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    Anyone recommend a small useable 15mm wrench?

    I commute on my fixie and carry a long armed 15mm wrench for wheel repairs.

    Does anyone know of a good portable smaller (folding?) 15mm wrench that still has enough leverage to tighten and loosen the axle nuts?

    I am thinking about putting a large saddle bag on my fixie and tossing in all my stuff (patch kit, tube, multi tool, levers, etc.).
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    Campy peanut butter wrench

    Try Business Cycles they have 3 different models two are peanut butter wrenches, a campy for a bit over $25 and a knock off for about $15
    http://www.businesscycles.com/trtool_peanutbutter.htm



    They also have a pretty cool combination wrench made for fixed gears. http://www.businesscycles.com/trpart.htm#super

    The site is a bit tricky to navigate, but has some good stuff.

    You can do a web search for the peanut butter wrench and maybe get it cheaper, I got mine for $21 I think, but I don't remember who from.
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    Mattman, thanks for the info on those three wrenches. I am thinking about getting that Campy wrench and just be done with it because I am sure the quality will last my biking years ;)

    I also came across this Surly Jethro Tule wrench. It's shorter, so good to fit in the saddle bag, but I am just wondering if it's too short.

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    Try a hardware store that specializes in automotive tools.

    There are more styles of 15mm wrenches in this world than you could imagine. I have one that's about 5 inches long, open on one end and a ratcheting box wrench on the other. I worry less about leverage than about fitting in a seat bag because if necessary I push the wrench with my foot.
    We have nothing to lube but our chains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusa1586
    ...I worry less about leverage than about fitting in a seat bag because if necessary I push the wrench with my foot.
    Good point. I actually change my car tires using my foot on the tire wrench/bar. No reason why I can't do that for my bike too.
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    Don't do the surly

    I bought a JethroTule and have yet to be able to use it, the casting seam didn't get filed down and it won't fit over a track nut. I've tried it with with several and none will fit. Just stick with a Park or Campy peanutbutter wrench

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    Sears Craftsman stubby. 4.5" long. Lifetime warranty. $8.50. Can't beat it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pauly
    Sears Craftsman stubby. 4.5" long. Lifetime warranty. $8.50. Can't beat it.
    Bingo.

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    yup

    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    Bingo.
    Yup, I have several of those; keep one in the seat bag, one on the bench. Work perfectly.

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    Peanut butter or beer

    Quote Originally Posted by meat tooth paste
    Mattman, thanks for the info on those three wrenches. I am thinking about getting that Campy wrench and just be done with it because I am sure the quality will last my biking years ;)

    I also came across this Surly Jethro Tule wrench. It's shorter, so good to fit in the saddle bag, but I am just wondering if it's too short.

    The short wrench is cool but harder to get a wheel tight or a tight wheel loose. If that not a big worry, I guess you must decide if it is better to be able to spread peanut butter or open a beer with your wrench. On my SS MTB I have a Surly Tuggnut covering the beer opening issue and the peanut butter wrench covers that possibilty.

    I also have a set of the stubby wrenchs, they are good too. I want a set of metric combination wrenches with the racheting box end, the new ones are so nice and the heads quite compact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pauly
    Sears Craftsman stubby. 4.5" long. Lifetime warranty. $8.50. Can't beat it.
    Time to bust out the polyester Brady Bunch outfit and head down to Sears. I'll pick up one these today since there's a Sears next to Supergo. I can kill two birds with one stone, or as my nice friend says "feed two birds with one scone".
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    Dumbell?

    Not you. . .


    http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/tools/19063.html Handy if you still have canti or center-pull brakes too.

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    Sears, hacksaw, benchgrinder..

    Will fit in pocket or like so..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maybeck
    Will fit in pocket or like so..
    When I saw that, I went to my bike to see if I could mount my 7.5" long Craftsman 15mm wrench (currently stored in a correspondingly enormous saddle bag) like that on my IRO. Then I realized that it's bad enough that I keep all the tools needed to steal most parts of my bike in my saddle bag without putting a wrench on the axle nut to make it even easier. I'm lucky that bike theft isn't too popular around here.

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    made my own multitool....

    by welding together a 15mm socket, 6mm allen, and a bottle opener.....need both 15mm and 6mm as my hubs are mismatched
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    paragon machine works

    its titanium and has a bottle opener
    give them a call
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    That's cool

    Quote Originally Posted by ukiahb
    by welding together a 15mm socket, 6mm allen, and a bottle opener.....need both 15mm and 6mm as my hubs are mismatched
    Rough, but cool!
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    here is my new craftsman shorty

    after seeing this thread i decided that the craftsman shorty was for me but it wasnt quite my style so here is what i came up with after 20min on the die-grinder, much better than the jethro tule i think

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    Jethro

    Quote Originally Posted by bacoes
    I bought a JethroTule and have yet to be able to use it, the casting seam didn't get filed down and it won't fit over a track nut. I've tried it with with several and none will fit. Just stick with a Park or Campy peanutbutter wrench

    I bought the Jethro and had the same problem but 10 min with the file from my Swiss Army Knife cleaned it up just fine.

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    creativity lives!

    Quote Originally Posted by the locust
    after seeing this thread i decided that the craftsman shorty was for me but it wasnt quite my style so here is what i came up with after 20min on the die-grinder, much better than the jethro tule i think
    me likes it! there goes your warranty, but hey, we all know that tool is golden for as many years as you can wrench the top off a cold, brown malted beverage. and if we aren't strong enough to do a 12 oz. curl, then we are already dead, lol.
    i picked one up yesterday- certainly a good deal at $8.59 and easy to use. in fact, i can actually get a bottle top off with it if i hold it just right...
    that Paragon Machine Works is one truly trick tool- Ti to boot!

    welp, this has put me in the mood for a brewski and some music... now, where are my Tool albums??
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    Quote Originally Posted by pauly
    Sears Craftsman stubby. 4.5" long. Lifetime warranty. $8.50. Can't beat it.
    Ordering the ratcheting version - Gear Wrench stubby 15mm combo wrench. Sears doesn't have Craftsman 15mm stubby with ratchet.
    http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

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    I use the Surley tool and find it to be VERY useful. It's short enough that it doesn't take up much room in the saddle bag. But, it has a large enough "flange" that you can torque down more than enough on the bolts. It is "angled" so that it points slightly away from the wheel. I torque the bolts down by hand and finish the job using my heel and step down on the flange part of the wrench. Since this isn't a box-end wrench and it's contact point is quite large, there is no worry about the wrench flying off the bolt and your foot or shin slamming into something unfriendly.
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    I've never had a problem when tightening with the Jethro tule, and I weigh about twice what most of you guys do.

    That Paragon one looks nice too though.
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    I just went to Home Depot and bought a reg. 15mm wrench then had the guy berak it in half, I ground down the ends to smoothout the break point and I have a box end wrench I keep in my seat pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebirdbiker
    I just went to Home Depot and bought a reg. 15mm wrench then had the guy berak it in half, I ground down the ends to smoothout the break point and I have a box end wrench I keep in my seat pack.
    Whoa, that Home Depot dude is STRONG!

    I just used my bench grinder to take the open end of my $3 wrench clean off. Works great.

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