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!
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Soul Run Tool Roll and Wallet Review
Last summer I mentioned Soul Run products and carrying your tools in style. Now that I’ve had some time under my belt with their tool roll and jersey pocket wallet I’m ready to reveal my feelings and emotions around their products.
Soul Run Tool Roll
The Tool Roll is a great concept. It is somewhat like a seatbag, but it unrolls to display all your tools, tubes or bits without having to dump your goods on the ground to find that tube patch or tire levers. You can keep it in your messenger bag, under your seat or in your pocket.
Overall this roll has been a great addition to my daily riding, especially when commuting or changing bikes/bags. I can easily take the tool roll from one bag into another, or throw it under my seat with a toe strap. It won’t ever replace a seat bag as it is impossible to attach a light to it, but again for someone with several bags I use to commute with – this was a lifesaver. I no longer had to make sure I had everything I needed every time I set off on a different bike or with a different bag.
One of the coolest features to this tool roll was the custom colors, I was able to pick anything I wanted for no additional charge!
The only con I found of this roll is due to the pockets and limited space I couldn’t fit too much in the roll. I routinely kept a CO2, adapter, tube, tube patch and tire levers. That’s all that fit and even with that it was very bulky and looked “over stuffed.”
Soul Run Pocket Wallet
This wallet was the lifesaver that I never knew I needed. I carry an Android smart phone and a small digital camera on every ride. As the summer is hot and humid in Charlotte, NC, I would often put these electronic devices in a plastic bag to keep the moisture of my sweat out. This wallet saved me from looking like a fool, and I started to use it daily for other uses. On the one side I put my phone with license and credit card, the other either my camera or cash. It kept everything dry and stink free! It also kept everything easy to find in a huge messenger bag, or backpack with out stash pockets.
Other Mentions of Soul Run
Back in October when I was run over by a car, Soul Run sent me a “get well card” to my house due to them having my address from sending me their product for review. It was one of the sweetest things and motivating factors to my healing process.
Check out Soul Run on Etsy to check out their latest colors and products. Personally I’m eyeballing the pro bike tool roll!
This product was given to me at no charge for reviewing. I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.