Shop Talk

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

  • 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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  • The Winner Is...

    From time to time, an unbiased third party will evaluate one product versus another. Here is an example where Mountain Bike Action (with whom we do not advertise) has chosen our IB-3 I-Beam Mini Fold-Up tool as the best of the lot they tested.

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  • European Fastest Wrench. Czech it out.

    The biggest trade show in central Europe is held in the Czech Republic and is called Bike BRNO. This year, some of the most entertaining action was taking place under a trio of Park Tool tents. For the second year, Pedalsport, Park Tool’s distributor to the Czech Republic has conducted a contest for mechanics called “Fastest Tool.”

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  • 2011 USA Cycling Race Mechanic Clinic

    Each year since 1987, I have taught at the Bill Woodul Race Mechanics Clinic, hosted by USA Cycling. Bill was a former USAC Equipment manager. We lost Bill to cancer in 1996, but it was this man who created the clinic as a place to share experience and knowledge with newer mechanics.

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