Park Tool

  • Snapping leverage

    Park Tool TR-1 Repair Kit

    Featured Review Snapping leverage (product review)

    The Good:

    Cheap, lightweight levers and excellent patch kit.

    The Bad:

    Polished surface of the levers is difficult to grip while sweating it out with your tires.

    Overall Review: I've had the Park Tool TR-1 Repair Kit from my local bike shop a year ago. The patch kit is easy to use (yes, I'm still using inner tubes despite huge improvements in tubeless set-ups) and had no problems with. My gripe is about the tire levers. So... The tire levers are lightweight and come in...

    Posted by Paracheilinus on 10/23/2019 2:34 AM

  • EUROBIKE 2019 - The Crazy & Cool Bike Tech - Day 1
    EUROBIKE 2019 - The Crazy & Cool Bike Tech - Day 1 (video)

    It's Eurobike time! Vital MTB is cruising the halls of what may be the biggest cycling tradeshow on the planet to find the newest bikes, parts and gear. In the midst of it all the bike tech we'd like to try, there are plenty of weird and wild contraptions, inventions and product failures to quic...

    Posted by sspomer on 9/5/2019 7:20 AM

  • High quality steel tools in a compact composite package

    The Good:

    Hex wrenches are made from high quality steel

    The Bad:

    No complaints on this tool

    Overall Review: The Park Tool fold-up hex wrenches are made from high quality steel bolted to a composite frame. The AWS-9 has three hex wrenches (4mm, 5mm, 6mm), a flat blade screwdriver and a Philipps screwdriver. There is also an AWS-9.2 that substitutes a T25 torx wrench in place of the Phillips screwdri...

    Posted by thinkbike on 11/28/2018 4:15 PM

  • October's Top Vital MTB Member Reviewer Award
    October's Top Vital MTB Member Reviewer Award (feature story)

    Posted by bturman on 11/3/2018 12:55 PM

  • Good shape, but made of slippery nylon material

    The Good:

    Nice hook shape and perfect lever length.

    The Bad:

    Slick blue nylon. The working end of the lever is too fat on some rims.

    Overall Review: I have something to say about tire levers. Specifically, the Park Tool TL-1 levers have attracted my ire. But before I begin ranting about what went wrong with them and why you never put blue polish on a three toed sloth, let's focus on what is right with the equation. I am a fan of hooked ...

    Posted by thinkbike on 10/31/2018 7:05 PM

  • Spectacular chain tool for home or travel

    The Good:

    High quality tool that may outlive you!

    The Bad:

    Minor note: It isn't blue like other Park Tools (but that would just add weight).

    Overall Review: The Park Tool CT-5 compact chain tool is one of the older residents in my mountain bike tool set. Since meeting, we've been to Canada, Alaska and traveled all over the western USA together. I picked up this basic tool when I was buying a brand new bike. That bike was sporting a gold Judy XC f...

    Posted by thinkbike on 10/31/2018 5:37 PM

  • New Bikes, Tools and Riding Gear - Interbike Day 3 - The Crazy & The Cool
    New Bikes, Tools and Riding Gear - Interbike Day 3 - The Crazy & The Cool (video)

    Time to move indoors for Interbike as we check out some of the newest mountain bikes and mountain bike-related products in Reno, Nevada. :06 - Eminent Cycles 29er 1:34 - Sensus Grips for Big Hands 2:25 - New Ride Concepts MTB Shoes 5:09 - Hope's HB.160 Super Bike 6:45 - New multi-tools from Park...

    Posted by sspomer on 9/19/2018 10:17 PM

  • Precision loppers for cable and housing

    The Good:

    Definitive cuts for those with exacting standards.

    The Bad:

    You don't get to use this beautiful tool very often.

    Overall Review: Crudely cut cable housings and frayed cables are two ways to make your derailleur and shifter a PITA to install or work on. There are many ways to cut through cable and there are even a few common tools that do an ok job. Standard wire cutters are usually the closest on-hand tool. Their harde...

    Posted by thinkbike on 6/30/2018 3:03 PM

  • January's Top Vital MTB Member Reviewer Award
  • Huge money saver.

    The Good:

    Convenient, inexpensive, and strong hold.

    The Bad:

    For the price, there is nothing bad.

    Overall Review: Initial Impressions I learned to patch a tube back in scouts with the traditional sandpaper glue kit. Until recently, I kept using that same method.  I saw these at a shop and got a kit since they were only a few dollars.  I thought they sounded too easy and was skeptical of their dur...

    Posted by dbodoggle on 1/30/2018 11:03 PM

  • Great addition to any bench.

    The Good:

    Stop loosing little parts.

    The Bad:

    More pricey than generic versions.

    Overall Review: Initial Impressions I have lost several small parts over the years. I would disassemble something and realize I was missing one piece when putting it back together.  One time when I was buying whole pack of replacement chain ring bolts at my local shop, the guy suggested getting one of the...

    Posted by dbodoggle on 1/30/2018 10:46 PM

  • Convenient Tool Solution

    Park Tool #106 Tray

    Featured Review Convenient Tool Solution (product review)

    The Good:

    Durable, lightweight, holds a good number of tools.

    The Bad:

    Hard to get off the stand once you get it on.

    Overall Review: Initial Impressions I had my Park Tool home mechanic stand for a few months before purchasing this awesome add on. I had seen it pictured with the stand online, but didn't get it because I felt a bit maxed out at the $170 for the stand itself.  Working on projects like switching chainring...

    Posted by dbodoggle on 1/30/2018 10:14 PM

  • The first tool to buy

    The Good:

    Price, balldriver ends, and durability.

    The Bad:

    Not compact enough to pack along.

    Overall Review: Initial Impressions I began my "home mechanic" journey by checking out the tool section of my local shop. I was looking at another Y style hex wrench, when one of the employees snagged this off the shelf.  He told me that the balldriver head was super useful and that if I was only going to...

    Posted by dbodoggle on 1/30/2018 9:54 PM

  • Top "nice to have" tool

    The Good:

    Amazing tool that makes working on cables so much easier.

    The Bad:

    Price to how often you would use it ratio.

    Overall Review: My Experience with the Fourth Hand Assuming you don't have DI2 electronic shifting, your bike probably has cables. Adjusting, or installing new cables with the Park Tool 4th hand makes a complicated job super easy.  It is called the 4th hand because it is like having an extra person help ...

    Posted by dbodoggle on 1/30/2018 9:29 PM

  • Park Tool BBT-30.3 Simple but effective

    The Good:

    Works as described

    The Bad:

    Press fit bottom brackets…

    Overall Review: If you have a press fit bottom bracket you are probably going to need to replace it at some point. Not saying that press fit BBs are bad… actually yes I am saying that haha. Anyways this handy tool allows you to tap out the bearings on your press fit frame and in a way that (if you are careful) ...

    Posted by lagocza on 11/30/2017 9:10 PM

  • For the Mechanic that has everything… Except a fancy ruler

    The Good:

    Surprisingly useful for measuring bearing sizes and spokes

    The Bad:

    Most home mechanics won’t use it often

    Overall Review: The Park Tool ruler is the tool that someone that truly has everything else might think is a necessary purchase to round out their tool collection. That is what I thought at least when I saw it hanging up in the shop where I worked at first. If you are a person that works on wheels fairly often,...

    Posted by lagocza on 11/30/2017 8:47 PM

  • Park Tool Master Link Pliers- work smarter not harder

    The Good:

    Makes quick work of installing/ removing master links, quality construction

    The Bad:

    nothing yet

    Overall Review: This is another one of those tools that you don’t know you need until you need it, and once you have used it, you will never go back. The majority of chains out there use a master link or can be used with a master link, and in general this is a good thing. They are helpful when you need to easil...

    Posted by lagocza on 9/30/2016 6:53 PM

  • EUROBIKE - 2017 Mountain Bike Components
    EUROBIKE - 2017 Mountain Bike Components (photo album)

    Posted by sspomer on 8/31/2016 10:55 PM

  • Bent Rotors Suck

    Park Tool Rotor Truing Fork

    Featured Review Bent Rotors Suck (product review)

    The Good:

    Dual sided for different types of bends, fits multiple rotor thickness, Gets rid of stupid pinging noises from rubbing rotors.

    The Bad:

    Allows for too much leverage at times

    Overall Review: If you are a mountain biker you have probably dealt with a bent rotor at some point, it is almost inevitable. Whether its from a crash, setting the bike down on the rotor, or transport, a bent rotor is not only annoying, it can affect your overall riding experience. Some people can deal with a s...

    Posted by lagocza on 8/31/2016 8:40 AM

  • Threadless Nut Setter

    The Good:

    Always sets the nut to the proper depth and keeps it nice and straight

    The Bad:

    Cost is a bit high for the home mechanic that does not need to set star nuts often.

    Overall Review: This is the tool you don't know you need until you are stuck with a crooked star nut in your fork, or one that has been placed too far into the steerer tube. As far as function goes, there is not a lot to say, this tool has functioned perfectly every time I used it. You simply thread the star nu...

    Posted by lagocza on 8/15/2016 7:37 PM

  • Park Tool PCS-9 Review

    The Good:

    Affordable, durable, simple, works well for most home mechanics

    The Bad:

    A bit tippy at certain angles, legs don't lock in place, does not fold down very small, heavy.

    Overall Review: Wrenching on a bike without a repair stand can be a pain and often makes the task way more time consuming and difficult, but repair stands cost a ton! Lower end stands tend to have plastic parts prone to breaking and creating a wobbly stand. High end stand are often shop specific and too expe...

    Posted by lagocza on 7/25/2016 8:37 PM

  • Great for Quick Work!

    The Good:

    Solid construction, guide pin

    The Bad:

    Requires an additional wrench

    Overall Review: I picked this up from my LBS when I was planning on doing some up-grades to my drive train in the near future. I own other Park Tools and have never had a bad experience except from them being a bit expensive. This cassette lockring tool is no exception to that and I have been impressed with it....

    Posted by awol12 on 7/18/2016 7:29 AM

  • Park Tool P-Handled Torx Wrench Set

    The Good:

    Durable, precise, good ergonomics

    The Bad:

    Price, lack of holder

    Overall Review: Retail: $52.99 Includes T6, T8, T10, T15, T20, T25, T30 and T40 Torx wrenches All I can say is you get what you pay for, Park tool is my go to for the majority of my bike specific tools, because they create ergonomic and precise tools that hold up. The Torx set is no different, they off...

    Posted by lagocza on 7/6/2016 8:36 PM

  • Park Tool PFP-6 Home Mechanic Floor Pump

    The Good:

    Good price, Gauge not to hard to read

    The Bad:

    Valve can be a bit finiky

    Overall Review: I bought this pump because Park Tool is one of the most reputable companies with it come to bike tools. This one is one of their cheaper ones that they offer, but do not let the cheaper price scare you away. It has a plastic base on it with the gauge about a third of the way up the pump shaft. I...

    Posted by Carraig042 on 12/29/2015 5:49 PM

  • Perfect stand for at home or in the hotel!

    The Good:

    Packs up easily, good grip, easy adjustments, stable

    The Bad:

    The small lever for setting the tension of the jaws could be a little longer for easier adjustment.

    Overall Review: I've had this stand for almost a year now and it goes everywhere with me! I keep it set-up in my garage when I'm at home and when I go on trips I set it up in my hotel room for cleaning/repairs. All of the adjustment are quick release and held pretty well, sometimes you have to crank them down ...

    Posted by bhalpin47 on 11/8/2012 8:57 AM

  • Perfect for intended use

    Park Tool GearClean Brush

    Featured Review Perfect for intended use (product review)

    The Good:

    It's cheap, it lasts for years, and it's the quickest way to clean cassettes, chainrings, and derailleur pulleys.

    The Bad:

    Nothing, really.

    Overall Review: This brush is the best at what it does. It's shaped perfectly to reach into the nooks and crannies of cassettes. It's durable - I haven't worn one out yet at home. The scraping end fits in between the cogs of a cassette and is great at busting up thick, caked-on grime, and the brush gets everyt...

    Posted by anotherbikerguy on 8/13/2012 10:54 AM

  • Simple, functional, dependable.

    The Good:

    The "Cyclone" chain cleaner is easy to use and it does an acceptable job cleaning off old lube and dirt from my chain. The drivetrain brush is great for cleaning cassettes and chainrings. I can always get my chain looking clean again in under five minutes.

    The Bad:

    The wheels with the brushes spin on plastic stubs sitting in plastic slots, and after a while I've found that the brushes don't spin very well. The chain still gets scrubbed, but not as thoroughly. It would be better if there were a metal insert or something similar to prevent this.

    Overall Review: I've been using this kit for years now with great results. I don't usually use Park Tool's chain cleaning fluid; normal dish soap is less expensive and works fine. I've found that doing one cycle with soap and two with plain water will get almost any chain looking shiny again in under five minut...

    Posted by anotherbikerguy on 8/13/2012 10:47 AM

  • Broke My Chain

    Park Tool Master Chain Tool CT 4.2

    Featured Review Broke My Chain (product review)

    The Good:

    Whats not good about the CT-4.2? Park Tool USA hit the nail on the head with this chain tool. With huge grips all around, your fingers are not turning purple and hurting while your trying to bust through the toughest chains. Along with great styling, you get replacable pins for long lasting life of the Park CT 4.2.

    The Bad:

    Only bad is its not 100% universal while not excepting wipperman chains.

    Overall Review: Overall I think all who wrench need to purchase this tool, or at least borrow it from you local bike shop to see what im talking about. CT4.2 all around is the money spot.

    Posted by on 4/27/2010 7:40 AM