Nuts ‘n’ Bolts: Product Report “Inline” Offset Pedal Wrench
[[image:inline_mini.jpg::inline:1]]Not wanting to spend the money for the Park tool or its many knock-offs, the inexpensive "Inline" wrench caught my eye.
Published February, 28, 2007 by C.I.C.L.E.
Contributed by Harv
I needed a long, comfortable pedal wrench after suffering with various wrenches which were too short and cut into my hand due to the narrow edged handle. Not wanting to spend the money for the Park tool or its many knock-offs, the inexpensive "Inline" wrench caught my eye. "Can this be any good for the cost of $8.31 ? ", I mused. I decided to give it a go. There is an even less expensive "Inline" pedal wrench with only one opening (not offset) and a 15 mm / 14 mm socket on the other end. But I wanted the longer leverage, round handle, and the offsets.
[[image:wrench.jpg::inline:0]]Apparently "Inline" is a new Taiwan-made bike accessory brand that is not too widespread in distribution yet. I needed a few odd things from Niagara Cycle Works, so I included the pedal wrench in my last order. I am fairly happy with what arrived four days later.
Overall, the wrench is 350 mm long, with a round rubber-jacketed handle 27 mm in diameter. Very comfortable. The 5 mm thick steel head of the wrench is welded to the handle. Not a bad looking weld either. On the head are two pairs of 15 mm jaws and one 12 point 15 mm box opening. This box won't work on pedals, but if you have nutted axles, you could use it for those. There is one pair of jaws at a 30 degree angle and the other is at 45 degrees so that you can flip the wrench to get the best angle for breaking the pedal loose from your crank arm.
These jaw openings are not machined, or "Laser Cut" as the Park tools are. They look to be die-cut or just stamped out like cookies. However, the dimensions are not too bad. One opening measures 15.1 mm on a machinist's dial caliper. This opening proved to be on the tight side for a couple of the pedal sets I tested the wrench with. The other opening measures 15.4 mm. This slid right onto all the pedals I tested, about 6 pair from different manufacturers.
No fine finish with chrome plating here. Kind of a rough almost sand-cast finish with a bright metal plating. Maybe cadmium. But who needs a mirror-finish on a pedal wrench? I would recommend this wrench for the home mechanic who isn't going to remove 10 pairs of pedals every day. The price is right, you get good leverage, a comfortable grip, a reasonable fit, and a rust-resistant finish. A 6 mm diameter hole is provided for hanging it on your tool board.