Imagine carrying all the bicycle/motorcycle tools you need everywhere you go in a compact form that fits in the palm of your hand. The Ultimate Bike Tool, designed by Croatian design firm V-Lab and currently being developed in conjunction with Local Motors, holds 2 tire irons, 4 spoke wrenches, 5 odd and 7 even wrenches, a bit adapter, 90-degree and 180-degree adapter mounts, 6 common bits, a perpendicular bit wrench, and, of course, a bottle opener.
Adhering to the design principle of eliminating the unnecessary, the product’s utilitarian design focuses on making every single edge and cutout on the tool cater to a specific function. The goal is to preserve space and minimize bulk, which is good news to cyclers everywhere.
V-Lab’s Marko Prpic and Tomislav Veltruski, who conceptualized the design for the Ultimate Bike Tool, are now in the co-creation and co-manufacturing stage with Local Motors’ design community manager Nyko DePeyer. Prototype development has already started in Local Motors’ design factory, where steel was initially used, but which has since been replaced with a lighter aluminum body.
Just this May, Local Motors announced in a blog post that the Ultimate Bike tool is scheduled to be released sometime in the coming months. There’s no set date yet, however, since it is still being fine-tuned. Once everything has been finalized, the Ultimate Bike Tool will be available for purchase at their store.
Details about pricing is yet to be announced and in the meantime Local Motors is inviting the public to give feedback on the latest prototype. If you’re a keen cycler, you’ll want to check this out and share your thoughts. You may also view video updates on the latest prototype on Local Motors’ website.