Park Tool’s Advanced Mechanic kit contains 38 tools that should get you through most bike repair jobs. There are some gems in there too, all of which are made to the brand’s usual high standards.
The tools include Park’s solid cable cutters, their well built and easy to use chain breaker, a meaty 8mm Allen key complete with rubberised handle, a pedal spanner, a bottom bracket tool with Shimano end cap tool, a chain whip and their legendary bottle opener.
It’s only the Allen keys that are a little disappointing – we were hoping for something a little nicer than the two three-pronged offerings supplied here, which, although fine for most fixes, can be a bit bulky for more fiddly jobs.
A nice set of separate ball-ended Allen keys and a T-handled T25 Torx key doesn’t seem like too much to ask for at this sort of price. Still, all the tools are holding up well after months of use.