- 1 What tools do you need to put a bike together?
- 2 What size wrench do you need for a bike?
- 3 Do you need a torque wrench to assemble a bike?
- 4 Is it hard to assemble a bike?
- 5 Should you assemble your own bike?
- 6 Do I really need a pedal wrench?
- 7 Are all pedal spanners the same size?
- 8 Do you need a cone wrench?
- 9 How do I know what size my bike hub is?
- 10 What size are most bike bolts?
- 11 What happens if you dont use a torque wrench?
- 12 Do you need torque wrench for stem?
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.
Do you need a torque wrench to assemble 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.
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.
Do I really need a pedal wrench?
All modern pedals will screw into the crank arm using either one of two tools. Most pedals (like our reliable Thump flat pedals) require a pedal wrench, which is a long, thin tool specifically designed to fit the external spindle flats between the pedal and the crank leg (fig. 3).
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.
Do you need a cone wrench?
In order to get into those hard-to-reach slots on hub axle cones you are going to need a good set of cone wrenches. Most professional bicycle mechanics will have two of each size cone wrench and in some cases they will actually grind the width of one wrench down to allow it to fit into tighter spaces.
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.
What happens if you dont use a torque wrench?
Too tight and something will break, it may be the thread on the bolt, or much worse the thread on in the hole. Bolts will also break, sometimes leaving a very hard to remove bit in your frame. Not tightenough and it will work loose, and then you know to do it a bit tighter next time.
Do you need torque wrench for stem?
Eventually, after riding your bike over many miles, you’ll have to tighten them with an Allen key or wrench. If your bike is made of carbon fibre, most of the bolts have certain specifications. At your seatpost clamp or handlebar stem, you can see a 7 Nm or 5 Nm. To do that, you need a torque wrench, a precision tool.