1) Less beer.
2) A collection of expert, professional mechanics.
3) Shop quality tools.
As mechanics tools are our lifeblood, having the proper well-made tools can make all the difference so whenever possible we avail ourselves of the best there is. It is with this in mind that you can understand our - kid on Christmas morning - excitement when our friends across the river at Park Tool release their new catalog of goodies every year. This year we managed to get our hands on a couple of new items that we are smitten with so we figured that we would share them with you.
|Swivel Head: Silver-Presta, Black-Schrader|
available today and runs $140.99.
Park Tool Adjustable Crown Race Puller (CRP-2); As you can probably figure out from the name (CRP-2) this is Park Tool's second crack at a crown race puller. While it is often overlooked the crown race puller is a very important tool in the shop. In the days when many of us first started wrenching fork crowns were made of steel and crown races were robust so a razor blade, screwdriver flat blade and hammer was all that was needed to get an old crown race off. But in the era of lightweight headsets and carbon fiber forks and steerer tubes, its has become a delicate process. The CRP-2 is a great re-boot of the original CRP-1 and adds some much needed updates. The first advantage of the CRP-2 is that they have moved from two adjustable pieces to three individual planks for the delicate task of getting between the crown race and the crown of the fork. This allows for even distribution of pressure once the removal process begins. The same tool works for 1”, 1-1/8”, 1-1/4” and 1.5 forks (suspension or rigid) and crown races with outside diameters up to 64mm and can handle steering columns up to 430mm. Apparently the small tabs will wear out with time and will need replacement, but to be honest so did the tabs on the CRP-1 so it won't be too big of an adjustment.
|CRP-2 and Well Loved CRP-1 Side by Side.|
|Fitting over the crown race.|
|CRP-2 and CRP-1|
|Fitting under the Crown Race|
That's all for now!