Posts tagged bike repair
If you’re looking to purchase one of the many bike repair stands (sometimes known as bike work stands) on the market today, my reviews of the best repair stands currently for sale out there on the web should answer any of your questions…
Personally, I wouldn’t have even looked at buying a bike stand until about two years ago, when my finances took a hit. Cutting costs drastically meant performing the repairs on my own, complete with my own bike repair kit and work stand. My cycling schedule – and bank balance – have never looked better!
I would heartily recommend purchasing a stand if you’re looking to cut repair costs and have the time and just a bit of bike repair knowledge. If you’re semi-serious about your biking and are often out on the road/in competition, a work stand is a MUST, at least in my opinion. The perfect solution for your bike and your pocket can be found in my reviews below.
My recently launched Buying Guide will certainly point you in the right direction, as it summarizes the main features, ratings and prices of the leading bike repair stands on the market today. It should be of great help for those of you confused at the sheer volume of stands out there. You might also want to check out our top tips for selecting the right repair stand for YOU, click here for some great tips!
NEW: I’d highly recommend checking out this article- these are the THREE best bike stands for 2017 I can heartily recommend!
If you’re a beginner but looking for quality, then the Feedback Sport Bike Repair Stand is a great option. Feedback is a great, well-trusted brand. Another great option is the bestselling Park Tool PCS-10 repair stand (currently on offer at 20% off on online stores like Amazon!).
We’ve also just added our bike repair video tips series, where we show you how to perform common bike repair tasks. And if you really want to go all the way with your bike repair, this great series of videos is a must-try!
With spring/summer here once again, now is the perfect time to once again think about buying a bike repair stand.
The racing season is in full flow during the summer months, and, unfortunately, so are those repairs! If you’re serious about your biking, a repair stand for bikes is really what you need in your toolbox (though I doubt it will squeeze in – you know what I mean…).
The bike stands I’ve chosen are the best of the bestsellers online at stores such as Amazon, and from my own experience you really can’t go wrong with any one of these…
In no particular order…
Park Tool PCS-10
If you’re going to be needing something a bit heavy-duty and want assurances that your new bike repair stand will stand up to the task, then purchase the Park Tool PCS-10 Home Repair Stand (see our full review).
It’s no surprise that this little beast from Park Tool is up there – typically at number one – on the bestseller lists. Fixing your bike with this stand becomes a joy and you really can’t go wrong if you add it to your toolkit!
The Feedback Sport-Mechanic bike stand (read our full review) is one of the sleeker stands out there, and one that certainly fits within the budget of most hobbyists. Especially useful is its ability to go from a large unfolded stand to a compact unit that folds neatly and easily.
This particular Feedback model is also light and easy to move around, a big advantage over many other bike stands out there. With the Feedback name to support it, this is another great choice that won’t let you down.
Park Tool PRS-20
The Park Tool PRS-20 Team Race Stand (see our full review) is possibly the ultimate repair bike stand on the market today. Not cheap, typically coming in at just over $200, this stand has some quality credentials to support its case: it was originally designed for use by the Tour de France-winning Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Team!
If price is no object for you and you’re after quality, this has to be your choice of repair stand.
Bubbling just outside this Top 3 bestseller list, you could always try the Topeak Tune-up stand – we were very impressed with its holding capability that enables it to take up to FOUR bikes!
We know that if you’ve been looking at this site for a decent bike repair stand, that you’re probably also into bike repairs in a biggish way 🙂
While we all like to think that we know our rear axle from our cranksets, we recently came across a set of videos that might just be the ultimate guide to DIY bike repair.
DIYBikeRepair is a complete collection of over 200 videos and DIY manuals covering the repair and maintenance of bicycles. It covers mountain bikes, road bikes and a section on racing bikes.
The videos are well-explained and informative. The presenter goes through every single detail and covers all aspects of bike mechanics – from the simplest procedures to complex ones like derailleur gears adjustment. This makes it suitable for both beginners and experts alike.
What Do You Get?
With your purchase, you will get the complete DIYBikeRepair system which includes: (VIP Deluxe edition)
1. Over 200 step-by-step videos
2. Hundreds of pages of repair manuals
3. TuneUp Secrets and Upkeep Tips Book
4. Complete Bike Repair and Maintainence Manuals
5. Free Lifetime Updates
6. Free One-On-One Training (limited spots!)
7. A DVD containing all the videos and books
What We Like:
– An All-In-One Product
DIYBikeRepair covers almost everything you need to know about bike repair. Whether you need a simple fix or an upgrade, DIYBikeRepair handles it. The great thing about it is the all-inclusive nature of the training which comprises of videos and manuals. It makes things a lot easier when you have someone explaining concepts to you.
– Great bonuses
I also enjoyed the bonuses that is included in the offer. The extra manuals is well worth the original price.
The 60 day money back guarantee is always appreciated. I like seeing a merchant who stands behind their product 100%. It puts the consumer at ease, knowing that they aren’t going to lose a cent if they choose to not use the system.
What we Don’t Like
The regular edition has only a small section covering racing bikes. The vast majority of training covers mountain and road biking (which is very extensive!). If you want comprehensive coverage of racing bikes, you should get the VIP deluxe edition.
Do we recommend it?
Absolutely. This is by far the most comprehensive course available on bike repair and maintenance. Other courses are limited in scope and the good ones are only available in book format. DIYBikeRepair goes the extra mile in providing step-by-step videos on top of fully illustrated books.
P.S IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ve just been told, DIYBikeRepair is currently running a huge promotion. Normally it sells for over $150, they have slashed the regular price down to $47…for now.
I’m told the price is going back up within a matter of days. So if you’re at all interested, now is the time to buy this.
Because, after all, we’re presuming (going out on a limb here 🙂 ) you’re after a repair stand that will do an outstanding job and yet prove amazing value for money, correct?
We have reviewed most of the leading models on the market today (see some of our reviews here), so have come across many factors that we often take into consideration when looking at what to buy / test.
To help YOU out when you’re choosing a bike repair stand, we’ve compiled a little checklist of the things you should consider:
- First of all – does the stand have a solid base? This is an important factor because you really do need something solid and something that won’t wobble about unnecessarily while you struggle with a bolt or clamp.
- Does the stand have a removable work stand: this is definitely not mandatory, but good to have.
- Does the bike stand have a good locking mechanism so that you can quickly AND easily place your bike in the stand?
- How tough are those clamping jaws? Are they going to dig in deep to your bike and cause it some serious damage? Or are they soft enough to hold your bike firmly in place but still envelope it with a glove of silk
- Can it hold the weight of your bike? If you’ve got a particularly heavy and cumbersome bike, you’ll want to check that the stand can comfortably hold your bike in place.
- Does the stand have a good guarantee/warranty? Many bike stands and leading brands (such as Feedback or Park Tool) typically have a great warranty and no problems whatsoever if a problem arises, but if you’re buying a lesser known model/brand, you should double-check.
- Does the stand have a good name and reputation? It’s always a good idea to check online at stores such as Amazon for some good reviews and feedback for happy customers (or not so happy).
We’ll have to admit that in our testing, the common saying that you get what you pay for is certainly on the mark. The cheaper models out there aren’t often as strong and stable as the more well-known and yes, more expensive, models, so take that into consideration if you’re looking for a bike stand that will be around with you for some time.
Our own recommendation has to be the Park Tool PCS-10. It’s typically priced below $200, and in our view, firmly justifies its status as the bestselling bike repair stand on the market today. It also makes our Top 3 Bike Stand list, which you can read here.
Our second video in our bike repair tips video series.
This one is more of a beginner’s task, in that we are showing you how to remove the rear wheel of a bike, but it is such a common problem that even the most experienced of us still encounter it – and even struggle with. Especially when we come up against a new bike we’ve not had to remove the rear wheel for…
If you’re into your bike repair in a BIG way and want to save even more costs at the bike shop, this awesome video series is for you!
We know what it’s like trying to fix something on your bike and not being exactly sure of what you’re doing – so we’ve collected some of the best videos out there to give you a visual training guide to common bike repair tasks!
We hope to make this a regular series of videos, so keep an eye on this section!
This video shows how to fix a broken spoke.
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.
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!