Bicycle Mechanics - recommend a workstand
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09-27-08, 09:58 PM
I'm looking for a workstand... should I get an ultimate stand or a park or something else?
I am currently considering the ... Pro Ultra-Light Bicycle Repair Stand by Ultimate
or the park lightweight stand.
also on the cheaper steel ones is rust a problem? the ultimate sport stand looks good and is cheaper, but is made from steel.
thanks in advance.
09-27-08, 10:13 PM
I have the Ultimate Mechanics stand.. seems like it's one step down from the Pro Ultralight but I don't see much difference. And prefer the X shaped knob to the round one anyway. it's 2lbs heavier but 12.. 10.. who cares. No assembly.. just unfold the boom and the legs and it's ready to go. It's made from steel and aluminum.. the legs are AL.. the pipe up the middle seems to be steel.
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09-27-08, 10:29 PM
thanks for the reply, found that model for 140 shipped free seems like a decent deal. I'm not near an rei. I still feel like the stands in general are overpriced, but that's all cycling equipment.
09-27-08, 10:40 PM
Yea.. i tried the PVC home made version first and after an hour using my GF's fathers Ultimate stand made it totally worth it. Good thing is i don't see much that can kill those things through normal home use so it should last a long ass time.
09-27-08, 11:06 PM
i plan on washing my bike on it, i hope the steel doesn't get rust problems ... i do like the clamp handle, but the more expensive model has some kind of slide clamp?
09-27-08, 11:46 PM
I've got the Ultimate Pro Classic, about $190 + shipping from various sources.
The stand is well made and really helps with all kinds of service tasks. I wish I hadn't waited 35 years to buy a work stand. I sure spent a lot of time squatted down to do maintenance. I find that when the bike can be accessed easily, I tend to keep better track of the bike's condition and do a better job of keeping it in top shape.
Back to the price of work stands; you get what you pay for. I've learned that buying cheap tools never pays off, it merely postpones the purchase of something that should have been bought the first time.
09-27-08, 11:53 PM
I like my Ultimate. They are all good. Park etc...
09-28-08, 12:34 AM
ok thanks for the replies .. I went for the one mentioned above the ultimate sport stand... I didn't like the looks of the slide lock clamp on the models above it.. hopefully the steel tube shouldn't be an issue. I'm sure they are all about the same and I'm tired of shopping
09-28-08, 12:37 AM
I should just buy these and throw some clamps on them and resell at 3x the price
09-28-08, 12:48 AM
The steel is powdercoated so i bet it will hold up to some water. Enjoy the new toy. Sure makes maintenance stuff alot easier to do quickly without the hassle
09-28-08, 06:49 AM
Ultimate Pro Elite here.....I like it, it works well.
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09-28-08, 07:07 AM
That's the one I have! I love the fact that you just put the bike in, push the catch and then spin the knob a tad. Then to release the bike you just hit the catch and the bike is free. Very sturdy.
09-28-08, 07:35 AM
FWIW, I have used the park PCS-9 for over two years now. It is available for less then 90 bucks on amazon. I use it every couple of weeks to wash bikes, clean/lube chains, change tires, and adjust various components. It is a tad flimsy, but very portable. I store mine in the garage next to the snow blower--sets up/breaks down in the time it takes for me to pick it up.
09-28-08, 07:37 AM
I just ordered a new stand - Park Home Mechanic Bike Repair Stand from Niagra @$155ish + 16+ for shipping. Looks very good and sturdy. Niagra is close by and had the best price, so I'll know soon how it is and post results then.
<edit> This is the model up from the above poster's.
Update. It was $155 including the FedEx shipping from Niagra Cycle. The directions for putting it together were almost worthless, but it wasn't rocket-science. It requires 2 hex-wrenches and one flat box wrench for assembly, and they are included. It's quite sturdy/stable. The clamp is excellent and easy to use. Although pictures don't show this, it leans forward on it's central axis so it's a lot more stable than a picture would indicate. It's beefy - weighing about 20 pounds. Very nice indeed - much better than I expected. I'd suggest that if you are looking at the PCS-9 - wait until you can spring for the PCS-10. Much more professional feel to it (I've used a plethora of repair-stands) and it says "I'm for real" all over it.
If you buy it and can't figure out the assembly, drop me a note.
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