A good-quality bicycle can survive its owner’s neglect for a while before requiring a tune-up, especially if used infrequently. Obviously, it’s better to lubricate frequently, but you probably won’t notice problems if you only ride occasionally. If you ride more than once every week or two, however, you know you need regular maintenance. You need a repair stand for these chores, like a Park Tool PCS-10 Home Repair Stand.
Park calls the PCS-10 a portable stand because you can fold it for storage. Assembled, you suspend mountain and road bikes from a clamp with a 7/8- to 3-inch capacity. The height ranges from 39” to 57”, so you can hang a bike in any position for easy access to components. A cam-operated, padded clamp holds the bike in place and a three-leg system keeps stand and bike stable. Loosen a pair of quick-clamps, fold the legs up, and the stand collapses to a compact 41" tall. These quick-releases are the main difference between the PCS-10 and Park’s PCS-9 Stand.
The clamp system’s 3-inch, no-mar padded jaws (replaceable padding) grasp any tubing gently. It opens and closes with a cam arrangement that prevents over-tightening; the clamp mechanism rotates through 360° to position the bike at any angle. The jaws are grooved to for tube sections with external cables
The PCS-10 comes disassembled, with all tools needed to assemble it. The instructions are, however, ambiguous and accompanied by a poorly-labeled drawing even though thoughtfully printed in four different languages. Assembly takes about fifteen minutes, most of which is spent flipping the instructions back and forth between the text and the illustrations
The PCS-10 is sturdy: the three-footed system is nearly impossible to tip over. It’s versatile: you can mount the bike in any position, rotate it while still clamped in place and raise and lower it without taking it off the stand. The footprint is large when opened, but when folded it stows easily in a corner, folding to about the size of a golf bag.
Available accessories include a work tray for tools, a paper-towel holder, and a nylon carry bag.
Pros: bulletproof construction, easy to fold up, small size for storageCons: indifferent assembly instructionsSummary: If your bicycle deserves the best treatment you can give it, give it a Park Tool PCS-10 repair stand.