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    Which torque tool to go with?

    It's time I got one. Which would you chose and why. I'm probably okay with any of these. Looking for feedback. Thanks.

    1) http://www.amazon.com/Products-TorqC.../dp/B01DIRD5CG

    2) http://silca.cc/products/t-ratchet_ti-torque_kit

    3) http://topeak.com/global/en/products...ano-torqbar-dx

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    I'd go cdi, it's a well known torque wrench brand, but I'd look for a beam torque wrench similar to the old park tw1/tw2. gearwrench makes 1/4 and 3/8 beam style torque wrench that should cover all your bike needs

    I find beam style much more secure and easy to check torque being applied and work for low torquemuch better than click style wrenches

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    Got an a link example? I find those to be much bigger in general, is that correct?

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    The CDI tool is very nice, the adjustment is simple to use.
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    Another one for the CDI. CDI is a Snap-On brand. I've been very happy with it. It is a professional level tool. The Silca and Topeak are very nice consumer tools. My CDI came with a factory test certificate showing the top range, bottom range, and middle range tests.

    That being said, the electronic wrenches from Snap-On while being stoopid expensive, are super nice. The Topeaks are actually pretty decent too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding View Post
    Got an a link example? I find those to be much bigger in general, is that correct?
    yeah, they will be much longer because of the beam

    https://jet.com/product/detail/15b7d...targeting=true

    that's the 1/4 I think it goes up to 9Nm

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    You may want to check out the Tektron wrenches which can be had in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2:

    https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-24320-...+torque+wrench

    I had a beam style and found I would often be looking at the wrong scale so in/lb instead of NM or ft/lb instead of in/lb.

    I went ahead and pulled the trigger on each size of Tektron and try to stick to a single measure so I don't end up zapping stuff from over torque.

    YMMV of course.

    If you don't want to go that route I had the Venzo for awhile - https://www.amazon.com/VENZO-Bicycle...+torque+wrench

    It worked well but the fit/finish didn't hold up over time - sticker for the gauge came loose, needed more torque range on my part, etc.

    Pretty good for most things though.

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    The cdi one is great for smaller fasteners. Its very high quality and small enough to take on rides to get a new bike set up. Id highly recommend it
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    This is the one I bought recently:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentG View Post
    You may want to check out the Tektron wrenches which can be had in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2:

    https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-24320-...+torque+wrench

    I had a beam style and found I would often be looking at the wrong scale so in/lb instead of NM or ft/lb instead of in/lb.

    I went ahead and pulled the trigger on each size of Tektron and try to stick to a single measure so I don't end up zapping stuff from over torque.

    YMMV of course.

    If you don't want to go that route I had the Venzo for awhile - https://www.amazon.com/VENZO-Bicycle...+torque+wrench

    It worked well but the fit/finish didn't hold up over time - sticker for the gauge came loose, needed more torque range on my part, etc.

    Pretty good for most things though.
    Yeah, I'd go with a torque wrench as well instead of a "torque tool". I don't really understand why someone would pay more for a tool which does less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentG View Post
    You may want to check out the Tektron wrenches which can be had in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2:

    https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-24320-...+torque+wrench
    This seems like what I should go with. Nice suggestion. What is the benefit of having the torque work in both directions? Also, there is a similar one for 4 bucks less, but doesn't measure in both directions and has 24 tooth instead of 72 tooth ratchet. So I assume the extra $4 is worth it.

    Also, since I'm not getting a kit, how or where is the best place to get goo quality bits? I really only need to usual candidates for bike stuff.

    Thanks to everyone for contributing so far. I really have been looking closely at all options.

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    It works in both directions because some bolts are left handed.

    I bought this set and it works well enough for me:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PCC3WQ

    Remember, the "click" can be rather faint at low torque settings. Also, don't be stupid. If it feels like you're putting too much torque on a bolt, back it off, stop, and check to see what might be going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    Also, don't be stupid. If it feels like you're putting too much torque on a bolt, back it off, stop, and check to see what might be going on.
    Why is "bad mechanic" giving good advice? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding View Post
    This seems like what I should go with. Nice suggestion. What is the benefit of having the torque work in both directions?
    Hmm. Description says that this tool measures only in clockwise direction.

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    Sorry, turns out it was the product link from Zomby Woof:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    I'm an aircraft mechanic by trade, and I like torque tools.
    I've had and use dial type, clickers, and beam type.
    I found the cutest little Sturtevant 100-in/lb wrench on EBay, etched by the Cosworth engine shop. With a little math, it gets used to torque brake rotor bolts. The beam type wrenches will never need calibration.
    For small stuff, the Ritchey Torque Key is awfully handy, easy to store in a bike bag. Among your options, I'd go with the Nano for this reason.
    For heavier stuff, I went with the Craftsman 75000 digital torque wrench (3/8 drive, 5-80 ft/lb) which converts to NM and In/Lb in it's display, useful for crank bolts, centerlock hubs, cassettes and thru-bolts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding View Post
    Sorry, turns out it was the product link from Zomby Woof:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Yes, this is really useful tool - good range and counterclockwise operation as well. If you have Manitou fork (e.g. Mattoc) then you need counterclockwise operation for foot bolts. I got one tool for this and only later found out that it works only in clockwise direction.

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    Bits can be pretty much anything - Craftsman, Stanley, Husky, whatever tool company you are a fan of.

    Example - https://www.amazon.com/Neiko-10074A-...etric+hex+bits

    Covers your hex basics, add in a Torx T10 bit for rotor bolts if you want to get crazy, etc.

    It pretty much depends more on the fastener sizes on your bike vs company X vs Y although cheap bits are to be avoided in my experience.

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    Allen key/hex bits is one of those tools where quality selection should prevail. While many high-end tools are beyond the price range of many, this is one area where quality can be had for a reasonable price. Don't compromise on these. They are worth what you put into them.
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    I just saw something like this the other day. Have not searched on it much so I'm not sure if they're available in in-lbs, I would think so. But here is just one example:

    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/a...taphoCqkTw_wcB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Allen key/hex bits is one of those tools where quality selection should prevail. While many high-end tools are beyond the price range of many, this is one area where quality can be had for a reasonable price. Don't compromise on these. They are worth what you put into them.
    Sounds good. Not sure how to tell. Also don't really want a big set. Park tool has a set, but it seems very expensive for what it is. Still looking for suggestions on bits.

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    I have this: https://www.topeak.com/global/en/pro...no-torqbox-4nm

    4nm is enough for my bar, stem, and seat clamp. Small enough to keep in my pack.

    I also got one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Ritchey-5Nm-M.../dp/B009F93S9C

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    A couple of random thoughts on this.

    Working on a bike isn't the same thing as working on a car or a moon launch in terms of force required.

    That means that is Snap-On, Matco, etc float your boat there is an option but you don't need something in that class for home bike work.

    Crap bits will let you down but that begs the question as to what constitutes crap bits versus, well, non-crap bits.

    Your bike is likely to use metric hex ranging from 2.5 mm to 8 or 10 mm.

    The usual suspects when it comes to bits is purchase a basic kit and add on additional bits as needed, purchase the bits individually which can be tedious, or purchase a wunderkit with everything you need.

    In my mind reputable tool companies are obvious sources followed by less known tool companies which have good reputations.

    Park makes some good stuff but for something like this you are going to pay a premium for a good (bit) that can be had by other tool companies.

    For example:

    Harbor Freight/Ace Hardware brand/Master Mechanic - wouldn't be what I would use

    Amazon Exhibit 1 - https://www.amazon.com/ABN-Piece-Met...etric+hex+bits

    Might be good, might not. I'm not familiar with ABN but a low cost.

    Amazon Exhibit 2 Tekton - https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-1366-8...etric+hex+bits

    Similar to the ABN but I have heard of Tekton, have some of their tools and would rate over ABN based on rep and experience using.

    Amazon Exhibit 3 Neiko - https://www.amazon.com/Neiko-10074A-...2F4+metric+hex

    Sure looks similar to the Tekton and ABN. Neiko is also pretty good stuff in my experience.

    Amazon Exhibit 4 Stanley - https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-85-70...etric+hex+bits

    Stanley is Stanley and similar to Tektron/Neiko here in price.

    Amazon Exhibit 5 Pedro's - https://www.amazon.com/Pedros-138903.../dp/B000IZEH4M

    I like Pedro tools and this is similar to the Park offering (https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Soc...=park+hex+bits) but less expensive.

    Less expensive means you would have money leftover to buy a burrito or something with the savings.

    The same lines of reasoning are true for metric sockets.

    You can buy bike specific items but you will pay a premium for what is likely a rebadged socket from another tool company.

    In my toolbox I have some Neiko, some Tektron (both from sets), some Snap-On individuals (example, Reverb uses a small 7mm crowfoot and Snap-On bit was under $10), and some Craftsman.

    Sockets are from various sources - Craftsman, a couple of Armstrong sockets, some sockets from a Crescent tool set I have, etc.

    YMMV of course and at some point time is money and I would keep things simple as a couple of bucks more for something now isn't going to matter later really for something legit.

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    I've never had a bit break or wear out prematurely when used solely on bikes. You just don't use the force necessary to start breaking tools or wear out parts. At the same time...there are people out there that can pretty much break anything. The 4,5, and T25 get the most use...I think I'll lose the bits before they actually wear down to the point to where they need replacing.

    I did buy a 1/4in (or was is 1/2in? I did go to Harbor Freight to buy an adapter) torque wrench from Price Point when they were blowing out their stuff. I think I used it once...and I don't even remember what I used it on.

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