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How much is 60 in/lb of torque?(11 posts)

How much is 60 in/lb of torque?benja15
Apr 3, 2003 6:39 PM
I wonder this because i am not sure how tight to make stuff on my bike
i can read specs, but im not sure how much 100 or 150 in/lbs are
about 5 ft/lbs-get small wrench from sears that measuresthe bull
Apr 3, 2003 6:44 PM
in inches if your not sure what it feels like by hand!Or take it to a shop.
re: How much is 60 in/lb of torque?davet
Apr 3, 2003 6:45 PM
12in/lb = 1ft/lb. 60in/lb = 5ft/lb. So to find ft/lb of torque, divide in/lb by 12.
must use torque wrench....C-40
Apr 3, 2003 7:02 PM
No way to know (accurately) without a torque wrench.

That said, I never use a torque wrench except on parts that require high levels of torque, like bottom brackets and cassette lockrings. The rest are done by feel, from experience.

60 inch pounds is the same as 5 foot-pounds. It's the torque that would be applied by a weight of ten pounds hung from a 6 inch long wrench or twenty pounds applied to the end of a 3 inch wrench. It's not very much.

You can easily generate 3-4 times this torque with a short hex wrench if you twist as hard as you can.
why do you need torque on cassette lockring ?PeterRider
Apr 3, 2003 11:19 PM
... I usually don't tighten it too much, so that the next time I clean my cassette it's easy to remove (I clean it almost as often as the chain).

Pierre
duh....C-40
Apr 4, 2003 6:01 AM
The torque specs on the lockring is 50Nm or 37 ft. lbs, which is darn tight.

I guess if you don't mind your cogs coming loose in the middle of a ride, you don't need to tighten much. A loose lockring can also allow the cogs to move on the cassette body and cause premature wear.

With proper maintenance technique, cassette and chain removal should only be required annually or every 3-4000 miles.
Yeah.Matno
Apr 4, 2003 6:24 AM
A loose cassette sucks. I undertorqued mine once (I actually thought it was pretty tight) and it came loose 1200 miles from home. It was a real pain when the shifters starting shifting on their own and I had to drive 20 miles to the nearest LBS since I didn't have my cassette tool with me. Incidentally, I bought $20 worth of stuff from them, thinking that maybe they'd tighten the lockring for free. Nope. Not only did they charge me $3, but they waited 45 minutes to do it! (I was the only customer in the shop!) How long did they think it would take that they couldn't stop assembling the bike they were working on (3 of them no less!) to twist a wrench?!

At any rate, my cassettes are now nice and snug. There's no point in worrying about how easy they are to remove since that only happens about once every 2 years.
I'd maybe add stems to your list.Spoke Wrench
Apr 4, 2003 8:57 AM
We had another poster this week indicate they had stripped out handlebar clamp bolt hole. I was extremely surprised at how little torque was recommended for my Thompson stem bolts.
Just over a cup and a halfHoopes of glory
Apr 4, 2003 7:13 AM
or .769 Frenchman, for those of you who prefer metric.
French.......Ha!davet
Apr 4, 2003 12:32 PM
Is it true that France gave all their spare white flags to the Iraqi military? And that is the real reason France didn't want us to go to war, we would find out?
It's a couple three pound feet (nm)Alexx
Apr 4, 2003 5:25 PM