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What is the difference between a pedal and cone wrench?(10 posts)

What is the difference between a pedal and cone wrench?texfan
Jul 1, 2002 5:08 PM
I am a novice/wannabe wrench and am looking to slowly collect some bike specific tools.

As I was looking through the Nashbar website, I saw a Pedro's 15mm pedal wrench for $15.98. I then noticed some Park cone wrenches, including a 15mm, for $6.95. My question is whether there is a functional difference between a 15mm cone wrench and a pedal wrench? If not, shouldn't I just get the cone wrench and pretend that it is a pedal wrench?

re: What is the difference between a pedal and cone wrench?Akirasho
Jul 1, 2002 5:22 PM
... the pedal wrench has more purchase to it's "jaws"... and has much more leverage (necessary when removing and installing most pedals). A cone wrench would be at best, a knuckle buster! Likewise, a pedal wrench would be ill suited to fine tuning bearings.

The right tool for the job...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Pedal wrenches remove pedals. Cone wrenches adjust cones. nmKen of Fresno
Jul 1, 2002 5:24 PM
re: What is the difference between a pedal and cone wrench?DougSloan
Jul 1, 2002 6:27 PM
Cone wrenches are very thin, to fit in the narrow flat spots on cones.

Pedal wrenches are big monstors, heavy and long enough to remove welded on pedals.

You need both.

Cone wrenches can splay when used on stubborn pedals.Quack
Jul 1, 2002 6:29 PM
Cone wrenches are far too thin to support the loads of removing rusted on pedals. Likewise, pedal wrenches are most likely too wide to get into the inner cone of most hubs.

Happy wrenching!
Thanks alltexfan
Jul 1, 2002 6:52 PM
for the good info.

(Well except for Ken. But thanks for stating the obvious) ;-)

Sounds like about NINE BUCKS...budump-bumplnin0
Jul 1, 2002 8:05 PM
Seriously. I have a bent up cone wrench that is proof they are no good for removing pedals...even though I still use it for that ;)
re: What is the difference between a pedal and cone wrench?pa rider
Jul 2, 2002 4:05 AM
I see Doug answered your question not to use a cone wrench, but I don't agree. I have the SCW-15, I got it cheap at a swap sale, and never bent mine.

I buy new pedals once a year or two for my MTB. I usually keep my pedals lube, and notice that bikes you buy from LBS don't lube the pedals.

I only once had to use a vice once to get a pedal off because the duffis I'm to be didn't lube the pedal enough or relube them after riding these damn mud mtb races. If money isn't a big deal get the pedal wrench for sure.

My LBS lastnight told me some stories about parts people don't put lube on and they get to be creative on how to remove the part without damaging the bike. I told them my bike takes water when it rains and I have to stand my bike to drain it. They told me to take my seatpost out and drain it from their. Point is that you sould lube parts on bike so they don't cease together (pedals and seatpost for example).

I found that for your tool kit the park cone wrench sets are the best. I got a few metal wrenchs that do the work, but are hard to grip (Found them cheap at Trexlertown flea market a few years back).

I got a universal freewheel remover ten years ago and found that it still works on the shimano cassettes, so I would say get two types of freewheel removers, depending upon if your running campy. A chainwip is a good investment for this area too.

A good thing about fixing your bike is you never have enough tools, because they're always making some new part that needs a special tool. The bottom bracket crank remover would be a good example.

That all for now, so I'll quit rambling. Have fun building you tool kit.

Look Carefully at your pedals!MisJG
Jul 2, 2002 5:32 AM
I have an older (12-14 yrs) set of Time pedals. The flats on the spindle where the pedal wrench fits are too narrow for a standard pedal wrench! I have an extra 15 mm cone wrench just for removing/installing these pedals and I use the pedal wrench for other pedals. If you make sure to lube the threads on the pedal before you install them, you shouldn't have too much trouble getting them off regardless of which wrench you choose to use. I typically install/remove pedals from my bike a couple of times each year. I swap out the Time pedals for a cheap set of double sided Nashbar SPD for doing centuries (I like being able to walk in the rest stops), and back to the Time for Triathlons and fast training. One caveat to switching pedals in the middle of the season, pay attention to the distance between your foot and the pedal axle. Between the SPD and the Time there is almost 1 cm difference in height! You need to adjust saddle height, etc.
no difference until you get a stubborn pedal (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 2, 2002 5:54 AM