Published by Lyn on 15 September 2015
Andrew Barnett* reviews the Park Tool PCS9 home maintenance bike stand and finds it an excellent addition to any amateur bike mechanic's shed.
Previously when working on my bike I have been a turn-it-upside-down kind of guy. However, earlier this year I decided to upgrade my groupset and so I put in a birthday request for my first work stand. This is the one that materialised and I've been using it regularly ever since.
The model I have is the Park Tool PCS9. The stand is easy to assemble and comes with all necessary tools.
It allows your bike to be securely held via a vice grip protected with hard rubber which has not marked my carbon seatpost. The height can be easily adjusted and the horizontal supporting arm has an insert so the bike can rotated and locked in the desired position, with or without the bike installed.
The stand is solid and I conducted all of my upgrade 'hands-free', with the exception of the removal of the bottom bracket for which I enlisted additional help to secure the bike just to be sure.
The stand is made of pretty rugged tubing and heavy-duty paint so it is find for use for deep cleaning where you may need to furnish a hosepipe and brush.
In terms of storage, when not in use there are two main options. Firstly the legs fold so that the stand can be stood or laid down in one piece (see picture), or the stand actually fits quite nicely into the corner of a room as the legs are at almost 90 degrees apart.
Overall I have been very happy with the stand for my part-time home maintenance and I think that, given the quality build that's become standard with Park Took kit, I should be using it for many years to come.
Pros: Well-made, easily adjustable, very stable, good price
Cons: Not easy to fit in a standard car to take in support of a road trip
* Andrew is Freewheeling France's other half and fixes her bike when she's too lazy to do it herself.