A collection of mechanical musings, advice, news, and other interesting things from Park Tool.
Written by Calvin on May 24, 2011/Park Tool News
As I talked about in the last story, there are 2 team cars that drive in the caravan as support. For stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California I was going to be riding in team car 2. For the most part riding in team car 2, can be a very mellow experience. During stage 4, we were still driving in position number 10, but instead of being only 10 cars behind the field, we are more likely to be behind 40 or so cars.Read More
Written by Calvin on May 19, 2011/Park Tool News
The Race within the Race.
It's easy to see what makes a bike race a bike race. It's very simple, who ever crosses the finish line first is the winner. Well, within the Amgen Tour of California there are more races going on that don't necessarily take place on bicycles. To me as a staff member, some of these races carry more prestige and importance than who wins the overall General Classification.Read More
Written by Calvin on May 18, 2011/Park Tool News
Today was a day I may never forget.
The Tour of California is scheduled to start today in Lake Tahoe. It is very strange to wake up the day of a bike race and to look out my hotel window to see heavy snow falling from the sky. By the time we checked out of our hotel room and made it to breakfast, the snow was still falling. Not much was sticking to the ground, but all of our team vehicles had several inches of fresh snow accumulating on them.Read More
Written by Calvin on May 17, 2011/Park Tool News
I arrived in South Lake Tahoe, NV almost a full 72 hours before the start of the 2011 "Amen" Tour of California. It took me 2 days to drive from my new home in Colorado. I had the team's trailer parked in my front yard after the SRAM Tour of Gila, where I was prepping equipment for the upcoming 8 day stage race. The trailer was completely full, with just about all of the team's race bikes and race wheels, so after the halfway point in between Denver to South Lake Tahoe I pulled over at a truck stop.Read More
Written by Calvin on May 11, 2011/Calvin's Corner
Cycle Speedway is a type of bicycle racing that is not well known in the USA. It is an international sport, but Speedway creation stories all stem back to the United Kingdom. It consists of relatively short anaerobic races at outdoor facilities built for the purpose. The cinder track is absolutely flat and short, between 70–90 meters, and events are usually four laps long.Read More
Written by Calvin on May 05, 2011/Calvin's Corner
The article will review the service and installation of the SRAM® Torpedo® fix & free rear hub. Torpedo® branded hubs have a long history of coaster brake hub systems. SRAM® offers an interesting option in the Torpedo® fix & free hub. This hub allows freewheeling as any one-speed freewheel bike, but can then be adjusted without removing the wheel from the bike to a fixed gear option. The fixed-freewheel adjusting screw drives into the hub and displaces a carriage that frees a second set of internal locking pawls. This second set of pawls locks the rear cog from turning either direction.Read More
Written by Calvin on April 28, 2011/Park Tool News
One of the most enjoyable experiences of my job as the head mechanic of the Kelly Benefit Strategies - Optum Health Cycling Team is when the team travels to new exotic international races. For the first race of the year, the KBS - Optum Health squad visited Singapore for the OCBC criterium and also competed in the Jalajah Malaysia stage race. Along with the 6 riders traveling over to Asia there were 3 staff members supporting the racers.Read More
Written by Karl on April 19, 2011/Park Tool News
Park Tool President Eric Hawkins received a BRAINy award at the recent Bicycle Leadership Conference. Hawkins was chosen by the staff of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News as the Executive of the Year for small businesses in the cycling industry.Read More
Written by Karl on April 15, 2011/Park Tool News
Some good shots on velonews.com of Park Tool equipment being used in Roubaix, France after the big Paris-Roubaix race April 10, 2011.Read More
Written by Karl on April 01, 2011/Park Tool News
Park Tool now offers a sharpening service for cutting and machining tools. The facers, reamers and taps are the expensive part of the cutting tool system so extra care needs to be taken to ensure smooth cuts and long life. Dull cutters can produce poor results and waste time. Cutters that are regularly sharpened are faster, safer, easier to use and produce better results.Read More