by Jeff Britton, PCI #1205, Central Point (OR) Police Department
I have been using the BioLogic FixKit multi-tool for several months. When I opened up the package, I was extremely impressed with the high-quality aluminum and chrome material used in its construction. I was also impressed that 21 tools are included in such a compact multi-tool. The FixKit is flat, compact and only weighs 5.6 ounces, so it doesn’t take up much room in or add much weight to your duty bag or backpack.
The package comes with a list of the tools that comprise the FixKit. There is also a diagram on which the tools are labeled accordingly. This was useful when I first opened it up, since there are so many tools available. The diagram also shows how to pull out and attach the crescent wrench, chain tool, and 15mm wrench.
- 15mm wrench for gear hubs, pedals, and axle nuts
- Tire lever
- Chain tool
- 10mm and 15mm crescent wrenches
- 3.2, 3.45, and 4.0mm spoke wrenches
- 2.5mm to 8mm hex keys
- Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
- T-25 Torx screwdriver for brake discs
- A bottle opener for the off-duty beverage of your choice
All of this comes encased in a well-built, neoprene pouch that protects the tool as well as anything it might be next to when stored.
If you have spent much time on bike patrol, you know the bike usually breaks down at the furthest location from the station and if you’re like me, calling patrol for help is the last thing you want to do. Having a good tool available in your bag can save the day, and the FixKit has everything you would need to get you back on patrol again if something does break or needs adjustment.
I haven’t had to use the FixKit on patrol, but I when I took it on a mountain bike ride with a large group, both the chain tool and tire lever were needed and worked well. We were able to get the bikes rolling again and finish the ride.
I highly recommend the FixKit as your patrol multi-tool. There are many styles and brands out there, but this is the best and most complete multi-tool I have used.
The FixKit Multi-Tool can be purchased for $34.95 at http://www.thinkbiologic.com.
A variety of other innovative products are also available. Expect reviews from other Industry Relations Committee members in future issues.
BioLogic does not yet participate in the IPMBA Product Purchase Program.
Jeff Britton is a School Resource Officer with the Central Point Police Department in Central Point, Oregon. He has been with CPPD for 25 years and on bike patrol as bike team supervisor since 2004. Jeff is an IPMBA Instructor and active in community bicycle safety programs. He graduated from United Bicycle Institute basic bike repair school in nearby Ashland, Oregon. Jeff is always on his mountain bike and his favorite places to ride are Lake Tahoe, Whistler BC, and Oakridge OR. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos courtesy Jeff Britton.
(c) 2015 IPMBA. This review appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of IPMBA News.