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    Cheap torque wrench for brakes?

    I just bought a bike from bikesdirect, that needed to be assembled and I need a torque wrench to install the brakes to factory specs. Im not trying to break the bank or anything. Anyone recommend anything thats pretty cheap and will do the job?

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    Sears Craftsman beam type in inch lbs should do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    Sears Craftsman beam type in inch lbs should do fine.
    +1

    I believe it's called the 'mini-torque' wrench. Works great for brake bolts, and lots of other applications. Only thing its not going to be 'tough' enough for is bottom brackets, etc. I got one for xmas, highly recommend.

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=torque+wrench

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    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...5281000P?mv=rr

    I think I have the second one...
    Last edited by dtmartin46; 04-16-2009 at 02:02 PM.

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    I got a decent one from PricePoint.com. I think it was $42. Check ebay and craigs list. Used works fine too.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    you get what you pay for, I have 3 MACS 2 Sanp-on and 1 Craftsman that I have had for about 25 years. Thought it seemed expensive back then but after 25 years of heavy use they still work. They are calibrated every year and do pass. My suggestion is pay a little more and you can be confident using it on anything for bike to car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtmartin46
    +1

    I believe it's called the 'mini-torque' wrench. Works great for brake bolts, and lots of other applications. Only thing its not going to be 'tough' enough for is bottom brackets, etc. I got one for xmas, highly recommend.

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=torque+wrench
    or
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...5281000P?mv=rr

    I think I have the second one...
    Those are not beam type, they are clickers.

    Beam type are great for bikes b/c you can see that torque as you do the bolt and dont have to wait for the click, they dont need to be recalibrated constantly and they are cheaper.
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...orque+Wrenches
    That is a beam type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13pumps
    you get what you pay for, I have 3 MACS 2 Sanp-on and 1 Craftsman that I have had for about 25 years. Thought it seemed expensive back then but after 25 years of heavy use they still work. They are calibrated every year and do pass. My suggestion is pay a little more and you can be confident using it on anything for bike to car.
    Where do you get them calibrated? I've had my Craftsman for over two years now and I'm sure I need to have it checked.

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    for a bicycle, i wouldnt bother calibrating it. calibration costs more than cheapie bike torque wrenches cost. just toss it in the trash after a few years and pickup a new one.

    my 5 year old torque wrench is still reliable. its a bike, not a combustion engine spinning at 7000 rpm with 10k psi explosions inside.

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