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Old 01-15-11, 02:31 PM   #1
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Wrench recommendation

Any recommendation on small wrenches that work well in removing nuts when taking off a wheel while on a ride (for a flat). My new SS is the first bike without quick releases (since I was a kid). I want them to fit in the bag I'll have under my saddle.

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Old 01-15-11, 02:40 PM   #2
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try the coated portland wrencho.
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Old 01-15-11, 02:48 PM   #3
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try the coated portland wrencho.
Thanks for the recommendation. Just checked and a place by my work carries these for $12.75 (Cdn).
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You work at MEC?
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No...but I'm five minutes away.
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The problem I have with short wrenches is that it is difficult to get enough leverage to loosen or properly tighten rear axle nuts, especially the right (pulling) one. I carry a normal size 15mm box wrench either in my seat bag or, if it is too small, then somewhere on my person such as a jacket pocket or backpack. I've got a beernuts wrench on one of my bikes that has water bottle bosses.
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Old 01-15-11, 03:01 PM   #7
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The problem I have with short wrenches is that it is difficult to get enough leverage to loosen or properly tighten rear axle nuts, especially the right (pulling) one.
This is the case for me as well.
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Old 01-15-11, 03:59 PM   #8
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Carry a torque bar,

An extenstion for your 15mm. That way you have more torque.
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I think many people have the Pedros Trixie. It works great for me and it has a lockring and 5mm hex. And more. It's about 7.5 inches long, don't know if that's too long for you.
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Ditto Cglenny on the trixie--great tool. It's probably too long to fit in a bag but it's designed to screw on to your water bottle bosses (even comes with wingnuts, iirc).
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I was given the surly short 15mm wrench for Christmas, and while I haven't used the bottle opener I have to say I'm really impressed with the rounded heel like leverage spot, surprisingly useful little tool(but I can open a bottle with a peice of paper if need but the bottle opener is a novel idea)
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The problem I have with short wrenches is that it is difficult to get enough leverage to loosen or properly tighten rear axle nuts,
Step on it. 3Wrencho or Tule. Trixie is real nice and I love that they sell it with the thumb nuts so you can attach it to water bottle bosses. Park used to make a tool that could bolt on, 15mm x (1" headset size)mm, which is pretty handy if you happen to have headset that fits and you can find the wrench anywhere.
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The problem I have with short wrenches is that it is difficult to get enough leverage to loosen or properly tighten rear axle nuts, especially the right (pulling) one.
If you put the axle nuts on with the short wrench, it shouldn't be hard to take them off. Right?
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I use a 15 mm wrench bought at a hardware store for $5. I sawed off the open end of the wrench and about 3 inches. Wrapped it in electrical tape and its good to go. It is light and fits perfectly into a jersey pocket or small tool back or whatever. Its gotten a lot of use and works great.
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Old 01-16-11, 02:22 PM   #15
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Any recommendation on small wrenches that work well in removing nuts when taking off a wheel while on a ride (for a flat). My new SS is the first bike without quick releases (since I was a kid). I want them to fit in the bag I'll have under my saddle.

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Try a metric 15mm stubby wrench. They're commonly found in Canadian Tires as part of a 7-9 piece set for $10-$16.
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Wrencho++. Trixie's not all that useful if you don't ride fixed.
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Peanut butter wrench:
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Old 01-16-11, 09:28 PM   #18
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Surly makes what they call Jethro tool.
I have had it for a long time without any problems.
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