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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!
This Park Tool PRS-20 Team Race Stand comes with impressive credentials, being originally designed for use by the Tour de France-winning Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Team.
And since I’ve been looking for high quality bicycle repair stands for years now, I’m pleased to report that this bike repair stand is every bit as effective as its credentials suggest.
Why is this bike stand such a star?
When you’re performing delicate repair or maintenance work on your bicycle, the last thing you want is for your bike to move about. If your hands slip, you can easily injure yourself or damage your bike.
Many of the bicycle stands I’ve encountered were way too unstable for me but happily, the PRS-20 Team Race Stand does not belong in this category. It is able to hold my bicycle securely in place using a combination of quick-release mounts attached to either the front or rear dropout and a vinyl-covered cradle which is used to stabilize the bottom bracket.
At 19 pounds, it is probably one of the heavier bicycle stands around, but to professional cyclists and bike mechanics like me, the heavier weight is definitely a fair trade-off for the additional stability. What’s a couple of pounds in exchange for greater safety?
If there’s one thing I hate about performing bicycle repairs, it’s having to maneuver my way around the bicycle to access different bike parts. It may seem like a minor quibble, but it’s a complete waste of time as far as I’m concerned and can lead to some pretty nasty back and neck aches too. That’s why I was so delighted to find out that this bicycle maintenance stand comes with a platform capable of 360-degree horizontal rotation even when the bottom bracket is locked. Instead of clambering around the bike, I can sit comfortably on my work stool and swivel the platform around when I need to access a different side of the bike.
This feature definitely makes the PRS-20 Team Race Stand one of the more user-friendly bicycle stands around, especially if you perform frequent maintenance work on your bicycle like I do.
I must also commend the Park Tool bike stand design team for the durability of this bicycle work stand. Many of the repair stands I’ve tested or friends have purchased (including the more expensive ones) begin to malfunction after just a year or two, but the PRS-20 is still going strong after two years. I attribute its durability to the chrome plating used to protect high-wear components as well as the industrial-grade blue powder coat finish which protects the bicycle stand from physical wear and tear.
When you first unpack this steel bicycle stand, you immediately expect it to be a really solid piece of equipment and Park Tool has strived not to fall short of their customers’ expectations. I’d say they’ve succeeded big time.
If you’re looking for a bicycle stand to help you perform your bicycle maintenance work, I cannot recommend the Park Tools PRS-20 Team Race Stand highly enough. It’s swiftly become my bike stand of choice and an indispensable part of my bicycle maintenance arsenal. It also makes our Top 3 bestseller list, rather easily…
Price-wise it’s not the cheapest at just over $200, but there’s a price you have to pay for the pure advantages this bike stand gives you. It’s a definite alternative to the bestselling PCS-10, also from the Park Tool stable of bike repair stands, and also a great alternative to the Topeak Tuneup stand, the repair stand that can hold up to FOUR bikes!
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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.
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!