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Park Tool PCS-9 Home Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand

21 Dec
Park Tool PCS-9 Home Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand

Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand

Even if you have no desire to ever work on your bike, you still need to clean and oil it. You probably already know that your bicycle chain needs oiled after about every 100 miles of use, and more frequently if you ride in inclement weather. You are far more likely to keep your bike clean and your chain lubed if you own a good bicycle repair stand. I purchased a Park Tool PCS-9 Home Mechanic Repair Stand about nine years ago and could not imagine life without it.

The Park Tool PCS-9 Home Mechanic Repair Stand is probably the best cycling investment you will ever make—it will definitely save you money in the long run. Park Tool describes the PCS-9 as an “entry-level repair stand for the home mechanic.” Why do you need it? After every bicycle ride I put whatever bike I was using in the repair stand and use an air compressor to blow the dust off the chain and from around the brake pads. Then I take a piece of cotton cloth (from an old T-shirt) and wipe off the tires (I am actually looking from pieces of broken glass in the tire). About every 100 miles (which in my case is often twice a week) I oil the chain, cables and pivot points. This process only takes a couple of minutes, but in ancient days (before I got the repair stand) I was one of those guys who turned my bike upside down on the garage floor and tried to clean it there. Turning your bike upside down was fine when you were 10, but if you are reading this blog I imagine (and hope) you are well past that stage of your life.

Once you have a good repair stand you are also more likely to keep your bike clean (the mechanic at your local bike shop will appreciate that). You can also use the stand to put on a good layer of paste wax once or twice a year. The wax will help keep a metal frame from developing surface rust, and it will help keep mud and road tar off of all bikes (steel, aluminum or carbon fiber).

Clamping arm on rthe Park Tool PCS-9 Bicycle Repair Stand

Clamping arm on the Park Tool PCS-9 Bicycle Repair Stand

The height of the Park Tool PCS-9 Home Mechanic Repair Stand can be adjusted from 39″ to 57″ and the screw clamp will adjust to fit tubes from 7/8″ to 3″. I’ve used this repair stand on everything from my featherweight Trek Madone to my behemoth Surly Necromancer without any trouble. The PCS-9 can be folded down for easy storage, but once I set mine up in the garage I have only moved it a couple of times just to clean the area under it.

The Park Tool PCS-9 Home Mechanic Repair Stand retails for around $150, but you can find it online for around $110 on Amazon.com. While I dearly love my PCS-9 repair stand, if I had it to do all over again I would buy the next model up, the PCS-10. I am not even sure if this model was available when I bought my PCS-9, but the PCS-10 will accept the TS-25 Truing Stand (something I now really want). The PCS-10 also has a few other nice features, but you will have to wait till I buy one so I can tell you all about them.

Whatever repair stand you buy I would also suggest you get a Park Tool Work Tray as well. This is an accessory tray that helps you keep tools, lubes and spare parts right on the stand itself. This accessory retails for around $36 and is definitely worth it.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Bicycle Repair, Product Reviews

 

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4 responses to “Park Tool PCS-9 Home Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand

  1. Dave

    December 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    I’m embarrassed! I’m that guy that still turns his bike upside down, and, you guessed it, I’m well past the age where I should be.

    Thanks for the reviews, they are fun to read and informative. Now I know what I’m missing- all the cool equipment you been testing. I can ride down to about 20 below windchill but I don’t last more than an 45 minutes or an hour at night here in minnesota. I keep thinking some day I’ll wash out on ice and they’ll find me frozen to the trail the next day! I need more equipment! If you are ever up in the twin cities, look me up. Also I noticed that alot of guys are riding those snow bikes up in Duluth area, like your new Surley. Lots of winter trails up there for bikes I hear.

    Do you review books? I have one I really enjoy, and its revolutionized my life. Its called “Absolute Truth Exposed Vol.1” by Kent Rieske. I think you said you suffered from Asthma? He addresses the issue in his book along with alot of autoimmune diseases many of us suffer from or develop as we age.

    -Dave Gilbert

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      Dave, sounds like you really do need the Park Tool repair stand! I live north of Chicago and we normally have a LOT of snow by now, but this December has been miserable (that is, no real snow yet). I only review bicycle-related books, but I am going to buy the book you mentioned — thanks for the info!

       
      • Dave

        December 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        Yes, no snow, no fun! We have none here. Hopefully my favorite trail has frozen by now, Lebanon Hills Mt. bike park. I start drooling when I think of that place, its SO great.

        You can get the book by calling Kent directly at 303-927-6937 for a signed copy (he rides daily at the age of 72, chops wood, he’s in marvelous shape, in Boulder). He has become a personal friend of mine since I found out about the book. Or go to his website (you have probably already found it). I think its http://www.exaltpublishing.com
        Or go to amazon.

        Merry Christmas!

         
  2. amckimmey

    December 27, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    I have the Park Tool PCS-10 and love it! Having the cam-style lever on the clamp with the 10 is a great improvement over the 9, and all the quick release points, making it fold up super easily. If you ever upgrade its a good choice. Though I wish I had a garage to keep it fully assembled to use all the time like you, that would be nice. Every home should have a good bike repair stand.

    I sometimes think about getting the TS-25 Truing Stand attachment but I have no real skill or need to be trying to true my own wheels right now. Probably just save the money for the full out professional TS-2.2 to learn on. But that’s just a dream.

    I wrote a review for my PCS-10 the other week as well.
    http://breadbike.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/park-tool-pcs-10/

     

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