Hex bits for torque wrench
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    Hex bits for torque wrench

    OK, so I'm placing an order for some bike stuff and I decide to look for 1/4" drive hex bits to so I can begin using a torque wrench on critical fasteners. And I look, and look again. Nothing but T-handle and L-wrenches. There's a kit from Performance but I already have the torque wrench. So with all of these carbon frames and stems out there this makes zero sense. Am I missing something?

    I guess I'll just wait for my next time to order stuff from McMaster-Carr or trip to Sears.

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    I have this one, but really I don't use it much for the bike. T and L wrenches do the job better and faster.

    http://www.amazon.com/VIM-Hand-Tools.../dp/B0002UNOME

    FYI I no longer use a torque wrench. I used to use one when I first started working on cars. Now there are just 3 settings... finger tight, normal tight, and as tight as possible. The only exception would be torquing down a head gasket.
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    Yeah, I just circled back to this thread now that I see Jensonusa has the Park SBS-1 set. The last thing I need is more metric 3/8" sockets but I'll use the rest. My small torque wrench will need a 1/4-3/8" adapter.

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    I couldn't find any 1/4" hex sockets either. So I use a 1/4" to 3/8" adapter as mentioned above. a little bit of an inconvenience, but I've gotten used to it.

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    Sears if they have them in stock which none of my local stores did. Finding none, I went to my local tool supplier and the Stanley (USA) bits were $2.50 -$3.50 each, 4, 5, 6mm. I dunno, Sears used to be a pretty complete basic tool shop but now, the local ones to me seem to be constantly out of stock. They refer me to the catalog sales and ship to store routine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuma601
    Sears if they have them in stock which none of my local stores did. Finding none, I went to my local tool supplier and the Stanley (USA) bits were $2.50 -$3.50 each, 4, 5, 6mm. I dunno, Sears used to be a pretty complete basic tool shop but now, the local ones to me seem to be constantly out of stock. They refer me to the catalog sales and ship to store routine.
    Thanks....Just found them at Sears. $29.99 for the set.
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...9&blockType=G9

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    I've been looking for this exact same thing too. Well, I mean I've been looking for 1/4" to Allen Keys, kinda like this: http://www.screwfix.com/prods/76372/...t-Set-3-8-7-Pc

    I've seen 3/8" drive options (as above), but not 1/4". In the meantime, I use a 1/4" square drive to hex drive adapter, then hex drive bits, which I think is what the OP is referring to. I couldn't find the little adapter on its own, so I ended up buying a fairly cheap little ratchet that came with one. I've no idea why these adapters are so hard to find.

    This is the adapter I'm referring to, and it is available online:
    http://www.toolshopdirect.co.uk/item...2/966/sn/31998

    And here are Allen Key screwdriver bits:
    http://www.wihatools.com/images/Bit%...74989px500.jpg
    Last edited by irishstu; 10-11-2010 at 12:00 AM.

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    Ace Hardware sells a nice 1/4" Hex bit set for $20; comes with both standard and metric sizes. This is the set I use.

    http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...628680.1259470

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