Adjustable Torque Wrench and ergonomically a blessing.
I was going to stop posting for the day but this little gem is worth it's weight in gold and I had to share it. Take the guess work out of tightening bolts. You will be surprised on how little tension a bolt needs or how loose a bolt is after using a tool like this. You will be mortified. I must have this ergonomic toy (tool).RitcheyLogic has nothing on this tool. I feel the fixed 5 newton meter Ritchey torque tool is designed to inflict pain to the palm of your hand therefore stopping you from over tightening the bolt. For those with sensitive or not so strong hands you would be less likely to use their torque wrench. Specialized Bicycles has a tool like this CDI's shape but they do not offer adjustability.
CDI is associated with Snap On Tools for you car geeks. So in my opinion it carries some weight. These tools are easy to use and let you know when it;s time to stop turning by clicking loudly and slight give in the ratchet. Pay close attention, turn slowly and stop immediately when you feel the give and the sound of the click.
This tool already got a 5 star rating from Mountain Bike Action. I would trust the tool on name and shape alone. They supply you with different size bits to fit a variety of bolt sizes. This is a great addition, this way you don't have to do any extra running around. The fact that it is adjustable from 2 to 8 nm (newton meters) makes it very competitive with other torque wrenches like Park Tool and Topeak The price, I think is very fair. If this holds up to the test of time this is one tool the home mechanic to the season race mechanic should not be without. CDI or Snap On tools has been supplying vehicle mechanics with tools for decades. They are not only reliable but usually pretty to look at. This particular tool has more impact resistance plastic than chrome, Oh well.
With the every growing line of carbon products the torque wrench is becoming more and more needed. The most common place places to use a torque wrench are the seat collar, all stem bolts including the pinch bolts that keep your stem attached to the forks and the face plate that secures your handle bars to the bike (stem).
As more carbon is being used for the bike, typically easy bolt on components like handle bars, stems, seat posts, saddles with carbon rails and even crank sets and suspension linkages, you want to make sure these parts are not over tightened.
Carbon has proved itself to be extremely strong and light at the same time. Except when compressed or impacted in a way it was not intended. Torque settings are listed in inch, newton and pounds. Most components should have a reading o them to let you know. If you do net see a setting, check with the manufacture or google a similar part. When in doubt take it to a professional.