Author Topic: Adapting ordinary sockets to hex keys.  (Read 142 times)

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Offline zerodish

Adapting ordinary sockets to hex keys.
« on: September 12, 2021, 08:38:08 am »
The whole idea here is to make a light weight tool set to take on tours. Useful sockets are 8 9 10 12 and 14mm. What you will need is a 1/4 inch square piece of metal. I found one in the road which was a key to a shaft. You may need to make one. You could grind down a 1/4 inch hex key or perhaps a 1/4 inch screwdriver bit. https://flic.kr/p/2moPbGZ

Offline Old Guy New Hobby

Re: Adapting ordinary sockets to hex keys.
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2021, 12:59:20 pm »
The only roadside socket I need is 13 mm. This might not be the best idea if you need all those sizes, but it works for me.
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Offline canalligators

Re: Adapting ordinary sockets to hex keys.
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2021, 12:54:46 am »
I suppose it all depends on your bike and accessories, but I find little use for sockets on tour.  Most of the fasteners are allen head, for which I take a small multi-tool.  What few hex head bolts & nuts I have, can be managed with a 4” crescent wrench.

The important point is to make sure you can work all fasteners on your rig, and you can effect the common repairs: tire repair, chain link replacement, cable replacement, spoke replacement.