Got any odd tools?

I know that many of our readers do their own bicycle maintenance and repair, and I am sure a few of you have collected tools over the years.

If you feel like sharing, I would love it if you could email me photos of the really odd, obscure tools in your collections. If you are interested, try to keep the images under 2MB, provide a brief description and any related stories. You will receive FULL credit for your submissions!

Here are a couple of mine; from top to bottom they are a Campagnolo pedal dust cap and axle spanner, a Park Tool sidepull brake spring “tweaker”, and the legendary Maillard “Helicomatic” freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener.
Some of my odd spanners

If the above email link doesn’t work, send pics to “ghostrider(at)bikecommuters(dot)com”.

I look forward to receiving your photos and stories!


  1. gwadzilla

    the other day I saw an not so vintage tool that is cool

    the grease gun
    from when bottom brackets and hubs had a hole for injecting fresh grease
    forcing bad grease and dirt out the other side

    it seemed like a good idea at the time

  2. Ghost Rider

    Wasn’t that the legendary WTB “Grease Guard”? If I recall, it was a joint venture between Wilderness Trail Bikes and SunTour. It DID seem like a good idea, but now we’ve got “sealed” (disposable) BBs…hardly an improvement!


    I’ll send you a pic soon of some oldies

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