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Does anyone have any suggestions for a decent,reasonably priced torque wrench that would be ideal to work on bikes.
 

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Sears Craftsman model 44593. 3/8" drive. 25-250in-lbs. $69. I just got it last week and like it a lot. It is hard to find just the right range and a "reasonable" price. Beam type are cheaper but I like clickers.
 

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Ignore the rusty bits...

...I caught crap for those already, the first time I posted this pic.

This is the one I use for general purpose bike stuff. Craftsman beam type, 0 to 75 ft-lbs. it's the same exact wrench as Park Tool's TW-1, just different graphics and you'll have to convert to inch pounds. Oh, and it's only $20.

I like clickers for high torque stuff and tight spaces, but prefer beam type (or better yet, dial type) wrenches for lighter-duty bike work because I can see torque "build" across the guage during the tightening process, and there is no chance of me losing a "click" during a soft turn. Also, recalibrtion is as simple as tweaking the indicator back to the '0' position.

This one covers me OK down as low as the 60 in-lbs (5 ft-lbs) range for rotor bolts, up to 50 ft-lb bottom bracket installs. It could be more precise at the lower end of the spectrum, but it's passable, and I recently sunk a few bucks into a low-range dial indicator wrench. But I got by for a few years on this wrench alone.

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S&K Dial torque wrench I scored off eBay, 0-150 in-lb reading.

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Speedüb Nate said:
...I caught crap for those already, the first time I posted this pic.

This is the one I use for general purpose bike stuff. Craftsman beam type, 0 to 75 ft-lbs. it's the same exact wrench as Park Tool's TW-1, just different graphics and you'll have to convert to inch pounds. Oh, and it's only $20.
Yep, thats the one that I have. Cheap and I haven't found the need to buy another one.
 

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mtber36 said:
On a related note, what's a good source for allen, torx and "wrench" bits for a torque wrench?
I just go to Sears or OSH and pick up Craftsman bits, but most speciality tool stores will have 'em as will any Snap-On van.

In a pinch you can use a 1/4" hex socket and slide individual bits into it (left most socket with the torx bit in it in the first photo).
 

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Thanks

What do you use for the bottom bracket? Got one of those park tools that fit the splines and takes a large wrench to turn
 

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mtber36 said:
What do you use for the bottom bracket? Got one of those park tools that fit the splines and takes a large wrench to turn
The Park BBT-2 *I believe* is built to accept a 3/8" drive, which will fit the Craftsman wrench. If yours doesn't fit, you can use a crow's foot attachment, but you'll have to do a torque conversion to get an accurate measurement.
 
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