5 TOOLS that Make Bike Repair Easier
5 TOOLS that Make Bike Repair Easier
5 more cool and timesaving bike tools!
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Good video. I have the same chain checker and valve stems. Just bought the same THH tools last week.
Handlebar holder is out of stock @ Amazon.
Hi, are you still riding your Brompton’s ?
I did get the NEW Park Tools T-Handle wrenches. I don’t use the smaller sizes as much. But I do like to use them at the Bike shop.
I bought the whole set of the Allens was cheaper !
Main thing I want is one of those park tool bike stands. I’m so sick of doing apartment bike maintenance, trying to string up the back end for adjustments with parachute cord along the balcony banister. Tools that I like that I am using: UNICHE stepless ratchet tool has been really nice and I just keep it in my bike tool roll. And I recently picked up a Control Tower Pro floor pump that has been really good. I’ve set up 3 tubeless sets with it this summer. The high volume is great for the 29*2.6s.
I highly recommend the Wera Hex+ wrenches. They grip a lot better than most hex wrenches, and the ball end is designed so that it doesn’t strip out the bolt head as easily as the classic Bondhus design.
A few years ago Park mostly sold overpriced tools that were not as good as those from Hozan and other brands, but just in the last couple of years they’ve really upped their game and started selling a lot of genuinely good, innovative tools.
I regret buying the Park Tool chain checker, the regular pressed metal ones are quicker to use and inexpensive
I have the complete set of park allen keys. Completely underwhelming – Wera Hex plus would be a better choice.
Hey Russ, I work as a mechanic here in Denver and I found myself watching this video going “ooo that’s sick, we should get some of those for the shop!” Great video, thanks very much!
I’m a tool perv. Love this
I got 4 out of 5, (no valve tool). The tyre tool really saved my hand. and those Hex wrenches are just a delight to work with.
Awesome thumbnail bike boy!
Wait!? No Opinel knife!?!?
Instead of the Muc Off valves, I went for the Granite Design Juicy Nipples – anodised valve caps with the tool built in. Of course they work with tubeless or tubed set up.
Actually looking at the bike behind you in this video, can I see one on the rear wheel valve?
What is the name of the bag “holder” on the front attached to the steerer tube?
Wow. That was some nice tools. Have none of them of course. Just made my Christmas list for next year. Already blew the bike budget for this year.😁 Take care, Al
My handlebar holder is a $0.50 bungee cord around the wheel and downtube, chain checker $4 from China 🙂 For the price of Park tools you’d think you’re buying Snap-On or something… sheesh… personally, I’m a Harbor Freight guy since most stuff is made in China now anyway.
Russ, Thanks for another great video. This was a funny one for me to watch, because, as a full time professional bike mechanic, I find every single one of the tools you presented in this to be either frivolous or otherwise frustrating and unnecessary solutions to problems more easily overcome with a little knowledge or practice (BUT, not all mechanic agree, of course). 1) The only time I ever deal with wheels turning when I don’t want them to is when the bike is in the work stand. AND by lowering the front of the bike enough, gravity keeps the wheel straight without needing an extra tools that requires installation and removal whenever you want to turn the wheel. 2) Different tire bead jacks have been around since I started working as a bike mechanic in the 70’s. About 15 years ago I figured I’d changed about my 10,000 bicycle tire. I have never found a bead jack to be helpful in a way that either bare hands with a well positioned tire or very rarely a bit of help with a tire lever didn’t do the same job faster or with more control. The real trick with tight tires is bead position around the rim, often while under tension. 3) I fully appreciate the muc-off valve wrench. I love the idea, especially for field use. But, at home or in the shop the stans or park ones are so much faster, I would only use the muc-off valve caps in emergencies. 4) I still don’t understand what people, including some professional mechanics, like about those park thh-1allen wrenches. The spinner gets in the way of gripping the wrench where I want to. The sliding t-handle slides when you don’t want it to, or you have to slide it to get it into the position you want instead of just grabbing the right wrench. And, they don’t have a ball end, so, even though the long non-ball end is useful at times, I use it far, far less often than the ball. I’d rather have the ball on the thh-1 and a separate non-ball long wrench. All my griping aside, the damaged screw extractor part of these actually works very well. In the end, I see these as useful tertiary hex keys, BUT, not either primary or secondary hex keys. 5) And finally, I totally support your encouragement of using chain wear checking tools. Everything you say about them is good. BUT, that mechanical park tool sucks. They get bent and or wear quite easily such that they will tell you some brand new chains are worn out. They are just too short with too many mechanical parts to robustly and accurately measure chains in the way needed. In contrast both the park cc-3.2 and the cc-4 work quite well. However, the cc-4 is unnecessarily confusing and awkward to use, but, necessary for the more accurate measurements needed when using 11 & 12 speed chains. Thanks again for your many well presented and informative videos. I love your work.
I have those Muc-Off valves ordered…converting to tubeless! Also I use the “go/no-go” style Park Tool chain checker and quite like it! Super simple to use.
Interesting bar tape color. Bianchi celeste GM seafoam green? Ty.
0:34 laughs in tout terrain… unfortunately I don’t have tout terrain bike (yet)
Hey! the way you hold your hand being the small things to stop the blur… Brilliant! I have not seen this before (Perhaps I have been living in a cave). P.S. Great video! Very helpful…
A long ski strap (voile strap/heli strap) around the front tire and down tube is a cheap multipurpose "handlebar holder".
toe clip straps or old tubes cut into thin bands to help hold the brake lever for adjusting the brakes or holding the rear brake in a bit of drag to check shifting under load without going for a ride.
Thanks for another great vid. Never knew the proper name for a Bondhus wrench head!
Alright – you are the polar opposite to the race focused lads over at GCN (no shade, they are lovely). You just won a new subscriber. I am all for the partypace. I don’t race, but like to go fast occasionally, but mostly ride for recreation and not to improve my FTP or BON (or other acronym). Lovely!
I’m surprised by all the love for the tire jack. I was taught that the way to install a tire is to drop the bead into the channel on the inside of the rim in order to make it easy to work the tire on. When using that trick even on new DH mtb tires I find I don’t need any tools to install them.
Ball end hex wrenches, not Bondhus end. Be wary of really cranking on them as you’ll snap them right off.
Wow! Thanks for reminding me of the Kool Stop for seating tubeless tires. I have had it for years just sitting in my tool chest. Originally used for Schwalbe Marathons.
My favourite part of this very good video is the focus-helping hand back up. I wish more people would use that!
65 dollars for a tool to hold the handlebars still, wow
A piece of rope from the handlebar grip, twice around the saddle post and tie off on the other side of the handlebars.
I love the Koolstop tire bead jack. So much so I have it with me in my on the road tool kit. Makes those tight beaded tires easy to put back on and not pinch the inner tube. I have the Park Chain gauge and I hate it. The Shimano one is way easier to use, seems more accurate because the point where the Park one tells you the chain stretch always moves on me before I can get a good read on it. The Park T handle wrenches look nice, If I already didn’t own the Silica one’s I’d consider them.
One interesting thing about the park wrenches is the top part of the 5mm is 6mm hex once you get past the 5mm part… so if you get at a thru axle thinking it’s a 5, a lot of times the wrench will go in far enough so that the 6 part interfaces. I’ve pretty much started only grabbing the 5 when I have a repair bike because it works as a 6 too.
Really helpful content. Keep it up! Also, Cool Seiko Turtle man!
Gotta get me one of the tire jacks! the wife may want me to get the handle bar do-hicky but I bet her mini van hatch pistons would work too! the "T" wrenches got them already to keep the mini-van running. But love the content and supper jealous about your painting prowess
Thank you, Russ! The handle bar holder thingy is going to change my life!
4:42 I like those Park t-wrenches… nice
What mount is that under the stem (for bag support)? Feel like it’s been called out before but can’t find it
I found that the Steer Stopper works as good as the Handlebar holder but doubles in use as I love how it locks the fork so you can lean your bike anywhere and it wont fall. It comes with a nifty brake compression tool also. more money but lots more uses.
Thanks Russ! The T-hex tools are available here in Oz via several different makers and aren’t particularly expensive. Originally picked up mine for motorbike maintenance. Worth having.
The Tire Jack is a huge game changer.
that tire jack is awesome and super affordable, thanks for the knowledge bombs
We use the same chain tool in the workshop at the bike shop I work at. It’s the best one we’ve used. The Muc Off valves we also stock, they’re our preferred valves for tubeless. The sliding t handle hex wrenches, I keep trying to get my manager to let me order a 4&5mm to no avail
Great video, like the Seiko too!
I have now been shocked by the wear of chains on 4 different bikes. 🤦🏻♂️ Three were on bikes purchased used and of indeterminate age but one only had a year of riding on it. I recently got some of the park tool hex wrenches too. Like them but learned the hard way to use the end that is intended for knackered bolts with caution. Was tired and used it without thinking on an non-knackered aluminum thru-axle and wound up having to extract the axle with an easy out drill bit. A new axle is on order
I have the tire tool. But haven’t really used it yet.. but it’s soon winter and time to take those studded tires out again.
Those wrenches look good! I have to check then out!
good advice, thanks for the content.
This is a bad video for me as I’m a total tool nerd! Definitely more spending to be done.
Good video. On the handlebar holder, I’ve been using an old toe-cage strap around the down tube and through the front wheel for years. Works really well and is adjustable for different sizes or with suspension forks. I’m sure this specific tool is better, but it’s a good hack. If you aren’t a retrogrouch like me, I bet one of those Voile straps would work well too.