Shop Talk

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

  • Shop Rag Issue 9 — 30 New Tools for 2017

    Check out all our new 2017 tools! Watch the video to get a rundown of all the latest Park Tool products, explore new Repair Help content, and more in this issue of Shop Rag.

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  • Park Tool Adds Two to Engineering Staff

    Park Tool is pleased to announce the addition of Mathew Wiest and Riley Thiesfeld to their engineering team.

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  • Shop Rag Issue 8 — The MW-1 Mobile Workshop

    In Shop Rag Issue 8 we tour the new MW-1 Mobile Workshop, introduce new tools, and more. Check it out!

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  • Shop Rag Issue 7 — Introducing the MW-1

    Park Tool is proud to announce a new Mobile Workshop Event Trailer (MW-1) will make it’s debut at this year’s Sea Otter Classic, April 14-17, 2016 in Monterey, CA.

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  • Park Tool Announces Winners of 2016 Community Tool Grants

    Park Tool is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Community Tool Grants. Over 200 well deserving non-profits applied for the grants this year from all corners of the world.

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  • Shop Rag Issue 6 — How to Use the DT-5.2

    This fall we introduced an update to our disc brake mount facing system, the DT-5.2. The system has been upgraded to make it more versatile than ever. For an in-depth look at how the tool works, check out the product and instruction video here.

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  • Park Tool Launches Community Tool Grant Program

    Park Tool is proud to introduce a new program designed to help local non-profit cycling organizations get the repair products they need. The Park Tool Community Grant Program will provide ten non-profit cycling-based programs the tools they need to outfit their shops.

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  • Shop Rag Issue 5 — 28 New Tools for 2016

    We've been busy again this year. At Eurobike and Interbike we featured 28 new products designed to make your bicycle work faster and easier. From a fresh take on multi-tools to some new, problem-solving shop tools, this year's lineup is more proof of our commitment to building the best, most comprehensive tool line in the industry. Take a video tour of the new products with Park Tool Engineer Max and Chief Mechanic Eric Hawkins.

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  • Measuring Effective Rim Diameter

    Wheel building begins with having the right components at hand. Basically, these are the hub, the rim, and of course spokes of the right length. Unfortunately, that last part, "spokes of the right length," is not always so simple to come up with. A big part of determining the correct spoke length is using the correct "Effective Rim Diameter" (ERD), a concept that is reviewed in this article.

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  • Shop Rag Issue 4 — Aluminum to Zinc

    Material selection is one of the most important decisions in the creation of a new tool. The number of materials seen in the bike industry is a testament to the adoption of various materials and the exploitation of their unique properties for specific purposes. Just like a frame could be made of carbon, aluminum, steel or titanium (or even bamboo!) depending on its brand and performance requirements, so too can tools be made of different materials depending on their intended use. The primary materials we use are steel, aluminum and plastic composites, and making the right decision on material is critical to making the best tools available.

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