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    Where to buy Park Tools in Toronto?

    I've done a few searches for this and it's driving me crazy - I've gone to a few locations in Toronto - Bikes on Wheels, Curbside, Cyclepath Danforth, Bike Depot, and Bayview Cycle, and every location I go to has a pretty sparse selection of Park tools (if they have any useful tools at all) - is there an LBS someone can recommend that actually has a relatively full selection of Park Tools?

    If not, is there an online site that you get your tools from?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riis View Post
    I've done a few searches for this and it's driving me crazy - I've gone to a few locations in Toronto - Bikes on Wheels, Curbside, Cyclepath Danforth, Bike Depot, and Bayview Cycle, and every location I go to has a pretty sparse selection of Park tools (if they have any useful tools at all) - is there an LBS someone can recommend that actually has a relatively full selection of Park Tools?

    If not, is there an online site that you get your tools from?

    Any help would be much appreciated.
    ANY lbs with a Lambert account should be able and willing to order what you want. Have you asked?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    ANY lbs with a Lambert account should be able and willing to order what you want. Have you asked?
    I have, and the majority are certainly willing to order any items I need but it's always nice to be able to see them in person. I've just been a little surprised no lbs I've been to keeps a steady stock of Park Tools - are most dyi-ers simply going to MEC?

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    Anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riis View Post
    I have, and the majority are certainly willing to order any items I need but it's always nice to be able to see them in person. I've just been a little surprised no lbs I've been to keeps a steady stock of Park Tools - are most dyi-ers simply going to MEC?
    MEC has been banned from selling park. Urbane also carries a selection of Park tools.
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    Urbane Cycle has a good selection of Park Tools.

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    hmm... i'm kinda new to this bike thing, what is a "Park Tools" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTALuigi View Post
    hmm... i'm kinda new to this bike thing, what is a "Park Tools" ?
    Park Tool makes a full set of tools meant for bicycle maintenance.

    More info here (Google is your friend):

    http://www.parktool.com/

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    Park is not the only maker of bike tools, but they are for sure the most expensive.
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    Hey thanks for the info DBC, quite interesting, so i see now it's a set of Prof. Tools, nice.

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    Most local bike stores don't carry many Park tools because they are expensive and not many people buy them. Thus it does not make sense to stock inventory/bikes that have low turnover. LBS's remind me of many of the computer stores in the 1990s - very little inventory, and everything has to be ordered.

    MEC has a large selection of non-Park tools. I usually go to my LBS to order any tools I need.

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    You've already likely found this listing, however if not, this is from the Parktool.com site:

    http://www.parktool.com/wheretobuy/l...ce=ON&m=2&pts=

    Toronto listings are on page 2 and 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberpep View Post
    Park is not the only maker of bike tools, but they are for sure the most expensive.
    No they're not. You obviously haven't encoutnered Hozan or Var.
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    I should probably report back on my search and what I've found:

    MEC is a nice place for some cheaper tools, but to be honest, I really like the quality of Park. You can pretty much get anything you need from MEC though if you're on a budget.

    Urbane is probably the best place for Park tools I've found so far in Toronto. They have most of the wrenches, BB and crank tools, etc. If you're looking for maintenance tools and are getting fed up with the fact that popular sizes are out of stock everywhere, then Urbane's your place. Every store I went to had run out of 32mm Park headset wrenches except them (and if you think I'm being picky, I already have a Wrench Force 32mm that's actually closer to a 33 which is stripping the hell out of my headsets - quality matters)

    In the GTA however, Cyclepath Oakville is probably your best bet, particularly for bigger ticket items that aren't regularly in stock at Toronto stores. They can usually get something in within 2 business days which is lightening fast. They also ship, but the cheapest option is to obviously order online or over the phone and to pick it up when it's ready.

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    I've had very good luck with Cyclepath finding esoteric/rare tools. And I'm in the United States. That should tell you something.
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