Shop Talk

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

  • 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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  • HESJEDAL WINS GIRO

    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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  • EK-1 Event Kit Rated Best

    Bike Rumor recent reviewed several tool kits and found that our EK-1 Event Kit was the best on the market. Click to read the entire story.

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  • Springtime Attention Brings Problem Prevention

    Springtime is nigh upon us, the time when a true cyclist's heart turns to—what else—bicycle maintenance. With attention from you, plus some elbow grease, your early season rides will be coming up roses.

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  • PARK TOOL HOSTS TOURS FOR 250

    During the recent Park Tool Tech Summit in Minneapolis, we bussed about 250 people to our headquarters in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota for a factory tour. We broke into groups of 25 and had staff members lead the 30-minute tours.

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