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The best torque wrenches for cyclists – and how to choose the right one for your tool kit

The best torque wrenches for cyclists – and how to choose the right one for your tool kit

If you’re adjusting any of the bolts on your bike, a torque wrench is a particularly useful investment, to ensure that you don’t under-tighten or…

Wednesday, Aug 03

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If you’re adjusting any of the bolts on your bike, a torque wrench is a particularly useful investment, to ensure that you don’t under-tighten or over-tighten them. There’s a reason you see the tool recommended in many manuals and maintenance articles.

As frame materials have evolved, tolerances have grown ever finer, and this is particularly true of carbon fibre frames and components. If a bolt is overtightened, the carbon can fracture and, ultimately, fail.

Equally, a bolt that is undertightened may result in a component slipping or becoming loose while riding.

Either way, it is important to make sure the bolts on your bike are securely tightened, and a torque wrench will help you do just that.

Here, we will take you through what to look for in a torque wrench, the different types, how to effectively use the tool and the best torque wrenches we have tested to date. What is a torque wrench? And why should you use one on your bike?

A torque wrench is an incredibly useful tool that measures how much force you are tightening a bolt up to, known as torque.

If you look at your bike, you’ll generally see there’ll be a small number next to a bolt, which is generally written in ‘Nm’ (newton metres) or sometimes ‘in-lb’ (inch-pounds). This is the unit of torque the bolts require.Pay attention to the torque setting on any component.Check to see if it says ‘max’ torque. If it is ‘max’, that really is the max and you should torque […]

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