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Carbon bike torque key

Old 03-29-12, 06:54 PM
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Carbon bike torque key

Hello,

For those of you with carbon bikes, what tool do you carry if any while you ride?
Do you carry a regular multi tool or a specific torque key tool? Will the regular multi key damage the carbon when you adjut the seat?

Thanks
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Old 03-29-12, 07:07 PM
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The Ritchey torque key is preset to 5nm, which may not be the correct value for a seat clamp.

I carry the same multi tool I have used for years. If I need to adjust something I adjust it. Just do it up as tight as it was when you loosened it. If you're paranoid, check it with a torque wrench when you get home. I rarely adjust the seat during a ride.

If you're going on a ride where you plan to make seat adjustments and you have a torque key who's preset is the correct value it wouldn't hurt to take it along.
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Forget the torque key and get a decent torque wrench.
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Originally Posted by fstshrk View Post
Forget the torque key and get a decent torque wrench.
Do they make those small enough to fit in a saddle bag now?

I think he was asking about a tool to carry with him on a ride...
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Seats posts aren't that sensitive, if the post fits the seat tube correctly and you're not using a seriously over sized hex wrench it's highly unlikely you'll crack either the frame or the post.

I just have a park multi tool and yes, I've adjusted the saddle while out on a ride and I didn't/ don't worry about it.
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Old 03-29-12, 09:07 PM
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wiliams torque keys are much better than the ritchey
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i have never used a torque anything on my carbon bike and seatpost. i even clamp the seatpost in a stand.

so far, 0 explosions
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Old 03-29-12, 11:40 PM
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asplosion count= 400,000
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If you have to adjust a seatpost on the fly, just tighten with your multi-tool just enough for clamp to hold seatpost in place without sliding down with you on saddle, then you can mess with a torque wrench when you get home. No need to carry torque wrench on rides.
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Thanks to all, I will use my multi-tool
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Bontraiger torque key is better than the Ritchie Key. I have both. Both are set to 5nm, but the Bontraiger key releases sooner than the Ritchie. I'm afraid the Ritchie key is not accurate and is going too tight.
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
Bontraiger torque key is better than the Ritchie Key. I have both. Both are set to 5nm, but the Bontraiger key releases sooner than the Ritchie. I'm afraid the Ritchie key is not accurate and is going too tight.
That just doesn't make any sense. Without testing them, what makes you think the Ritchey key is the one that's off? That's like having 2 tape measures that measure differently and saying the shorter one is better just because.
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It could be that the handle is the difference- the Ritchey has a handle that has short 'arms' and is fairly uncomfortable to use. The Bontrager's handle looks like it gives more leverage and is a bit more ergonomic. The Ritchey does seem like it takes a lot of force to get it to click.

Next time I am bored in the garage I'll test my Ritchey key against a torque wrench.
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If you're just adjusting the seatpost height or saddle rails, remember you only need to tighten enough that it doesn't move. Typical torque markings are for maximum recommended torque, but you only need to use the minimum enough to keep things from slipping. If you hold a regular multitool or hex wrench on the short side of the handle, you'll be surprised how much force you need to equal the 5 n-m torque of the Ritchey key; just use less/enough that your parts don't slip.
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Just go easy on it if it's a quick fix until you can get it home or to a shop with a torque wrench
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
I'm afraid the Ritchie key is not accurate and is going too tight.
Fear is no way to calibrate a torque wrench.
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Any suggestions on a decent quality torque wrench that won't break the bank? Need something that can handle 4-12Nm
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