

Source: Kickstarter

Mineral Design - Kickstarter

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3 comments
CarlosNMendes
Who needs tools? I want the bottle opener!
rik.warren
Up your handlebar, Mister!
ljaques
Forty Five Bux? Umm, breakers start on EBAY at $1.53, delivered. I got an 11-in-1 toolset (Swiss Army style) with breaker on there for $2.99, delivered, and there are dozens of styles in between for less than half the price of this one.
Fits in your handlebar? Um, well, uh, 40% of it does. The rest goes into your fanny pack, just like any other breaker set.
Sorry, guys, but this is just another $$$$ solution in search of a problem.