Review: Lezyne Tool Kit

By Mike Cushionbury

Lezyne, now in its 10th year of existence, has branched out well beyond just pumps and minitools. Its product portfolio now also includes LED lights, GPS units and heart rate monitor straps mixed in among multitools, minipumps, floor pumps and digital floor pumps. On the tool side the company now makes high quality shop tools. Within that is the new Port-a-Shop Pro, a portable, professional-grade kit.

The composite hard shell case includes 15 basic tools and five glueless patch kits. What makes this kit stand out is the quality and attention to detail. Many of the tools are CNC machined aluminum and the bigger ones have varnished wood handles. All the hex and Torx keys have a chrome-vanadium coating, so they’ll stay shiny and new-looking longer. The large CNC Rod Handle attachment holds the bottom bracket and cassette lockring tools (and it’s much more elegant than using a rusty, oily adjustable wrench).

Simply put, these tools work as well as they look. They feel great in the hands, have stellar designs and attention to detail and do what they are supposed to do. Additionally, many of the tools are serviceable, so you can swap out damaged bits or handles (or even switch from wood to CNC aluminum if you have an aesthetic change of mind). If you strip or break a bit you can replace it independently without needing to get a whole new tool.

There is a sizeable compartment in the case to add your own tools, which is very handy since this kit is missing some important things, such as screwdrivers and cable cutters. While this kit isn’t a comprehensive, all-you’ll-ever-need collection of tools, it is an excellent assortment of must-have basics you’ll use often in an easily portable case.

Price: $300

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Review: Park Tool Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand PCS-4-2

By Katherine Fuller

The Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand is a nice step up on Park Tool’s entry-level offering, and I’m happy to have it in the workshop. Functional stands are much more civilized, and this one happens to come with a limited lifetime warranty. Rubber end caps on the feet are adjustable (they have varying thickness depending on how you rotate them), which are great for uneven concrete floors, such as the one in my circa 1950s basement.

The base of this stand forms a 26.5 by 28 inch rectangle, which is a relatively small footprint. The sturdy, balanced design means it’s not wont to tip over easily (a problem that the entry-level Park Tool stands have). It’s also stable enough to lean a bike against if you need to do some work on the ground.

Park Tool’s Micro-Adjust Clamp is straightforward and infinitely adjustable: Flip the handle to clamp and turn it to tighten. The clamp’s narrow jaws make it usable even on short seatposts, and the shape can accommodate a wide range of tube shapes and widths. The head rotates a full 360 degrees for ease of use. A quick-release clamp easily raises and lowers the clamp head height from 51 to 68 inches.

This stand was a little cumbersome to assemble. The parts are heavy, and you have to work the screws into locking nuts while holding the legs and stems together at awkward angles while also holding a tool in each hand. The overall heft of the stand—it weighs 25 pounds—is part of my concern with Park Tool labeling this a “portable” design.

True, 25 pounds is what my dog’s food bag weighs, but I can sort-of at least fold the bag and drape it over my arms. The stand, on the other hand, doesn’t fold at all. The legs come together when the whole thing is lifted off the ground, but that’s it—the stand isn’t compact enough for travel. If you really need to travel with this, lift off the top piece completely and strap those free-swinging stand legs together.

If you want a stand that’s lightweight, easy to move from garage to basement and easy to fold up and transport in your vehicle, this isn’t it. If you want a stand that is sturdy, won’t be easily knocked around and doesn’t have a large footprint, this stand is a good choice.

Price: $300

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