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Repair Rebel packs 24 tools into one ring

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July 26, 2013

The Repair Rebel features 24 built-in tools

The Repair Rebel features 24 built-in tools

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Last month, we heard about a quirky little multi-tool known as the Ringtool. True to its name, it’s ring-shaped, and features nine tool bits built into its outside edge (it also has a bottle opener in the middle). While it’s proven fairly popular in its Kickstarter campaign, some people just might not be satisfied with 10 tools. If you’re one of those people, you might prefer the circular 24-tool Repair Rebel.

Intended primarily as a cyclists’ gadget, the titanium-bodied Repair Rebel takes the form of a ring, the outside of which is studded with multiple tools – these include nine sizes of hex heads, a T25 Torx head, two types of screwdriver heads, and four sizes of spoke keys. On the inside edge of the ring are eight sizes of hex wrench cut-outs, which can be placed around bolts that need tightening or removing.

The whole shebang weighs in at 85 grams (3 oz), and comes with an elastic cord for fastening it to the underside of a bike saddle – of course it could also just be shoved into a pack, or hung from the outside of one.

The tool comes with an elastic cord for fastening it to the underside of a bike saddle

While the Repair Rebel is indeed pretty to look at, some people might wonder if its wide, curved shape would limit the types of spaces in which it could be used. According to its Chicago-based inventor, Thomas Smafield, that shouldn’t be a problem. “The round shape allows for a lot more tools to be consolidated into the smallest space possible,” he tells us. “For small spaces, the Repair Rebel may have to be used by performing half turns, but this goes with a lot of other tools that someone might try and use on the same small space.”

Smafield is currently raising production funds for his device, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$25 will get you a Repair Rebel of your own, when and if they’re ready to go.

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

Source: Kickstarter

About the Author
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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4 Comments

I'll stick with my 6" adjustable crescent wrench and multi-bit ratchet screwdriver.

Slowburn
26th July, 2013 @ 05:30 pm PDT

That is definitely the most tools I have seen. Great that it goes under a saddle like that!

Nopainnogain910
26th July, 2013 @ 08:35 pm PDT

My first concern was that the width of the tool would make it difficult to use in anything resembling a confined space and the shots of it actually being used in the video prove I wasn't just being cynical. You're out of luck if you had to tighten a water bottle cage bolt. I have a ten-year-old Crank Brothers Micra tool that's still going strong, so no, thanks.

Gadgeteer
29th July, 2013 @ 06:31 pm PDT

Though I'm not often without one, I am a firm believer in the wisdom that a multitool will let you do almost anything...poorly.

This appears to be another instance of design over function, and it's cute. One improvement would be to angle the box wrenches slightly off parallel, allowing them to fit when there is an 'almost there' angle. This is done on most crescent and combination wrenches, for a reason.

ArcticNemo
25th July, 2014 @ 05:16 am PDT
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