29 Jul Review: Chrome Sherman Race Tool Bag
There have been many reviews released for the Chrome Sherman “Utility” bag. These reviews are mostly by folks riding their track bikes down to the local velodrome, swapping out wheels and gearing to race that same bike. For me this bag introduces a new look at doing business as a mechanic and ease of use for tool storage.
The spring and early summer season is always my busiest. First to Sea Otter, a couple local endurance races, a 24 hour mtb race and a handful of South East crit series to hit up. As a racer, but more importantly as everyone’s friendly female mechanic it is my job to be organized and prepared for whatever you need at the race.
Using the Chrome Sherman
At first this bag is overwhelming, so many pockets and clasps. In fact three weeks after actively using the bag I found a hidden pocket to hold my chain whip and pedal tool! The bag trifolds to easily be carried on your back, or the top flap folds back to be clasped on a repair stand, fence or whatever is close by. Once you figure out all the pockets, what zippers, what velcro’s, and what can go where is when you can start pushing the bag to its extreme.
The Chrome Sherman for Daily Use
As I mentioned, I use the Sherman for different purposes than others. I use it as my tool bag, that travels on my back from car to pits, of garage to car to races. I’ve never ridden more than 2 miles with the thing on my back, but the bag is used daily with my bike tools.
To be able to grab the Sherman from where it hangs off my bookcase or repair stand, fold up the tri-fold and head off to wherever I am going. It is amazing. I’m not repacking all my tools, questioning where I left my measuring tape or 3-way. It is where I keep it, organized and always in the same spot.
If I am doing a full overhaul in my garage I will take out most the tools I know I’ll need and put them on the bench or on the wall for their homes, but this is more for speed than anything else.
What Goes in my Chrome Sherman
A random list of what is normally in my Sherman for daily use. Each race is different, if I’m going to a road race I may pull something different than a mtb.
- Full run of allen hex’s. from 1.5 to 10mm
- 4 main allen wrenches, 8,9,10,15
- Adjustable wrench x 2
- Chain tool
- Cassette tools
- Pedal wrench
- Side cutter
- Needle nose
- Phillips screw driver x2
- Flathead screw driver x2
- Shock pump
- Small squeeze of grease
- Wax based lube
- Teflon based lube
- Electrical tape
- Cable ends
- Small tackle box of misc parts (quick links, headset spacers, tire boot, co2 head, pens,
- Spoke wrenches
- Cable ties
- Zip ties
- Single speed cogs x2
- SRAM 9 speed chain (new)
- SRAM 10 speed chain (new)
- Tire levers
- 700c tube
- 29″ tube
- Mechanics gloves
- Small container of Stans NoTubes
- Crank tool x 2
- Shimano crank tool
- BB tool x 4 (outboard, octalink, square taper and Campy)
- Brake cables x2
- Shifter cables x2
- Brake housing
- Shifter housing
Overall Review of the Chrome Sherman
The Chrome Sherman is a bag that makes you think out of the box. (No pun intended.) It has allowed me to expand my services as a mechanic, and be more efficient when doing so. It handles cross country trips well, being shoved in the trunk of a car, or slapped on your back to haul on a bike.
There are things I would change, pockets I would expand, tool slots I would stitch in but for a non-custom bag at MSRP of $190 the bag does what it needs to do. Now at $190 you need to utilize the thing to death to justify the cost, but keeping my tools safe and organized in all conditions is worth it to me. Chrome, please add custom colors to the mix in the future!