Fabric Tool Keg Review
January 11th, 2017
Product Full Name | Fabric Tool Keg
Retail Price | £13.99
Available From | Fabric Cycling
Fabric Tool Keg – on board storage
Roadies have long used cut up water bottles to stash inner tubes and tools in, so you can see where this idea came from.
The nice difference with the Fabric Tool Keg, is that it uses the same mounting system as the brilliant Cageless Bottle (check it right here) and looks very neat and tidy on the bike.
The Fabric Tool Keg is made from the same BPA free plastic as the water bottles, and is completely watertight when closed.
Inside is a neoprene sleeve that stops tools rattling round inside, and also has loops for removing from the bottle. You’ll need these if stuffing a lot of gear inside.
Supplied with the Keg are two sets of mounts and bolts – so you can share amongst bikes.
Out on the trail
I keep a 27.5in inner tube; CO2 cartridge with adaptor; tyre lever and both 11 and 12speed chain master links in my Fabric Tool Keg – which weighs 327grams loaded. Combined with a compact multitool in my pocket, this means I always have the bare minimum on my bike to get me home without having to think about packing kit.
Although I’ve had barely any issues losing bottles with the mounting system that Fabric use, but you can over tighten the mounts to make the Keg very secure on the bike.
I’ve never lost it – even when left on during bumpy uplifts, but you can customise the fit easily.
It’s particularly useful for me on a daily basis as I often commute with a heavy camera bag – and switch the keg between all the bikes I use, as I’m already a fan of the Cageless Bottle system.
Over the last year I’ve tried a lot of compact hip packs/bum bags that can easily carry a water bottle, and more recently the Source Hipster. Keeping the pack for water and other essentials like keys works well in combination with the Fabric Tool Keg. It also means the stuff for repairing a flat are easily at hand without having to rummage through your bag – a great little product for the racers out there.
Although not everyone’s cup of tea, we love the Fabric Tool Keg for it’s pure simplicity and ease of use. It holds the bare essentials, looks very neat and easily transfers between bikes.
Worth looking at whether you’re a racer, all day trail rider or daily commuter.