As fixed gear riders we don’t need many tools, yeah it would be nice to have a full blown bike tool kit but in reality we only need a spanner; a couple of allen keys; a chain whip; a lockring tool; a pump and tyre levers and we’re good to go. The FGLDN LockWhip™ Tool kills three of these birds with one stone.
The tool was designed by Andy Ellis, founder of Fixedgearlondon, who comes from a product design background, this is not something that has just been funded by mummy and daddy after a chat in a pub, it’s a fine piece of design both in terms of function and form.
Chain whip tools generally have a long piece of chain and a separate short piece, not in this case. The end of the tool is curved so that you just need to wrap the single chain all the way around your cog and it fits perfectly against the end of the tool, ready for tightening.
There is an open ended 15mm wrench which I would describe as a ‘perfect’ fit, without a doubt the best fit I have ever had the pleasure to use actually, there is no way you’ll damage your wheel nuts with this tool. This can also double as a pedal wrench, it’s what I use and it works a treat.
On the other end of the LockWhip™ is the lockring tool, again this is so well designed, a lot of lockring tools just aren’t the right shape and forever pop out of the groove when you are trying to use them, I have never had that problem with this.
The tool is thick and boxy, it looks industrial and feels like a real man’s man piece of kit. it would also scare even the most hardened mugger if you pulled it out of your pocket when they were trying to get hold of your iPhone.
The LockWhip™ is not small, you couldn’t just sling it in a jersey pocket but then this is a tool designed for ‘urban riders’, the kind of people that probably carry a backpack. You get good torque due to the length which makes using every part of it a joy. Here you can see it alongside a normal spanner and the Pedros Trixie which performs many of the same tasks but simply isn’t as good due to the fact that the shapes and tolerances of the specific tools aren’t as well executed, in fact the lockring tool is plain wack.
The Fixedgearlondon LockWhip™ tool is made in the UK from hardened steel and costs £26 which is a lot cheaper than if you were to buy the 3 tools of a similar quality separately. I can’t recommend this tool enough, go and buy one now!