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Enter to Win 1 of 2 Park Mechanic Tool Kits - Pinkbike's Advent Calendar Giveaway

Dec 2, 2021 at 9:03
by Pinkbike Staff  

CONTEST NOW CLOSED. The winners of the Park Tool AK-5 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit are Pinkbike users NDNH, obamadh

Congratulations NDNH, obamadh

Prize Details:

Park Tool AK-5 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

Park Tool has put together this set of 36 tools to provide everything needed for basic maintenance and cleaning as well as a wide variety of repair and adjustment procedures on just about any bicycle. A perfect way to start or add to your collection of shop-quality bicycle tools. Comes in a tough toolbox with tray insert and small compartments to protect your investment.

The prize pack includes:
• Park Tool AK-5 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit
• MSRP: $350 USD

Learn more at

To be eligible, you must be logged into your Pinkbike account. If you don't have one, you can sign up here.

There will be new prizes revealed every day in the lead up to Dec 25th so check the Advent Calendar daily on the front page of Pinkbike and make sure you enter for a chance to win.

Winners will be notified via the email associated with their Pinkbike account within 48 hours of their name being drawn.

Happy Holidays!


  • 75 6
 On the sixsixsixth day of Christmas, Outside clickbaited me!

For 6 Pimped out Park Tool Kits
5 Repuuuuuulsive Rockets
4 Rancid bike racks
3 Puny Pikes
2 Chilled out Chilao sets
And a brake set not as good as XT.

I’m an eating, drinking, shitting, hot tub lovin (and occasionally biking) f*cking Santy Claus
  • 15 0
 Do u have a lady friend or are you married to pinkbike??
  • 41 0
 @pinkbike1000: I'm married to pinkbike but think we are going through a divorce, I'll keep the Cockerpoo
  • 37 0
 From prizes that make you look like a tool to prizes that actually are tools. Smooth!
  • 35 0
 Is that the whole contents of the kit?
For $350.

I'm starting to think Park Tool is a tad expensive......
  • 4 0
 Yep. It’s always been ridiculously expensive. Any bike tool that I can’t get a generic oem version of, I will put on the work unior order. Big Grin
  • 8 0
 They must've heard you because if you follow the link to the Park site it's $299.
Park is out of control with their prices. Tools are good, but maybe not THAT good.
  • 1 0
 @BenLow2019: Winning is more expensive than buying.
  • 1 0
 @lister11: Mate, that's not a newsflash, it's ancient history. And perhaps why some refer to them as "The Snap-On of bike tools??
  • 7 0
 You need expensive tools to work on expensive bikes....come on don;t let that $5 harbour freight allen key set anywhere near your 10,000 ebike it will give the bike and you an STD ( Suspension Tuning Dispersion).
  • 1 0
 @Trailsoup: $9,199.95 (USD?) but it doesn't even have those cool "Tire levers" like the ones in the AK-5...
that being said w/tire levers & valve core tool, I'm totally down with this "Prize"!!!
  • 3 0
 @Trailsoup: Holy sh1t
  • 3 1
 @Trailsoup: Price seems fair. Fewer people need pro workshop tools so there is a smaller market hence higher price. More people need a truing stand than there are people who actually own one (and are half decent at using it) but the one in this kit is no cheap home mechanic stuff with all the gauges. There are facing tools that need to be sharp and accurate after numerous headtubes (including titanium ones) so basically, this is a whole different category. The kit here truly seems home mechanic grade which is fine as that's the one who would win it here. But I've been using a CT-5 chain tool from Park for probably over 15 years (both at home and trailside) and it has been flawless, but I'd never choose the plastic one in this kit over the CT-5.

But yeah it is the super accurate stuff (like the gauges on that truing stand) as well as the super hard (yet still accurate stuff) like the cutting tools that bump this price up. You can't compare the two.
  • 4 0
 @GT-CORRADO: it's not Snap-On quality though...
  • 2 0
 @pink505: definitely not! And don't you dare bring that Park Tool set close either! Bring at least Wera, Facom, Stahlwille or Beta
  • 2 0
 @theITdude: Just so you know, I have a cataloug with that same tool kit (the kind if cataloug bike shops can order from) it's about $4500 for the kit...
  • 1 0
 @rosemarywheel: still severely overpriced (you can buy a workplace trolley with full contents from Gedore/Stahlwille/Facom/Beta/etc. for that money), if only half so compared to end consumer MSRP...
  • 2 0
 @Mac1987: Absolutely, I didn't mean that it was a good deal at all. Just that thats the price the shop buys it for BEFORE chatging you almost 10K Eek
  • 27 0
 If I actually win anything this year I will sign up for outside+
  • 20 0
 famous last words
  • 9 0
 You won our admiration. Start filling out your application. . .
  • 4 0
 Name checks out.
  • 10 0
 Read the policy:

4. The Contest is open from December 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (“PST ”) to December 24, 2019 at 11:59 AM PST (the “Contest Period”).

Big Grin
  • 1 0
 good to know...will log on at 11:50pm on 12/24 with a good drink and click on each one
  • 12 0
 This is almost 2022 where is the voltmeter?
  • 4 0
 Underrated comment right here ^^
  • 5 0
 Does anyone ever buy these complete kits? It may be different for everyone, but I think I only bought tools when I learned I needed them. Of course you start with a set of allen keys and pump (or a portable set). Once you've had to borrow chainwhip and lockring remover a few times you buy your own and eventually start getting tools that are specific for the gear you own (cone wrenches, spoke wrenches, bearing presses, brake bleed kit etc). Maybe at some point you spot a kit like this and wonder, what does it add to what you have already? Especially as it might contain stuff you wouldn't use. Because you don't happen to run cup and cone bearings in your hubs, because you only need to black spoke key and not the other one etc. Only situation I could think of where this would be handy is if you are just starting out and don't own bicycle specific tools yet. But then again, for someone just starting out, the price may be a little steep for a kit that contains some tools you may never use because they don't fit your bike or components.

That said, congrats to whoever wins this and actually needs it.
  • 3 0
 Dudes who like working on their bikes don't seem like the type to buy a "just give me everything I need to get started" kit... I have to imagine those are the sort who would just take it to a shop. Maybe these get sold as gifts a lot?

Also worth noting that 15 of these 36 pieces are just regular hand tools you can get at any hardware store.
  • 3 0
 I've seen them before in the wild. Guides had couple of these in the support trucks. Also a mechanic for a NICA team had one. I think these are bought by people looking for everything at once and dont want to build a set due to time or just like the convinence. Gifts seem likely too for sales. That said 10 years in a shop I never sold one, and most home mechanics buy individual tools or something like a park hex key set. Small market for complete sets. Home mechanics doing things like overhauls and building bikes will probably want more than whats in this kit anyway. Bet they have more money tied up in that kit than this box too. But I have also seen new ASCE car mechanics drop 10k for a snapon or matco box with tools and enjoying high interest payments for year on that pretty box. I guess what I am saying is I'm jealous and would be happy to win this.
  • 1 1
 @seanchad: 15? The non-bike specific tools I count are

3 way wrench (both)
adjustable spanner
circlip plier
tape measure
screwdrivers (both)
cable cutter

But other than that, it seems pretty bike specific, isn't it? No doubt cone spanners may be useful for other products too but then I'd say people would still buy it specifically for that purpose too. It is not as generic as say a flat blade screwdriver. That said, I'm surprised they included a flat blade screwdriver with such a long shaft. Only purposes on a bike I can think of are for working on gears (adjustment screws on the mech or removing the cap for cable replacement) but for either of them you don't need a shaft this long. Instead, for most people it is hard enough to keep the screwdriver properly seated in the slot. Super stubby screwdrivers are much more convenient for the job. And yes, you can get these at the hardware store too.
  • 3 0
 Right there with you, by the time I understood a need for a kit like this I had bought most of it separately. Instead, I want a "package deal on all the tools you should probably own by now but don't"
-bleed kit, but you get to pick the stuff you actually need so Shimano users get the cup and Sram users get the bleeding edge connector
-bearing press with all the drifts
-chamferless and thin wall sockets for fork lowers service
-cutting guide, reamer
-torque wrench
  • 2 0
 @AndrewHornor: I saw a guy selling his "bike tools" on craigslist years ago. I got most of this kit contents for $50 US. Have since filled in the rest, and an old PRS 4 stand.
  • 2 0
 @AndrewHornor: There are so many options nowadays that it is near impossible to assemble a kit of which you know people will need but don't already have. Even out of your list:

bleed kit: there are so many more brands, even big in OEM (Formula, Magura, Tektro/TRP...) that it is better to just get your bleed kit right when you buy the brake (or bike)
bearing press: yeah, but there still are only a few you need for your bike, so why bother with the rest?
thin wall sockets: you don't necessarily need these for fork lowers service but yeah these are nice for opening the top. Then still, you'll need different sizes for different brands
cutting guide: That may be more universal, but less frequently used. My local bike shop just let me use their guide when I wanted to cut my new fork steerer to size. And that's also what makes most sense to me, as it is not regular mainenance.
torque wrench: Yeah for sure but then again it is hard to know whether people already have it. The cheapest model (the tall ones some direct-order brands throw in the box) may be the first step to get people going. Mine is adjustable from Wiha though I think if someone would need a torque tool, it is often 4Nm or 6Nm and fixed adaptors from Topeak to use between wrench and 1/4" hex bit may actually make most sense for people who don't need the full range.

A basic starter kit may actually be easier to assemble and sell along with a new bike. Allen keys(possibly foldable/portable), T25 for brake parts, chain whip, lockring remover, chain wear indicator, chain breaker, cassette brush, valve core remover, cable cutter. And maybe that cheap torque tool.

TL;DR: You never know what people have and what they lack. And some tools are so specific for certain components that you can't assemble an universal kit. It is actually the basic starter kit which may be most doable.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: nice! I've been keeping my eye out for a stand as well
  • 1 0
 @vinay: very good points, a customizable obscure tool kit like my dream would be very expensive to produce.
I've been looking at #toolboxwars too much!
  • 3 0
 @AndrewHornor: Yeah, a cool prize would actually have been a Park Tool voucher for like 250USD or so. They probably have all the tools you'd want or need, but everyone wants or needs something else
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Park Tool counts the set of 9 hex keys individually towards their "36 piece" total. Those, plus two 3-way hex/torx keys, two basic screwdrivers, adjustable spanner, & tape measure.
  • 6 2
 Park used to be proudly made in the USA. I regularly use 30 year old park tools on vintage bikes. Now a days, Park just sells over priced Harbor Freight quality tools that wear out in less than a season.
  • 2 0
 Why you gotta do Hazard Frought dirty like that? But seriously if it doesn’t have a part rotating at Mach chicken and it isn’t supporting a load, HF is great if you’re on the cheap.
  • 1 0
 Agree . Those 3 double ended cone wrenches are junk . Soft metal that gets chewed up instantly . Harbor freight is probably better quality then those .
  • 1 0
 I think I have almost all these already, or better versions from other brands. To me, working on my bike is like a second hobby that compliments riding, so I spend a lot on tools and enjoy the nice ones a lot. If you don't enjoy it though, for a lot of people it's probably cheaper. (especially when factoring in your time) to take most things to a shop.
  • 1 0
 I think there are four tools I don't own in some form or another in that kit. Not all of them are Park Tools but that's not a very bike specific kit. How do they give you one hex Tristar but not the other and replace that with a torque version? Also, I'd much rather have something like a derailleur hanger tool than most of this kit... OK, I'd take the hanger tool instead of the entire kit given the choice. Dealing with a bent hanger is not something I do enough to justify the spend, but it's one of those things that when I need it, I need it now, not after a trip to the bike shop, begging to get a quick check/alignment that doesn't require leaving the bike for 2-4 weeks and then paying for the line jump privilege with a craft beer six pack plus the labor.
  • 4 0
 Is this imperial or metric specific tool kit?
  • 21 0
 The crescent wrench is imperial but the rest is metric
  • 7 0
 @brook3000: yes but what about screwdrivers?
  • 18 0
 @pakleni: there is a left handed screwdriver in it i believe Smile
  • 2 0
 The chain wear indicator is imperial too.

As for the screwdrivers, they look like Wiha to me. Does anyone have one of these? Wiha typically does a lot of branded stuff, but usually puts a logo somewhere on the product. So if the screwdriver is actually Wiha, it probably says somewhere.
  • 3 0
  • 3 0
 what a prize, whoever wins this will be extremely happy
  • 1 0
 Theres no justification to say its worth £300 most of whats there you can get from diy shop for around £20 and have change,over priced just like halfords budget crap lmao
  • 2 0
 I like to take things apart .
  • 2 0
 Has anyone received any item yet? Haha
  • 2 0
 This would be awesome to win
  • 1 0
 The toolbox probably makes up half the cost of the tool kit
  • 1 0
 How many has Dolores won so far?
  • 1 0
 Yeah nice
  • 1 0
 Wow,nice one!
  • 1 0
 I need this!!!

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