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The Barstow System stores a complete bike chain tool in your handlebar. The Mini Bar is a a welded steel mini tool with removable bits.
The Barstow System stores a complete bike chain tool in your handlebar. The Mini Bar is a a welded steel mini tool with removable bits.
The Barstow System stores a complete bike chain tool in your handlebar. The Mini Bar is a a welded steel mini tool with removable bits.
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Barstow System and Mini Bar: Bike Tools from Mineral Design

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Barstow Chain Tool Set and Mini Bar
Barstow Chain Tool Set and Mini Bar

What is it?

Mini Bar and Barstow Chain Tool Set
Mini Bar and Barstow Chain Tool Set

The Mini Bar

The Mini Bar is a high quality, portable, and customizable mini tool for your bikes, boards, or house projects. Using standard ¼” hex bits, the Mini Bar allows you to only carry the bits you need. The bit rack stores up to 6 bits and attaches to the tool with 2 powerful neodymium magnets for a secure hold. There are 3 driver locations on the tool; 2 for high torque applications and 1 to quickly spin bolts in. All driver locations retain the bits with neodymium magnets. The tool itself is made of strong and lightweight welded steel tubing. This compact tool will last a long time.

Mini Bar
Mini Bar
Mini Bar Assembled
Mini Bar Assembled
Mini Bar in action
Mini Bar in action

The Barstow Chain Tool Set

The Barstow System is a new way to store tools and other items conveniently on your bike and out of sight. The Barstow Chain Tool is a complete chain breaking tool with integrated chain link storage that fits inside your handlebar. Compact and easy to use, the Barstow Chain Tool simplifies what you carry by always having a chain tool and quick link within easy reach. All Barstow Caps not only look great, they protect your bars during a crash as well as your gut from puncture wounds.

Barstow Chain Tool Set Shown in Red
Barstow Chain Tool Set Shown in Red
Barstow Chain Tool Set
Barstow Chain Tool Set
Mini Bar and Barstow Chain Tool
Mini Bar and Barstow Chain Tool

Why do I need it?

“But dudes of Mineral, there are already so many mini tools!”  

We know there are lots of choices for bike and mini tools out there. Some of them are really great, some… not so great. Until recently, many tool makers had largely ignored the replaceable bit philosophy, rather choosing to fold up what are essentially large independent hex wrenches to form the tool. Some tools even use bits, but they are not user replaceable. Others use replaceable bits but put them in a large and heavy tool, negating the benefit of using bits in the first place.  

We designed the Mini Bar taking all of these concerns into account. We wanted a compact yet strong tool. We wanted the flexibility of using different bits while providing storage locations on the tool itself. Lastly, we wanted something that looks and feels as good as it functions. We love this tool and we think you will too.

Creating a separate chain tool means a lighter and smaller mini tool. The Barstow Chain Tool is a great way to carry one less item in your bag or pocket. We were also able to incorporate a storage location for your repair chain link on the Barstow Chain Tool; no more fishing for those tiny links at the bottom of your bag or worse, losing half of it. Plus, we think the bar caps look great!  

We are hoping to add a number of other tools and options to the Barstow System to provide more functionality further down the road.

Mini Bar also opens beers non-destructively
Mini Bar also opens beers non-destructively

Specifications

Mini Bar

Mini Bar Dimensions
Mini Bar Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • 96.8mm (3.8in) Long x 12.7mm (0.5in) Thick x 33.5mm (1.3in) Wide

Weight:

  • 112 grams (4 ounces) (including 6 bits and rack)

*weights and dimensions subject to slight variation based on final design

Branding on Mini Bar
Branding on Mini Bar

 Barstow Caps and Chain Tool

Barstow Caps Dimensions
Barstow Caps Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • 28mm (1.1in) Diameter Cap
  • 15mm (0.6in) Diameter Body (Chain Tool)
  • 86.9mm (3.4in) Long - Barstow Chain Tool - Extended
  • 27.5mm (1.1in) Long - Barstow Cap

Weight:

  • 40 grams (1.4 ounces) - Barstow Chain Tool
  • 15 grams (0.5 ounces) - Barstow Cap

*weights and dimensions subject to slight variation based on final design

Barstow Cap Colors
Barstow Cap Colors

Installation Guide

The Barstow Caps install quickly in road and mountain bike handlebars. Remove any handlebar or grip end caps you may have and install your Barstow caps with a few quick turns; the expanding wedges lock in for a secure hold. If your grips cover over the end of your handlebars you can still install Barstow Caps. You may need to cut away the ends of your grips with a sharp knife, but be careful not to damage your handlebars. 

The expanding wedges accommodate a wide range of bar types and styles. The Barstow Chain Breaker has a flexible toggle end that allows it to curve up short road drops if needed. The toggle is held in place with a spring washer which creates a friction fit, preventing any rattling in your handlebars. Once you install it, you won’t even notice it’s there.. until you need it.

Barstow Chain Tool in Road Handlebar
Barstow Chain Tool in Road Handlebar
Barstow Cap in Mountain Handlebar
Barstow Cap in Mountain Handlebar

What do you get?

 Who are we?

Justin and Mike formed Mineral Design with the intent to bring simple, reliable, and cleanly designed products to market. A common interest in cycling focused our efforts on solving problems and creating great new products to get outdoors more often.

Our broad mechanical engineering backgrounds have included everything from developing concepts, to design, analysis, testing, final production and support. We have experience bringing new products to life and turning the wrenches in assembly and maintenance, as well as designing the wrenches to begin with!

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Thanks

Also a big thanks to Matthew Schwalm for the music in our video!

Mini Bar and Barstow Caps
Mini Bar and Barstow Caps

Risks and challenges

We have previous experience bringing products to market, so we are confident in our ability to finish the complete product development cycle on time. We have successful, functional prototypes of all components currently in hand which are ready for production. We just need your support to bring us over the edge.

Design
We designed the Barstow Caps and Mini Bar with simplicity in mind. This produced a robust and reliable product, but also mitigates many potential pitfalls when bringing up full scale production.

Manufacturing
We have great longstanding relationships with our manufacturing partners who have a proven ability to deliver. There is always possibility of delays, but we are confident in our partners.

Schedule
Our longest single development task is the manufacturing of the plastic injection mold for the Mini Bar bit storage. We have allowed for any extra time in the schedule in case this process takes longer than predicted. Although this is a relatively simple injection mold and we do not expect production problems, there is always the possibility of minor delays.

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    Barstow Caps!

    You get a set of standard Barstow Caps (no chain tool) in your choice of silver, red, or black anodized.

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    Mini Bar!

    You get the Mini Bar tool including 9 bits (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm, Torx T25, Phillips, Flat Screwdriver)

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    Barstow Chain Tool Set!

    You get the complete chain tool set. One basic Barstow Cap and the Barstow Chain Tool. In your choice of silver, red, or black anodized.

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    Mini Bar and Barstow Chain Tool Set - EARLY BIRD!

    You get the complete Mini Bar and the Barstow Chain Tool set. You choose silver, red, or black anodized bar caps.

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    Mini Bar and Barstow Chain Tool Set!

    If you missed out on the Early Bird, you can still get the complete set.

    You get the complete Mini Bar and the Barstow Chain Tool set. You choose silver, red, or black anodized bar caps.

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    2x Barstow Chain Tool Set!

    You get 2 (TWO) Barstow Chain Tool sets! In your choice of silver, red, or black anodized. You can choose two different colors.

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