Name That TOOL #8
by Bikeman • August 04, 2023
This was as much fun as the Attic What IZIT used to be back in the early days of the internet. Being an ol' fashioned bike shop since the 70's, we've seen a lot of technology and "standards" come and go. As a result we have a lot of mostly outdated tools around the shop. For this contest we'd dig out an old tool and put it out to our visitors to identify. Much like we are posting reruns of the What IZIT we'll try to dust off one of these gems every week or so for a walk down memory lane.
Originally Published early in this century
Time to name that TOOL. If you have ever had to use this tool chances are there is a good story behind it. We are looking for the tool Manufacturer as well as functionality. Creativity always breaks a tie and a story of personal experience with the tool could win you the prize.
We have a winner! A winner has been named in the 8th edition of Name that TOOL. This is a classic tool that is extremely useful on Steel or soft Aluminum rims. A very close race as the top two answers are both excellent. In the end we liked Joe's line: "This tool + hammer + pliers makes em all good"
WINNER - Joe Z
"That tool is the Rim Saver by bicycle research. I have one for the local recycle a bike project here. Kids bring in cheapo bikes with rims that are all dinged up. This tool + hammer + pliers makes em all good!"
RUNNER UP: Steve Bodayla
"This is a tool for removing bulges in rim sidewalls. I used to work in a bike shop next to a bike trail, back when most rims were steel and no one bothered to pump up their tires. I probably used this thing 2-3 times a day, because there was a sharp ridge in the pavement on the trail just before the bike shop, and people would seriously ding their rims when they hit it."
RUNNER UP: Fred Peters
"Its a Bicycle Research rim repair tool. Scares me that I know this but when you need to use this tool it will scare you too."
RUNNER UP: K. Polson
"This set of pliers from Bicycle Research(I think) is for removing dents from the sides of rims."