- 1 What tools do you need to put a bike together?
- 2 What size wrench do you need for a bike?
- 3 What torque wrench do I need for bike?
- 4 Is it hard to assemble a bike?
- 5 Should you assemble your own bike?
- 6 What can I use instead of a pedal wrench?
- 7 Are all pedal spanners the same size?
- 8 Are all pedal wrenches the same size?
- 9 How do I know what size my bike hub is?
- 10 What size are most bike bolts?
- 11 How do I know what size axle I need for my bike?
- 12 Do I really need a torque wrench for a bike?
- 13 Do I need a torque wrench for bottom bracket?
- 14 Do I need torque wrench for bicycle?
What tools do you need to put a bike together?
Ideally you should have a repair stand and a wheel truing stand. Other necessary tools include wire cutters, a set of metric allen keys, a set of metric open-end wrenches, flathead (-) and phillips (+) screwdrivers, cone wrenches, a pedal wrench and an air pump.
What size wrench do you need for a bike?
You’ll be able to use a 6mm or 8mm hex wrench for most pedals, but a decent pedal wrench is needed for other systems (eg. Speedplay). While a 15mm spanner may work, often you need the narrow profile of a proper pedal wrench. Leverage is key, don’t go for the very cheapest options as they’re often lacking in length.
What torque wrench do I need for bike?
The most used wrench is going to be the middle range of somewhere around 4Nm up to around 20Nm. That’s the range you need for all the small pieces on your bike and if you have a need to torque cleats.
Is it hard to assemble a bike?
It’s not that difficult, we promise. You’ll need to assemble the front wheel, pedals, handlebar and seat yourself, you’ll also have to check the brakes and gear system.
Should you assemble your own bike?
As a rule of thumb, if your budget is under $1000 or even $1300, component- and quality-wise you will get a much better deal buying an assembled bike. Especially if it’s a previous-year model. In fact, comparing an assembled bike to a DIY build will result in a pre-built option being cheaper in 99% of cases.
What can I use instead of a pedal wrench?
But if your pedals aren’t super stuck right now, a cone wrench would work fine for your trip and would be way smaller and lighter than a proper pedal wrench.
Are all pedal spanners the same size?
To tighten and remove pedals, the axles have either spanner flats, sockets for a hex key, or both. The flats on almost all modern pedals take a 15mm spanner, though many pedal spanners also have a 9/16-inch jaw for older pedals. Don’t be tempted to use thin wheel cone bearing spanners, as they’ll distort and be ruined.
Are all pedal wrenches the same size?
Pedal wrench flats are typically 15mm in size. 9/16″ (~14.3mm) is somewhat common on older pedals. 17mm and other sizes have been used, but you aren’t very likely to encounter them. In the U.S., there are two diameters (sizes) of pedal spindle (axle) threads which you are likely to encounter: 1/2″ and 9/16″.
How do I know what size my bike hub is?
If you are unsure of your frame spacing or have an older bicycle, measure the hub width to ensure a proper fit. To do this, remove the rear wheel and use a pair of calipers or a ruler to measure the distance between the inner surfaces of the dropouts.
What size are most bike bolts?
Most bikes bought in a bike shop made by any large brand use mm, but some cheaper bikes purchased at big box stores use american or non standard bolt sizes. Even on bikes that use the metric system, 5mm bolts are very common, so are 8mm and even smaller ones.
How do I know what size axle I need for my bike?
Measure the straight length of your axle shaft. Do not include the axle head or tapered spacer, if there is one. Axle length is not the same as hub length. A bike with a 12×142 hub standard will have a significantly longer axle since it will have to go through the frame on both sides of the 142mm wide hub.
Do I really need a torque wrench for a bike?
Torque wrenches have become a must-have in the last few years because there’s so much carbon fibre and very light aluminium in modern bikes. Clamps around carbon components can easily do damage if over-tightened, so a torque wrench is essential if you’re handling such gear.
You’ll need a BB tool for the BB, no torque wrench needed. For the crank arm, just make it hand tight with an allen key/wrench and it’ll be close enough.
Do I need torque wrench for bicycle?
Unless you’re a master bike mechanic or intuitively know how to apply precise force measurements, you should USE a torque wrench to tighten nuts and bolts to specific bicycle manufacture specifications. Also, most bicycle manufacturer’s warranties can be voided unless a torque wrench was used.