Torque wrench recommendations

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  • I am looking for a torque wrench with relatively high torque setting for wheel nuts and pedals.

    Is this park tool worth it?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N0XWS64/r­ef=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_YAzGFbCM102QS

    Is it much better than this one?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V6ZN759/r­ef=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_EDzGFb0BQFXCR

    Any recommendations please?

  • I have this set, which overlap each other and go from 1Nm to 150Nm. You can tell from how grubby the labels are how much use each gets - mainly bicycle stuff and every now and then car stuff.


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  • I’ve been looking, can’t decide which route to go down.
    Over 10nm is quite high though. Both are the same so maybe you know that already apologies if so.

  • The one I use the most frequently is the Silca pocket tool that I think only goes up to 8Nm.

    It's always in my pocket when I'm out riding.

  • +1 for Norbar

  • What about the beam-type ones? AFAIK Park have discontinued theirs, but I quite like the idea of having one that can't go out of calibration, and they should be cheaper. Are there any still available that cover typical bicycle torque ranges?

  • Yeah, I meant a big one for cassette lockrings/BBs etc.

  • Do you need to buy the bits set separately?
    Which drive size is more useful for bikes? 1/4'', 1/2'' or 3/8''. I'm pretty ignorant of these things.

  • I just got one of those cheap-from-Amazon sets of converters, which mean you can use any random sockets that you might have (I think I've got three different socket sets, of which the Halfords Professional one is the most frequently pulled off the shelf) on the torque wrenches no matter the size of the drive.

  • 1/2” for cassette lockring tools, BB tools
    1/4” for everything else

  • I accidentally ordered two of these:
    https://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-essent­ial-torque-wrench-set-1

    Does anyone want to buy the second one to save me having to faff around returning it?


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  • What about the beam-type ones? AFAIK Park have discontinued theirs, but I quite like the idea of having one that can't go out of calibration, and they should be cheaper. Are there any still available that cover typical bicycle torque ranges?

    That type will still go out of calibration. You're compressing a spring and it will drift with time and use. You don't really need a calibrated torque wrench for bike parts, you just need to be in the ballpark of the correct torque so you don't strip things out.

    I meant a big one for cassette lockrings/BBs etc.

    Probably even less important for components done up as tight as these. It's unlikely to make any functional difference if a component asking for 50Nm is tightened to 40Nm or 60Nm. The threads are sufficient that they won't strip at the upper end.

  • Does the 20-100Nm version measure torque in both directions, clockwise and anti-clockwise?

    Looking for something that can do BB and pedals.

  • You can pass an extension through the centre to tighten left-hand threaded cups with a clockwise motion. For pedals, it depends what tool interface you have - 8mm hex socket in the back and 15mm flats on the front means you just need a crow's foot to do the one which is right-hand threaded. If you only have flats, the crow's foot needs to be long enough for an extension to pass the crank from the back. If you only have hex sockets, then you actually need a torque wrench which works both ways 🙂🙃

  • There are a number of #lifehacks, including reversible ‘crow’s foot’-type BB adapters like the one below, but I’d rather just get a tool that can swing both ways.


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  • Gedore does torque wrenches where you can switch the direction using a removable "mushroom head". I don't know if that's the correct english term but in German it's "Pilzkopf".
    They do two versions, an expensive one and a more budget friendly option under their own brand called Gedore Red. I have the Gedore Red one and really like it. It is very popular with a lot of bike (home) mechanics here in Germany.

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