"Spinning nuts" - How to fully tighten chain ring

PenguinWithHair Posts: 185
edited July 2011 in Workshop
Hey everyone, this is probably a very basic question but I can't seem to figure it out. How does one fully tighten their chain ring bolts when the nut on the inside just spinds around?

So... How do you obtain suficent purchase on your nuts? ...If you don't mind my asking.


  • WisePranker
    WisePranker Posts: 823
    On my bike you just use an allen key on each side. Never been a problem!
  • explosifpete
    explosifpete Posts: 1,327
    you can get a special

    or just a screwdriver.
    unless your talking about your nuts in which case see a doctor[/u]
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    ^ wot he said. You need one of those little gadgets really. IME screwdrivers are never very satisfactory unless you have the thing off the bike and secured in a vice.
  • Cleat Eastwood
    Cleat Eastwood Posts: 7,508
    i use an allen key and and a flat head screw driver.
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  • White Line
    White Line Posts: 887
    I think some are a little larger (longer) than others. Perhaps if you had smaller ones the you could tighten them fully. Sort of as if the long ones are "bottoming out".
  • Thanks guys, in my case a very simple answer. Nut wrench. :) Looks exactly like what I need.

    I tried a screwdriver but I've always struggled to get stuff done using a slightly wrong tool to try and make do - and usually break or damage either the tool and/or what I'm trying to fix, so I'm going through a "do it properly" phase at the moment. But getting the tools as I need them.