Verdict: 
Solidly built, long enough workshop spanner at a sensible price
Weight: 
364g

The B'Twin 15mm Pedal Spanner has the length, heft and comfortable grip that you want for fitting or removing even stubbornly stuck pedals. There are two U-shaped openings, to make it easier to get the spanner at a good angle for maximum grunt. It's all you really need in a workshop pedal spanner.

It's made of 4mm thick steel. Decathlon don't specify what steel, but it seems to be hardened, and certainly isn't mild steel like some cheap tools. The two openings aren't especially cleanly cut in the curve, but it's the flats that count and they're straight and symmetrical.

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The spanner is long enough (275mm) for a decent amount of leverage. I often fit a short length of aluminium tube over the handle of bike tools to give myself more mechanical advantage. This spanner's handle was too wide for that, being at least 40mm across and 10mm deep, but the width of the handle means you can apply lots of pressure without hurting your hand, notwithstanding the fact that the handle is encased in hard plastic.

There's a hole in the handle so you can hang it up on a tool board. I suppose Decathlon might have incorporated a bottle opener, or used a softer and grippier plastic for the handle, like Park Tools do, but really there's little to find fault with. It does the job well. It's not expensive. Why pay more?

Verdict

Solidly built, long enough workshop spanner at a sensible price

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road.cc test report

Make and model: B'Twin 15mm Pedal Spanner

Size tested: Black, 15mm pedal spanner

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Decathlon say: "The professional B'TWIN pedal spanner is designed for installing and removing pedals. Bike pedal spanner with two 15-mm openings placed at different angles, so that you can remove the pedals easily whatever position the pedal might be in."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

It's 275mm long. Made of hardened steel with a hard plastic grip.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Solidly built.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Good leverage.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

Will last for years.

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

Comfortable in the hand.

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It's a decent pedal spanner and works as you'd expect.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It didn't press painfullly into my hand.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Spanner openings could be neater.

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: 45  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride: Ridgeback Solo World fixed wheel  My best bike is: Planet X Pro Carbon Track. Or Whyte M109

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

 

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Simon Walker [61 posts] 3 years ago
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Surprisingly I think I may well get one of these, the number of times I've scrapped my knuckles messing about with ordinary spanners. You can't beat having the right tool for the job.

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mindmybike [1 post] 3 years ago
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I bought one of these in France last year to get a pedal off an old mountain bike which would not budge, I got it off no problem with this. I was so impressed with it I decided to bring it home but forgot about the security check on Eurostar! They were not happy to find what looked like a handgun in my suitcase on the xray machine !  40 Still money well spent.