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Old 09-13-05, 11:57 AM   #1
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Are flick-stands still being made?

This is a little gizmo that attaches to the tube near the front tire. You can put it into the down position that grabs onto the front tire and allows you to easily lean the bike without the steering mechanism turning, causing a fall.
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Old 09-13-05, 12:18 PM   #2
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No, but you can still find them for sale here & there. Search ebay for flickstand.
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I've got one; seems kind of pointless, IMO.
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They have their place and are simply fantastic when you need them. I just wish there was a braze-on for the little doohickey.
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My all time favourite "flickstand" is an elastic (from a brocolli, etc.) around the front brake lever.
I keep a few of them stuck on a water bottle holder. Surprising how fast they get "borrowed" on club rides.
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An elastic band around the down tube with both ends over the front tire valve does the same thing, and its 34 grams lighter.
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An elastic band around the down tube with both ends over the front tire valve does the same thing, and its 34 grams lighter.
More like 47, buddy
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I have one on one of my older bikes and I think that they were great devices. They are definitely not pointless. Using the flickstand allows me to lean the bike against something without the front wheel rolling backwards and the bike falling over. Too bad that they don't make them anymore.
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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
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Okay; I'm putting mine on ebay. Also have a generator off the same bike... wonder what it's worth?
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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
Those were originally sold for around $12.-. That tells you something, demand for it is out there. People don't look for this type of gadget because of vintage value but they simply need it. It keeps surprising to me nobody comes up with the similar idea and market it. I agree with LittleGinseng. I wish I had the products and know how to market it.

People, don't fool yourself. Rubber band is no subsitute for Flickstand. The difference is taking a rubber band from the pocket and putting it with both hands or just a flick with one finger. You don't even need a finger to disengage, just push the bike forward. How convenient is that?

For now, I'm happy mine is still working.
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I almost got that one for $30.00. I was in the home stretch on Ebay when I took another look at the box in the pic and noticed that it won't work for bikes with full fenders, which I had on order. So here I was one minute trying for it and putting a higher number in. Immediately after, I'm like "hey, someone please bid higher than me!! Luckily, someone did. With maybe 33 seconds to go.
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one of my bikes has a little ratchet on the front brake lever that allows me to lock the front brake shut. handy, that. I wonder if those levers are generally available. The bike in question is a Danish cargo trike that is not distributed in the US..but I don't know about the parts.

An old trouser-strap works OK to hold the front wheel in place. It is a handy thing to be able to do, especially with a loaded bike or a bike on transit.
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I have two in my parts box, and after I read this thread I went out and got 'em and I'm going to put them back on my bikes. I'm old enough now that I don't care if people laugh at me....
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OK! The Flickstand is totally pointless. That's why it's no longer being made. Just take a heavy duty rubber band and wrap it around your front brake lever, while depressing the lever. This effectively lock your brake like the FLICKSTAND. And it's beautifully low tech, very effective, and very light weight. Some guy on Ebay is selling a VELCRO based device under FLICK STAND QUICK STAND BICYCLE BRAKE LOCK. It's practically weightless, and can be wrapped around the handlebar while not in use.
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OK! The Flickstand is totally pointless. That's why it's no longer being made. Just take a heavy duty rubber band and wrap it around your front brake lever, while depressing the lever. This effectively lock your brake like the FLICKSTAND. And it's beautifully low tech, very effective, and very light weight. Some guy on Ebay is selling a VELCRO based device under FLICK STAND QUICK STAND BICYCLE BRAKE LOCK. It's practically weightless, and can be wrapped around the handlebar while not in use.
The point is not to lock the brake; it's to stop the wheel from turning and allowing the bake to fall.
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My Flickstand on my Trek 400 broke after 19 years of use. I went to my LBS and bought another one for $11.99 - no mention of NOS or anything else. This is for my commuter bike, so grams are not an issue. These things work great, but you could probably use a velcro strap from the frame to the downtube to get the same effect.
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A Flickstand keeps the front wheel stationary. An elastic will allow the wheel to turn. I have an old Flickstand on the vintage machine and I love it. If someone buys out the patent (if there is one) and started up production, I'm sure they'd sell. I'd buy another one for my Trek hybrid. Just be sure to make 'em for OS aluminum tubing.

Flickstands were made by Rhode-Gear* out of Rhode Island.

* - or Rhodegear? Sumthin' like dat.

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I used them for a few years but I think what killed them off was the wide variety of downtube diameters and odd shapes. And, of course, weight weenie-ism.

I still have one for the "standard" 1-1/8" diameter downtube that doesn't seem to have ever been installed on anything. I only have one bike it will still fit and I never used it on that one.
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Three years gone on this thread and still going. The options to replicate a flickstand are options but not nearly as convenient as the flickstand could be. You don't have to wrap and unwrap something. You don't have to wonder if it will wear out like velcro or a rubber band (19 years is pretty good service life).

I had one on my club/sport tourer. Very functional device. Fenders and downtube variations were it's only problems.
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flickstands were not pointless

they aren't made becuz no one but a few make classic diameter downtubes any longer
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The last one I saw on eBay went for $40. I need one for this bike to keep the barcon from denting the toptube if it falls over when I lean it against something.

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This is too funny... the velcro "flickstand" on Ebay for 8 bucks!

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