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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...
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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Make and model: Lezyne Classic Pedal Spanner
Size tested: n/a
only the single-sided opener lets it down, and that's hardly the end of the world
hasn't ever struggled so far, lots of leverage and snug pedal slots
Can't see how it'll ever wear out
Wooden handle is a bonus
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
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
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.