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Old 03-28-07, 02:29 AM   #1
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Which stand is a better buy?

I'm looking at two stands. One is a used Park PRS-5.



The other is a brand new Spin Doctor Pro G5 from performance



They are both about $140. Is the Park more robust/better? I'm going to learn how to do everything ......I want to become self sufficient with bike repairs. So obviously I want a good quality stand.
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Old 03-28-07, 02:53 AM   #2
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Park. Please just trust me on this one. The tri-pod on the Spin Doctor isn't very sturdy and the clamp stinks on ice.
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Old 03-28-07, 02:53 AM   #3
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Park ftw.
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Park!
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Old 03-28-07, 07:34 AM   #5
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I've got one very similar to that Park and it's great -- plus I think you can add the wheel truing attachment to that stand for about $26.
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Just spend the coin and get an Ultimate pro.
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Old 03-28-07, 08:09 AM   #7
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Get the Park
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Another vote for Park
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2 things I learned about bike mechanics. Cheap tools suck, you will wind up buying a Park tool to replace it. And cheap stands suck. Get a Park. You can get spare parts for them anytime.
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Which stand to by?

I recently bought the Park PCS-10 workstand. Did a lot of research first. The Park stand is well made and uses heavy gauge steel and provided the right price point for me. Definitely go with Park.
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Heh. A couple years ago i built my own stand using a PA speaker tripod base (actually the same base as is on that Spin Doctor stand from the looks of it, some steel pipe, a pipe clamp, and some custom cut plywood for jaws.

It works OK, but in retrospect, considering the amount of time i spent on it, i should have just bought a Park stand
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I got a spin doctor stand from amazon.com. It works great and is very stable and sturdy only $89
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I'm looking at two stands. One is a used Park PRS-5.


The other is a brand new Spin Doctor Pro G5 from performance



They are both about $140. Is the Park more robust/better? I'm going to learn how to do everything ......I want to become self sufficient with bike repairs. So obviously I want a good quality stand.
The question to ask is how good are you at balancing a bike with one hand and turning a screw with the other. That's the major problem with the Spin Doctor. You have to open the jaws wide enough to get the bike in there and then you have to close them. It's awkward. And you have to do the same to take the bike off the stand.

The Park, on the other hand, is a spring loaded single clamp that can easily be operated one handed and takes less than a second to engage. I always clamp the seat post so all I have to do on mine is hold the bike up and snap the clamp closed...no juggling needed

Go for the Park. 15 years from now, you'll still be using it. The Spin Doctors will be taking up residence in the landfills by then.
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Park tools has it down. One thing you'll find in common with just about every bike shop is a park stand. Pedros is good stuff as well, but usually more expensive.
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