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If there’s one thing I love more than cycling, it’s bicycle modification. I’m at my happiest when I’m installing some new gears on my bike or overhauling my headset. That’s why I’m constantly on the lookout for new bicycle tool kits.
I recently had my set of bicycle modification tools stolen, so I decided to purchase the Park Tool Advanced Mechanic Kit. I already own a bicycle work stand from Park Tools and was very satisfied with that purchase, so I was very pleased to see that this Advanced Mechanic Kit bears that unmistakable Park Tools stamp of quality.
As the name suggests, this tool kit is designed with experienced bicycle mechanics in mind. It contains plenty of complicated tools for advanced users, so even the geekiest of bicycle fanatics will be more than satisfied.
When I opened the tool kit, I found pliers, wire pullers, wrenches and screwdrivers in plenty of different sizes. It provided more than enough equipment for all my bicycle repair, modification and cleaning needs. Are there bigger tool kits out there? Sure there are! The question is, how many tools do you really need? Most of the professional mechanics I know only use about twenty tools on a regular basis, so there’s really no point buying a humongous 100-piece mechanic tool kit. This Park Tools Advanced Mechanic Kit contains 37 different tools and that’s more than enough for me. I did wish it came with a freewheel remover (I ended up purchasing one separately) but from my experience, no bike tool kit at this price point will contain one, so I really can’t complain.
Durability is a massive concern for me when it comes to bicycle repair tools. I’ve had many unfortunate experiences with low-end tool kits where the screwdriver heads fell off after just a few weeks of use or the wire pullers broke in half after I squeezed them a little too hard. This Park Tools bike mechanic kit is pretty affordable, so I was doubtful about their durability, but I’m glad to report that Park Tools has proved me wrong. Each and every tool in this kit is made of heavy-duty metal with the occasional industrial-grade plastic component, ensuring that these tools can go the distance. I’ve used them for some very intense bike modification work and none of the tools broke. In fact, after a bit of polishing, they looked as good as new.
So, does this Park Tool Mechanic Kit give bang for your buck?
A good mechanic can tell the quality of a bicycle repair tool based on its weight and heft and when you pick up any of the tools in this kit, you immediately sense that it’s made of the finest materials available. I’ve no doubt that this is the most solid and long-lasting tool kit in its price class on the market.
I am pleased to report that I’m thoroughly satisfied with this Park Tools bicycle maintenance kit. I’ll not only use this for home repairs, but will also bring it with me on all my professional races. I’m confident that it will serve me well for a long time to come.
One of the leading manufacturers on the market today, Feedback, have one of the power player models out there: the Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand.
Certainly one of the sleeker and best bike repair stands that is still within the budget for many of us average hobbyists. What most grabs the eye is its ability to go from a large fully unfolded stand, to a compact and neat folded stand with ease. And even better – it is easy to transport and very light compared to other branded bicycle repair stands.
Manufactured from anodized steel and aluminum, this results in a sleek, rust proof, durable, strong and light repair stand, just what you need from a stand that will help you support your bike – and last for a bit longer than just one wintry season! The aluminum helps against weathering, damage and rust and makes it really light.
With dimensions of 6.6 inch by 5 inch by 44.1 inches, this bike stand might surprise you with a weight of just 12.6 pounds. This obviously makes it one of the lightest models out there – while in contrast it can support bikes of up to 65 pounds in weight VERY comfortably.
The Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand is telescopic and can extend to 42 inches, up to 65 inches tall. It can also hold all sizes of seat posts and any amount of even the most awkward tubes.
So, does the Feedback Sport Repair Stand provide value for money?
If you’re looking for value for money, this is one of the best options out there today (no surprise that it makes out Top 3 bestseller list). The Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic stand isn’t the cheapest option, but it certainly gives you good bang for your buck. Its durability and robustness will hold a large range of bike sizes, and surely fulfill all of your bike repair needs.
If we had to compare it with the bestselling Park Tool PCS-10, we’d have to say this Feedback runs the PCS-10 very close to the wire. Both models are priced similarly, so it comes down to personal preferences in the end. Bottom line: its aluminum and steel mix ensure durability and strength, including the ability to safely support bikes up to 65 pounds in weight. If you’re looking to invest in a strong, reliable bike repair stand, you’re not going to be disappointed with the Feedback Sport-Mechanic.
We have since reviewed the Feedback Sports Pro Elite, another great option from Feedback and very highly rated!
It’s not by accident that the Park Tool PCS-10 is the bestselling bicycle repair stand on the market today (read our Park Tool PCS-10 review). We’ve done plenty of research and not found a stand that can really compare…
If there’s one complaint we’ve heard now and again, it’s that the setup of the PCS-10 is a little trickier than it could be. We scoured the net for a video that might help out those of you struggling and found this little cracker. Great tune too!
The Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bike Repair has to be the ultimate guide to keeping your bike on the road and in fine health.
We first came across it a couple of years ago, and although it’s gotten a little dog-eared and oil stained, it’s definitely one to have with you. Especially if you’re a bit of a noob in regards to bike maintenance.
Park Tool are, of course, the number one bike company in the world, and they surely know what they’re talking about. But even the most experienced of mechanics will find tidbits in this great little guide.
With loads of photos, it really does help you out. Even my kids could probably fix some of my bike problems, just by following the clear instructions in this book.
What can I say more, highly recommended!
A superb companion for this tool set has to be this video series, one of the best we’ve ever come across and one which will save you a ton of repair bills!