- What Allen and torx keys should I get?
Tinkering with the bike earlier and noticed my Allen keys are pretty knackered. I unfortunately only noticed this after rounding 3 bolts. I also don’t have a decent torx key set, only a freebie thing which is looking ropey.
So any recommendations for something half decent that won’t cost hundreds? Any handle type is fine too.
ThanksPosted 1 month agoTraceySubscriber
Wera hex plus are well worth the extra
On offer at toolstation
You should only need a couple of Torx keys to cover most of the bike stuffPosted 1 month agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
The wera ones are the dogs bolloks. They were my work set where everything was nice and I could work methodically in a nice clean room with the right tools and spend a whole stripping things down after it had been used.
At home I use a draper set because the only problem is you end up looking at a slightly worn screw head and thinking
A) if i use the wera it’ll knacker my nice wera.
B) if i use a cheap allen key it’ll knacker the bolt.
Or put another way, no tool can survive if you overtighten, let stuff corrode, dont use threadlock/anti sieze etc!
Im tempted to get a set of impact bits for those jobs (the right tool for the job).
Ohh, and on the subject of bike tools, get a JIS screwdriver, if you have shimano bits you’ll wonder why you spent so long using a Philips to set limit stops and having it slip out all the time! They’re like a philips, but with the tip ground down.Posted 1 month agochakapingSubscriber
Wera are very nice, but any decent CR-V tools will be up to the job and last for years, if you’re on a budget.
Might paint my boring silver allen keys for easier identification though, to steal an idea from the Weras.Posted 1 month agoendomickMember
Wera colour hex plus are the best ones in their price range IMO, their only flaw is the plastic coating stopping access to deep set grub screws.Posted 1 month ago
Check out MachineMart’s interesting colour options from Clarkes and Draper. I also got a case of T-handle ones from lidl a while back, Allen keys on one side of the case Torq keys in the other, worth checking for when theyre back in store, I’ve also got x-tools colour coded ones, I must have about 5 sets, does anyone else have this addiction.cdocMember
Got the Wera set in my toolbox, but my 10+ year old Kennedy set are my favourite and most used. They still look perfect. The ductile temper means they have a good degree of flex to them and a massively reduced tendency to snap like my 2.5mm Wera did. Also, they are about a fiver.
Posted 1 month agosam_underhillSubscriber
The wera plastic sleeves will eventually become lose which it a shame. Otherwise, they are fab. I’m on my 2nd set which have been better, but showing signs of wear now.Posted 1 month ago
I rather like the look of the new park sliding T handle hex wrenches. Just a shame they are so pricey.kayak23Subscriber
For the Torx, seemingly the majority of fasteners on bikes that use them are T25 size. I got myself a single tee-handle T25 (X-tools I think) which is really nice and comfortable to use for rotor changes or brake adjustment.
I then got a relatively cheap set of normal torx keys for those times when there is a different sized version of the hateful things! I hate Torx… 😠Posted 1 month agoandybradSubscriber
ive got the wera hex and torx the hex in stainless.
There good. However im not convinced by the way they drive. I do prefer the way a normal hex works and believe that the wera is more likely to round off soft bolts.
there nice to use tho otherwise. and i can get replacements afetr i left my 6mm in a field at south lakes.Posted 1 month agotomparkinMember
I got an X-Tools set from CRC when they were discounted to £10 after uhmming and ahhring for ages over nicer-looking sets from Weha et al.
The X-Tools set are decent, and infinitely better than messing about with multitools and the ancient three-way 6mm/5mm/4mm thing I got free with a bike years ago.Posted 1 month agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
They have a 7mm size which lots of others tend to leave out but are pretty common on things like French cars.
Car brake calipers are mostly 7mm, as are the bleed nipples (spanner not hex obviously), no idea why.
Only Allen make Allen keys.
By the same pedantry torx is the trademark owned by Acument of a driver system developed by Camcar Textron in the 60’s and officially you should refer to it as ISO 10664 hexalobular internal.Posted 1 month agoNorthwindSubscriber
I don’t really like the Wear hexplus- it’s sometimes great, but sometimes not, especially with smaller or softer bolts. I wouldn’t have them as an only set. The colouring is really useful though.
My most used ones are from Teng and Bahco, they’re just plain simple good tools, very beaten up but still working as good as new. Before that I used a set of Draper Pro p-handles for about 15 years, they were way better than you’d think. I do have a lovely set of Inbus allens which are worth their weight in gold for the hundred tiny shitty bolts in my 3d printers and my rc cars but I don’t really see the need for anything fancy on bikes or cars.
These are really good imo for standard keys, and if I had to choose one set , I’d always pick them over my Weras. I can have both so I do 😉Posted 1 month agosquirrelkingMember
I have a basic Draper 30 piece ABS wallet that I got cheap in TK Maxx. I’m all for spending money on good tools but after buying them as a stopgap I’ve never found the need to upgrade. Half the set is imperial which has been useful albeit rarely, if I was buying again I’d get a similar set for all the half sizes as they make all the difference.Posted 1 month ago
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