Classic & Vintage - Frickin' Flick Stand.
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02-01-11, 08:36 AM
I bought a flick stand to go on my '80 Trek 610. It has to be the coolest accessory ever. Well, I noticed last time I used it that it was loose, and wasn't working properly. Upon further inspection I found this:
The darned thing is cracked. That's what happens to 20 year old plastic I guess. This thing is so old it says 'Made in USA' on it. Seriously, when is the last time you saw a plastic bit made in USA?
I wasn't going to just throw it out, so I decided to reinforce it by wrapping it in an aluminum shell. First, I traced it.
Then I used a rotozip with cutting wheel, angle grinder, and hand files to shape it. I bent it around an old frame tube to give it the shape, and drilled a hole on each side. I finished it off with a wire brush wheel to give it a uniform look and texture. Here's the end result.
02-01-11, 09:20 AM
dang, that's smart! I' have a cracked flickstand & one that I'm sure will be once I start putting it into service...so now I have a plan! thanks for the idea.
02-01-11, 11:52 AM
Cool beans, that looks nice.
I had one of those back when 27" tires still ruled. It was one best little dodads you could get if your bike was too cool for a kickstand.
I run fenders on just about every bike I have now so.......
That is a super solution and looks great on your bike!
I wonder if a "barrel" type rack mount, brazed to the bottom of the downtube, would work with the tire holder hoop?
02-01-11, 12:47 PM
I had the same thing happen to one I paid good money for ($10 used) and it cracked the first week.
02-01-11, 01:02 PM
Are you sure about the year and model of your bike.? I have one exactly the same and I think mine is an '83 500. Mine has 500 on the
I remember that my old 1985 Raleigh USA Super Course had one as standard equipment. It had what looked like a water bottle boss brazed in the downtube that the Flick Stand screwed into. I thought it was cool.
02-01-11, 01:34 PM
For anyone who wants to buy one of those babies, there are a few for sale over here (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/695183-Flickstands-for-sale!). I got one and it's been great.
That is quite a steep angle on the stem and I noticed the seat post is set up high. What size frame is that Trek? You must be taller rider with that setup on that frame I'm guessing...
02-01-11, 02:00 PM
I think they re-used the color that year, is your trek sticker yellow also or is it red? Mine is definitely a 1980, as confirmed on the vintage trek site by serial number (Serial number is 000273). I do believe however, that this frame was built in '80, but probably sold as an '81.
02-01-11, 02:09 PM
Flickstands be nice. Another good way to lock out a bike from rolling is to fold over the velcro tab on your riding gloves, and then squeeze each brake lever in turn, placing the folded tab between the top of each lever and the top of lever body. This locks the brake levers into a clamped position. It doesn't add any weight to the bike either.
02-01-11, 02:19 PM
You can also adjust your front brake to work with the quick release in the open position, then close the quick release and use it as a parking brake on a car........
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