Shop Talk

A collection of mechanical musings, advice, news, and other interesting things from Park Tool.

  • Park Tool Outlines Sponsored Teams for 2013

    Park Tool continues their long history of involvement with the world’s top professional cycling teams, announcing their list of sponsored teams for 2013.

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  • 2013 Cyclocross National Champions

    "This year's USA National Cyclocross Championship promises to be epic!!"—Anonymous Elite Racer.

    That might be one way of putting it, because what we are going to be talking about here is a bike race with people wearing spandex, in Madison, Wisconsin, in the middle of January!

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  • Free Bikes 4 Kids, a Minnesota program

    Free Bikes 4 Kids is a non-profit organization based in the Twin Cites area of Minnesota.

    The concept of Free Bikes For Kids is to provide a bike (and a helmet) to a kid who would otherwise not get a bike. Bikes are donated at drop off locations, and what a collection of bikes they are! What are often called "department store" or "big box" bikes, serious BMX bikes, hybrids of well recognized brand names, the occasional Campagnolo® Record® group with requisite Reynolds® 531 frame; all have been seen.

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  • Park Tool to Build New Factory

    The Park Tool Company broke ground on a new international headquarters on August 21st. The new site is just over a mile from their current location in Oakdale, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Move in is expected in January 2013.

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  • MN High School Cycling League Welcomes Park Tool Co. as New Sponsor

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  • Basic Use of Tools

    A sound working knowledge of tool use is the basis of being a mechanic. Developing good working habits will result in better, more consistent repairs, and in longer lasting tools. This article provides a short review of the proper use of some basic tools.

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  • Repairing On-The-Ride

    This article will review repairs we can do while we are out and about on a bike. There are, of course, many possible issues and problems that can and do occasionally occur when we are riding. Here, we will consider the what to bring, the pre-ride inspection and six broad categories: Flat Tires, Wheel Issues, Drive Train, Braking Systems, Stems/Posts/Bars, and Frames/Forks.

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    Congratulations to Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin Barracuda on his victory in the Giro d' Italia.

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  • Switchback Magazine Features Park Tool

    Thanks to the editors of Switchback magazine for the nice feature article on Park Tool.

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  • How to Build a Spearfish

    It has been 22 years since the Clark-Kent mountain bike was new (seen below, on the left). The time has come for an updated, contemporary machine, which in this case will be a Salsa Spearfish (on the right, still mud-free). At first glance you might think these bikes are for two different customers, but that is not the case, as both are mine. The Clark-Kent has a relatively low bottom bracket height compared to the Salsa. Saddle-to-pedal and saddle-over-bars dimension is nearly the same for both. However the larger 29er wheels and taller bottom bracket height give the illusion of two different fits.

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