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Old 08-19-06, 09:01 PM   #1
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Decent home maintenance stand

Looking for a decent maintenance stand for home use. I want something under $150 that is sturdy and would prefer one that can be easily folded or dissasembled to fit in the trunk of a car. I don't need a lot of extras such as weight calculators or such. Just need a basic maintenance stand that will not fall apart.
I see multiple stands available from Park, Topeak and others but it is hard to judge their quality or "bang for the buck" from looking at pictures on a web page or eBay.

I want some recommendations on a good stand and what stands to avoid.
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Old 08-19-06, 09:59 PM   #2
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Spindoctor Pro G3 stand


http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...egory_ID=4216#

This is the stand that I have.
Sturdy, flexible and folds very quickly for easy storage or transport.
Save 10% off $100 or more with coupon code 575001
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I've had this one for a few years (Minoura MN-300). The legs fold against the column, and the column is in two pieces, and when disassembled, takes up very little room. It takes a minute to assemble/disassemble. It has good features: stable, welded construction, clamps to seatpost, easy to adjust to seatpost diameter, and bike can be rotated. I often take it with me to rides for pre-ride tune-ups.

And, it's only $80.00! @ nashbar.com

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I've had this one for a few years (Minoura MN-300).
I have the same one, got it for $65 on craigslist. not something you'd want in a shop, but for at home it's great. yeah and the fact that it folds up is nice too, has helped on a couple moves.
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Just about any Park Tool workstand is head and shoulders above anything else. The fact that it has a clamp that can be worked single handedly makes it better than all the others. Nothing is worse than trying to hold a bike in the air and adjusting the screw on a clamp. The only Park I'd avoid would be the PRS-20 which requires removal of the front wheel to work on the bike. Not good if you want to do work on the headset.

They aren't cheap but I've had one for at least 15 years and it's still going strong. Worth the investment.

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The Ultimate folds easily, and is very steady when erected.
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Just about any Park Tool workstand is head and shoulders above anything else. The fact that it has a clamp that can be worked single handedly makes it better than all the others. Nothing is worse than trying to hold a bike in the air and adjusting the screw on a clamp. The only Park I'd avoid would be the PRS-20 which requires removal of the front wheel to work on the bike. Not good if you want to do work on the headset.

They aren't cheap but I've had one for at least 15 years and it's still going strong. Worth the investment.

Here are some at Nashbar
I agree. I don't regret paying more for the Park PCS-4 to get the better clamp. It holds the bike very securely with little danger of crimping a tube. I combined a coupon with a sale price and got mine for $140.
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I like my Park PCS-9. Sturdy, folds up, inexpensive. I use it all the time and can't imagine needing anything pricier for home mech work.
http://cgi.ebay.com/PARK-BICYCLE-MEC...QQcmdZViewItem
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