After many shifts of wearing the red apron, I decided that having one big pocket on the apron wasn't going to work for me. I found it too difficult to fish around for whatever tool I needed. I needed something more organized to hold the handful of tools that I use on a regular basis.
From having taken in my bike to United Cycle for repairs, I knew their mechanics wore overalls with many pockets on the chest flap and I thought this was an excellent way to retrieve tools. So there is no confusion when I empty my pockets, I use my own tools.
|A convenient way to access tools|
On the far left (right in the photo) is a pen which can also be used to check the smoothness of bearing races by running the ballpoint along the race. Next is a mini flashlight which comes in very handily when needing to read a tire size or catch a glimpse of the inner workings of a shifter. Next is what is called a "Quik Stik" - one of the best tools for tire removal and on the far right is my chain - checker. The longer end of the chain - checker can be used to let the air out of a tire.
Down below most of the tools is a cute little pocket which nicely holds a picker made from a shortened and sharpened spoke. Convenient for poking out the gunk from any number of crevices.
My left pocket holds a Zed shaped allen key and my right holds a bike tool and a pocket knife which has many uses. Not only for cutting zip ties but I like to use the flat screwdriver blade to clean off jockey wheels.
I guess I should have looked for red overalls so that cyclists visiting "BikeWorks" would be able to tell that I'm a volunteer and not a mechanic visiting from United Cycle.