Lezyne Classic pedal spanner  £17.99

9/10

High quality pedal spanner that's built for the long haul. Plus it opens your beers. What's not to like?

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by Dave Atkinson   February 17, 2014  

Lezyne Classic Pedal Spanner

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We first saw Lezyne's range of workshop tools at Eurobike a couple of years ago and the Classic Pedal Spanner was the first we've managed to get our hands on. And it's a lovely bit of kit, good looking and functional in equal measure. And not too expensive either. And you can open your beer with it.

In fact, opening beer with it was the first proper test, since we received it at the road.cc birthday party at Eurobike and immediately put it to work. It's an impressive bottle opener, the only proviso being that it's got a one-sided chamfer so it gets a bit more hit-and-miss later on in the evening. That's more down to operator error though.

The head is a stamped steel affair, CNC machined to get the chamfer for the bottle opener and then bolted into a varnished wood handle. It's a substantial tool, over a foot long, and gives you plenty of leverage on stubborn pedals. The two 15mm pedal slots are offset so that there's always one at a decent angle no matter which way round the flats on the pedal are lying.

The wood handle is comfortable to use and has picked up a slight workshoppy patina over time, but isn't as stained as we expcetd. The pedal slots are a snug fit and the head is substantial enough that you'll never be worrying about bending the spanner, no matter how hard you go after a pedal that's properly stuck.

A pedal spanner's the kind of thing you buy hoping that you'll only have to buy it once. After over two years of use I'm confident that the Pedal Rod will still be unsticking sticky pedals a decade from now, it's a high quality tool designed to last.

18 quid might seem like a hefty outlay; think of it as £1.80 a year instead. And it's got to be said you can pay more - there's a CNC version of this baby for £26 and both Park and Pedros do fancy pedal spanners costing £27. Plus you can open your beers with it. A double-sided chamfer on the bottle opener and it would be nigh-on perfect...

Verdict

High quality pedal spanner that's built for the long haul. Plus it opens your beers. What's not to like?

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lezyne Classic Pedal Spanner

Size tested: n/a

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

only the single-sided opener lets it down, and that's hardly the end of the world

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

hasn't ever struggled so far, lots of leverage and snug pedal slots

Rate the product for durability:
 
10/10

Can't see how it'll ever wear out

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10

reassuringly heavy

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Wooden handle is a bonus

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Not a cheap spanner but you're buying for the long term

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 190cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

 

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Bottle opener? I think you mean 'beverage-wrench'...

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [481 posts]
13th October 2011 - 23:32

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Don't use the pedal spanner after repeated use of the bottle opener. Overtightened pedals and skinned knuckles will follow.

arrieredupeleton

posted by arrieredupeleton [538 posts]
14th October 2011 - 9:34

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@Cooks: that's a brilliant neologism and I shall use it at the next opportunity.

Noli porcum linguere

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posted by captain_slog [264 posts]
16th October 2011 - 17:20

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Only 9? What's not to like?

I have one of these and make good use of it. About 100 beverages to each pair of pedals

Ride your own ride

posted by CanAmSteve [120 posts]
18th February 2014 - 16:55

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I bought one of these because I was having trouble with a seized pedal and its now one of my favourite tools. I use it more for opening beers though than taking pedals off.

posted by hanuman [12 posts]
18th February 2014 - 17:00

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I bought one of these after reading this review first time around. More bottles opened than pedals swapped, though.

posted by Dr_Lex [129 posts]
18th February 2014 - 20:19

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I kind of wish I did not have hex key mounted pedals now!

posted by Veloacciaio [15 posts]
19th February 2014 - 16:24

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I've got the chain whip version (no bottle opener though!) lovely tool.

posted by Arthur Scrimshaw [44 posts]
24th February 2014 - 14:41

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