Tool Tuesday :: Phil Wood Spoke Cutting and Threading Machine

If there ever was a tool that bike shop employees lust for, it’s the Phil Wood Spoke Cutting and Threading Machine.   Its name says it all. It will cut and thread almost any spoke to near perfect tolerances. Though it costs nearly as much as a high-end...

Tool Tuesday :: Wheels Manufacturing Hanger Multi Tool

The most ubiquitous bicycle tool is easily the multi tool. Nearly every tool company makes one, and most companies offer several models. This week’s review focuses on one that stands out for its ingenuity: the Wheels Manufacturing Hanger Multi Tool.   Upon...

Tool Tuesday :: Park Tool PCS-9 Repair Stand

A few weeks back we reviewed a repair stand that is loaded with features. While that repair stand is certainly nice, we realize that not every home mechanic needs such a loaded stand. This week we offer up a repair stand that gets the job done without breaking the...

Tool Tuesday :: Park Tool Adjusting Cap Tool

For years, the only tools available to remove the adjusting cap on Shimano’s Hollowtech II cranks were plastic. There are now a few metal tools on the market, but Park Tool’s Adjusting Cap Tool is the one we don’t hesitate to rely on. Shimano’s...

Tool Tuesday :: Snap-on True Flush Cutters

One tool that we love these days is the Snap-on True Flush Cutters.   Also known as “flush cuts,” this tool has one perfected purpose in a bicycle shop: to cut zip-ties. You’re probably thinking that diagonal cutters, cable cutters, and wire cutters...

Tool Tuesday :: Bontrager ProWrench Repair Stand

As a professional mechanic, I know the importance of a good repair stand. While the ones used in bike shops are ultimately the best, they aren’t a good fit for home use. They are very heavy, not very portable, and they are expensive. There is a wide range of...