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Name that TOOL #22

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.

Name that Tool #22

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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Maillard Helicomatic Lock Ring Tool
written by Fred Rednor , April 21, 2012
Ages ago, I raced on Maillard Helicomatic hubs. For reasons that aren't entirely clear to me, these things were prone to spoke breakage, despite the fact that I weighed about 120 pounds. So I was often removing the freewheel lockrings so I could replace the broken drive side spokes. Like most people, when I ditched the Helico hubs, I kept the tool because of the bottle opener. I still have mine, and occasionally use it to open a beer bottle while working on my bikes. But I must admit I've never used the spoke nipple slots on the tool.
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The Maillard 'Heliocomatic'
written by glenzx , April 22, 2012
Ah... the Maillard “Helicomatic” freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener. What a great combination of useful tools; it's been a long time since I've needed all but the bottle opener - and seems to have forged the way for generations of cool, multipurpose bicycle service tools that open bottles as well. Alas, that fine knurled / toothed interface and skinny tool / skinny lockring, plus relatively short handle led to some bashed knuckles.

Thanks to the old(er) timers who honed my bicycle service skills in the 70's and 80's - my hands are still messed up. I'd not trade the experience for anything - whether at Mount Auburn Street Cycles and the Metro shops in NYC.
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MYSTERY TOOL
written by Chicago Guy , April 22, 2012
this is a maillard helicomatic freewheel tool made in france. i still have one of these in my kitchen drawer, and i use it to open bottles of beer. how french to save weight buy making the handle end a bottle opener! i worked as a mechanic for five years and this was one of those tools you just have to hold on to. i think they also made another model that had the freewheel lockring part built up like a ring, but that made the tool no longer flush, taking up more room in the tool kit. take care.
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Maillard Helicomatic freewheel lockring remover
written by Michael Schultz , April 23, 2012
That's a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel lockring remover combined with 2-sizes spoke wrench. It was ahead of its time being also equipped with a bottle opener. Nowadays a single-purpose tool is uncommon enough, but a multi-purpose tool without a bottle opener would be a real oddity! I never needed to use one personally, but the Pro Cycle Center bike shop in Bloomfield Township, Michigan where I worked in the early 1990's had many of theese obscure tools.
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Maillard Helicomatic Freewheel Lockring tool
written by Buzz Climis , April 24, 2012
This tool was used to remove the lockring from Maillard Helicomatic rear hubs. The lockring held the freewheel in place after the freeewheel body slid over a set of helical splines built into the hub. This was Maillard's answer to the problem of rear axles bending between the drive-side hub bearing and the drop-out. The tool also incorporated a pair of spoke wrenches (so you could remove your freewheel on the road to replace a broken spoke) and a bottle opener (so you could celebrate a successful repair.

The Helicomatic hubs were stock on Treks and other (often French-made or -equipped) bikes back in the mid-to-late '80s...up until Shimano's Freehubs became the standard. The Maillard cogs wore out quickly (rock-solid engineering, paper-thin execution), but were also reversible, so when your freewheel started to shift poorly, you could take most of your cogs off and flip them around to get more life out of them.

This tool was generally supplied with each Helicomatic-equipped bike, and could be obtained separately. Easy to pack in a seat bag.
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MOST FAMOUSEST TOOL EVER
written by geoff williams , April 24, 2012
Maillard Helicomatic tool.

One end takes the lock ring off your helicomatic cassette, and the other opens the beer while you take the wheel apart with the spoke wrenches provided so you can put a more modern and functional hub in place of the old French one.
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That is a vintage VAR Maillard Helicomatic Freewheel Remover Tool
written by Scott Steele , April 24, 2012
That is a very old and well used VAR Maillard Helicomatic Freewheel tool. They are very useful if you still use the Maillard Freewheels. I still have one in the old tool chest. A guy came by the other day and I not only removed his freewheel, I used the other ends to true some spokes and then open some ice cold brews after a long day. Great tool, good memories.
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Helicomatic!
written by Phil Webb , April 24, 2012
In the mid 80s I got my first job at a local bike shop which was a Peugot dealer. Every one of them came with this tool because they were spec'd with a Mailliard hub which was required to remove the freewheel. We had a million of those things laying around the shop which was handy because the other side is obviously a bottle opener. I was only 16 at the time so of course I only used it to open soft drinks (at least as far as my mom knew)! Looking at it now it seems as maybe you could use the notches at the end for an incredibly bad spoke wrench.
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Guess the Tool
written by Benjamin Sanders , April 24, 2012
A Maillard Helicomatic with spoke wrenches, bottle opener and lockring tool.
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Name that tool
written by Mark , April 24, 2012
That is the same multi-tool that came with my Peugeot. It is a spoke wrench, freewheel wrench, and bottle opener.
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name that tool #22
written by ken , April 24, 2012
it's a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel tool. you need it to disassemble the mechanism.

this has to be from the 1960s or 1970s. they were useful only for the bottle opener when I started working on my own bikes in the 1980s.
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Name that TOOL #22
written by Levi , April 24, 2012
a bottle opener with 2 sized spoke keys a bottom bracket tool.
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maillard helicomatic hub tool
written by aosty , April 24, 2012
It's a lockring tool for a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel/hub.
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tool
written by t benIm , April 24, 2012
stem mounted bottle opener.
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Maillard Helicomatic freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener.
written by Mike Murphy , April 24, 2012
every old school fixie/ single speed riders go to tool
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Don't know the name...
written by mike beatt7 , April 24, 2012
...but I Do know what it is, it's a cassette lock-ring remover for a French-made cassette system that doesn't exist any more
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Bottle opener / spoke tightener
written by Daniel Stephens , April 24, 2012
It takes a good amount of time to true your wheels, which this tool has two spoke wrenches on wither end. This handy device helps pass the time with a bottle opener to help with the beers, and a cap unscrewer for the root beers.
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That's a Maillard Heliocomatic wrench/bottle opener combo
written by Patrick , April 24, 2012
If you've ever had the displeasure of taking apart a french threaded Motobecane from the late 70's or maybe a vintage Peugeot, chances are it has a Maillard heliocomatic proto-cassette. You'd better have one of these if you're going to get those cogs off. If you're working on a vintage french bike, you'll probably appreciate the other end when it comes time to soothe your pain with a cold long-neck. Theoretically you could use the spoke wrenches on the ends, too.
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Cassette lock ring remover
written by mike , April 24, 2012
The tool is a lock-ring remover from an obsolete French-made hub. I have one in my tool box, it's primary function is to open refreshing beverages!
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Name that tool
written by William Boden , April 24, 2012
Maillard “Helicomatic” freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener.
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Maillard Helicomatic freewheel tool
written by Justin Schmidt , April 24, 2012
I believe this is a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel tool, my uncle had one for his old Peugeot PX-10. The Peugeot is long gone, but I am sure he still has this tool around somewhere.
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Name that tool
written by Kevin Hier , April 24, 2012
That is Mallard Helicomatic hub tool. That was the forerunner to today's freehubs. My brother and I both had peugeot in the mid 80's


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Name that tool #22
written by Karl Olsen , April 24, 2012
It's a Maillard helicomatic freewheel removal tool. I remembered seeing these back in the shop I worked at (circa 1993), and they were outdated then. I think the end notches were supposed to be spoke nipple wrenches too, but never tried using it for that.

I think all we kept this tool around for was to open beer bottles.
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Just try and find the hub that went with it. :)
written by Vince Plaza , April 24, 2012
That's the Maillard Helicomatic wrench, of course. With built in bottle opener and spoke wrench! And yes, I still have mine, too. It originally came with my Peugot PGN-10 road bike in 1984 and was a precursor to todays cassette hubs. But that wasn't the coolest thing about the bike. The coolest thing was the seatpost lock bolt that ran into a grooved seatpost through a water bottle braze on. It looked great and lasted for about 6 months before it stripped out leaving me with a cobbled configuration I can't recall to hold the seatpost in place. I LOVED THAT BIKE and rode it to death, Simplex derailleurs and all.
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name that tool
written by Greg Wallace , April 24, 2012
this is a Maillard Helicomatic cassette lockring wrench, spoke wrench and bottle opener.

i am a big bridgestone fan who owns and still rides an RB-1 and MB-1. i was able to name that tool with special thanks to Sheldon Brown (RIP).

cheers.
greg.
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Campy Pedal Dustcap Multitool
written by bill blandford , April 24, 2012
...with bottle opener and 2 spoke wrenches.
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name tah tool #22
written by jason haber , April 24, 2012
the one end is obviously a bottle opener.
the other end depending on its size looks like a headset wrench for some of the older threaded headsets.
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Maillard Helicomatic
written by bill blandford , April 24, 2012
freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener.
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Seatpost Bottle Opener
written by Mondo , April 24, 2012
Definitely a Seatpost Bottle Opener
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name that TOOL #22
written by calvin , April 24, 2012
Not sure of the official name but I'd go with Headset wrench. The tool appears to have the following functions:

1) Barley Pop Bottle Opener
2) Headset wrench from back in the day when the cover for the top bearing was knurled.
3) spoke wrench

Calvin

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Design guy
written by Sean Cleary , April 24, 2012
It's an old MKS pedal cap remover with spoke wrench and bottle opener. If I hadn't quit drinking 2 years ago, the image would've been too blurry for me to comment on.
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written by David Johnson , April 24, 2012
Cinelli used to have these weird wheels, that would fit either front or rear. I think this is a lockring tool for these wheels, to add/remove the cassette (really freewheel) attaching ring. The notches on the ends are spoke wrenches, and the other hole is a bottle opener. They were called the "Bivalent" hub system.
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I know this tool. I actually have one
written by Chris Crandall , April 24, 2012
It's a remover tool for old Malliard Helicomatic hubs - precursor to modern cassette hubs. I had to hunt one up for myself after aquiring a bike that had a set of tubulars with these hubs. Multi-use too! spoke wrenches on each end and a bottle opener to boot! Trek and Peugeot used to use these hubs on some of their bikes (mine are of the Peugeot branded Helicomatic type).
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written by Ian Austen , April 24, 2012
It's a Maillard helicomatic freewheel lock ring tool which also serves as a bottle opener and spoke wrench. This is the six speed version.
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BB TOOL
written by David , April 24, 2012
Early Campy BB removal/installation tool.
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written by Mike Minadeo , April 24, 2012
The tool is a Maillard Helicomatic tool for security knurled ring holding freewheel on Maillard Helico Matic hub.The nice to have bottle opener is included...Never used one but you have to love the internet!
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written by billfj4045 , April 24, 2012
It's a freewheel lockring remover, spoke wrench & bottle opener tool.

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Churchkey
written by Garrett Olsen , April 24, 2012
Looks like a pair of spoke nipple wrenches and built in beer opener. Not sure on the big middle part. However I'll forget about it after a few beers.
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written by Edward OBrien , April 24, 2012
First and Foremost this is a bottle opener, that also includes a peddle dust cap wrench and spoke wrenches.
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Tool...
written by Marc Gwadz , April 24, 2012
hmmm... I am guessing you would use that to secure the knurled nut found on top of some threaded headsets (for quill stems) so that it doesn't over-tighten when you cinch down the lock nut. the other uses look like a bottle opener and maybe some spoke wrenches!

so, something like "threaded adjusting-race spanner"- that's my story, anyway...

thanks,

marc gwadz
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Maillard Helicomatic Freewheel Remover
written by Nathan Morgan , April 24, 2012
My first ever road bike back in the '80s was a Peugeot PGN-10. It had Maillard hubs with their version of the cassette-style freewheel: the Helicomatic. The pawls were inside the cassette, much like a freewheel, bu all you needed was this nifty tool to remove it from the hub. Added nifty features were the bottle cap opener and the spoke wrenches on the ends, which did an incredible job of rounding out and destroying even brass nipples.

Honestly, mine wound up serving its career cracking open more beer than it ever did freewheels, as I moved on to racier wheelsets that weren't Helicomatic.
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Name that tool #22
written by Gabriel , April 24, 2012
That is a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel tool. Sorry for the lack of creativity or personal experience!
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name that tool #22
written by Chris Willink , April 24, 2012
Maillard Helicomatic free wheel lock-ring (and bottle-cap/spoke) tool.

Background: http://www.yellowjersey.org/helico.html
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Name that tool
written by David C , April 24, 2012
That is a combo tool made for removing installing a Malliard Helicomatic freewheel and for removing beer bottle caps. Works great for both!
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Helicomatic Hub Tool
written by Susie Ward , April 24, 2012
I actually had a bike that needed this tool.
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Maillard “Helicomatic” freewheel lockring remover + spoke wrench + bottle opener
written by Brian , April 24, 2012
Nothing much else to say here. The last two items in this multi-function beauty were obvious, but if you've never had the pleasure of messing with this freewheel, you'd miss it. It's clear why they opted to include a bottle opener. :-)
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Helicomatic tool
written by karl , April 24, 2012
It's a Maillard Helicomatic hub tool. Spline wrench for the freewheel, spoke wrench, and bottle opener.
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Name dat tool
written by Gene Tolli , April 24, 2012
Looks like a Maillard Helicomatic Hub. I got one with my first "nice" bike, an early 80s Trek 560.
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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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Name That Tool # 22 - Wheel Building Drunk Tool
written by Carl Wells , April 24, 2012
This tool is for the wheel builder who drink a lot! You can see the spoke wrenches at either end and the beer opener and the twist off wine bottle opener. The wheels may not have turned out very true, but the builder was also feeling no pain.
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Name that TOOL #22
written by Curtis Thomas , April 24, 2012
That is the tool to remove the lockring that held a Maillard freewheel on its splined body. The body's splines were shaped in a spiral pattern instead of being straight. Unlike today's cassette bodies, the body was fixed without any freewheel pawls in it. The freewheel action was in the freewheel that would slide onto the body. Unlike typical freewheels though, this one slid onto splines instead of threading on near the hub flange. I always though this was a better system compared to the traditional freewheels.
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Lockring Tool for a Maillard Helicomatic Hub
written by Chris Putman , April 24, 2012
This is a lockring tool for a Maillard Helicomatic Hub. One side fit the lockring so that you could rmoeve the cluster, the other end and a bottle opener with spoke wrenches at the tips. No great story other than I had a Trek with a Malliard hub when I was in Middle School. This was my first "adult" bike and my stepping stone into the world of road racing.
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Maillard Helicomatic freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener
written by Steve Anthony , April 24, 2012
That's an old skool' tool from the 70s. I personally thought it was a painful tool to use as it was too thin and short. Also, it would flex when you tried to open a beer bottle with it. Forerunner to the cassette lockring of today
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written by DC , April 24, 2012
That is the combination "church key" and spoke wrench, or bottle opener/cable guide. HA!
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written by DC , April 24, 2012
That is the combination "church key"/spoke wrench or the bottle opener/cable guide. HA!
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Name that Tool #22
written by Bruce Oliver , April 24, 2012
Maillard “Helicomatic” freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener.

I entered twice. Forgot to identify the Tool # in the title in my earlier response.
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Malliard Helicomatic freewheel tool
written by John , April 24, 2012
Malliard Helicomatic free wheel removal tool. Opens a beer bottle, as well as spoke nipple wrenches.
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Name that tool 22
written by John Kuhn , April 24, 2012
I not only know what the Name That Tool #22 is, I have one in front of me at this very moment. No French tourer in the 70s and 80s left his maison without one! Its primary use is to remove Maillard Helicomatic cassettes from the hub. The round opening with serrations fits on the cassette, and the ends are spoke wrenches. I used it to remove the cassette from a hub on my 1983 Trek 720 (which is for sale on ebay as I speak). I used my trusty Park wrench to remove the spokes, and to tighten them back on the Suntour freewheel hub I replaced it with. Thanks to Sheldon Brown's tutorial, the job went smoothly. I celebrated by using the bottle opener at the other end to open a frosty one after a test ride. The winner of the auction will get my 720, the Maillard hub and cassette, and this tool.
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written by Jason Cloutier , April 24, 2012
The tool is a Helicomatic lockring tool. The helicomatic system was developed by Maillard. It was a precursor to the freehub. The cogs and ratchet mechanism were removed as a complete unit, but unlike a standard thread-on freewheel, there were helical grooves in the hub body which held the ratchet mechanism in place and a lockring prevented it's loosening. The main downfall of this system was that the right side bearings were made smaller to accommodate the ratchet mechanism. That caused the hubs to fail prematurely.

The upside of this system was that this tool was all that you needed to remove the ratchet assembly, thus making spoke changes on the road much easier than a freewheel system which required a removal tool, wrench and lots of leverage.

Also part of the Helicomatic lockring tool was a bottle opener and a couple spoke wrenches.
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Name that tool #22
written by Michael Haluda , April 24, 2012
I believe it is a Maillard “Helicomatic” freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener. My dad had a similar tool tool when I was growing up and it always opened my soda.
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mallard heliomatic freewheel remover
written by Michael hussey , April 24, 2012
I have an 86 Trek with mallard hubs, I love 'em.
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written by Art Porebski , April 24, 2012

I still use this tool regularly ...Huret freewheel lockring remover tool. Also is a bottle cap remover and spoke wrench!

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Pre-hipster, hipster headset spacer / bottle opening
written by Sean , April 25, 2012
The logo is a pre-hipster bending over to show off how his butt crack pops out of his low cut, skinny jeans. The slots on the end fit into the Pre-hipster, hipster headset spacer / bottle opener, custom artisanal rear burrito bag.
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Maillard freewheel lockring remover, handy bottle opener, spoke wrench combo tool
written by Matt McElheny , April 25, 2012
Haven't seen one of those in years!!
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Name that tool 22
written by Darren Self , April 25, 2012
Hi Bikeman
Its a tool to remover the lockring which holds on the cassette on helical splined hub.
I cant remember the make - was it 'Sachs'?
I had a Peugeot Galibier which hed one of these types of rear hubs and this tool came with it. As I remember it was beforwe Shimano started producing the 'freehub' type of rear hub and all the other cassette still screwed on to the threaded hub and needed a removal tool, a big vice and brute force to remove them!

The other end of the tool is of course a bottle opener which we used a lot to open warm beers back in the UK.

I also tried using the spoke keys once too but as the tool is so thin all it did was create a nice litle round sectionon on the spoke nipple!

Manyu thanks!

Darren (from the UK but living in Aus)
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VAR Helicomatic tool...
written by Bob Rainville , April 25, 2012
That is a VAR or Maillard HelicoMatic freewheel retaining ring tool. Those are 14 and 15 ga spoke wrencehes on either end. This tool was used mostly to open porters or IPA's after a long day of wrenching. We had one with a magnet, so it would stick to the fridge.
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written by Aaron , April 25, 2012
This is for a hurret helicomatic hub gear installation. Doubles as a beer bottle opener. Triples as spoke wrench
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Beer Multi-Tool
written by Andrew Fleming , April 25, 2012
Fig B.: Beer Drinking Catalyzer

TOP-RIGHT CUTOUT: Standard Beer Cap Prying Tool
BOTTOM-LEFT CUTOUT: 54-point Beer Cap Twisting Tool
FAR TOP-RIGHT & FAR BOTTOM LEFT: (Uses ranked most to least important below)
- Speed Holes: Allows for high-speed beer opening by creating air turbulence and reducing drag
- Anchor Points: Allows tool to be stored between bicycle spokes or shoe laces
- Beer Can Tab Prier: When fingernails just can't cut it

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Spoke wrench
written by Thajudeen , April 25, 2012
Call it SPOKE WRENCH
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Name that tool # 22 Maillard Helicomatic Lockring tool
written by Buzz Climis , April 25, 2012
This tool is used to remove the lockring which holds a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel onto the Helicomatic rear hub. The Helicomatic system was Maillard's answer to the problem of rear hub axles bending between the drive-side bearings and the drive-side drop-out. The freewheel body had helical splines on the inner surface which slid into corresponding splines on the Helicomatic rear hub. A lockring held the freewheel in place, and this tool was used to remove and install that lockring.

The tool included a pair of spoke wrenches (so you could remove your freewheel to replace a spoke easily on the road) and a bottle opener (so you could celebrate the finished repair). The tool isn't marked with any "part number", merely as "Maillard Made in France" and their logo.

These hubs were used on many Trek bicycles in the mid-1980s, and other Frech-made or -equipped bikes of that era. They were supplanted by the rise in popularity of the Shimano Freehub (once Shimano had worked the kinks out of their freehub body attachment). Each Trek equipped with a Helicomatic hub came with one of these wrenches, but they were also available separately at a low cost.

The cogs on the Maillard freewheels were reversible, which allowed the user to flip a worn cog over to improve shifting performance (the cogs were relatively fast-wearing compared with the Shimano and Sun Tour cogs of the era...rock-solid engineering, paper-thin exectution).
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Maillard “Helicomatic” freewheel lockring remover/spoke wrench/bottle opener
written by Steve Lay , April 25, 2012
This still hangs on my tool wall and gets used once in a great while. I've had it since the late 70's one of the original multi-tools.
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written by Dwight , April 25, 2012
If memory serves, I had one of these come with a Trek road bike back in the mid-80s. It's a combo tool with a freewheel lock ring tool, bottle opener, and a spoke wrench on each end. however, if it has an actual name I couldn't tell you. I was in my teens when I rode that bike regularly, including my first century. The bottle opener didn't get used much then. When I went to college, the bike stayed at home but the tool came with me. Being so thin it was always in my back pocket. The opener saw a lot of use from that point on. I still have it in a tool box somewhere. The bike? I still have that too.
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80s era Maillard free hub cassette lock ring tool WITH bottle opener and spoke wrenches. They did not stamp a part number on them. Simply their logo, Maillard, and Made in France.
written by Jeffrey Smith , April 25, 2012
Perhaps the most frequently used (well-aged) tool on my (modern) cycle repair work bench. At one point I had a half dozen of them. Gave them to my friends...
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written by Rick Zucchelli , April 25, 2012
I want one of these! Never used one but wish I had. Did some reading, apparently this tool came with Maillard "Helicomatic" rear hubs - which had a weird external cassette lockring. The tool has the spline wrench for the cassette lockring, spoke wrench either end and a bottle opener.
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written by Rick Zucchelli , April 25, 2012
This tools came with Maillard "Helicomatic" rear hubs. It incorporated a spline wrench for the cassette lockring, a spoke wrench, and a bottle opener.
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written by Michael , April 25, 2012
It was made by Peugeot for 3 years in the 80's it is used to remove your freewheel on a helicomatic rear hub/cassette systems as well as opening your road beers and emergency wheel truing.
Hope that works out thanks for the fun guys!
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almost looks like a duck
written by Anthony , April 25, 2012
it looks like a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel lockring remover.

The ends look like spoke wrenches, but can't miss the bottle opener part :)
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big kahuna
written by john cully , April 25, 2012
ahhhh! the venerable maillard helicomatic freewheel tool/bottle opener/spoke wrench! any mechanic working in a shop assembling peugeots or motobecanes in the 70s-80s had piles of these, since one came with every bike and few made it to the end customer. without a doubt, the bottle opener functioned better than the freewheel/drivetrain on 95% of those bikes... ; )
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written by Jack , April 26, 2012
It's a Malliard helocomatic(maybe spelled wrong)cassette lockring tool.
It can remove the cass from said hubs or open a beer!
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written by Shane VanDyk , April 26, 2012
It's a Maillard Helicomatic bottle opener/spoke wrench. I believe it was given away as a promo tool. For those after ride refreshments.
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Helicomatic freewheel removal tool
written by Adam , April 26, 2012
That is the installation/removal tool for the infamous Maillard Helicomatic freewheel system. It's used to remove the locknut, allowing the freewheel to slide off (like a cassette) instead of unthread like standard freewheels. I don't see the Maillard name stamped on it, but it's probably upside down as I don't think anyone else ever manufactured the removal tool.
I have the tool, but no helicomatic hubs, so I have only ever used the other end to open cold beverages, a technology which thankfully has not become obsolete.
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It's a French knucklebuster, and beer facilitator
written by Jason Chupick , April 26, 2012
This is the curious Maillard multitool, used for French Helicomatic freewheels in the 1970s. For those wanting the elusive 16-tooth cog in their block, this tool was a must. However, with so a low chance of success in making changes to the greasy, unreliable setup, having a bottle opener just an inch away was a no-brainer. You really needed a beer after bloodying your knuckles with such a project. I think the other two slots are spoke wrenches, also meant to torture the mechanic. The tool didn't fit well between the closely-spaced spokes of the day.
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written by marlin , April 26, 2012
Its a Maillaird freewheel tool with built in spoke key and bottle opener.
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Maillard helicomatic freewheel tool
written by Anthony Asebedo , April 27, 2012
As I recall,this tool worked fine for disassembling the freewheel, for opening a beer bottle, but it would usually ruin spoke nipples when used as a spoke wrench!
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written by Corbin Hines , April 27, 2012
that is a maillard lockring tool for a helicomatic rear hub, which featured a helical spline pattern to retain the cogs. they put a spoke wrench on each end as well as a bottle opener. this tool dates from the late 1980's. i used to work in a bike shop at the time which sold many international brands such as french Mercier and Peugeot. we also had english Mercians, italian Viners, japanese Fujis and Maruishis, lots of other brands as well. Maillard parts were common on french bikes.
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written by Brandon , April 27, 2012
That, my friend, is a Maillard Helicomatic freewheel tool. I had been searching around for one of those for awhile and I finally got one. It makes the perfect headset spacer/bottle opener on my fixed gear!

http://i46.tinypic.com/2r74mz5.jpg
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tool #22
written by Michael GIancoli , April 28, 2012
It's a Mallard rear hub tool which includes two different spoke wrenches and bottle opener.
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written by anne lindquist , April 30, 2012
the tool your showing is a combination tool made by specialized. it serves as a spoke wrench, bottle opener and a bottom bracket tool. stay cool with this tool by having a cold one while you work.
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written by anne lindquist , April 30, 2012
the tool you are showing is made by Specialized and serves as a multi function tool. it combines a spoke wrench, bottom bracket tool and also a bottle opener. this is a great way to work on your bike, crack open a "Cold One" and enjoy!
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written by bob Weybright , April 30, 2012
If I remember correctly it would be a cassette tool for a sachs huret rear cluster.....I know I have one in my tool box. The tool is made by Maillard
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oops, I was in the neighborhood but wrong house
written by bob Weybright , April 30, 2012
So the tool is for Maillard freewheel removal (with the added bonus of a bottle opener). I had to find mine that is safely stored away in the basement next to my vintage Trek touring bike a.k.a. the prairie schooners which still has its freewheel and Sachs Huret derailer on it. The good thing about French components back in the day was you got to buy lots of tools for your bike!!!
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written by Peter Desnoyers , May 01, 2012
Maillard Helicomatic hub tool - it was an early cassette hub, and this tool could be used to remove the lock ring holding the cogs, replace the spokes that broke because of the hub's excessive dishing, and open a beer to drown your sorrow when you realized you could have bought a different hub and avoided all this trouble.

See 'helicomatic' on the late Sheldon Brown's glossary page for a picture of a shiny new tool and a not-so-shiny example of the hub it came with.


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Helicomatic Lockring Tool
written by Stephen Barner , May 03, 2012
It's the Maillard Helicomatic Lockring Tool that came with most bikes that were equipped with this hub/freewheel system, back in the 1980s. The notches on the ends are for mangling spoke nipples in an attempt to true wheels on the road with the tool and the butterfly cutout is to open bottle after bottle of good Canadian Brador dark beer as you try to drown your sorrows after trying to find replacement cones for this well-designed, but poorly executed competitor to the cassette freehub. Leave it to the French to screw up a fantastic concept. Vive la France!
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Helicomatic Lockring Tool
written by Stephen Barner , May 03, 2012
This is the Maillard Helicomatic Lockring Tool that was shipped with most bikes that had this hub/freewheel combination in the 1980s. Helicomatic was a fantastic idea, in that it addressed the problems with axle breakage and difficulty of on-road spoke replacement, but the execution was sadly quite poor. Cones wore out quickly and were difficult to source. The top series hubs used an unusual fine thread axle that was unique to the hub and hard to find. The notches at the ends of the tool are supposed to be spoke wrenches, but they rounded off all but the loosest spoke nipples. The butterfly cutout was the highlight of the tool, as you could use it to open bottles of beer that would help you forget how poorly your hub was made.
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written by colin cox , May 03, 2012
That is a Sachs Maillard hub tool that came with the hubs. Mine has been on my key ring for about 25 years. It is a great beer bottle opener, much better then the Surly that wont open a bottle. Those are spoke wrenches on the ends and actually work pretty good in a pinch.
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Maillard freewheel tool
written by Jan , May 04, 2012
I have one of these. Use it for opening beers and undscrewing the ocational maillard freewheel.
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Maillard Helicomatic Lockring tool
written by Buzz Climis , May 05, 2012
This is a lockring tool for the Maillard Helicomatic Freewheel hub. It includes a pair of spoke wrenches and a bottle opener.

The Helicomatic hub was Maillard's answer to the problem of rear axles bending between the drive-side hub bearings and the drop-out. The hub had a set of bearings at the end of the axle, housed in a section of the hub body that protruded from the drive-side hub flange. This protrusion (similar in effect to a Shimano Freehub body) had helical splines cast into the outer surface, which interfaced with splines in the freewheel body. The freewheel slipped onto the hub, then was held in place by a lockring.

This tool fit the small splines on the lockring, but was small enough to fit in a pocket or bike bag. A rider could remove the freewheel in order to replace a broken spoke (hence the spoke wrenches).

Helicomatic hubs were introduced in the early 1980's, but were supplanted by the Shimano Freehub system which became much more common.
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Maillard helicomatic hub tool
written by Jerome , May 07, 2012
That is the Maillard Helicomatic tool from the '70s, used to remove lockrings on the french Maillard helicomatic hub which had a series of helical splines on which a 6-speed 'freewheel' was threaded. This was in fact the equivalent of a cassette with a 5 cog cluster, a cap cog and a lockring. In many ways, it was a precursor to cogs/cassettes and splined hubs (a la Shimano). The claimed advantage was a decrease in the amount of brute force that was needed to remove freewheels of the time

It has nifty additional tools such as spoke wrenches on both ends and a bottle cap opener. All essential for proper outings.
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