Tool of the Week: Bike Repair Tools

Tool of the Week is taking a much-needed vacation as we recuperate from the Mini Maker Faire. This post was originally published on 11/18/11, but since summer is coming, we’d like to remind all our members that we have some great bike tools available to get your bikes in top shape.

Several weeks ago, I profiled the Tool Library’s awesome bike stand and mentioned that there were other bike repair tools in the collection. Today’s post is highlighting those other bike repair tools:

Bike Pumps:
The Tool Library currently has two bike pumps available: a Bell floor pump and a foot pump. Bike pumps are designed to increase the tire pressure in bike tires. However, they are also useful for re-inflating tire pressure on wheelbarrows, hand trucks, and carts that use inflatable tires.

Wheel Truing Stand:
A wheel truing stand is used for straightening bike wheels. The particular truing stand in the collection is a professional grade Park TS-2.

Bike Repair Kit:
The bike repair kit in the collection is a Park Tool AK-37 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit, which contains 37 professional grade tools to help you do necessary bike maintenance and repairs. A full list of the tools is here. Park Tools also has a blog with detailed articles and videos on how to do bike maintenance and repairs, so you can teach yourself how to fix your bike.

If you want a more hands-on demonstration of the bike repair tools at the Tool Library, we’ll be at the West Seattle Farmers Market this Sunday, doing bike demonstrations. Bring your bike down and learn how to use this collection of tools.

The West Seattle Tool Library has a collection of over 1,300 tools currently available, is free to use and run primarily on user donations. Click on inventory to view our entire online inventory. For more information on becoming a member, please visit our membership page. If you are interested in volunteering at the Tool Library, please contact us at:
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  1. There are more bike repair tools in the professional Park tool kit than most will ever need. But, whatever your bike fixing skills may be, this tool kit is the cat’s meow for any quality bike quality repairs. There’s even some proper bicycle lubricants in the kit. I checked it out on a Saturday and returned it the next day. Keep it moving, folks!

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