Shop Talk

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

  • 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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  • You Say You Want a (Shifting) Revolution

    If you have been trying to set up your dream ride with the new revolutionary electronic shifting systems, such as the Campagnolo® EPS™, or perhaps the Shimano® Di2™, but somehow it is just not working out for you, then perhaps you should look, not to the future, but to the past, for a different, revolutionary, shifting system.

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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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  • Park Tool is Working with the World's Best Cycling Teams Again in 2012

    In the fall, professional cycling teams put the finishing touches on their roster for the next year. This roster is not confined to the athletes. They must also decide on the support staff, sponsors and suppliers. There is a lot of negotiating going on.

    Each year, we at Park Tool look to work with the best teams in the world. Because of the quality of our product and our experience in the industry, we are usually successful. 2012 is no exception.

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  • Bringing a Peugeot Mont-Cenis Back to Life

    Reconditioning work on older vehicles such as hot rods, airplanes, tractors and bicycles can be a lot of fun. It is best to keep this in mind when taking on such a project. It should be fun. Just keep reminding yourself of this, no matter how frustrating and expensive it becomes. In almost all cases, the work should be done for the love of the machine and the love of the process. You will not have a chance to sell the vehicle at a huge profit. There is no one out there who's just been waiting on eBay for this very bike you hauled out of the garbage/garage/yard sale. On the other hand, they say there is one born every minute...

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  • Ride 2 Recovery

    Park Tool is a supplier to Ride 2 Recovery, a national program that helps injured veterans overcome obstacles they face. Cycling is their core activity, and they partner with the Fitness Challenge Foundation to support Spinning® Recovery labs and outdoor cycling programs at Military and Veteran Administration locations around the USA.

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  • UCI World Cup in the Czech Republic

    UCI Mountain Bike World Cup for cross country was recently at Nove Mesto Na Morave in the Czech Republic (southeast of Prague). Our distributor, Pedal Sport, was on site to keep all the two wheelers rolling. Congratulations to Czech rider, Jaroslav Kulhavy, winning the Elite Men XC.

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  • Cities Visit Minneapolis to Learn Best Practices

    Park Tool was one of the companies who played host to nine senior transportation leaders and policy makers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Columbus, Ohio, who visited Minneapolis to tour the city’s vast bicycling network last week.

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  • Disc Brake Squeal: A Case Study

    This Calvin's Corner reviews a singular case of disc brake squeal.

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