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    My most used NorCal tool.....

    One that I almost never see in a shop. The lowly beam torque wrench. I use this all the time to check the torque on pretty much everything on my bike. The benefits of the beam over the ratchet are: it's very accurate and never needs calibrating, bi directional for reverse threads, and much cheaper than a ratchet. It does not, however, have a ratchet function!

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    Is the long handle ever a pain for accessing bolts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phogan22 View Post
    Is the long handle ever a pain for accessing bolts?
    Not so far.
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    I used the click style for years. Recently got the dial gauge style and it is so much nicer. You get a much better feel for where you are and how much more you can go. Super accurate and has a memory pointer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbn921 View Post
    I used the click style for years. Recently got the dial gauge style and it is so much nicer. You get a much better feel for where you are and how much more you can go. Super accurate and has a memory pointer.
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    I use a dial gauge style for most things, as most torque specs are less than 100 in/lb (or 11 nm for those speaking metric) with the primary spec being 5nm nowdays (or 48 in/lb).
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    what is this used for? I have never used one on my bikes but they still seem to work ok

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    If you have carbon parts or pivots that need preloaded a torque wrench is indispensable. The high end stuff is easier to damage.
    Making shit harder than it needs to be isn't awesome, it's just...harder.

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    I would say it's my Silca wrenches. Cause it feels like money, just like the home prices. My most used NorCal tool.....-maxresdefault-1-.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by rox View Post
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    I have those days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    I would say it's my Silca wrenches. Cause it feels like money, just like the home prices.
    Nothing says money like Silca tools and a Bay Area zip code!


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    Good job!

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    It's either a Rogue Hoe 70H or the Silky Katanaboy 500; this photo was handier:

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    19" blade, yes that's an oak. (10 minutes give or take)

    Looking to get the 650 model if I can find a deal on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    It's either a Rogue Hoe 70H or the Silky Katanaboy 500; this photo was handier:

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    19" blade, yes that's an oak. (10 minutes give or take)

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    Seriously guys, don't be a hack in Norcal. Different jobs require different, specialized tools.

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    I have one of those as well. However, my most commonly used tool are the 5mm and 4mm hex keys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    It's either a Rogue Hoe 70H or the Silky Katanaboy 500; this photo was handier:

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    19" blade, yes that's an oak. (10 minutes give or take)

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    I made a custom Lezyne 3-way with a 4mm, 5mm, and T25. I can do 95% of adjustments with it.

    edit: I will add a pic when I get home, but basically I bought a 4/5/6mm and the 3-way T15/20/25, and replaced the 6mm with the T25 to have the three most commonly used tools on one wrench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menso View Post
    I made a custom Lezyne 3-way with a 4mm, 5mm, and T25. I can do 95% of adjustments with it.
    Let's see it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Seriously guys, don't be a hack in Norcal. Different jobs require different, specialized tools.

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    Nice! I love a good hammer collection!

    Been meaning to make a sign for my workbench area...

    Three rules of the shop:
    1) Always use the correct tool for the job
    2) A hammer is the correct tool for the job
    3) Anything can be used as a hammer (except screwdrivers, those are chisels)

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    I got neg repped for my hammer joke.

    but seriously about the torque wrench, its pretty easy to develop a feel for the required torque. for the most part it only depends on the thread size and material. if more torque is needed then the designer used larger fasteners. and there are really only a few things where torque is critical, most bolts just need to be tight enough. anyone use a torque wrench to set their through axles? I didnt think so.

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    ^^ I thought it was a good joke!

    Yeah, I can pretty much feel 4nM vs 7nM etc. But I like using the beam wrench!
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    I'm pretty over-tooled and under-biked. It's easy for me to justify a new tool that can actually pay back for itself, versus the nebulous justifications for bike upgrades. My beam torque wrench is one of my favorites too. Good for bottom bracket, crank bolts, retaining bolts on my fork, etc. It doesn't directly pay for itself, but it protects my investment in my bike and helps me have confidence doing these repairs myself and not worrying about being ham-handed.

    Chain-wear gauge is one my other favorite tools. I probably used to replace chains too early when I was just guessing about wear because I was worried about damaging my ring or cassette.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rox View Post
    I got neg repped for my hammer joke.

    but seriously about the torque wrench, its pretty easy to develop a feel for the required torque. for the most part it only depends on the thread size and material. if more torque is needed then the designer used larger fasteners. and there are really only a few things where torque is critical, most bolts just need to be tight enough. anyone use a torque wrench to set their through axles? I didnt think so.
    I agree with you. Sorry i neg repped you. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
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    For the win.

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    OMG. That is so good! I live by that

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    My most used NorCal tool.....-55918a4b6da811695ab77f22-1334-1000.jpg

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    Well this one, of course:
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    Finch for the WIN! One tiny adjustment though, Most Useless Tool
    One gear is all you need.

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    Love me some Asenal. Go gunners.

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    The most important tool is a cooler full of beer, awaiting the the end of the ride at the trailhead.
    So many trails... so little time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave54 View Post
    The most important tool is a cooler full of beer, awaiting the the end of the ride at the trailhead.
    That's not a tool, it's a crutch.




































































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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    That's not a tool, it's a crutch.



































































    Could be a wheelchair too if its a wheelie cooler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rox View Post
    I got neg repped for my hammer joke.

    but seriously about the torque wrench, its pretty easy to develop a feel for the required torque. for the most part it only depends on the thread size and material. if more torque is needed then the designer used larger fasteners. and there are really only a few things where torque is critical, most bolts just need to be tight enough. anyone use a torque wrench to set their through axles? I didnt think so.
    Yes, doesnt everyone? Speaking of which, it was really shady for DT Swiss not to make an adaptor tool for torquing their RWS properly. It took me hours to fab one up.


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    Yeti Cooler Hopper i think. Conversation starter at most the but good at the post-ride, hike, camp, games.

    Overpriced for sure at almost $400 so Bay Area chic for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by rox View Post
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    in all seriousness I used the dead blow mallet a bunch today. those fox polymer bushings are so damn tight. if you guys are using a regular hammer or a sledge or a ball peen or whatever you owe it to yourself to get a plastic dead blow mallet like so https://www.harborfreight.com/4-lb-n...mer-41800.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    yeti cooler hopper i think. Conversation starter at most the but good at the post-ride, hike, camp, games.

    Overpriced for sure at almost $400 so bay area chic for sure.

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    Four hundred freakin' dollars?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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    In regards to the OP there is a bit of a fetish about torque wrench usage; pretty good sign of an underlying AR or OCD condition. Having said that, I do use a torque wrench (usually 3/8" or 1/2" drive click-style) when assembling new critical bicycle components (brakes, cranks, cassettes) but once used I revert to "feel" (tighten until "snug"). I seldom strip anything so 60 years of calibrating my "feel" has paid off.

    How many here know the difference between "wet torque" and "dry torque"?

    (If you don't, a torque wrench is only offering a false sense of security)
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    How about Okie Torque? Tighten until it cracks and back it off half a turn.
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