Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner

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Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner
Single-speed bikes are simply designed and need minimal tools. The Nashbar Single Speed Spanner is an elegant single speed bike tool that lets you change a flat and true your wheel.
  • Constructed of nickel-plated tool steel with a resin coated handle for hand comfort
  • The wrench flat is 15mm and at the opposite end of the spanner is a thin blade tire lever
  • There are 2 spoke wrench sizes - 3.2mm and 3.3mm
Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner
  • MFPARTNUMBER YC-626
  • WEIGHT N/A
  • MATERIAL Nickel-plated steel
  • Rating 2

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Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner
 
2.2

(based on 6 reviews)

33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Great bottle opener, not so good wrench

      By Sam from Maine

      from Maine

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

      • Opening Bottles

      Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner:

      Accusations of over exertion from other reviewers aside, this wrench is just not up to snuff as a track nut wrench for everyone. If you have solid nuts made of high quality steel, you might be fine, but on cheaper, softer nuts like the ones on my bike (OEM nuts on Langster wheels), then you need to be exceedingly careful or face rounding the nuts as with any low quality tool. This is due to low precision manufacturing, the wrench does not precisely fit my nuts, wiggle between wrench and nut, always leads to the possibility of rounding. This wrench does not allow me to tighten my tracknuts enough to secure the wheel without slippage on my SS track ends, this is a problem, plain and simple. Properly tightened nuts do not require a separate axle minder to hold position.

      The plus side is that this is an awesome bottle opener with some good bike style flair. I keep this in my kitchen now, rather than my seat bag or shop tools and it's a funny conversation starter when I hand it to a buddy to open a brew.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      1.0

      Thin and damages your nuts!

      By johnnyb

      from Fairfax, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Construction
      • Wears Out Quickly

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner:

        Like another reviewer said; the wrench is too thin and will cut into your axle nuts and damage them. You need a bit of torque to tighten axle nuts and when using this IT WILL cut into your bolts. Other parts are useful and I'll keep in my tool box, bit I'm using a Park singlespeed tool.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        No, not really.

        By Horse Badorities

        from NYC

        About Me Avid Cyclist

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              Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner:

              The metal is too thin to turn either axle nuts or spoke nipples without rounding them off. It will work sometimes, but will damage them sometimes (which is too often). Okay as a cone wrench.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Hefty

              By Brimstone

              from Tampa, Florida, USA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City

              Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner:

              The tools is nice and long (15.5 cm) which affords good leverage. Probably 2-3 times the thickness of a pedal wrench (but thin enough to be used as such). Wide, 4.5 cm at the head, which lends confidence that it won't warp under torque. Mine includes a bottle opener cutout. Which is of course completely unnecessary, any peddlin' drunk worth his chain lube can flip open a beer bottle using the wrench prongs. But I suppose it does help lighten the not insignificant tool weight. BTW, Nashbar, get a flippin' scale and post the weights of stuff you sell, please. You're a BICYCLE vendor, for chrissake.

              Finish is nicely chromed, looks stainless, but it's ferrous. No rust problems yet with it mounted on the outside of my bike for a few months. The 'resin' handle coating feels good and gives good grip with a useful tread pattern on one side only. The two spoke wrench cutouts and the long handle make one of the most usable road-tool spoke wrenches I've encountered. But they make the neck appear disconcertingly thin and gives rise to fear that the tire lever may snap off while bearing the brunt of a road-side rain-soaked flat-fixing rage. However having used it several times now, it feels rock solid. No doubt much stronger than any all-'resin' levers out there. The lever itself is well shaped, not thin enough to encourage milksop handling but not too thick to prevent easy sliding under the bead.

              The two center holes you see are sized for water bottle cage hole mounting. Despite being christened a 'Single Speed Spanner' this tool is likely of more use to those, like myself, who ride an internal geared hub bike. Any adult gnarly enough to ride around with a single gear should be gnarly enough to remove the wheels using her/his teeth. Just watch the lip piercings. Tools and gears are dead weight and interlocutors between the real bicyclists and his/her machine. They preclude the primal experience which cycling is meant to be and are best left to wimps like myself.

              And so, being a weeny with an IGH my bike has an unused threaded hole on the drive side near the rear axle where a dérailleur would otherwise be mounted. I found that the tool mounts nicely by placing the wrench over the axle nut and securing the far end with a hexbolt through one tool mounting hole. Looks nice, like original equipment. It's discreet and leaves no doubt to the discerning eye that I am indeed a wimp that doesn't hesitate to employ both tools and gears to insure my cycling comfort. Needless to say I don't have any metal in my face, either.

              I note that reviewer 'Phil' from NY,NY states he has stripped his axle nuts with this tool. I'll refrain from observing that overexertion resulting from the angst of being from a place like NY,NY frequently leads to abused tools and nuts and simply advise Phil to investigate 'banjo nuts', AKA 'tug nuts'. I refer here to the chain tensioning variety and not to overzealous Pete Seegar fans or twitchy hiphop aficionados.

              I'll close by stating that this tool works extremely well for it's stated purposes and seems to be an exceptional value compared to all other similar tools I've encountered. Highly recommended.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Comfort Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fine tool for a great price

              By Alex

              from DC

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good Grip
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bring it With You

                Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner:

                This and a multitool are the only tools I usually have in my hip bag / back pocket when riding around town. The tire lever is well reinforced and it hasn't broken yet, and the 15mm wrench works just fine. I don't know what the reviewer who stripped his nuts was doing... unless those nuts were made of lead, I can't imagine trying to use that much force to tighten or loosen a set of track nuts. The thinness of the tool is a big selling point; it fits easily in a back jeans pocket.

                The bottle opener is also a nice touch.

                For the price, you can't go wrong here.

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                • No

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Too thin, strips axle nuts

                By Phil

                from New York, NY

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Ineffective
                  • Too Thin

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Spanner:

                    I bought this to keep with me when riding my fixed gear for changing flat tires. The wrench material is stamped and is too thin to properly grip the axle nut so it just strips a section of the nut the width of the wrench's thickness. This wrench is a good idea, it's just poorly executed.

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