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Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more

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No one likes to carry tools on their ride, but if you’re getting out there, it’s a necessity. To make it a little easier to fix more things on your next ride, Blackburn is expanding their popular Switch Multi-Tool. Called the Big Switch, it has more options to fix more things.

Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more

Like the original Switch the Big Switch has a non-ratcheting handle that can be used as an L-wrench or T-wrench with the hex opening at either end. Now the tool includes T25 and T30 torx bits, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm allen bits, a flathead screwdriver, chain tool, disc pad spreader, 0,1, and 2 spoke wrenches, and a valve core tool.

Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more

It all packs into its own sleeve which has extra room for dollars, Pesos, Euros, or whatever else you want to stash inside. Available in September, the whole kit weighs in at 134g and sells for $29.99.

Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more

If you’re looking for a more traditional multi-tool, the new Tradesman packs 18 functions into one small package. The Tradesman includes a T25, T30, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm allens, disc brake pad spreader, flathead screwdriver, quick link holder, and a chain tool compatible with 12 speed and under. Coming in at 136g, the tool sells for $29.99.

Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more

To fix your tubeless tires, Blackburn has a new Plugger tubeless tire repair kit. The kit includes a mounting strap so you can keep it within reach for quick access so you don’t lose all your air before you can get it sealed, and the handle stores 10 plugs. The tool itself weighs 27g, while the whole kit comes in at a respectable 47g and will sell for $19.99 this October.

Blackburn adds Big Switch for better bike fixing, Honest Pressure Gauge, Plugger kit, more

Once you’ve repaired that tire, you may need to check the pressure – which is where Blackburn’s new Honest Digital Pressure Gauge comes in. Accurate within 1% of pressure, the device will measure from 1-150 psi, has a swivel/dual head, and a backlit display for $24.99.

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David Lewis
David Lewis
5 years ago

If that gauge is in fact accurate to +/-1% of displayed reading, rather than 1% of full-scale (i.e. +/- 1.5 psi), then this is a big deal, particularly at that price. Can you confirm with them?

Ryan Madison
Ryan Madison
5 years ago
Reply to  David Lewis

#whatpressureyourunning?

C dryer
C dryer
5 years ago
Reply to  David Lewis

I agree it would be a big deal and it would be nice for someone to answer.

However…if it seems to good…

i
i
5 years ago
Reply to  C dryer

you’ve already answered. $25 gauges aren’t that accurate.

Pedro
Pedro
5 years ago

I would choose a phillips screwdriver bit instead of 2,5mm allen…

Jimmy
Jimmy
5 years ago

Also: Will that tire gauge continue to work after being used on tires that run sealant?

ppierre61
5 years ago
Reply to  Jimmy

It would likely shorten its life considerably if it got sealant in it. As an aside this is from Vista Outdoors, something to consider.

VO_
VO_
5 years ago

Blackburn is a Vista Outdoor company, fyi.

Kyle
5 years ago
Reply to  VO_
FritzP
FritzP
5 years ago

The Plugger is a nice tubeless plug tool. The ID of the insertion tool is large enough to load two plugs twisted together for larger holes. The tube design is also lots easier to use than the fork type plug tool.

The plug packaging (two sheets of thin plastic sandwiching the plugs) is annoying cause after it has sat in the sun numerous days on bike racks, etc. they get very well stuck to the plastic. But a number of plug kits share the same plug packaging design.

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