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Cycling multi-tool meets tire lever in the Nutter

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April 5, 2013

The Nutter is a cycling multi-tool that's combined with a tire lever

The Nutter is a cycling multi-tool that's combined with a tire lever

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Cyclists just love their multi-tools. Unfortunately, given the emphasis that’s placed on keeping these tools small (and thus short), they usually provide very little leverage for tightening and loosening bolts. The Nutter addresses that problem by combining a multi-tool with something that most cyclists will be carrying with them anyway – a tire lever.

Made from strength-treated stainless steel, the Nutter was created by London-based Kiwi product designer Mark Windsor, who previously brought us the QuickFix folding mudguard.

The main body of the tool has a nylon/fiberglass bent and rounded tip at one end, allowing it to be used as a tire lever. Its other end features a 15mm box head wrench, a spoke wrench, and a receptacle for a variety of interchangeable bits.

Those bits include 3,4,5,6 and 8mm hex tools,a Philips head screwdriver, a flat head screwdriver, a T25 torque key, and a tool bit extender. There’s a space for two of the most commonly-used bits to be stored within the lever itself, while the others can be kept in the included carrying pouch, which is made from leather and recycled inner tubes. That pouch has straps that allow it to be mounted under the saddle or beneath the top tube.

The Nutter's carrying pouch is made from leather and recycled inner tubes

Of course, the Nutter also includes a built-in bottle opener.

The tool, bits and pouch have a combined weight of 185 grams (6.5 oz). There’s such a wide variety of multi-tools out there, that it’s difficult to find any typical weight for comparison. Popular bike tool manufacturer Park Tool, however, offers multi-tools with fold-out tire levers that are about the same weight or even more – although some of those include extra items such as chain tools.

Windsor has just wrapped up a very successful Kickstarter fund-raising project for the Nutter, so it should be going into production soon. There’s no word on final pricing, although a minimum pledge of £30 (US$46) was required to get one.

The tool can be seen in use in the pitch video below.

Source: Full Windsor via Kickstarter

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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7 Comments

There are several drawbacks to bike tools with loose bits. 1. Loose bits are easy to lose which can provide the user with a nice surprise during moments of need. 2. Bits tend to stick to the socket of corroded bolts . 3. Bits are short and therefore do not always reach recessed bolts. 4. Magnetic bit holder tend to accumulate ferrous particles and magnetizing bits and bolts which in turn makes them also efficient collectors of ferrous particles. 5. Cannot select the right bit with only one hand.

sk8dad
5th April, 2013 @ 01:02 pm PDT

Wow, anything positive to say?

You would mostly use the tyre lever and the 15mm box spanner anyhoo. I think it's mainly aimed at the skinny jean hipster fixie crowd in any case.

I reckon it's great, I would buy one as it's got all you need in one small package and I ride a fixie.

gav
7th April, 2013 @ 06:19 pm PDT

Not the first multi-use of tyre levers. Thirty-odd years ago I did it differently by making the hook end of a lever that fitted the 4" adjustable spanner (for the leverage) I carried with me on my bicycle. I've always said it's the world's lightest tyre lever at 3-4g.

Gerry Lavell
7th April, 2013 @ 09:40 pm PDT

Positive...I like that it's compact and looks cool. As for weight, anything weighing on par the the latest smart phones is a wash. I doubt many weight weenies have ever really given any serious though concerning weight of the bike-rider-accessories package. For example, Continental Race Lite tube 700c (80g), Iphone 5 (112g w/o case), Ipad2 (612g w/o case), Chrome Metropolis bag (1406g), 12oz PBR (355g), 20oz latte (591g), Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock (2041g). Can you really tell 100g in a optimistic 180 lb (81,646g) system (160lb rider + 15lb bike + 5 lbs of cloths and accessories)?

sk8dad
8th April, 2013 @ 02:30 pm PDT

Cool lever - clever!

johanschaller
8th April, 2013 @ 07:22 pm PDT

£ 30/- for the tool ? My god, I could buy a whole bike for that price ! I have had an all in one bicycle tool for more than 30 years. It is made out of 3.5 mm thick sheet metal and galvanized. Only thing it does not have is a tyre lever. It cost me like $ 0.20

BTW the best use I found for it was assembling slotted angle racks with British standard bolts and nuts !

pmshah
8th April, 2013 @ 11:00 pm PDT

I like this! If I may make some suggestions, it could have three other spanner sizes, and three other spoke key sizes at a cost of very few grams. Another .25 inch socket in the end would increase versatility.

foghorn
1st November, 2013 @ 09:01 am PDT
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