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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 92 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-92 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

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