This is the toolbox of Andi Pscheidl, chief mechanic of Cannondale Factory Racing

This is the toolbox of Andi Pscheidl, chief mechanic of Cannondale Factory Racing

Mechanics 22 sep. 2020 14:45 Germán M.

The Cannondale mechanic opens the most important doors in his day rutine, which are the doors of his toolbox. Pscheidl shows us the tools and their order and gives us some reasons about them. In addition, it reveals some tricks.

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Andi Pscheidl appears on the right

Who is Andreas Pscheidl, from Cannondale Factory Racing

Andreas Pscheidl is Cannondale Factory Racing's chief mechanic and is therefore ultimately responsible for the Avancini, Fumic or Maxime Marotte mountain bikes. If something goes wrong with these bikes, all eyes would be on him.

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But to prevent that from happening, Andi Pscheidl is quite careful about the composition of his main work tool: his toolbox. A toolbox that he has opened for Brújula Bike and where we have been able to see that the guy is a phenomenon in this mechanics.

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In this review of his toolbox, we are going to see how he has everything really organized and controlled, but also some personal trick that he confesses to us and that has helped him to get out of some trouble in his years of experience.

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Andi Pscheidl's Toolbox

Andi Pscheidl has opted for a fully customized B&W Jet 6000 box, a very well crafted box in ash wood, assembled by hand and finished with leather compartments and a foam base to better protect it. Only the toolbox is a sign of the importance of mechanics for Andi.

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In total, the weight of the box and all its content amounts to 17 kg. Yes, it's not your toolbox with four keys and a patch pack, because Andi Pscheidl can take on any situation that a World Champion takes her to, and there are no excuses for it.

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We go step by step. In the first section, Andi lists everything related to wheels. It carries spokes, but also Farfalli Gulliver Carbon Corksrew and cutting tools like an Ernest Wright electric scissors or a scalpel. Add in this part a PB Swisstool Picks, an Wheels MFG BB-Tool and two items that you have at home, a marker to mark and a thin toothbrush, to remove dirt in complicated cavities.

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After this platform, Andi adds the suspension and forks section. Here is an Abbey Hanger alignment tool and a Parktool BB Remover for these screws. A small Hoffmann hammer, in case the thing resists, and a pack of Wheels MFG Bearing Press. Obviously, for the Lefty, which is not just any suspension, it takes particular tools, such as the key to disassemble this Cannondale Lefty. It closes all an analog caliper and metal ruler (10cm), to take measurements, a Shimano chainbraker, a Phillips screwdriver and several tabs to disassemble the XLC Tyrelever Steelcore chamber.

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In the middle area of the toolbox, Andi Pscheidl takes the middle ground, all those keys that are actually the most usable when push comes to shove. Arrowmax Honeycomb Screwdriver 3.5, an Effeto Mariposa Pro Torque Wrench 2-16Nm to give it the perfect pressure, a Arrowmax Honeycomb Pick, another marker (a different color), a Beta T25 T-Handle and an Wera 8mm Allenkey, which are the standards, plus others allen de 6 and 2 mm and the smallest, a 1.5mm.

 

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At the bottom of Andi Pscheidl's toolbox is the biggest thing, all that stuff that doesn't fit in small compartments, heavy stuff. Unior Chainlink pliers, a Wera ¾“ Socket Wrench with RockShox Cassette Tool a express toolbox with all the basic kit for repairs away from the central base that this toolbox entails, an Abbey Chain Whip, a Wiss W7T shears and a small jewel: a complete set of Knipex pliers with fully customized leather grips.

 

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Finally, in the surrounding spaces, add up to 4 bootles of different oils and another 4 syringes of grease, a small balzer tacklebox with a thousand small pieces such as chain links or bolts, a couple of bottles of Loctite (of course, it's the turn off and power-up from computer science brought to the mountain bike), a Silca multitool, a lighter, a measure tape, a Shimano chainring tool, a PB Swiss allen set, stickers, replacement cables and DT Swiss spoke tool. We have seen similar examples, such as Jorge Soto's box, from the BH Templo Cafés.

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There is even a lower compartment, perhaps the least accessible, in which you keep a pressure gauge and a 12v Milwaukee Impact electric driller with its corresponding spare battery. RockShox pump and a medley with plugs, cables and a cutter for these Jagwires and a Braun Truing Gauge spoke tensiometer.

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An impressive number of tools, among which Andi Pscheidl does not find her favorite, why? Because in Andi's own words, hir favorite tool and the one he uses the most is not in the box. It is a very small Gerber knife that she takes out of his pocket and shows us.

All the photos have been provided to us by Michele Mondini (@mmondini on Instagram).

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