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Old 09-22-09, 12:54 AM   #51
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Another design is apparently used on some european city bikes to keep the front fork from rotating to the side. I have seen it mentioned in the utility bikes area as I recall. This is a setup with two springs running from a bracket on the fork steerer tube bottom to a bracket mounted on the down tube. Still allows normal steering but the springs are apparently strong enough to keep the fork from rotating much when the bike is on the sidestand or center stand.

A email to a Dutch dealer might turn it up as an add on device. I may try making something similar for my utility bike.
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Old 09-22-09, 10:28 AM   #52
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They just sold two on Ebay: one new for 30+ bucks, and a used one for 20+ bucks. Wish I had a stash of THOSE puppies
Damn. And I threw out the one that came on my vintage Masi. Along with the Huret cyclometer.
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Old 09-22-09, 11:17 AM   #53
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When I'm working on a bike in my work stand or have a bike on my car rack, I use what some may consider a bit strange to keep the front wheel from turning; a dog collar. My wife picked up a small sized nylon collar at either Dollar Tree or Dollar General for our dog. It's cheap at a buck, adjustable and has a plastic quick release buckle. It works like a champ.
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I recently picked-up a new-in-package Flick-Stand for mountain-bikes from back around 1984ish. With a small rubber-shim, it fit my vintage PUCH racer like a glove. And it's stronger and better designed - IMHO - than the one's made for regular bikes.

Cost: $5.00

(Don't bother. They were sold out inside 20 minutes.)
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Old 09-29-09, 01:17 AM   #55
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The Flickstand Alternative

Brilliant! A piece of double sided Velcro that goes around your handle bar and brake lever. Effectively locks your brake, and allows you to lean the bike against a stationary object, and it does not roll away. Won't lock the fork lke the a flickstand, but is pretty effective without that feature. Practically weightless, I Got a pair on Ebay. I got the ones with the Cue Clip Feature. For Double duty! I used to watch my Beautiful Merlin get bumped by other cyclists, and down she would go! NO MORE! The Flicksand was a great idea, and if you've got a classic bike with the proper tube diameter, and you can find one, it's great. The Down side is that unfortunately, it looks kind of silly and adds a little more weight to the bike. Buy one of these little Velcro Flickstand Thingies on the Bay or just make your own.
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Hello I had some flickstands for sale recently and I may be able to find some more. personally I use this little rubberband trick I was showed years ago.
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Old 05-10-10, 09:02 AM   #57
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Still have one on my old Raleigh. One of the more clever bike gadgets: simple and effective, it keeps both the fork and the wheel from rotating, and I don't think it weighs more than 20 grams. I think it sold pretty well when most bikes had 1-1/8" steel downtubes, but you'd have to keep twenty sizes in stock today, or maybe re-design it with an adjustable strap.
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Still have one on my old Raleigh. One of the more clever bike gadgets: simple and effective, it keeps both the fork and the wheel from rotating, and I don't think it weighs more than 20 grams. I think it sold pretty well when most bikes had 1-1/8" steel downtubes, but you'd have to keep twenty sizes in stock today, or maybe re-design it with an adjustable strap.
A 6" bungee works to hold the wheel from rotating and from turning side-to-side. Hook one end to the bottle cage, loop it through the rim, and hook the other end back to the bottle cage. The benefit over the Flickstand is that the bungee will work with fenders.
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Wow, this thread has more lives than a cat. Started in 2005, resurected in Sept. 2009 and now it's back again.
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Last I checked both Clever Cycles and Wallbike import the Hebie Stabilizer. Not on their web sites so phone or email tem. This is a spring device which runs from the fork crown to the downtube. It prevents front wheel flop but will not prevent front wheel rotation. No noticeable effect on bike handling so you install it and forget it.
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I recently flipped a bike with a Flickstand. I should have taken it off and sold it separately!
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I sold my Miyata 1000 touring bike on ebay recently. It was kind-of a frankenbike built up with good stuff of all brands and eras. So I didn't keep the Campy 50th anniversary front hub, or the Nuovo Record rear derailleur, or the Super Record seat post in mint condition... one can find those all the time on ebay. But I did keep the flickstand, one of two that I own. My other bikes, vintage or not, use a heavy-duty rubber band or an old toe-strap at the downtube to the front wheel, but they're just not as efficient. I'm working on an improvement to the flickstand though. Patent pending...
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I tried to align a flickstand on a bike I was working on last week. I was fixing it up for a neighbor. The plastic band broke. :-(
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Flickstand, I have one, will mail parcel post,CONUS, for .. $6
someone else asked but their check hasn't arrived, yet,
so I'll reopen offer.

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For those that have never seen one. Here's a shot of my 1985 Raleigh Team USA with the Flickstand engaged.

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Im getting into biking after a 35 year hiatus. I just ordered a bike and asked the LBS if they had flickstands. They looked at me kinda funny and sneered, "no!" I was really disappointed...
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