Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-26-11, 09:40 AM   #1
bluefoxicy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Bikes: 2010 GT Tachyon 3.0
Posts: 1,212
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Good bike stand?

http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-PCS-...dp/B000ROHJ12/

Is this good? There's a PCS-9 which is a few dollars cheaper but I don't know if it's functionally inferior. It's listed as "Economy," which to me means "Same thing just cut more corners," so I think I'd go with the PCS-10 instead ...

Good stand? Are there better ones cheaper? I want it for doing tune-ups, adjustments, cable replacements, and generally holding my bike up when I don't have wheels on it. I'm finding a lot of that stuff extremely hard when I'm trying to do it on the ground.

Looking for a one-time purchase for personal use, not a stepping stone or something for a pro bike shop or race team pit.
bluefoxicy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 09:42 AM   #2
Sixty Fiver
Bicycle Repair Man !!!
 
Sixty Fiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: YEG
Bikes: See my sig...
Posts: 27,262
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Should be fine for home use... we use these as mobile repair stands for events as they can be collapsed and carried fairly easily.
Sixty Fiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 09:49 AM   #3
eddubal
Mud, Gore & Guts
 
eddubal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Bloomfield, NJ
Bikes: 2012 Van Dessel Gin & Trombones; 2011 Masi Speciale SSCX; '87 Peugeot Cannonball Express
Posts: 497
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't know about the 9, but I have the 10 and like it. It looks like the 9's clamp is a screw clamp while the 10 is a cam clamp. Once the cam is set, it's easy to put a bike in and out. A screw clamp will take longer to clamp a bike into it.
eddubal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 10:07 AM   #4
CACycling
Senior Member
 
CACycling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxnard, CA
Bikes: '08 Fuji Roubaix RC; '07 Schwinn Le Tour GS; '92 Diamond Back Ascent EX
Posts: 4,565
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've got the PCS-10 and it is great.
CACycling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 10:18 AM   #5
bluefoxicy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Bikes: 2010 GT Tachyon 3.0
Posts: 1,212
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Awesome. I'll buy this next month then. Kinda ragged out my budget last month, especially with deciding to drive to the barber shop instead of riding my bike the 2.5 miles (it cost me $300, they towed 2 dozen cars off the street I was parked on ... the sign says "PARK HERE" and "NO PARKING" for the same space ugh).
bluefoxicy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 10:50 AM   #6
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 19,734
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 467 Post(s)
You could get one thru your local bike shop, so they won't close ..
amazon won't repair stuff for you..
fietsbob is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 11:11 AM   #7
Sixty Fiver
Bicycle Repair Man !!!
 
Sixty Fiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: YEG
Bikes: See my sig...
Posts: 27,262
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
I have the PCS 2 in my shop and if you can find one of these you will never want to part with it... the spring loaded clamp works beautifully and self adjusts.

Sadly... they do not offer this model any more and maybe it is because they never need service.

This is the PCS 2 bench version...

Sixty Fiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 11:16 AM   #8
bluefoxicy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Bikes: 2010 GT Tachyon 3.0
Posts: 1,212
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Nah, I'll have one around here check true on my wheels and true them if necessary probably, after i get the derailleurs and brakes figured out. But I want to do most of my work myself and I don't want to pay for tools If one of the more decent bike shops has it cheap I'll grab it.

I don't own a bench. I don't even own a computer desk or a dining table!
bluefoxicy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 12:08 PM   #9
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 19,734
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 467 Post(s)
You could mount that bench stand on the end of a 4x4 set in concrete poured in an old car tire.
fwiw...
no furniture no problem, folding repair stands, I have one in a closet.

Last edited by fietsbob; 05-26-11 at 12:12 PM.
fietsbob is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 12:58 PM   #10
Sixty Fiver
Bicycle Repair Man !!!
 
Sixty Fiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: YEG
Bikes: See my sig...
Posts: 27,262
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bluefoxicy View Post
Nah, I'll have one around here check true on my wheels and true them if necessary probably, after i get the derailleurs and brakes figured out. But I want to do most of my work myself and I don't want to pay for tools If one of the more decent bike shops has it cheap I'll grab it.

I don't own a bench. I don't even own a computer desk or a dining table!
The PCS 2 comes in a floor model as well.
Sixty Fiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 01:18 PM   #11
bluefoxicy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Bikes: 2010 GT Tachyon 3.0
Posts: 1,212
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Hmm, wonder if either of these turn ... like does the clamp swivel? It looks like it might ... then you can rotate the bike.

Dunno, a coworker who owned a bike shop and has ten million mechanic's tools mentioned it.
bluefoxicy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 02:34 PM   #12
CACycling
Senior Member
 
CACycling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxnard, CA
Bikes: '08 Fuji Roubaix RC; '07 Schwinn Le Tour GS; '92 Diamond Back Ascent EX
Posts: 4,565
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bluefoxicy View Post
Hmm, wonder if either of these turn ... like does the clamp swivel? It looks like it might ... then you can rotate the bike.
Yes, the clamp rotates so you can turn the bike 360 degrees.
CACycling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 02:58 PM   #13
wrk101
DRF aka Thrifty Bill
 
wrk101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
Posts: 19,973
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Think used. Think C/L. I have picked up a variety of pretty good stands on C/L, from a Minoura Pro stand (free!, the owner had taken the arm apart, and couldn't figure out how to get it back together), to decent Parks homeowner models for $50 +/-.
wrk101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 04:07 PM   #14
vettefrc2000
Senior Member
 
vettefrc2000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Somewhere North of Detroit and moving fast!
Bikes: 1976 Fuji America 1980 Fuji America 1984 Fuji America TS V 1982 Fuji Royale II 1993 Trek 970 1997 Trek 5000 2004 Trek Calypso 2007 Trek Portland 2008 Surly LTH
Posts: 696
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes
vettefrc2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:24 AM.