A nifty little tool that dates back more than a few years. Bikeman had to dig deep into the tool box to fish this one out. Think you can Name that TOOL? Tell us your story while providing the tool manufacturer, model and functionality and you could be $10 in Bikeman Bucks richer. Creativity and personal experience will always break a tie.
We have selected a winner! Lots of great responses to Name that TOOL #22. The bottle opener part was easy but a surprising number of folks knew this was a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel tool. Bikeman is impressed!
So our winner is Randy Jenkins! Randy had the correct make, model and functionality and he included a fun story / personal experience of how he found the tool. Congrats Randy! Here is his winning response.
Maillard Helicomatic freewheel tool, a day of reckoning.
written by Randy Jenkins , April 24, 2012
A day not too long ago, my friend and I headed out for a ride on our local trails. We wanted to hit a particular trail that was rough and had many “techy” downhill sections. It was June and I can still remember hearing the birds singing as we got ready to shred. The day was clear and beautiful, but who knew what would befall me that day. It was a day that I thought would never come and a tool that was carried by me that never saw much use, but I am glad I did that day. The tool in question you ask? The mighty Maillard “Helicomatic” freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener made in france. Oh Yeah, you heard it here first. I found the thing trailside on a ride. I tried finding its owner, but never did. Let's return to the story shall we? So anyway we were out doing a downhill run that was loaded with switchbacks that came with a high penalty for failure due to the elevation. I remember it like yesterday. We stood atop the section when it started to descend. I closed my eyes and could still feel the dew in the air as it was starting to evaporate by the rising sun. My friend was walking a few sections because he was new on the scene, but I was not such a cautious man. I was more cautious when I was a kid. These downhill runs gave me the rush I needed to keep me going in adult life. These high speed trail carving moments made me feel alive and free. It released me from the confines of my life, responsibilities and under paid mediocre job. I started riding with the honey badger mindset. “Honey Badger don't care!” was my mantra. I loved going as fast as I could, pushing the envelope each time. I embraced the speed and danger, in doing so, breaking from the adult fear of injury. It was a rush to say the least. As I was saying, I was hitting some crazy speeds when I noticed something was not quite right with my ride. As I tried slowing down the rear wheel seemed to unravel it self. Amongst the noise of the tires scrapping and careening into rocks and dirt, I can hear a pinging noise. “Not good.” It was just enough distraction that I lost concentration and took a header OTB style near the bottom of the descent. The bike pretty much landing on me and pinning me down. My friend rushed to my aid. I ask what happened and he laughs and shrugs. As I get up from the fall after a self diagnostic, I notice I am bleeding but no intense pain and everything is moving correctly. That is, if you just count me. My bike, on the other, hand was somewhat messed up. I deduced that this accident was due to a crap LBS wheel build. Yes, the wheels were on their maiden voyage and they loosened up as I was descending the mountain. I was not pleased to say the least. Out came the Maillard tool using the spoke wrench to tighten my spokes. Never in my life of mountain biking had I ever had to tighten and true a wheel trail side. I just never had that problem before. My buddy laughs as I sit on the ground tightening and truing the wheel as I bitch and moan about kicking that mechanics ass when I got back. As I did this, two guys come walking by and see me. They both simultaneously ask, “What happened?” I looked back and retorted, “Badgers.” The guys broke out some beers for us both and they hit the spot. And yes, I opened them with the Maillard. It was the most I ever used the tool. The day was not a good one, but in retrospect, it was not so bad either.
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