Blackburn Toolmanator 5 Function Mini Tool
This £3.95 Blackburn Toolmanator 5 Mini Tool deal has expired. However, you can..
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Blackburn is a cycle accessories brand, which is largely associated with it's range of bike bags. Founded in 1975 by Jim Blackburn with the ethos of manufacturing stronger, lighter and innovative cycling products. This aim led them to produce the world's first dual mini-pump, the over-sized MTB mini pump and also the dual stroke track pump. Over the years they've established a reputation for functional and hard wearing, yet competitively priced products. Nowadays Blackburn manufacture ranges of pumps, multi tools, bike lights, bottle cages, mudguards, computers, turbo trainers as well as the famous range of bike bags.
I apologise for this section being a little sparse - there doesn't seem to be much information on Blackburn's history on the web - however you may find additional details on their brief About us page, as well as their UK product homepage.
About Merlin Cycles
This cycling deal was found at Merlin Cycles, one of the UK's most famous bike shops, located up North!
Merlin Cycles started life in 1993, founded by John Moss as a mail order Mountain Bike business ran directly from his spare bedroom in Chorley. Due to early growth, shortly afterwards he opened his first outlet in Ormskirk, and a few years later in 1998, the company grew into larger premises, moving to Leyland.
In the 1990's and early 2000's, Merlin were known for their ranges of mountain bike hardtails, released under the Rock Lobster and Merlin "Malt" brands. These steel and aluminium hardtails were designed in house, available as framesets or complete bikes, representing excellent value for money. The company was also well known for their handbuilt MTB wheels, which in my experience lasted for years without needing truing!
Merlin have always been competitive on pricing, particularly on suspension forks, brakes, wheels and groupsets, which continues to this day. Nowadays they have introduced road cycling equipment and clothing into their product ranges, due to the increase in popularity in this field, thus catering for a broader range of cyclists.