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    WTB budget torque wrench and/or recommendations.

    Need a bike torque wrench that can go to 10NM. There are plenty that are 80.00 and up. Not wanting to spend 80.00 and up. Recommendations?

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    I've got X Tools from Chain Reaction at $35 when these were on sale. Pretty decent tool for home mechanic

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    I use the Harbor Freight 1/4" drive wrench, and printed out a chart to convert in-lb to n-m. Works fine.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-...=torque+wrench
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    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    I use the Harbor Freight 1/4" drive wrench, and printed out a chart to convert in-lb to n-m. Works fine.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-...=torque+wrench
    Nice! and here is a conversion chart: http://extraconversion.com/energy/in...on-meters.html

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    I've been meaning to pick up one of these

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M12284X...v_ov_lig_dp_it

    They make another one that's a touch bigger with a higher max torque, but this one seems better for most bike stuff.

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    https://www.amazon.com/Venzo-Bicycle...ike+tor&sr=8-3

    Have this one, was branded as something else when I got it, but itís the same one, reviews are great, works flawless. Had it for 2+ years.
    Do I detect a lot of anger flowing around this place? Kind of like a pubescent volatility, some angst, a lot of I'm-sixteen-and-angry-at-my-father syndrome?

    fuck that noise.

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    I have that tekton one from amazon and mine does not register a click when the torque level is met. I emailed back and forth about warranty and just ended up giving up on getting a replacement

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    Quote Originally Posted by volklpowdermaniac View Post
    https://www.amazon.com/Venzo-Bicycle...ike+tor&sr=8-3

    Have this one, was branded as something else when I got it, but itís the same one, reviews are great, works flawless. Had it for 2+ years.
    Iíve had the same one for a few years as well. Works great. You donít need to spend $80 on a torque wrench.


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    Harbor freight X2

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    X3 for harbor freight

    Had the first one calibrated at work and it was dead on... Until it stopped working completely. However, harbor freight has a lifetime guarantee so I exchanged it a few weeks ago for a new one.

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    I got a €30 Lifeline branded one (identical to many others with a different logo). After about two years it measures 20% heavy - I noticed it after torquing my stem faceplate when building the bike after travelling - the bars slipped while pressing down hard, luckily before I got to the trail. It still measures consistent and hasn't drifted any more since then, I just have to add 25% to what I'm aiming for and check it against friends' whenever I can. Could probably try to calibrate it but works fine like this.

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    Proceeding on bike work these days without a torque wrench is risky business.

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    I really like this one. From what I've heard the beam style is more reliable without needing calibration as often.

    https://www.amazon.com/Venzo-2-10NM-...FQWKDXMX8WFN0E

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    A budget torque wrench is just that - budget. The whole purpose of using a torque wrench is it to be accurate. That being said, Gearwrench makes professional grade tools and this one is a pretty good deal:
    https://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-85...79115733&psc=1

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    WTB budget torque wrench and/or recommendations.

    Quote Originally Posted by volklpowdermaniac View Post
    https://www.amazon.com/Venzo-Bicycle...ike+tor&sr=8-3

    Have this one, was branded as something else when I got it, but itís the same one, reviews are great, works flawless. Had it for 2+ years.
    Pretty sure this is the same one Performance used to label as Spin Doctor. Works great, and I needed a 1/4Ē socket set anyway.
    Iíve got a bigger torque wrench from Harbor Freight (whatever the ďotherĒ socket standard is. It works great for Sram crank bolts and installing trailer hitches. But fuck me with the etched on numbers! I canít read that shit to save my life. Would pay more just for something easier to see!


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    Pretty decent set here for 20 pounds if you don't mind ordering from the UK:

    https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TOJWMT...que-wrench-set

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCNROMPER View Post
    I really like this one. From what I've heard the beam style is more reliable without needing calibration as often.

    https://www.amazon.com/Venzo-2-10NM-...FQWKDXMX8WFN0E
    back in the day most torque wrenchs you seen for automotive or motorcycles were the beam style and they worked fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamal View Post
    I've been meaning to pick up one of these

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M12284X...v_ov_lig_dp_it

    They make another one that's a touch bigger with a higher max torque, but this one seems better for most bike stuff.
    I've got this one but in 1/2" and it's been good so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    back in the day most torque wrenchs you seen for automotive or motorcycles were the beam style and they worked fine
    Back in the day they didn't use torque-to-yield fasteners. Different bolt technologies require updated tooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom View Post
    Back in the day they didn't use torque-to-yield fasteners. Different bolt technologies require updated tooling.
    We're talking about torque wrenches for bicycles here, so stuff like 4 to 6 n-m. Nothing is torque to yield on a bike, AFAIK.
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom View Post
    Back in the day they didn't use torque-to-yield fasteners. Different bolt technologies require updated tooling.
    I think you might want to read about this stuff if you are tightening any Torque-to-yield fasteners, from what I briefly read you never reuse a fastener cuz you tight the shit out of it till it stretches and thats not what gets done on bikes

    a beam style wrench still measures ft lbs or inch lbs or wtf, now if you wana talk about angle gauges thats something else but I've never heard of them around bikes
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    Read about this stuff? LOL.. I am an ASE Master Tech, hence, I understand - I've torqued over 10,000 fasteners to date. Obviously, manufactures suggest replacing any torque to yield bolt, but in reality, it doesn't happen. I'm surprised there are none at bikes at this time, but I'm sure they are on the way. Do you think it's important to be accurate when torquing carbon components?

    Any cheap torque wrench is just that = cheap and not accurate - especially when torquing fasteners at low newton meters. That is the bottom line. You get what you pay for in this world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom View Post
    Read about this stuff? LOL.. I am an ASE Master Tech, hence, I understand - I've torqued over 10,000 fasteners to date. .
    If you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it tubeless, I will. I got spare time.

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    Wow, can I drink your bathwater ?
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    Everyone clear the room, we have an ASE Master Tech. End thread.


    I always loved when automotive or aircraft guys would come into the shop and try school all the 20 something stoners on the finer details mechanics, materials or manufacturing... Chill bro, Its a bicycle, not a heavy truck.

    the torque wrench is likely the least used tool in a bicycle mechanics tool box.
    Last edited by cmcrawfo; 12-05-2019 at 08:41 AM.
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