The tool junkie holiday gift guide

  • By Logan VonBokel
  • Published Nov. 11, 2013
It may be a bit overkill for most wrenches, but a quality torque wrench is something every mechanic desires. The Pro Torque Wrench is a perfect gift for any cyclist. Photo: Logan VonBokel |

Pro Torque Wrench

Every bolt on a bicycle needs to be tight. Knowing you snugged up your brand new $300 handlebar within 0.2nm of spec will just give you that much more confidence in your handy work. Pro, Shimano’s component company, makes some pretty great tools and this one is no exception. The Torque Wrench, which retails for $150, is accurate from 0.4 to 15nm and includes six bits. I travel with mine anytime I fly with my bike, typically just bringing the M4, M5, and the T25 if I’m flying with a disc bike. Always remove your brake rotors when you pack your bike. Always.

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Logan VonBokel

Logan VonBokel

Equally at home on a mountain bike above treeline and chasing down moves in the heat and humidity of a Midwest criterium, Logan Vonbokel is something of an oddity in cycling. Since he first swung a leg over a road bike as a freshman in high school, Logan has been a lover of both cutting-edge technological innovations and the clean lines of classic handmade bikes. Logan joined the tech team in May 2012, bringing with him nearly a decade of high-caliber road racing experience and his undying love for the mud, cowbells, and culture of cyclocross. Logan still races at the Cat. 2 level on the road and in cyclocross, and carries a seldom-used Cat. 1 mountain bike license.

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