Story and Photos by Mark Matthews:
With all the travel, back-to-back trips and long days it’s been hard to stop and find time to keep my bikes well maintained. When you neglect bike maintenance for too long the quality of your ride quickly declines. There’s no reason to go too long without rebuilding your fork, pulling everything apart to re-grease or even performing things as simple as bolt checks, yet you can easily forget all these things when you’re always on the go.
This has been a challenge for me for years. I’m not an expert mechanic by any means, and I usually rely on my friends at Blacks Cycle in Comox, British Columbia, to keep everything dialed for me. This isn’t always an option, so it’s very important to have a nice set of tools for basic maintenance and daily bike checks. That’s why I’ve stayed loyal to Lezyne. I need tools that are reliable, strong and high in build quality. I’ve gone through my fair share of $20 multi tools and random wrenches, so it was time to step it up and get myself an organized professional kit.
The Lezyne Port-A-Shop Pro was my answer! This awesome tool set has went with me everywhere around B.C. this year. If it’s not in my garage, it’s in my truck. I’m digging the style and strength of the robust hard shell case.
Open up the case and you can see it comes with a beautiful set of tools and a place to keep some tools you already own (where my keys are sitting). It’s a nice selection that gives you everything you need on the go. I’ll admit, I haven’t needed to use everything yet like the splined BB tool or Chain Rod cassette removal tool, but everything else has seen a lot of use. If this is a little too much for you another great option is the regular, more compact Port-A-Shop – that one pretty much lives in my bike bag for international travel.
The tire levers (missing in the shot of the opened up case) usually end up in my riding pack. My We Are One Composites carbon rims set up tubeless are very tricky to get off and while I rarely get flats these levers make it a little less painful.
It’s nice to know I have a solid set of tools with me everywhere I go. One of my favorite zones I rode this year was on Vancouver Island on Jordie Lunn’s Rough AF 2 line (shown above).
The unmatched build quality is why Lezyne is my favourite tool brand out there. The beautiful CNC machined aluminium tools have stayed shiny all year. I’m really liking the finished wooden handles as well.