Maintaining your bike properly is essential to guarantee it continues to work properly. The various bolts scattered across your bike hold it together and are integral to the frame of your bike. They are all tightened precisely, and if any of them come off or are loose, you’ll inevitably face issues.
To do this particular task, you’ll need to make use of a bike torque wrench kits. Bike torque wrenches are specifically made to tighten bolts in a bike. We’ll help you to familiarize yourself with how to properly use a bike torque wrench.
Types Of Bike-Torque Wrenches
There are some different types of bike torque wrenches you’ll come across. They differ in the mechanisms used to measure the torque and some differences in functionality. Knowing which one you’re using will help you know what to do. The common types of bike torque wrenches are:
- Preset Torque Wrench
These are the easiest to use and look like your typical Allen wrenches. You simply match the correct socket and tighten it. The preset in their name comes from the fact that they are made to work with a fixed amount of torque.
For bicycles, the common torque you’ll come across is about 4 to 6 Newton Meters. These bike torque wrenches kits are set to work and apply this torque and are pretty easy to use.
- Click Torque Wrench
A click torque wrench is also known as a micrometer torque wrench. It’s versatile as it allows you to set a preferred torque level. When moving the handle clockwise, it will begin to tighten the screw or nut. Upon reaching the designated torque level, you will be notified via a clicking sound, which has led to its name.
- Electric/Digital Bike Torque Wrench
This is an incredibly popular and used bike torque wrench. The reasons primarily stem from it being versatile and easy to use. As the name suggests, this bike torque wrench features an electric screen that allows a user to program the maximum torque.
When using the bike torque wrench, LED lights will signal when you’re approaching the assigned torque limit. This is also often accompanied by a loud alert signal. Electric bike torque wrenches kits often feature auto-calibration settings making them very accurate and precise.
Using A Bike Torque Wrench
It should be noted that while there are some basic guidelines and steps to follow while using a bicycle torque wrench kit, there will be variations depending on which bike torque wrench you use. So it is important that before you begin using it that you are familiar with how it works.
There are some prior steps you need to take before you can begin using the bike torque wrench. These steps are:
- Check The Bolts In Your Bicycle
At first, you should go have a thorough look at your bicycle, seeing which nuts and bolts you need to screw in with your wrench. It is also important to have an owner’s manual. Usually, most bolts need to be rotated clockwise to be tightened, but there can be exceptions, and usually, they are listed in the manual.
- Prepare Your Wrench
Next, you should check your wrench. First, you should calibrate it or recalibrate it. Usually, the necessary procedure is highlighted in the manual and varies from the wrench to wrench. You should also make sure the reading of your wrench is at zero. This ensures there is no zero error in your process.
Tightening Or Loosening A Screw
Once you’ve prepared your torque wrench of choice, you can begin to use it on your bicycle. The general procedure consists of:
- Locate The Screw
First and foremost, you should locate the screw you need to tighten. Once located, check the specs on it and see how much torque is needed to tighten it properly. You can refer to instruction manuals or online guides for these.
- Check The Wrench And Screw Size
There are different screw sizes, and there are also different wrench sizes. You’ll need to make sure your wrench is the same size as the screw to ensure it grips it correctly.
- Set Your Torque
Once you’ve identified the proper amount of torque, you need to apply it. This is not necessary for preset wrenches but necessary for digital and click torque wrenches.
- Grip The Screw
With your wrench and torque set, align the wrench with the screw and make sure it doesn’t slip off. If it slips off, it might not be the correct size.
- Twist The Screw
With screw properly gripped begin to rotate clockwise if you need to tighten it. Some screws might require you to rotate the wrench counterclockwise. This varies at times, depending on the model.
Your wrench will have a distinct signal that will alert you when the screw is properly tightened. For digital wrenches, it will usually be an LED going off, or for a click wrench torque, you’ll hear a clicking sound. This is your signal to stop.
- Remove The Wrench
Once the screw is tightened, remove the wrench head slowly and check to see if it’s properly tightened or not. The loosening process is the same but will require you to rotate your wrench in the opposite direction.
That is the general procedure for using a bike torque wrench. If you’re having trouble loosening nuts or screws, some oil or grease can help. Sometimes rust can also be an issue, and you’ll need to remove it. Just follow the instructions while referring to the manual, and you’ll be alright.
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