I have been reorganizing the shop recently, getting the tools out of the boxes onto the wall so that they are more accessible and making more bench space. Over the years, I have collected duplicates of some tools but discovered there are very few bike tools I don’t have. I would like a new truing stand and there are some specialty headset tools I have yet to purchase.
But look what I found. A c. 1975 set of spanner wrenches from Barelli. Barelli was an English company that made premium touring pedals in the 1970s and a few finely crafted tools. I have a set of the pedals. They are stored in one of the parts bins waiting to be repurposed. They are as good as new save for a few scratches. They came with a life long warranty but I doubt that is going to do me any good.
The Barelly wrenches are a treat to use. I only have the 13/14/15/16 mm sizes – all I needed at the time when I purchased them. I still use them occasionally but the newer bikes I have need a larger size. They have been in the drawer pictured above for 30+ years. I have left them there. It is where they belong.
The pedals and wrenches are vintage items and may be worth something to a discerning collector one day. That is if I would ever consider parting with them.