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Old 15 May 2009
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Question Lightweight 32mm spanner option??!

Hi Folks,

Heading for the Alps this August and am looking for ways of keeping the weight down. I'm looking for an alternative to a long heavy breaker bar and 32mm socket for adjusting the chain on an R1. Wondering if there might be some kind of bicycle spanner or something that won't weigh half as much as the bike itself? Any ideas?? Thanks in advance.

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another option

You can get a tyre iron with an axle spanner on the end but that's not that relevant for R1s (no beadbreaker sadly)
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I've got a couple of these
Adventure-spec: off-road motorbike gear, UK, road touring, rally, rallye, RTW, Stan Watt, GiT, Guard it Technology sell them, they weigh less then 100g but are to nice to use ! But to be honest I never take anything to adjust my chain if I head off around Europe on a short trip, when you pass a town that has a car tyre/exhaust/lawnmower/tractor garage I just ask with a smile if I can borrow a spanner for 2 mins and they are always more than willing to help.

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Fantastic post I've been trying to find exactly the same thing for my CCM rear wheel for a few years. Best I've come up with is an adjustable spanner with a load of holes drillled in the handle to reduce the weight. With the spanner/tyre lever combo thing all I've got to do is weld a U section bit to the spanner end and it'll double up (treble up?) as a prop for wheel removal as well.

Re borrowing tools to do routine maintenance, this is what we were given in a garage in Greece some years ago to remove a fork top nut:

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fit a chain oiler then you wont have to adjust the chain.
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+1 on the Motion Pro T6 tire iron/wrench combo.

They save you a LOT of weight compared to their metal equivalents, plus you can get an adapter to use them as a 3/8" driver.

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Are these light alloy Motion Pro levers/wrenchs strong? I see manufacturer rates them 120 Nm max torque, however it seems like pushing it. No?
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They definitely feel strong enough IMO. What's the torque spec on your nut? Most are around 80nm which leaves you a lot of margin.
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