I pulled my bike out of my bike bag yesterday and put it together. It was a minor nightmare. I have flown, 100’s, maybe close to a 1000, which is a sort of crazy number to think. Nearly everytime, my bike is fine. Yesterday, my rear wheel was a little tweaked and my rear skewer was bent over at a 45 degree angle. I know, why didn’t you take the skewers out? Laziness was the answer, or maybe more accurately, being super short of time when I was leaving Seattle. I pretty much, normally, always do. Plus, I jacked up my internal Di2 seat tube wire by trying to jam the seatpost in without connecting it to the battery that is in seatpost.
So, that took way longer than I’d anticipated. But, it got me thinking about how great a Y tool is.
Some people call it a tri-tool, or a hex wrench, but I think when it first came out from Park, it was called a Y tool. (Calvin, correct me on this if I’m mistaken.) Maybe that was just the slang name for it. Whatever you want to call it, it is a great tool. My number one go to tool. I use the 4/5/6 mm tool 5 times as much as the 2/2.5/3, but I’m using it more and more. Another from Park have 4/5/and T-25 torx wrench on it. I don’t use that one much, but I’m sure I’ll be using it more and more.
Anyway, the Y tool is my favorite all-time bike tool in history. When Park first “invented” them, I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I come up with this idea? How simple.”
The first time I remember using a Y tool was probably in the late 80’s. I would have guessed that was close to the date when they were first around. But, looking it up on Google, I found a 50th anniversary edition listed. That amazes me.
I use the 5mm on the tool the most. It is amazing how long one will last before it wears out. I’m not really sure I‘ve ever really throw one out because the corners get rounded. I’m pretty sure I never have.
When Thomas Frischknect first came over to the US, to start his MTB racing career with Ritchie, he was staying with me in Boulder. He had never seen a Park Y tool. He was thrilled with the tool. He wanted to figure out how to buy 100 and take them back to Switzerland to give to his friends, etc. I don’t exactly remember if we ever got the 100 tools for him, but I’d imagine that he got them and spread the joy.
Anyway, small things, easy to overlook, are the things simplify life and make it more enjoyable. I try to appreciate this little things, that help make my life easier. The Y tool is definitely one of them.