Product Courtesy of Hup Leong Company SRP: SGD38 Availibility: Now
It consists of:
1. 7 hex key: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm
2. 3 box wrenches: 8, 10, 15mm
3. 2 screw driver: Philips and Flat head
4. Chain rivet tool
5. Chain tool
6. Spoke wrench
7. 2 tyre levers
What we like:
A compact package with 16 essential tools nicely packed into one. The PT16 enable users to tackle most of their trailside repair needs. A pump, spare tube and a few tyre patches are all you need to complete your repair kit.
All the tools are easily accessible and brilliantly packed in a impact resistant plastic casing. The compact package with its rounded edges allows rider to stow it in their jersey pocket without fear that the toolkit might notch the jersey.
First perception about most pocket tools is that they lack the leverage to get certain job done. The PT16 tries to overcome such problem by machining a catch on the box wrenches, which hold them firmly in place when fully extended. This helps to provide more leverage and make them easier to work with.
Using the chain rivet tool is also a breeze. The hex key provides just enough leverage to make breaking of the chain a walk in the park. The chain tool came as an added bonus to help hold the chain together when connecting it back.
What we don’t:
While the box wrenches enjoy extended leverage, we find the hex key handle too short to provide enough leverage in some situations. Getting leverage for tightening is not a problem; loosening is. We had a hard time loosening some of the bigger diameter hex screw (5 – 8 mm), especially those that were tightened using proper workshop tools. This is not a problem when working with smaller diameter hex screws, which typically requires lower torque to loosen.
The plastic tyre levers also do not instill much confidence in the user. They flex so much that we wonder when it is going to break (though that never really happen). In addition, the way the levers are attached to the tool, though neat, is not secure. We have to tie an elastic band over it to prevent it from dropping off.
Lastly, the tools could not resist corrosion well enough. We can see traces of rust forming on some of the tools by the end of the review period. This problem can be easily overcome by coating a thin layer of grease over the tools before using them.
In a Nutshell:
Overall, the PT16 is a well design and practical toolkit. It provides all the necessary tools you need for trailside repair. Like most of its peers, they can be a pain to work with in some scenarios, when they could not provide enough leverage. To be fair, pocket toolkits are never built to replace workshop tools, so guess users will have to compromise. Last but not least, the coating of the tools with grease would really help to make it a truly “outdoor” toolkit.