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Mineral Design - the Barstow system & the Mini Bar

Author: Dustin Posted: 2016-01-18

If you're like me, one of your favorite things about cycling is the minimalism of it all.  It's just you, the bike, and maybe a few things you can carry in your pockets or bag.  But breaking down sucks, and is even worse if you can't get it mended on-the-spot.  Extra inner-tubes and a tire tool are easy to find and carry... but what about screw drives and allen wrenches?  Even more, what about a chain tool?  I bet most of us don't carry those things around with us, and if we do, its a pain in the ...

Well, not any more, thanks to Mineral Design's Barstow system (a rad concept to carry a chain tool within your handlebar end caps!) and Mini Bar tool (a multi-tool that carries all the bits you'd need in a compact size).

I think they're really worth a look, and if you like their build quality and attention to detail as much as I do, you may want to help kickstart these products!  Click here to check out the kickstarter.

Check out this info directly from the horse's mouth (well from Justin & Mike, and their press release).
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The Mini Bar is a lightweight mini tool that’s built to last.  The compact shape allows it to be stored easily in a jersey pocket, saddlebag, or backpack while the unique handle design provides the leverage and comfort of a full size tool.  The TIG welded, high strength steel handle has 3 positions to accept ¼” hex bits which are held in place with neodymium magnets.  The bits are stored in a tray that attaches to the handle magnetically. The tool ships with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm hex, T25 Torx, Phillips and Flat screwdriver bits; providing users with the most commonly needed sizes for road or trail side repair.

Dimensions:
96.8mm (3.8in) Long x 12.7mm (0.5in) Thick x 33.5mm (1.3in) Wide

Weight:
112 grams (4 ounces) (including 6 bits and rack)




The Barstow System is a new way of making use of the space in the grip section of your handlebar. The Barstow Chain Tool is a high quality chain tool with quick-link storage, hidden behind a handsome bar end cap. The chain tool was designed with a rotating handle,allowing it to follow the curvature of any handlebar. The handle features magnetic storage for the quick-link and a spring washer around the pivot to prevent rattling when traversing rough terrain. The Barstow Chain Tool includes a matching cap for the other side and there are already plans to expand the lineup with more tools or storage solutions in the near future. Barstow Caps are available in red, black, and silver anodized. Dimensions: 28mm (1.1in) Diameter Cap 15mm (0.6in) Diameter Body (Chain Tool) 86.9mm (3.4in) Long -Barstow Chain Tool -Extended 27.5mm (1.1in) Long -Barstow Cap Weight: 40 grams (1.4 ounces) -Barstow Chain Tool 15 grams (0.5 ounces) -Barstow Cap About Us: Mineral Design is a new company focused on product design. Justin and Mike founded Mineral Design over a shared interest in cycling and the outdoors. Both are mechanical engineers with a broad based experience ranging from the cycling and motocross industry, to consumer electronics, to construction equipment large and small.






[ Mineral Design's Kickstarter Campaign ]



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