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Park Tool AWS-1C Hex Wrench Set

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“Park Tool AWS-1C Hex Wrench Set”

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The Good:

Excellent Material and quality, Easy to hold and use. Re-usable by filing down end of key.

The Bad:

Nothing at all.

Overall Review: Out of all the tools a home mechanic, there aren’t many more commonly used than a good set of Allen wrenches. Of the most common are the 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm. Park Tool makes a three sided wrench set that has all three sizes (Park Tool AWS-1 Hex Wrench Set). I’ve owned mine for over 8 year now and here are my impressions: Construction: Park Tool designed the AWS-1 exceptionally well. They used high quality steel with covered with durable plastic that not only a great product but something that is comfy to hold in hand. The tolerance on the machining of this tool is top notch as well. The 4mm, 5mm, and Read More »
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Park Tool AWS-3C Hex Wrench Set

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“Park Tool AWS-3C Hex Wrench Set”

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The Good:

Excellent quality, comfy handle, machined very well.

The Bad:

Can bend and twist if not careful (in extreme use)

Overall Review: Out of all the tools a home mechanic, there aren’t many more commonly used than a good set of Allen wrenches. That being the case, I picked up the Park Tool AWS-3 Hex Wrench Set about 5 years ago and here are my impressions since: Construction: Park Tool designed the AWS-3 exceptionally well. They used high quality steel with covered with durable plastic that not only a great product but something that is comfy to hold in hand. The tolerance on the machining of this tool is top notch as well. The 2mm, 2.5mm, and 3mm sizes found on this tool are relatively small but after 5 years of use, I can Read More »
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Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotor

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“Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotor”

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The Good:

Strong, durable, good value

The Bad:

Noisy, real noisy.

Overall Review: With each disc brake, there needs to be a rotor. Just like all the disc brakes out there, there are a ton of rotors to choose from. That being said, below are my impressions of the Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotor, ridden on Avid Elixir R brakes: Out of the box: The Avid G2 Clean Sweep Rotor has been around for quite a number of years and has really get a standard for what a rotor should be. Made from heat treated steel, they are built to handle all the braking force you can throw at it. It comes with a nice vented design that is meant to cool the braking system as quickly as possible while reducing weight. For what they are Read More »
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Park Tool Chain Wear Indicator

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“Park Tool Chain Wear Indicator”

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The Good:

Simple and accurate, easy to read

The Bad:

Nothing at all

Overall Review: When it comes to components, some are relatively cheap while some are hyper expensive. Sometimes cheap components can lead to hyper expensive service bills down the road. Chains are one of those cheap components that, if left unchecked can cause a $400+ cassette to become worn out and useless. That is why I picked up the Park Tool CC-3.2 Chain Wear Indicator. It’s not just a tool a mechanic should have, it’s a tool that anyone who rides a bike should have. After using it for over a year now, here are my two cents on it: Performance It may not be the most attractive or fancy chain checking tool out there, Read More »
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Park Tool FR-1 Freewheel Remover

“Park Tool FR-1 Freewheel Remover”

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The Good:

High quality materials

The Bad:

Can sometimes strip out due to lock of surface area on freewheel

Overall Review: If you work on older style 10 speed bikes, there are a few tools that are an absolute must. The Park Tool FR-1 is one of them. I picked one up last year and after a handful of uses, here are my impressions: Construction: The FR-1 is made out of heat-treated alloy steel which means it has incredible strength. This strength is needed when it’s designed to be slim enough that you can use it without having to remove hub cones and locknuts. The 12 splines on it does a great job in removing even the tightest of freewheels. One of the biggest issues I’ve had with this tool however is getting the spines deep Read More »
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Park Tool BBT-19 Bottom Bracket Tool

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“Park Tool BBT-19 Bottom Bracket Tool”

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The Good:

Excellent materials, Use with wrench or torque wrench

The Bad:

Can strip bottom bracket cup threads if not careful

Overall Review: There are a handful of bottom bracket tools out there that will work with external bottom bracket cups. Some of them a simple, some more complex. When it comes down to doing it right, the Park Tool BBT-19 Bottom Bracket tool is one of the best ones out there. After owning mine for more than 5 years, here are my impressions: Construction: Much like many of the other tools make by Park, the material of the BBT-19 is top notch. I’ve never seen one break or crack and would be quite impressed and shocked if someone could. After tons of use, the tool still shows very little sign of wear. The rounded Read More »
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Park Tool Compact Crank Wrench And Puller

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“Park Tool Compact Crank Wrench And Puller”

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The Good:

Compact and versatile, excellent quality, easy to use if installed correctly.

The Bad:

Can be installed wrong which could cause a huge problem.

Overall Review: If you are a home mechanic that doesn’t have a ton of space to house your bike-specific tools or have a small tool box that you take with you everywhere you go like I do, space is of the essence. That’s what makes the Park Tool Compact Crank Wrench and Puller so great. Picking one up for my mobile tool box, here are my impressions: Compactness: This tool does a lot more than what it appears. Accompanied with an adjustable wrench, one can remove the 8mm bolts that hold the cast majority of crankarms together. By flipping it around, thread the puller onto the crankarm and extract it by using Read More »
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Park Tool CCP-44 Crank Puller

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“Park Tool CCP-44”

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The Good:

Excellent quality, easy to use if installed correctly.

The Bad:

Can be installed wrong which could cause a huge problem.

Overall Review: If you title yourself as a home mechanic or would just like to do all simple bike services by yourself, the Park Tool CCP-44 is a true luxury to have. Trying to remove crankarms without them is nearly impossible. I’ve owned mine for just about 10 years and here are my impressions: Construction: Just like the other Park Tool crankarm pullers, Park Tool didn’t cut any corners on the materials or design of the CCP-44. The steel and welds offers all the strength you would need and the fine threads allow you to remove even the most difficult cranks arms. Throw on a vinyl dipped handle and it’s as good as it Read More »
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Park Tool CCP-22 Crank Puller

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“Park Tool CCP-22 ”

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The Good:

Excellent quality, easy to use if installed correctly.

The Bad:

Can be installed wrong which could cause a huge problem.

Overall Review: If you title yourself as a home mechanic or would just like to do all simple bike services by yourself, the Park Tool CCP-22 is a true luxury to have. Trying to remove crankarms without them is nearly impossible. I’ve owned mine for just about 10 years and here are my impressions: Construction: When it comes to the design and materials used on the CCP-22, Park Tool didn’t cut any corners. The steel and welds offers all the strength you would need and the fine threads allow you to remove even the most difficult cranks arms. Throw on a vinyl dipped handle and it’s as good as it gets. The handle is also Read More »
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Park Tool Shop Hammer

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“Excellent hammer (not so much for a mallet)”

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The Good:

High quality materials (except for mallet), doesn't dent, great handle

The Bad:

Mallet attachment didn't last long, impossible to find replacement parts now.

Overall Review: When working on a bike, and especially on older bikes, a mechanic’s best friend is often a good hammer. Looking to keep the majority of my tools the same brand, I picked up a Park Tool HMR-2 hammer. Coming up to almost a decade when I first picked it up, here are my impression: Out of the box: Just like the majority of Park Tools, the HMR-2 is made out of very good materials and has great appeal. The handle is made of reinforced fiberglass and a soft grip which leaves your hand feeling good, even after going H.A.M. on a seized seatpost. On the striking end, Park Tool gave it a solid piece of steel accompanied Read More »
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