Cycling multi-tool meets tire lever in the Nutter
By Ben Coxworth
April 5, 2013
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.
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.