Torque wrench

by Malia15   March 30, 2013  

Can u use an automotive small torque wrench for ur bike or gotta b a specific bike torque wrench?

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The wrench needs to be accurate at relatively low torques - from say 2.5kN (front mech band) through 6-8kN (stem bolts) to 12kN (crank bolts). If it's aimed at higher torque range then it won't be as accurate at low torque settings as a bike torque wrench.

posted by drmatthewhardy [308 posts]
30th March 2013 - 7:53


I mostly use a torque driver rather than a wrench.

They work at much lower ranges. I have one of these for small jobs

Then one of these for bigger jobs

I always work of Nm (Newton Meters) rather than kN, which I believe is just 1000 Nm? Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8853 posts]
30th March 2013 - 9:05


Great info...thanks a bunch. Smile

posted by Malia15 [5 posts]
30th March 2013 - 9:16


Got mine from Screwfix and it is great and about half the price of a "cycle specific" one

posted by jimmo62 [59 posts]
30th March 2013 - 9:28


The Sealey STW1012 (2- 28 Nm)is an accurate, fairly low cost torque wrench which is popular amongst many cyclists including me.

posted by Vic Brown [40 posts]
30th March 2013 - 9:29