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Old 12-21-14, 08:11 AM
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New Tools - Wow

Picked up my new tools on Friday and all I can say is wow. The repair stand greatly increased the comfort and efficiency of installing new panniers on my hybrid. Yesterday's ride took us a bit off road because a bridge was out and we able to put the bikes in the stand and throughly clean our bikes. Finally, with the stand and Park Tool chain cleaner there is absolutely no black gunk on my chain (I had to run the cleaner 3 times).
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Old 12-21-14, 08:45 AM
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makes you wonder why you didn't do it sooner. I fought a homemade repair stand for years until recently buying mine. What a difference.
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Old 12-21-14, 08:58 AM
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Bike stands are awesome. I've had only one, a Park I bought back in the '80's. Can't remember when but it's old and just as useful as ever. The two legs fold in making it easier to store although it's never stored. It also came with a tray for tools and bits. Nice stuff.
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Old 12-21-14, 05:07 PM
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Agreed, a repair stand and the right tools make a huge difference. I have a Park stand too, purchased so long ago I don't remember what I paid for it but whatever it was . . . well worth it!

I find working on my own bikes (and my wife's) hugely satisfying and rewarding. Plus, I save a bunch of money doing the repairs myself. When I do come to something that has me perplexed, or requires a tool I don't won, I do take it to the pros at the local bike shop. No shame in that either!

Congratulations on your purchase .

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Old 12-21-14, 08:02 PM
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I'm using a old stand with a broken clamp and it's 1000x better than hanging the bike from a tube around the garage door rail.
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Used to use an old trainer as "work stand" and yes it functioned but was a PITA. Broke down an bought a "real" stand and now will often just throw the bike on the stand after a ride and it's there if I want to clean adjust, whatever. So it gets a lot more TLC than in the past.

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Old 12-21-14, 11:12 PM
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A Park PCS-10, and Park chain cleaner were the first tools I bought.
It has already paid for itself.
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I do almost any bike repair with any tools, hanging the bike with a rope from a tree branch.
But having my specific bike repair stand, and special bike tools, make things go so much quicker, and easier.
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Old 12-22-14, 09:53 AM
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I bought a cheapo Park stand 8 years ago, and I wish I had not waited so long.

Every year I am involved in a project to rehabilitate used bicycles for needy local families, and I am always glad to have my shop stand, my workbench, my truing stand, and my collection of bicycle-specific and general tools. I see most of the other folks bending over inverted bikes on the floor and wondering why their backs ache after just an hour or two.
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I bought a very cheap bike work stand 5 years ago. Still in use a couple of times a week and I wouldn't be without it. The only problem is the clamp won't hold the bike horizontal to work on when clamped at the seat post, but I've got round that by hanging an S hook from the workshop ceiling to hold the stem at the right height.

When it packs up I'll buy a better one like the Park.
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