Cone wrench question

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deepsouth

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 15, 2017
393
66
Monroe, Ga
I've been shopping for a set of cone wrenches, however,, everything I have found is metric. How will these work on vintage bikes? Are there any "American " sizes available?
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
18,720
Evans, GA
I have everything from 13-22 and they work just fine. V/r Shawn
 

schwinnderella

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 21, 2009
398
Palatine, United States
I don't know what is available today but certainly Park Tool used to make them in American sizes.
 

SKIDKINGSVBC

I live for the CABE
Sep 2, 2008
1,458
Puyallup, United States
I have found a few PARK S.A.E over time at bicycle swap meets ,fee bay ...few and far between .I have a full set of PARK metrics that I use ,work fine .Look around at estate sales ,garage sale for vintage tappet ranches ,some are thinner that others ...I have contacted PARK tools to ask if they can start making S.A.E styles again as more vintage collectors use S.A.E. on their vintage projects ..
 

Duchess

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 14, 2014
596
Beverly, MA
There are a lot of very close sizes. From my days working in areas with multiple other people, the metric didn't grow legs like SAE, so I learned to adapt metric.
Many popular sizes are so close as to be nearly indistinguishable (probably closer matches with less expensive tools). Others work pretty well, but not quite indistinguishable (more like the difference between the fit of a cheaper tool vs. an expensive one in the same size). I've found the following usually work (as I said, you've a better chance of success with cheaper, less exacting tools, but I've never had issues with stripped fasteners using the following, though I'd probably get the exact deal if you're talking about a lot of torque, which the smaller fasteners couldn't handle, anyway):
5/16" = 8mm
7/16" = 11mm
1/2" = 12 or 13mm (I think I've used both depending on the tool/brand, but the conversion says it should be more like 13mm)
9/16" = 14mm
5/8" = 16mm
3/4" = 19mm
13/16" = 21mm
1" = 25mm
 

bikemonkey

I live for the CABE
Jun 25, 2016
1,347
67
North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
The 19mm is what you need to do Bendix coasters...indispensable.

Wish I had my old Bendix wrenches...
 
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