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Old 08-08-10, 11:32 AM   #1
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best low cost repair stand?

looking for the best band for buck repair stand under 60 dollars.. or would i be better off spending more?
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Old 08-08-10, 09:39 PM   #2
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I have the feedback work stand that goes for a little over $100 and i am barely satisfied with it. For the money you want to spend i would buy a bike hanger and work with that instead.
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Spend more.

Do you really expect top quality from spending as little as possible? I have less than $60 into this one:





...minus my labor.
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I recently found a perfectly functional and nearly pristine Park for $100. I like it.
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Someone from these forums said to hang a rope from the ceiling of whatever room you're working on your bike, it was easy in my basement and that's what I use, works great and was free.
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looking for the best band for buck repair stand under 60 dollars.. or would i be better off spending more?
As long as you look really hard for a deal on a used high quality stand, your budget is fine. If you are looking for a new one, forget it. I actually picked up one higher end stand off Craigs List for FREE. It happens, but not very often.
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What to you intend to do with the stand? If it's just chain lubing and minor adjustments go with the cheapest stand you can find or just hang the bike from an overhead rope or hook. If it's complete overhauls or building a bike up (or back up) from scratch including bottom bracket and headset work, a high quality stand is a must. You don't have to go for the heaviest or most elaborate but get a solid stand that holds the bike firmly and lets you access it from various sides and angles.
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Spend more.

Do you really expect top quality from spending as little as possible? I have less than $60 into this one:





...minus my labor.
Great DIY stand.! What did you use to coat your clamp and T-handles?
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Old 08-09-10, 08:21 AM   #9
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Great DIY stand.! What did you use to coat your clamp and T-handles?
Plasti-Dip.

What I didn't say is that I made this stand over 20 years ago from scrap. The dip on the handles is original, but recently the stand was modified (post angled for better pedal clearance and rotation, clamp shortened, opening spring added) then repainted and the clamp redipped. I now use it as a courtesy stand at my shop.
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screw bike storage hooks in a piece of wood, then put some holes in the end of the piece of wood for rope.
then put a couple screw eyes in the ceiling and pass the rope thru the screw eyes
and hang the board with the hooks at a useful height. won't be as steady as a solid stand , as it will swing ,
but it will be a cheap .. a back saver as it will let you do work standing, or sitting in a chair.
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why frustrate yourself with a cheap stand. I spent $200 on a stand called Feedback thru REI and it holds bikes of all sizes completely turns a bike up on end for cable lube, is light weight , tripod legs and portable. I worked on bikes upside down for 4 months and decided a good stand that does it all was well worth the money. http://www.feedbacksports.com/images...pair_stand.jpg
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Park tool has several, order one thru your LBS. {save on freight/shipping**
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While not under $60, my shop stand was less than half the cost of a baseplate type stand...mostly due to saving the exhorbitant cost of shipping a 3/8" thick steel plate.





Just a little design and welding, having pipe threaded and it's more stable than a baseplate type by a longshot.
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Hey Wordbiker, is that one of Park's wall-mounted stands that you fabricated a bracket for? That's a sweet set-up.
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You can buy used, look around (Craigslist, etc.)....

You can buy new:

Performance Essential Bike Stand, about $50-60 the last I looked. Mounts the bike by the bottom bracket, not the most stable in the world. Had one, gave it away when I got...

Feedback Sports Recreational Bike Stand -- I paid $100 for it. As good as any Park stand I've used on the job.
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I use my trainer as a stand now but when I was in college and broke I built one for about $10. Two 8' 2x4s , clamp together on the wide side and drill about a 1.25" hole through the middle. I would lay one of them across my kitchen counters with the bike on it and clamp the other on top with some squeeze type wood clamps. Kinda hokey but it worked pretty well for the resources I had at the time.
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If you already have a trailer hitch,,,,,,, you can use this.
http://www.harborfreight.com/two-bik...FRRsswod6Bb45g
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I think WordBiker's shop doubles as an after hours gentlemen's club when the shop hours are over....
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Hey Wordbiker, is that one of Park's wall-mounted stands that you fabricated a bracket for? That's a sweet set-up.
It is, the first of two planned.

The stripper pole comment was already made...and tested by our Girl Friday! :O

Super sturdy and no tipping over. I can even hang my 200+ lbs on it, handles a tandem just fine. The capped extension is very handy for hanging a roll of housing.
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If you have a bench vise and $8.17 - two pieces of galvanized pipe and an elbow held my old schwinn up fine and steady. Had do grind down the threads on the short nipple, then it slipped down the seat tube, tighted the nut and the rear wheel was 8" off the floor. Super steady - but yeah, it is ugly.
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I doubt my wife will OK parking my truck in the bike room.
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You must have a pretty nice wife to let you have a " bike room !" LOL
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It is, the first of two planned.

The stripper pole comment was already made...and tested by our Girl Friday! :O

Super sturdy and no tipping over. I can even hang my 200+ lbs on it, handles a tandem just fine. The capped extension is very handy for hanging a roll of housing.

I think it looks great as a bike stand & wish I had that kind of room for a shop, but I don't think my eyes can take watching a 200 lb pole dancer.....
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Around $20, also have a fitting inside the garage for rainy days. Doesn't work spectacularly and would not recommend for carbon seat posts or clamping to a frame, but it works okay for basic stuff and I managed to build up a bike using it.
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I made one from an old bike carrier upright and the base from some old piece of exercise equipment...

However, at work I have been using a Park fold-up model for about 15 years now. Still going strong. I just looked on their site, and they don't make it any more.... The "home mechanic" stand is equivalent.
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