Help: Abbey Bike Tools announces 10th anniversary tool kits
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Procrastinating until the end, I drag my cursor and click on the email notification.
Ah, it’s from Abbey Bike Tools; the brand celebrates its tenth anniversary. I’ve always wanted some of these tools, far from my area of expertise or my passion.
Heck, these are some brilliant limited edition tools, and wow, look at that price! Anyway, I’ve had enough to procrastinate right now, this one’s one for our resident tool nerd, Dave Ro…. Oh yeah, shit! Guess that’s one for me.
Where to start ? Ok, think, Ronan, think! It’s like for any other piece: start with “what is it?” »
Well, it’s simple. Abbey has just announced two limited edition tool kits to celebrate the brand’s tenth anniversary. A two-piece Crombie and Whip combo, or a three-piece Crombie, Whip and HAG combo.
Well, that sounds like a Scottish Sunday treat. What does that mean?
The HAG is Abbey’s derailleur hanger alignment guide (I knew that one), and the Crombie is a “game-changing” cassette locking tool. Knowing these two now, it’s priceless to guess that the whip is a chain whipping tool, again for cassette removal.
Every day is a school day. How are birthday kits different?
The tools are given whimsical “festive finishes” and come in a custom-engraved commemorative walnut box. As well as looking good, the Anniversary tools also benefit from precision CNC machining treatment of 6/4 titanium, 7075 aluminum, saving 344 grams over their standard counterparts with delicate hand welds for that little extra something special.
What will lucky Abbey customers/mega-fans get?
The HAG dresses the most with machined splines and logos instead of the standard laser etching. Meanwhile, the titanium Crombie cassette lock ring and chain whip tools get a satin finish.
Anything else to note?
All tools are made in Abbey’s workshop in Bend, Oregon, while walnut boxes are produced in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Yes, fair enough. Questions like: why does the walnut box have a micrometer engraved on the case and a matching t-shirt, when there is no micrometer in either kit? Presumably, the micrometer acts to demonstrate the precision with which Abbey tools are made.
The Tenth Anniversary Kits product page on Abbeybiketools.com states that the tools are “not recommended for use on neglected bikes”. Is this an insider tool nerd joke, or is there a real reason these tools shouldn’t be used on a sub-spotty bike?
The answer to both questions is: I don’t know. But I will ask
David Abbey (Tools, not Mickey).
Okay, Ronan, I got it. Take it home with the basics: price and availability.
The Tenth Anniversary Kits are available to pre-order now, with just 100 of the three-piece kits and 50 of the two-piece kits available. As with any limited-edition, weenie-weight, or anniversary offering, kits don’t come cheap. The Crombie and Whip two-piece is priced at US$300, while the three-piece set is priced at US$650. Abbey hopes to start shipping the kits between December 12 and 15, hopefully in time to land under the Christmas tree.