Is this socket set ok for bikes?

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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by JRH » Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:27 pm

Not used imperial sockets regularly since I sold my Hillman Hunter.
I still have a set of Metrinch spanner’s. They are good for rounded off fasteners as they grip on the flats and not the corners.
A full metrinch socket set would be ideal but they are a tad expensive.
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Mr Fro » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:12 am

fastbob wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:25 pm
Mr Fro wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:23 pm
You don't "need" six sided sockets by the way although they do tend to round off cheap or rusted fastenings less readily than 12 points.
Well that would suggest that there is s very great need to have them unless you enjoy tackling rounded off fasteners .
No, that's not the suggestion at all. I think poor quality or incorrectly sized 6 point sockets/tools are more likely to damage nuts/bolts/screws than decent, properly fitting 12 points.

Unless you have low quality or rusted fastenings... :-)

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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Pbassred » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:40 am

That wrench is OK. I bought a Silverline one that looks identical. I checked it at work and it was accurate within 2%. You cant say fairer than that.
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by skyrider » Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:51 pm

i keep wondering wether to buy some ratchet spanners or not and if so whats a good make :?:
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by JRH » Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:11 am

skyrider wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:51 pm
i keep wondering wether to buy some ratchet spanners or not and if so whats a good make :?:
I have the Halfords pro ratchet spanners. Not had any problems.
Also have these.
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but the levers to change rotation can move easily if caught causing bashed knuckles :shock:
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:25 pm

Another vote for the Halfords pro ratchet spanner’s. Mine have been excellent. Just be aware that the ratchet mechanism isn’t included in the lifetime warranty. But you don’t use them on really tight stuff, loosen with a socket or normal spanner, then switch to the ratchet.
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Beans » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:02 am

Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:25 pm
Another vote for the Halfords pro ratchet spanner’s. Mine have been excellent. Just be aware that the ratchet mechanism isn’t included in the lifetime warranty. But you don’t use them on really tight stuff, loosen with a socket or normal spanner, then switch to the ratchet.
So I need a set of spanners too??
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by JRH » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:53 am

Beans wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:02 am
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Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:25 pm
Another vote for the Halfords pro ratchet spanner’s. Mine have been excellent. Just be aware that the ratchet mechanism isn’t included in the lifetime warranty. But you don’t use them on really tight stuff, loosen with a socket or normal spanner, then switch to the ratchet.
So I need a set of spanners too??
Ideally, and Allen keys and JIS screwdrivers and tork drivers (if required on your bike). The list is never ending.
Also change your bike and you end up needing another socket for the rear axel.
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Joeman » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:27 am

Lidl ratchet spanners are good.
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Rustydog » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:40 pm

It used to be that if anything toolwise was Chrome Vanadium that would be your good quality benchmark but I think that no longer stands.

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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Fleck » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:59 pm

I bought the halfords ones about 7 years ago and they are good quality, I've seen similar in Aldi but there weren't as many in the set.. But cheaper. Your choice 😊
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Stu » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:23 pm

Beans wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:02 am
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:25 pm
Another vote for the Halfords pro ratchet spanner’s. Mine have been excellent. Just be aware that the ratchet mechanism isn’t included in the lifetime warranty. But you don’t use them on really tight stuff, loosen with a socket or normal spanner, then switch to the ratchet.
So I need a set of spanners too??
Two sets of spanners!

Two of every size so you can hold the bolt while you undo the nut :wink:
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Beans » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:34 pm

Hang on. This is quite quickly getting out of hand.
I now have a set of sockets, can I just get a non-ratchet handle? Will that make them spanners?
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by JRH » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:17 pm

Beans wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:34 pm
Hang on. This is quite quickly getting out of hand.
I now have a set of sockets, can I just get a non-ratchet handle? Will that make them spanners?
Sort of. But can you get a socket on every nut and bolt?
Indicators are often held on with a nut but you can’t use a socket as the cable is often fed through the bolt par and so you need an open ended spanner.
All my fairings are held on with allen headed bolts.
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Re: Is this socket set ok for bikes?

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:21 pm

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