Cog Cobra Sales are off to a great start! Questions?
Thank you all for a rousing start to the roll out of this tool. I am sure you all will find the Keirin Cog Cobra as useful as I have found that it has been for me as I was developing and testing it.
I am so appreciative of those first 10 orders getting the 'ball rolling' that I am including a chainring bolt for the bolt keeper in the tool.
Let me answer some questions about myself and the tool that you might have.
Why did you decide to make a tool and why did you choose these features?
- I own the beautiful EAI Keirin tool. At $150 dollars to purchase, thank goodness it was a gift. (Thanks Dannye Jones). Costs way too much and I wanted something more affordable.
- The EAI tool only works with 14-16t cogs. Being a junior coach I work with 17-14t cogs.
- Freeing a stuck lock ring broke one of the lockring teeth. It is a beautiful tool, but because it is forged, there is no way to fix it. I needed a tool that could be fixed if needed.
- The tool needed more functions than the EAI, as many as I could fit in.
Wouldn't you get more leverage with a longer tool. Why did you choose 8 1/2 inches for the length?
- I did test an 11 inch cobra and found that I did get a bit more leverage, but it wouldn't fit in my Keirin Tote chainring bag or my pocket as I was running around the infield working on bikes for my juniors. This is very important if you are in the high pressure situations like Nationals and are travelling to big events and need the space.
- I chose this size because of the convenience of moving around the infield to do work and travel.
- I might have to use a little more energy to take off a cog, but I know what it takes to do the job. You'll learn too. And, most racers don't do hours of standing starts! The reason most cogs are difficult to take off.
- It's the same length as the expensive EAI keirin tool
Do you ship out of the country?
- At present, no, but working on it.
Why did you design this tool?
- I'm just a coach that wanted a tool that fit my needs and I had many people like my prototypes, so I 'foolishly' went into production. (Great thanks to Edgar Nunnely for the first prototype drawings, Corey of hdesign-online for his drawings and great vision, and biggest thanks to Chuck Meglio of www.metalnerd.com for his metallurgical expertise and skillful handmade metal craftsmanship. Please check out his automobile flat tools. All of these guys are professionals to the core!)
Why didn't you make this compatible with 12T cogs.
- The juniors that I've coached for well over a decade don't use 12 cogs, nor do most of the riders that I see from day to day, (i.e. the rank and file and the bread and butter category racer.) Racers that use 12t cogs are a small minority of the racers out there. Most of us would probably just change our chainring anyway :-)!
- This tool is for the masses (track wise that is; hipsters included).
- A pro-model with 12-16T capability and a longer lever may be coming out by Spring. Maybe? Depends on sales of the present tool, HINT!
If you have any question that I can address please contact me.