GCN Tech Unboxing: Park Tool Pro Travel Kit & Bike Work Stand
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GCN Tech Unboxing: Park Tool Pro Travel Kit & Bike Work Stand


– It’s no secret that on GCN Tech we have our tools in the
workshop provided to us via our friends at Park Tool and today we’re going to
unbox some brand new tools we’re going to have a
good old nosey at them, I’m going to get these
grubby little hands on them and then you could be in with
the chance of winning them too but before we go on, make sure you subscribe
to the GCN Tech channel by clicking on that subscribe button and also the little notification icon so you get alerted each and every time we put a video live you’ve done it? Let’s go on. (upbeat music) Firstly then, what do we have? We’ve got the EK-3 Professional
Travel and Event Kit. That’s right, this is a tool case it’s not a briefcase that an
investment banker in the ’80s would have gone to work with and neither is it something
that Cliff Richard would have taken on his summer holiday. Let’s have a look inside then. (angelic singing)
Whoa! Oh my word! We need a closer look inside. (logo whooshing) Let’s look then at the
actual tool case itself. We got a really strong
almost indestructible, I’m not going to put it to the test, case here with some aluminum
edges around it too. (lock clicks)
It is lockable, I’ve left it unlocked though but if you’ve got colleagues like mine who have a tendency to take your tools it’s worth keeping it locked. Let’s look though inside and we’ve got hinged lid, so it’s going to stay open and we’ve got masses and
masses of storage inside, all these little elasticated sections here so you can line up the tools as you wish. Mechanics tend to be quite OCD when it comes to these things, and everybody has a different arrangement but here we’ve got the
storage on the front but then if we open it we’ve got even more on the back side and then here we’ve even
got a little pouch too so if you’ve taken any very
small spare parts with you you can put them inside of there and they’re not going to get lost. We’ve even got a little removable one too, this is like a tool board if you like not what people have on their wall at home but on the rear got some aluminum hooks which can easily hook over the edge of the actual tool case itself or even over the edge of a
table or something perhaps so you get even more variety
of your tools to be laid out when you’re working. Then inside of the bottom
of the tool case here we’ve got some aluminum dividers so you can lay out any spare
parts again or extra tools. But while a toolbox like
this is all well and good but we need something to
go inside of it, don’t we? Now we’re not just going to
look at an empty box, are we? Instead, we’re going to
fill it up with 56 items how cool is that? So first up we’ve got some
traditional style spanners and I’m not going to run
through every single item otherwise we would be
here for quite a long time ’cause I’m quite a quite a connoisseur, I guess you could call it
when it comes to tools. So we’ve got some traditional
style spanners here, closed at one end and
then open at the other and again you could just pop that away in the elasticated section and then line them up
to your heart’s content. Moving on then on to some of
the specialist bits of kit. And first up I’m going to go for the Adjustable Torque Driver here. So, as you can see ergonomics
really does play a part with this tool. So if you’re working on a
bike just once in a while or maybe all day, everyday you want to make sure that
your hands aren’t getting tired and they’re able to do
the job effectively. So by holding it like this
means you can just work like so rather than maybe trying to
strain your arm or your wrist or anything like that. Now it’s adjustable like
I have already mentioned and that adjustment comes
in the form of the amount of newton-meters that it can be set to and it runs in between four and six and just so by simply
turning this knurled end knob you can adjust it by half
a newton-meter per timer it just clicks into place and you can easily see there the actual level it is set on. Nice and simple to remove the bits then if you’re ever searching around for the bit of a screwdriver or anything like that in your home you could well know how long
it can take to try and find it but the good thing is they’re simply stored in
the end of the handle, I like that. Hopefully I can win. Another tool which is going to
come in with this prize bundle is this, it’s a Y-shaped
Allen key if you likes. We’ve got a four, five and
a six millimeter Allen keys on each of the protruding ends. This is probably one of
the most heavily used items in bike shops for so many years the reason being you can do something and when you come on to
the next bolt or head that needs adjusting and
it has a different size you don’t have to reach
for another Allen key and when time is the essence, it really does speed things up and again it’s just working
this economic style grip. If you’re more used to
something traditional like a normal Allen key or hex wrench then yeah we’ve got these two, one and a half millimeters all the way up to 10 millimeters. So if you some hard to reach
or difficult to get to place you can easily get it at an angle and just release that fastener. On the road side of cycling, I’ve got to say we were
actually quite slow to adopt to Torx head fasteners. They are different from an Allen key as you can see here from their profile and we’ve got a set of eight here in sizes from T9 all the way up to T40 because they are becoming
increasingly popular with road bikes. They are inside of a green housing as opposed to the well, parts all blue the reason being, this identifies
them easily and quickly when you’re in a bit of a
rush inside of a workshop, a really specialist bit of kit and you don’t want to
lose them that’s for sure. In among all these souls, I really don’t know where to go because I’m pretty obsessed
when it comes to them, I’m going to pick out this one though. BBT-9 Bottom Bracket Tool. So, we’ve got the tool here for a standard outboard bottom bracket this one probably fits, I
reckon like 15 different types because they all tend
to use that same pattern or there’s a couple of
variations here and there they’re not that common. Then on the other end we’ve got
the crank installation tool. So if you’ve got yourself a Shimano crank, you’ve got that little plug which goes inside the left hand crank, you know that sometimes
it can be a real pain if you can’t find the release
or installation tool luckily, it’s fitted on here so you’re never going
to misplace it again. Why didn’t no one ever
think of that before? I could go on and on and on but something I’m really a big fan of I’ve got to try and find it now ’cause I’m blinded by the bling
are these Cassette Pliers. So you can get a standard chain whip which of course Park do offer but these enable you to
hold the cassette in place with one hand when it comes to removing it from the freehub body. Of course, you’re going to
need a tool to release that too and this, do you know, I’ve
been wanting one of these for so long because it’s got
the handle built into it. So, you could well use a
adjustable spanner say, you could imagine this is
a freewheel removal tool or cassette removal tool this is actually one for a bottom bracket so we’re covering more bases here and yeah you have to just put it on there and use the chain whips and do that but with this it’s just simple you don’t have to worry about that you just grab it, do it, release it, go, big fan of this one, really sturdy too. We’ve also got headset spanners, we’ve got cone spanners, you all know that if you’ve got cone bearings on your wheel to angular contacts you can’t fit a standard spanner in there you do need something specialist like this because they are so thin, wafer like. We’ve got a pair of chain pliers here too so if you’ve got a quick
link on your chain, really simple just to lock that up and also release disc brakes you’re catered for rotor truing. We’ve got so much here, spoke keys, scissors,
pliers, chain checkers, you name it, it’s there, tape measure, we’ve even got a bottle opener because if you’re working
on a bike sometimes you get a little bit thirsty too. This is all well and good
having all of these tools but if we’re going to fix a bike we need something to fix it on, don’t we? (upbeat electronic music) It’s not just the 56 tools on the table and also the tool case that a
lucky winner is going to win there’s also the PCS 9.2
highly portable work stand. So you can work on your bike using it, you could clean it, you could even store your bike on it too. It’s nice and light in
weight just 16 pounds which is about seven kilos,
just a touch over seven kilos. What’s at stake with the weight it can support a bike of up to 80 pounds which is 36 kilos thanks
to the really sturdy design of the base there it creates like a triangle which is very strong item indeed. So when you’ve got the
bike here in the stand it’s not going to topple over whatsoever. Highly adjustable in that it can go from 99
centimeters high up to 145 because I was fine when I’m working on different
components on the bike, I want it raised at a different level, when I want handlebar tape I
want it right in front of me, rear derailleur, I also want
that right in front of me so it means, not only can I raise it I can always rotate it too. So this really easy to
use head here just rotates and locks in place, we’ve also got just as easy
to use, the clamping mechanism so it can go around your
seat post frame tube I would never recommend
around a frame tube but sometimes it’s the only option, particularly when you’re
building a bike up from scratch but something you should
just be aware of here too is even if you’ve got a really
small amount of seat post out just check out the depth
of the seat post clamp here or the clamping head really, really small so particularly good even
if you’ve got a child’s bike as the model you’re working on it’s going to fit in there. So it’s great to see that
Park have developed the claws if you like, of this
stand throughout the years to keep up with the developments of different frame and seat post designs and actually another feature
of the rotating head clamp is that you can even work with your bike over a complete 360
degrees, particularly useful if you’ve got troublesome
internal cable routing to try and pull out you just want to work at eye level for instance. Yeah, I’m liking this, liking this a lot. I mentioned at the beginning when I was talking about this work stand, about the portability. And while I’m going to give
you a quick demonstration about just how simple it is. First up, just release
this knob here at the top, lock it back in place when
you’ve dropped it down and you repeat the
process with the lower one and it’s just simply a
case of doing like so. This is really good because it means if you’re on the road maybe you’re on a road
trip with your cycling pals and you’re the designated
mechanic, if you like you can easily put that away
somewhere likewise at home too because even if you’re
really short of space you could even take out
this head, nice and simple and that could just be
stored away somewhere else, I love portable solutions like this. Someone’s going to win it as well. (upbeat music) Here we are at the complete package of what one lucky winner is going to win the EK-3 toolkit and tool box and also the PCS-9.2 work stand. I guess now I should tell you how you could be in with
a chance of winning it. It’s nice and simple, follow the link in the
description down below and it’ll take you to a competition page where you can enter and
I must just say right now I’m going to be insanely jealous
of whoever gets to win this. Remember as well to like and
share this with your friends, share it with someone who
loves doing bike mechanics because this could well
make their year for them. Also remember to check out the DCN shop at shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com and for two more great videos how about clicking just down
here and just down here. Is it all right if I enter? No, all right good luck.

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