Here at the shop, we are all big fans of Park Tool. They make quality tools for any and everything to keep your bike running like new. Park Tool was born in 1963 after Schwinn Bicycle Company saw their homemade bike stand that made servicing bicycles much easier. Park Tool is built on a "hands on" philosophy driven by invention, product testing, and production. We all love riding our bikes and sometimes doing regular bike maintenance can be the last thing on your to-do list. Park Tool gives you the right tools for every job, and you should have no problem finding the right tool to fix it fast in our full collection of Park Tools. We wanted to put together 10 of our favorites from Park Tool that we can't live without.
The Park Tool MLP-1.2 Chain Link Pliers are designed specifically to remove a chain masterlink, making it easy and effortless to remove your chain. When servicing your bike, sometimes you may need to remove your chain to either clean the drivetrain or remove your cranks. With the MLP-1.2 pliers, simply insert the jaws in to the masterlink and squeeze the handles to open or pull the handles apart to close the link.
The Park Tool VC-1 Valve Core Tool allows you to remove the valve core out of either Presta or Schrader valves. Most mountain bikes now a days use a tubeless tire system, and sometimes when mounting tubeless tires, you may need to remove the valve core to allow more airflow through the valve. Not everyone has an air compressor, and allowing more airflow through the valve can sometimes be what it takes to get a tubeless tire to seat just using a traditional floor pump. Using the VC-1 tool makes removing the valve core quick and easy without marring up the valve core like you would with a pair pf pliers. Keep in mind that not all Presta valve cores are removable.
The Park Tool BBT-79 Bottom Bracket Tool is a CNC machined aluminum tool for removing and installing any 12 point external cup threaded bottom bracket. The BBT-79 features a 3/8" drive, allowing it to be paired with any 3/8" drive socket wrench you may already have at home or with Park Tool's TW-6.2 Torque Wrench. The BBT-79 uses a 12 point teeth pattern with a 46mm outer diameter cup. This bottom bracket tool is designed to be used with Sram DUB, RaceFace Cinch, Rotor BSA 30, Zipp Vuma, Hawk Racing BB3086, and more external cup threaded bottom brackets.
The Park Tool ATD-1.2 Adjustable Torque Driver limits the torque applied to fasteners that can be adjusted by hand and set to 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6 Nm. The ATD-1.2 features all metal internal construction with a comfortable, ergonomic composite molded grip. Each tool is assembled and calibrated at the Park Tool factory in Minnesota. The ATD-1.2 uses a 1/4 inch hex drive and includes 3, 4, 5mm and T25 torx bits stored in the handle. Using any kind of torque wrench will help prevent you from over tightening and damaging bolts on your bike. The Park Tool ATD-1.2 is a small adjustable torque wrench that handles most all of the smaller fasteners on the bike.
The Park Tool HHP-2 Bearing Press is a premium bearing press designed to install headset cups and cartridge bearings into headtubes and bottom brackets. It's important when pressing in bearings that they are pressed in straight so that both your steerer tube and crank spindle spins freely. The HHP-2 accurately aligns and presses 1", 1 ⅛", 1 ¼", and 1.5" headset cups. The bearing press uses a quick release design for quick tool install and removal. The 530-2 adaptors used for headset cup alignment are stepped at 25.7mm, 29.7, and 32.8mm. The HHP-2 tool has a maximum working length of 315mm.
The Park Tool TW-5.2 Clicker Torque Wrench is a high quality ratcheting clicker type adjustable torque wrench with a 3/8" drive. With todays lightweight components on high end bikes, it's even more important to use a torque wrench on threaded fasteners. The TW-5.2 can apply a range from 2-14 Nm, perfect for seat post clamps and handlebar/stem applications. Make sure you look up the proper torque spec for each bolt on your bike before you manage to over tighten them.
The Park Tool TL-6.2 Steel Core Tire Levers are pretty trick! With more and more riders using foam tire inserts like the Flat Tire Defender and Cush Core on their mountain bikes, installing tubeless tires can be a little bit tougher. This is all the more reason to use a quality set of tire levers. The TL-6.2 levers use a steel core so they don't break and are covered with a plastic composite. This combination gives a strong tire lever that gives you scratch free installation on even the tightest tire bead. The TL-6.2 levers are 5 inches long and perfect to either pack on the bike or get the job done at the shop.
The Park Tool DT-2 Rotor Truing Fork is certainly a specialized tool but we still think a great one, and that's why it made it on our top 10 list. The DT-2 is used to adjust slightly bent brake discs when mounted on the bike. It is possible to bend your rotor with an impact, but sometimes brake rotors can be slightly bent even right out of the box. Most people associate a firm brake lever feel with a good brake bleed, and while that's true, having good parallel contact between the brake pads and rotor also affects how the brake feels in your hand. Getting the rotor perfectly straight allows you to center the brake caliper just right and keep your brakes running as smooth as possible. The DT-2 tool features 2 different slots giving you options for straightening your bent rotor.
The Park Tool IR-1.2 Internal Cable Routing Kit takes the guess work out of installing cables, wires, and housing in internally routed frames. The IR-1.2 speeds the internal frame routing of electric wires, shift cable / housing, brake cable / housing and hydraulic tubing on carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum frames. The kit includes four plastic coated 250cm cables with attached magnets and unique fittings plus an external guide magnet to speed operation. This newly updated kit includes a dedicated E-tube Di2 cable connector that easily pulls through a 6mm frame hole. The IR-1.2 kit is a true time and frustration saver! The guide magnet allows you to run one of the feed cables through the frame without having to fish it out otherwise. Then you can route your wire, cable, or housing using the feed cable.
The Park Tool CN-10 Cable Cutter is a professional grade cutter designed to cut both cables and housing. The cutting jaws on the CN-10 slide past each other so that you get a flush cut every time. Using a regular pair of dikes to cut a shift cable instead will most likely leave you left with the infamous frayed cable. Behind the cutting jaws there is a cable end crimper and forming whole for reforming housing ends after they have been cut. Whether it's time to replace your shift cable and housing or if you are shortening a hydraulic brake line, using the Park Tool CN-10 cutters gives you a nice cut every time.