Affordable, Quality Torque Wrench Sets
From novice to professional, having the right tools for the job can make maintenance easier for you and safer for the bike, especially with carbon fiber frames. Owning a quality set of torque wrenches can prevent over-tightening bolts, striping, or, worse yet, cracking the frame. Conversely, you want to ensure bolts are tightened to the correct torque specifications so they don’t come loose while riding.
For years, I have kept a set of torque wrenches in my car for any pre-ride adjustments needed on either my bike or someone else’s in the group. You just never know.
Per the company, both Pro Bike Tool torque wrenches are calibration tested for accuracy to +4% clockwise and +6% counterclockwise, which seems to be an industry standard when I looked at other manufacturers.
The wrenches come in a sturdy hard-shelled carrying case to keep things organized and prevent losing any of the bits or adapters.
Measurements: 2.0 to 20Nm
Micro adjustment: 0.1Nm
Bits: T10, T25, T30, H2, H2.5, H3, H4, H5, H6, H8, H10
Extension bar: 100mm
Driver: ¼” square, reversible
Carrying case: Hard shell plastic storage case with clasp closure
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RBR advertiser: No
Ideal for the Majority of Bicycle Maintenance Needs
Pro Bike Tool has two torque wrench sets perfect for any level cyclist. The first set has a variety of heads with precise torque measurements from 2.0Nm to 20.0Nm, with micro-adjustments to 0.1 Nm. The bit locks on quickly with a push of the engage and release button. A small lever lets you change direction from tightening to reverse, and a textured finish handle prevents slippage.
The above set should handle 95% of all your low torque setting needs. For those few repairs that are outside the capabilities of the torque wrench set described above, there’s the “big gun.”
Measurements: 10.0 to 60.0Nm
Micro adjustment: 0.5Nm
Extension bar: 75mm
Adapters: 3/8” to 1/4” and 3/8” to 1/2”
Driver: 3/8” square, reversible
Carrying case: Hard shell plastic storage case with dual clasp closures
The Right Tool for Bigger Jobs
When maintenance or repairs call for higher torque, like installing a bottom bracket, cassette, or disc brake, Pro Bike Tool’s 3/8” torque wrench does the trick. It has precision measurement from 10.0Nm to 60.0Nm, with micro-adjustment to 0.5Nm. The 3/8” square driver comes with adapters for 1/4″ and 1/2″, plus a 75mm extension bar. The 1/4″ adaptor will fit the bits from the torque set mentioned above.
There’s a nice audible click to prevent over-tightening once the desired torque is reached. The handle has the same textured finisher to avoid slippage.
If you didn’t get a torque set for the holidays, consider buying yourself one for the new year. It will make repairs and maintenance easier. And it might just save you from cracking your frame – unless you want a reason to buy a new bike.
As with any torque set, do not use it as a wrench to loosen a tight bolt; instead, use a fixed wrench or allen key so as not to cause damage to the wrench.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.