Theater Thursday | 50 Years of Park Tool

There must be something in the water of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes—something that enhances or inspires the bicycling gene—because, despite a climate that has often been described as nine months of winter followed by three months of darn poor sledding, bike shops positively thrive there. At one time or another, the biggest Schwinn, Specialized and Trek dealers in America have been Minnesota-based bike shops. Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the world’s largest bicycle tool supplier is also from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Park Tool was founded 50 years ago when bike shop owners Art Engstrom and Howard Hawkins recognized a need for specialty bicycle tools. The video below digs deeper into the history of the iconic blue tool brand.