With a catchy name like Ratchet Rocket
, its GOT to be good, right?
And to be honest, this thing is pretty damn slick. Topeak is well known for their extensive line of bike tools, and this one may well be their best. The whole kit comes in a form-fitting high impact plastic case. The top of the case is made of see-thru rubber, which seals out mosture like a tupperware dish. Peel back the top to get at the goodies inside.
Inside there are a couple of tire levers for popping the old rubber off your rims. They are made from hard anodized aluminum. I haven't tested them but they feel like they would do a passable job on other prybar chores as well.
Also inside is a combination bicycle chain tool, which doubles as a spare hex bit carrier and holds onto the ratchet as well.
The ratchet itself is a little jewel.
Sure the Victorinox ratchet was the first, but this beauty is even smaller, and it has a reversing
lever! (And yes, those are indeed full size 1/4" hex bits, not special mini bits) In addition to the reversing lever, the Ratchet Rocket also one-ups the Vic with the addition of a knurled speed dial on the face of the ratchet. Also nice is the way the hex bit "stops" in the receptacle, allowing you to really bear down on a stubborn screw or bolt.
Oh yah, and there is a strong magnet in the handle hex which keeps the bit from falling out. Pretty neat.
Back to the chain tool; it has a hex drive in the end, allowing you to use the ratchet to drive out the link pin in your chain.
Last but not least, there are a couple of sturdy ways to mount the case onto your bike. I used the water bottle Boss Mount. After attaching the Boss to my bike, the case just snaps on or off with a click of a lever. The mount seems plenty secure.
All in all I'm pretty impressed with how well this Ratchet Rocket is built. There is nothing cheap about it except the price. (less than $30 on many internet sites. Less than $25 on eBay) This seems like a bargain for such a handy tool. So handy in fact that the Ratchet Rocket and bit case would be worth carrying around in your pocket even when not
riding a bike.