Bicycle Mechanics - Any feedback on this torque wrench?
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04-08-11, 06:37 AM
Undecided between this and the Park Tools but this has all the bits too.
04-08-11, 07:01 AM
How much are you going to be using a torque wrench? The wrench you linked to should be a good usable range for bicycles, it just won't cover the higher torque parts(BBs and Cranks). You may be able to get away with beam style torque wrenches - you can get two of those for less than the Shimano and those 2 would cover everything on the bike. I think for occasional use, beam wrenches work just fine - I own a Craftsman high end and the Parktool TW1 low end. I also have the Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza clicker, which is an outstanding torque wrench - range from 2-16Nm, much easier to use than any other clicker, good positive feel with distinct click, and it's way smaller than anything out there(perfect for tight spots on a bicycle) - I could go on and on about the Giustaforza, I love mine. Might want to look into that one.
04-08-11, 07:07 AM
The Giustaforza ia way out of budget, though I have a borrowed one which I am using right now. Cheapest I am seeing is 185 dollars?
We have 4 bikes at home, and I do most of the work myself. Will take to the shop for the heavier stuff, but they dont have a torque wrench either.
04-08-11, 07:14 AM
Beam type wrenches are good tools. The ratcheting types are designed for easy repeatability on multiple fasteners.
04-08-11, 07:17 AM
Just seems that the ratcheting types would be easier to use, especially in awkward places like fixing the brakes etc?
04-08-11, 07:24 AM
you can do better for 120. look at kd/danaher/gearwrench, cdi, precision instruments and others
04-08-11, 07:35 AM
This looks like the same wrench before re-branding and markup: http://www.tooltopia.com/k-tool-international-72117.aspx
No bits but a lot cheaper. Different scale, inch vs nm also.
math is fun
04-08-11, 09:42 AM
+1 on the Beam type wrenches. They are cheaper and for the relatively few number of fasteners used on a bike, almost as fast.
04-08-11, 10:04 AM
spin doctor from performance bikes is a good one too...
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