Torque About Tools is our new semi-regular round-up of the latest workshop tools to land at BikeRadar HQ.
It will range from everyday options that make your life easier to tempting exotica.
I have appreciated nerding out over workshop tools since I started working in the cycling industry, and have spent my fair share of time in workshops.
After breaking a cheap chain tool on its first use, I realised buying cheap tools is uneconomical and counterintuitive. High-quality tools are more durable and enjoyable to use. They are also usually better designed and will incorporate functions to make tasks as straightforward as possible.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the latest tools to appear on our radar. New brake tools from Birzman
Birzman has brought out three new tools to help with brake caliper alignment and identifying when your pads and rotors are worn. Birzman Brake Pad Wear Indicator
£19.99 / €39.90 Birzman’s Brake Pad Wear Indicator measures your disc brake pads to determine if they need replacing.The tool features laser-engraved minimum thickness indicators as per the manufacturer guidelines and is compatible with Shimano, Tektro/TRP, Hope, SRAM and Magura brake pads.If the pad material either slots into the tool completely or measures less than the minimum thickness, it’s time for replacing.SRAM and Magura brake pads fit into a slot cut into the indicator arms because the minimum thickness measurement includes the backing plate.Shimano, Tektro and Hope brake pads suggest a minimum thickness of 0.5mm for the braking material. The third […]
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