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Old 01-20-06, 02:57 PM   #1
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9mm wrench

ok, am I going to have to actually BUY a 9mm combination wrench??? LOL!!!!! I have never in my life found a fastener with a 9mm head on it.
Is this going to be a commonly used size in the bicycle wrenching world?
Have run into an unusual size in the fitting that the front brake cable on my Trek 850 ends in. This has an acorn nut and then the end of the cable is captured in a fitting that is hex shaped on the back. Acorn nut isn't coming loose with pliers. Its not an 8 and its not a 10?
Just seems so funny (odd) to perhaps actually NEED a 9mm wrench!
Live and learn!
Or is it possible that they threw an odd SAE size fastener on? Will check out that poss. later.

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Old 01-20-06, 03:17 PM   #2
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You dont use torque wrenches for tightening your cable anchors? Pfft!
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I find that I use a 9mm quite often when working on my older frames that have nuts vs allen keys in a lot of places. What tool kit do you have that it doesn't have a 9mm wrench (or at the least a socket!)
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You dont use torque wrenches for tightening your cable anchors? Pfft!

who said anything about torque wrenches?

Yes, 9mm is quite common. Any decent metric wrench set will have one.
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When I worked at Bikecology more than 30 years ago, one of the guys made a tool which looked like a miniature, 3-armed version of the familiar heavy duty 4-armed automotive wheel lug wrench. On the ends of the arms he brazed standard 8, 9, and 10mm sockets. I still use this remarkably handy tool frequently, and I was amused several years ago to find something very similar commercially available.
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When I worked at Bikecology more than 30 years ago, one of the guys made a tool which looked like a miniature, 3-armed version of the familiar heavy duty 4-armed automotive wheel lug wrench. On the ends of the arms he brazed standard 8, 9, and 10mm sockets. I still use this remarkably handy tool frequently, and I was amused several years ago to find something very similar commercially available.
That's brilliant!! I want one!
I was happy to discover I do at least own 2 9mm sockets, one for my 1/4 inch ratchet and one for my 3/8 so, yay, I can use them together.
Bad news is, I think I'm going to need new cables to raise my steerer stem.
Will now have to learn about that too.

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ps thx folks, for the input
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I welcome any excuse to buy more tools.
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When I worked at Bikecology more than 30 years ago, one of the guys made a tool which looked like a miniature, 3-armed version of the familiar heavy duty 4-armed automotive wheel lug wrench. On the ends of the arms he brazed standard 8, 9, and 10mm sockets. I still use this remarkably handy tool frequently, and I was amused several years ago to find something very similar commercially available.
How many do you need? I can get them. Summit sells them.
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