Cool Tools: Abbey Bike Tools’ New Geiszler, Whip It, and BB Socket

Cool Tools: Abbey Bike Tools' New Geiszler, Whip It, and BB Socket

After receiving the Abbey Bike Works Crombie tool last September, Abbey went from obscurity to the top of my tool board as my favorite cassette lockring tool. Well built, beautifully machined, and smart, the Crombie tool was an instant hit that has led Jason Quade to continue producing new tools. The latest batch include a chain whip partner to the Crombie, a Dura Ace 9000 compatible BB socket, and a one-size-fits-all hub truing stand adapter.

Just like the Crombie tool, the newest additions to the toolbox do not disappoint.

Cool Tools: Abbey Bike Tools' New Geiszler, Whip It, and BB Socket

As a companion to the awesome Crombie tool, the Whip It chain whip is designed to have the Crombie stored inside of it for transport. Built with a 10 speed chain, the Whip It is compatible with anything from 6-11 speed cassettes, and features a round, 12 inch long, stainless steel, ergonomic handle.

Cool Tools: Abbey Bike Tools' New Geiszler, Whip It, and BB Socket
At the end of the Whip It’s handle, there is a plastic bushing designed to act as a sleeve for the handle of the Crombie tool. Admittedly, there is nothing to hold the Crombie inside Whip It, as Jason mentioned that he made a prototype that used magnets to retain the Crombie inside, but the difficulty to manufacture them out weighed their small benefit. Jason designs his tools for Pro race mechanics who often fly with their tools so space and weight is at a premium. As such, their tools are usually carried in briefcase style boxes with sleeves for the tools that would keep the Crombie in place inside the Whip it.

A detail of the Whip It that would be easy to overlook, is the fact that there is only one pin holding the chain in place. To Jason, and any mechanic really, durability of the tool is extremely important and by only using one pin, there are fewer points for potential failure. As such, the chain is pinned to the body, looped out on the top section, then back inside the tool at the top, and then pops out again just below the pin. I’m not sure if it had anything to do with it, but functioning as a chain whip the Whip It grabbed the cassette easier and stronger than just about any other that I have used. Pretty clever.

The Whip-It comes in two versions, one for single sided Crombie tools that use a 3/8″ handle, and one for the 1/2″ handle of the dual sided Crombie tool, each for $40.

Cool Tools: Abbey Bike Tools' New Geiszler, Whip It, and BB Socket

If you haven’t heard, with Shimano Dura Ace 9000, the bottom bracket tool standard is apparently changing for English threaded BBs. We’ve also heard that this will be trickling down across the whole line, so it’s probably time to update your tools if you haven’t done so already. Abbey Bike Tools’ BB socket addresses the issue with the best of both worlds with a 9000 compatible socket on one side, and the “most brands” everything else standard including Hollow Tech II on the other side.

Cool Tools: Abbey Bike Tools' New Geiszler, Whip It, and BB Socket

One huge benefit of the new tool standard? Because of the design, and size of the BB shell, the inner stub of the 9000 socket can be made 24mm wide – which you can’t do with a tool designed to work with GXP. That means when you’re wrestling with a seized BB on some tri bike, if the tool starts to slip off the shell it will bind – keeping your tool on the BB and your anodized BB cup nice and pretty. Since the tool is no longer slipping off on stubborn bottom brackets, it improves the tool life as well. Both sides of the BB socket have a 3/8″ socket drive for use with torque wrenches to meet the specified 35 ft/lbs of torque. The BB socket is machined from a 7075 billet and hard anodized, and as Jason says, built in America (Bend, OR), by Americans even! You can pick up a BB socket from Abbey for $55.

Cool Tools: Abbey Bike Tools' New Geiszler, Whip It, and BB Socket

Continuing with the trend of naming tools after his mechanic friends, Abbey’s thru axle hub truing stand adapter is named after Josh Geiszler who got his start building wheels for Williams. The Geiszler is a stepped adapter that is compatible with every thru axle currently on the market – 12×142, 12×150, 15×100, 20×110, and 24mm Maverick.

Cool Tools: Abbey Bike Tools' New Geiszler, Whip It, and BB Socket

There are a myriad of ways you can use the Geiszler, depending on the situation. For wheel building, using the threaded rod to hold everything together you can build the wheel without worrying about the adapters falling out. Also, since they are accurate to dish off of, having them locked in place makes wheel building even easier. If threading the tool on and off is too time consuming, you can slip the two pieces into the hub and use the truing stand as the compression to keep them together. Finally, with a bit of ingenuity and the right M6 bolt and washer, you can semi-permanently attach them to the truing stand so you never have to worry about having the right adapter. The Geiszler will retail for $45.

Since Jason is currently focusing more and more on his tools, Abbey Bike Works has transitioned to Abbey Bike Tools. All of the tools featured here are currently available along with the Crombie, Crombie SL and Single sided Crombie.

 

 

Comments

Chase - 04/11/13 - 9:25pm

This guy is brilliant. I have the Crombie and it is by far my favorite tool. So simple but soooo effective. Looks like I’ll be buying some more tools.

Greg - 04/11/13 - 11:20pm

im getting some of these tools right now.

myriad- please use the word correctly. when in doubt, substitute the word “many” and see if it sounds right.

Zach Overholt - 04/12/13 - 12:45am

Thanks Greg, yes you should buy the tools, they’re that good. As for the grammar, I was a little unsure so I looked it up: Recent criticism of the use of myriad as a noun, both in the plural form myriads and in the phrase a myriad of, seems to reflect a mistaken belief that the word was originally and is still properly only an adjective. As the entries here show, however, the noun is in fact the older form, dating to the 16th century. The noun myriad has appeared in the works of such writers as Milton (plural myriads) and Thoreau (a myriad of), and it continues to occur frequently in reputable English. There is no reason to avoid it.- straight from Merriam-Webster.

BenG - 04/12/13 - 12:49am

Nice Zach. We had the same discussions in high school.

gringo - 04/12/13 - 2:37am

For sure some nice ideas but why make the socket out of Alu.? weight weenie driven material choice in tool building is for sure only present in the bike world….

Zach Overholt - 04/12/13 - 2:50am

@Gringo, I’m assuming that since Jason builds tools for Pro Race mechanics in addition to those of us who love nice tools, tool weight applies to the BB socket just like the Crombie tool. When you have to fly with your tools every ounce counts.

Jason - 04/12/13 - 9:23am

Gringo, If you can wear out my aluminum bottom bracket socket I’ll be impressed, then I’ll replace it. Since all of the bottom bracket cups are aluminum the tool doesn’t need to be made out of steel. In the shop or on the road it will stand the test of time.

David - 04/12/13 - 9:41am

Whatever happened to the original “cool tool”?
It had chain tool in handle and an adjustable crescent style cone wrench.
I can remember using one for bike (tour) assembly in an airport about 20 years ago.

Troy Junge - 01/06/14 - 12:39am

Ok – so all this talk about the Crombie and Chain Whip made me go out and buy one on “Black Friday”.
And its not just talk – this is an exceptional tool – and they partner together perfectly – and If you are sitting on the fence – I would recommend it.

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