Many people feel that if you are using a hammer while working on your bike, you are probably doing something wrong. This sometimes is the case, but there are many bike-related services that require a hammer. If you ask any bike shop mechanic whether they use a hammer or not, they will all say yes. A Hammers is a simple tool, but there are a couple features that differentiate them.
Most bike specific hammers feature a dual sided head with a rubber and metal side. The rubber side is used to hammer against items that you want to protect from aesthetic damage. Since the rubber absorbs some vibration, the rubber side does not transfer as much power from the hit as the metal side of the hammer does. The metal side of the hammer is usually used with other tools that need to be hit such as a headset or bottom bracket removal tool. Since the rubber side is usually favored, the rubber cap can sometimes get damaged from overuse. Because of this, the rubber cap is replaceable which will make the hammer look and feel like new.
Some hammers feature a “dead-blow” design. A dead-blow hammer has loose sand or tiny beads located inside the head of the hammer. As you swing the hammer the loose particles fly to the back of the head and then fly to the front of the head when impact occurs. This provides more force to the hit, but also helps absorb the vibration of the blow making it easier on your hand. Deadblow hammers are especially nice to have if you must perform multiple repetitive hits.
If you have any questions about hammers, hop on a call or a chat with one of our expert Gear Advisors today at 951-234-7554. They are always happy to help you with any questions you may have.