Bicycle Mechanics - Anyone used a Performance Spin Doctor Pro repair stand?
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06-10-09, 10:15 AM
Anyone have an opinion on the quality of the Performance Spin Doctor Pro repair stand? I thinking about purchasing a used one from craigslist....
06-10-09, 10:21 AM
I have one and its decent. I use it alot and it's still in good shape. The only complaint I have is there is no quick clamp option.
If I had to buy another one I would definitely go for something with a quick clamp. But used is another story -- what are you getting it for?
06-10-09, 10:35 AM
Just to make some general maintenance a little bit easier... it would be nice to be able to spin the cranks when I'm adjusting the deraileur w/o my girlfriend holding up the back end of the bike. Eventually, maybe doing some more involved work, like opening up the bottom bracket once I get a bit more confident... but, mostly for convenience for now.
06-10-09, 11:53 AM
oh, I meant price wise, but yeah it perfect for that stuff! Esp. if it's cheap!
it's really stable!
06-10-09, 12:13 PM
Oh... ha. The fella on CL is offering it for $75 obo... I figure I'll offer him 60ish. Whaddya think?
Thanks for the quick review btw... stability is my primary concern.
Just to make some general maintenance a little bit easier... it would be nice to be able to spin the cranks when I'm adjusting the deraileur w/o my girlfriend holding up the back end of the bike.
For that you can get one of the little floor stands that hooks under the chain stay and holds the back wheel off the floor. About $10 at Harbor Freight and about $14 at Performance. It's main job is just to hold the bike upright without having to lean it against anything, but it's also good for minor maintenance.
The next step after that is to train your g/f how to wrench on your bike.
06-10-09, 12:41 PM
I had one of those... It was my second bike stand (the first was two lengths of rope hung from the garage rafters). It was a big step up from #1!!!
The Spin Doctor is light-weight and folds compactly. It does a decent job of holding the bike for light to moderate wrenching. If you're gonna really crank down on something - like a bottom bracket cup - it'll move all over the place on you.
I gave mine away to a friend when I upgraded to a PRS-15.
For $50-60, I'd say it is worth it.
06-10-09, 01:41 PM
the mechanism that allows you to spin the clamp head, is plastic and sort of wimpy, make sure that this is not stripped
06-10-09, 01:45 PM
Yeah, this would actaully be an upgrade too... my first is two 4' lengths of 2x4 connected by a small door hinge... I took a small section of a bike chain and attached it on either side to keep the 'legs' from opening too wide... just spread em and tuck the hinge under the seat. It keeps the back wheel off the ground, but is very wobbley and I have to tie down the front brake lever. Really, since I found all the pieces in the basement of our apartment complex, it works pretty well considering the price (read: free).
06-10-09, 09:08 PM
I've had this stand for 3 years, use it at least 5 times a week. I use it mostly for cleaning the bike, makes it very easy. Sets up quickly, and folded up, hangs on the garage wall from a hook and takes minimal storage space. The tripod legs do stick out a lot, but I find it makes the stand fairly stable. I'm satisfied with it. I'm getting a lot more use out of it than I expected.
If you can get it for that price I would say do it quick as that is real gloat. It is a good stand and as already stated it is very steady. It does not have a tool tray, but if you need/want one you can buy the Topeak one as the two stands likely are coming out of the same Taiwan factory and are indistinguishable from one another.
I use mine regularly and there are a few minor nits that irritate me - setting the height sometimes is challenging as the arm wants to slide back down while I am fussing with the clamp. The lack of a QR is sometimes annoying when you have to hold a heavy bike up with one hand while using the other to spin down on the clamp. And watch out when you are taking it down because it can - and it has for me - snap your hand quite painfully.
I do like it despite these quibbles however and am happy with it overall ...
06-18-09, 03:40 PM
ah but there is a sort of tool tray. Sort of. more of a hardware tray - in the arm.
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