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Spring is in the air, and that means a lot of people will be dusting off their bicycles and heading out for long rides. The question is, are those bikes ready for another season of two-wheel adventures? Worn or loose fasteners and bolts can turn a pleasant ride into a nightmare. Before hopping on your bike, make sure it’s up to the task.
A bicycle is made up of a surprising number of parts. All of those parts are held together by various metric bolts and washers. If any one of those metric fasteners are worn or incorrectly sized, parts can come loose and you may be at risk for injury. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most important systems of a bicycle, and the most common metric fasteners used by those systems.
When it comes to keeping things together, engineers, designers, and builders overwhelmingly choose metric machine screws. They’re in everything from kitchen cabinets to deep-space probes. Given the wide variety of things put together with metric machine screws, it’s no surprise that there is such a wide variety of metric screws to choose from. Learn about the different types of metric machine screws and when to use them.
The establishment of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is based on the need to facilitate international trade by promoting development of universal standards. Having been in place for over a decade now, the ISO 9001:2008 Certification is a universal method used by both customers and companies to control the quality of output.
It is a framework of business management ensuring continued improvements in all aspects of the business. The external assessment on a regular basis ensures maintenance of these business practices.
Most people would be amazed by the amount of information that can fit on the head of a bolt. As you may already know, information about the diameter, length, and thread pitch of a fastener can often be found on its head. However, there’s a lot of other information that manufacturers put on the head of a bolt that you may not know about. That information can make a big difference in the type of bolt you choose for your application. Here, we’ll look at some of the markings, and what they mean in terms of real-world applications
Whether you’re a part-time hobbyist or a seasoned mechanic, there comes a time when you have an unidentified hole, bolt, or screw. To finish your assembly, you need to know exactly what size fastener you have, or what size fastener you need. The “guess and test” method can damage the threads on the fastener and in the hole. Worse yet, you could end up with something that seems to fit, but isn’t really the right size. When that happens, mechanical failure becomes a real risk.
Fortunately, screw thread callouts are a standardized system for determining the size, thread pitch, and length of a machine screw or hole. With this information, you can quickly get all of the information you need to ensure that your fastener fits perfectly into your assembly.
Set screws are one of those smaller metric fastener components that aren’t given as much attention as they deserve.
In spite of their lack of fame, they are available in a wide variety of different fabrications. They are also used in a variety of different applications ranging from simple tasks such as installing a door knob, to more complex ones like working on a space shuttle.
Any time an object needs to be affixed to some sort of shaft, a set screw is likely to be utilized. However, given the wide variety of applications that use set screws, you want to make sure that you are using the right one for your specific application.
Chris was making a custom piece for his car and needed some uncommon hardware. He was having trouble finding a 7mm jam nut—until he came to Mr. Metric.
Not only did Chris find exactly what he was looking for, but he was also shocked when he was not forced to buy these jam nuts in large quantity. Unlike other online stores where high minimum orders were required, Chris was able to order just the pieces he needed.
One of our customers, Bryan, recently purchased new struts for his Monte Carlo. But when he received the struts, they did not come with the nuts needed to attach them properly.
Mr. Metric’s on-site staff helped Bryan find the right nuts for the job and got Bryan on the road again.
Read what Bryan had to say:
The debate over whether to use imperial or metric fasteners has been going on for well over a century. During that time, metric has consistently won out over imperial, even in the country that was responsible for creating the imperial system.
To understand why metric is the preferred system worldwide, it’s important to understand how each system works.
Charles uses Mr. Metric stainless steel 6M bolts to attach his gearbox to his electric bike. He’s happy with his purchase, which is great for both performance and safety.
Why the 6M Bolts Fit His Needs:
These specific types of bolts are an ideal fit for such a task, because the stainless steel grade 8.8 material is extremely resistant to rust and corrosion. The flange bolts come up with an attached washer that uses tiny teeth to ensure a secure clamp against any flat surface.