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Very few brands can compete with Park Tool when it comes to bike repair stands and tools. They have been around for years and are simply the standard in MTB tools and repair. Our customer Pete was looking for a new stand for his garage and decided on the Park Tool PCS-9.2. Check out what he had to say!
When I was in fifth grade, my school, Cumberland Elementary, offered an after school class in bicycle repair. This was pretty cool since I was always struggling with projects like attaching motocross bars meant for a double gooseneck onto a single gooseneck. (Back in the seventies the stem was called a gooseneck) The class was taught by “Walt” of Walts Bike Shop. Walts Bike Shop was the “go-to” Schwinn dealer in Sunnyvale, CA. The class began with basic bike maintenance but moved onto more advanced areas like bearing repacking and rebuilding the mysterious Bendix brake. Towards the end of the course, we were lacing wheels and performing complete builds. Old Walt was a pretty cool guy. From there, I was able to do my own maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. (correctly)
Over the many years and many bikes, I’ve been doing all my bike work on my knees. For a fifth-grader, it’s not such a big deal. When you get older kneeling on cement hurts after a while. Fast forward to now, I finally broke down and bought a work stand. The Park Tool PCS 9.2 is more than just a consumer-grade work stand. It’s strong, well built, and allows the user to manipulate their bike into any position. When not in use, the PCS 9.2 folds up and can be easily stored anywhere. In addition to saving the knees, it makes routine tasks like chain cleaning much easier and a lot less messy. (I’m no longer spending extra time and effort cleaning off the underside of my seat, frame, etc.) With adjustable height and rotation, I’m able to manipulate my bike to a comfortable position without having to bend over or kneel on the cement. This added comfort level really makes a noticeable difference when working on my bike. I’m thinking of the task at hand rather than how uncomfortable I am. The end result is more attention to the job, making it an enjoyable experience. (Which is what it should be. Right?)
The Park Tool PCS 9.2 is the real deal. It weighs more than many of the other work stands, but with that, you gain stability and the peace of mind that your bike isn’t going to fall over while your cranking on your cranks.
And, unless you carry your stand out on the trails, that shouldn’t matter. The finish is tough and easy to clean. The base is wide enough to keep things from wobbling while not being cumbersome. (I’ve yet to step on or trip over the base.) The clamp is strong and feels secure. This allows the perfect amount of clamping force to hold the bike. All clamping, height, and rotation adjustments are simple, easy, and don’t require tools.
There are a lot of repair stands out there to choose from. They all claim to be superior to one another. Read the blogs and reviews. My decision was a combination of online reviews, manufacturing information, and personal experience with the Park Tool brand. If I were to do it all over again, I would purchase the exact same stand.