Torque Wrench ? Which one for Home use?

by Mostyn   May 26, 2013  

Looking to buy a torque wrench for home use; as I do most of my own maintenance on the bikes.

I'm looking for an inexpensive torque wrench.

Can anyone give me some recommendations and maybe a link to a decent inexpensive torque wrench.


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Got mine from Screwfix, much cheaper than a "cycling specific" one from a bike shop but does exactly the same job. Just make sure it goes down to low settings (5Nm or so)

posted by jimmo62 [59 posts]
26th May 2013 - 9:08

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Class and Olsen sell a good range of tools. Decent quality at a reasonable price. That's where I picked mine up. Also make sure you get sockets to fit!

posted by crash144019 [48 posts]
26th May 2013 - 12:40

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Rather pleased with my Norbar; not cheap but torque products are the only thing that company makes....and it comes with a calibration certificate.

Relative to the cost of my frame it's a bargain!

posted by Al'76 [127 posts]
26th May 2013 - 17:45

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Depends entirely on what you want it for, but for bars/stems you really can't go wrong with the Ritchey Torqkey for around a tenner.

posted by andyp [1371 posts]
26th May 2013 - 19:29

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Thanks for your replies Gentlemen.

Could you post some links to your recommendations? They all sound very suitable for bicycle mechanics.

posted by Mostyn [430 posts]
26th May 2013 - 20:14

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Another vote for Norbar. Has the right range for most bike jobs, feels really nice to use and its made in England.

posted by DavidG [2 posts]
26th May 2013 - 21:03

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If you want a wrench for most parts, a 1/4" drive with a range of 3-15Nm will cover most jobs, but these aren't cheap, The only time you really need a higher torque range is for cassette lockrings, which need a 40Nm (Shimano) or 50Nm (Campagnolo) setting.

Good all in one alternates are becoming available, like the Ritchey Torqkey described above, and the Topeak Combo Torque set, which cost £14.99

posted by jimc101 [63 posts]
26th May 2013 - 22:36

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