PARK TOOL AK- 40 ADVANCED
MECHANIC TOOL KIT Delivers above- average value and performance
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Park Tool has established itself as the go-to brand for bike
mechanics. We are sure that if you visit your local bike shop, you
will see a large collection of Park Tool products, ranging from basic
wrenches to bigger headset and bottom-bracket tools. Park Tool
has been encouraging riders to become amateur mechanics with
its online collection of how-to videos and even a few books. The
AK- 40 is a tool kit suited for mechanics who want to do most of
their own work at home. This kit comes with 40 different tools that
will do most day-to-day maintenance.
Tech info: The AK- 40 includes 40 different tools that cover a
wide range of repair options. The collection includes a 4/5/6-milli-
meter hex wrench set, chain checker, chain tool, master-link pliers,
13–19-millimeter cone wrench set, 5–11-speed-compatible chain
whip, and Cyclone Chain Cleaner. To ensure that none of the work
goes to waste, Park includes its CL-1 synthetic chain lube and
PPl-1 PolyLube 1000 grease. Though there are more tools included in the kit, these are some of the main ones that stood out to us.
The retail price for this kit and carrying case is $335.
Field test results: There were a few tools that really stood
out once we got into doing some work on a couple test bikes. The
CC- 3. 2 Chain Wear Indicator is a nice touch. It will save a lot of
home mechanics a trip to their local bike shop. The next tool we
noticed was the TWS- 3 (T10, T25, T30) Torx-compatible three-way. These may not seem as important as standard
hex wrenches, but Torx wrenches are often used
on very important bolts and come in handy in
a bind. And, of course, the 4/5/6-millimeter
three-way hex wrench, as important and
commonly used as it is, is left out of many
Necessities for every garage
A couple tools we would like to see
changed were the bottom bracket tools.
Park includes a BBT- 9 for external cups and
BBT- 22 for internal cups. Fewer and fewer
bikes are coming with these styles of bottom
brackets, which is making these tools less
common for daily maintenance. Generally,
if people are buying a tool kit at this price
point, they are probably going to be working
on more modern bikes. Granted, some of these specific tools are
very expensive, so we understand why they wouldn’t be included.
If you’re a mechanic in the making and looking to get started on
your tool collection, this kit is a good option. None of the tools are
too component-specific, so if you need to replace a Press-Fit bottom bracket or headset, you’ll still need to head to your local shop.
If want to do general maintenance and keep your gears running
smoothly, this kit will suit your needs perfectly. ❏
Dial it in: With everything you need to do for
basic maintenance, the AK- 40 will have you
feeling like you opened your own shop.