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Old 02-20-06, 10:33 AM   #1
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I'd like to make a simple bike stand. Just something to put the back (or front) wheel into so that the bike will stand up on it's own. Nothing fancy. The more compact, the better.

Has anyone done this? Any pics or tips?

What I have in mind is something like the attached, only for a single bike and probably made of wood (solid sides).

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Old 02-20-06, 11:29 AM   #2
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I made a simple one out of wood...just a basic 2X4 frame with a rectangular base about 2 ft wide, a vertical side about 2 ft high on one side, then some struts at 45 degrees going from the top across to the opposite side of the base. Sort of like this: //|. The struts were about 2" apart and that more or less held the wheel upright. However this still allows a lot of wobble. If you make it too short from left to right relative to thte bike, the bike may be able to lean enough that the whole thing falls over, You may also need a piece of plywood reinforcing one corner of the the vertical side, so the thing doesn't distort into a parallelogram. I'll post a better sketch of what I mean later.

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Old 02-20-06, 12:03 PM   #3
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one of the most elementary stands i know of, small and works fairly well. doesn't always work with fat-tube bikes, though. shop around, there are cheaper versions of this.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...goods&v=glance
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A couple of years ago I had stopped into a LBS to pick spare tubes. I noticed that they had these extraordinarily simple bike stands that were used to hold up the showroom bikes. The stands are black with the name "StandIt" stenciled in white. I asked if I could buy a couple and the guy says sure. I think I paid about $12-$14 each. I would have bought more, but that's all he could spare. I've spent more than $14 dollars making simple garage wall mounts from wood. Anyway, I still use the StandIt's that I picked up a couple of years ago. I couldn't be more pleased.
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one of the most elementary stands i know of, small and works fairly well. doesn't always work with fat-tube bikes, though. shop around, there are cheaper versions of this.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...goods&v=glance
I have one like that and like it for long term parking of the bike or for doing some simple der adjustments (it lifts the rear wheel nicely). But for a quick 'park it and walk away' or an equally quick grab and go, it's not so convenient. It takes a little fiddling to get it in just the right position under the BB.
I think a simple right triangle made of 2x3 stock, sized to fit the wheel should do nicely.
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I have one of the $15 Performance Quickstands. It's great for the money.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

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