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Old 12-29-04, 01:26 PM   #1
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Your favorite (or non favorite) work stand

What is your favorite work stand.. and why?

What makes or who makes a good work stand for home use?
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Old 12-29-04, 01:33 PM   #2
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What is your favorite work stand.. and why?

What makes or who makes a good work stand for home use?
I love my Excel Pro. It is light, strong, folds up into a small package for taking on trips, incredibly flexible in the ease of placing the bike in different positions. I also have a cheaper Park PC-9, and it is garbage compared to the Excel.

There is a guy who sells them on eBay at a great price. He is an official Excel dealer, and ships the same day. I loved mine so much, I bought another one on eBay as a Christmas present for another rider.

They also make a consumer model which is slightly less expensive, but for a few bucks more, you are top-of-the-line.
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Ultimate Pro

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Thanks - that was a brain fart. I don't know why I called it an Excel Pro. I have purchased two Ultimate Pro models, and they are great!

BTW, aspirevelotech is where I got them. Great communications and incredibly fast shipping.
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I've only owned one work stand so I've got nothing to compare it against. I don't know the model number off hand but it's the Park stand with the heavy 50 lb steel base plate. I've had it for 10 years now. No complaints..... holds frame solid for those BB torque downs. Nice frame holder for frame painting as well.
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Old 12-29-04, 03:52 PM   #6
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I've only owned one work stand so I've got nothing to compare it against. I don't know the model number off hand but it's the Park stand with the heavy 50 lb steel base plate. I've had it for 10 years now. No complaints..... holds frame solid for those BB torque downs. Nice frame holder for frame painting as well.
You've got the one I have. I just got it about a year ago (anniversary gift from my wife ), but it's probably 10-15 years old. I've got the double-arm version (Park PRS-2OS is the current version). I've also got the Park PCS-1 Home stand and it doesn't come close to the ease of use and sturdiness of the old one. Of course, I would expect it too as it's portable.

http://www.parktool.com/tool_indexes...rkstands.shtml

Edit: I found a pic of the two stands in my garage.
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Old 12-29-04, 04:19 PM   #7
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I recently bought the new Park PRS-15 and am very happy with it. Unlike some of their entry level models, it's very stable, has a nice quick-release clamp, raises up as high as you would need, and folds down small. They are coming out with a set of accessories early this year (tool bucket, carrying case, paper towel holder.
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Old 12-29-04, 04:24 PM   #8
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Ultimate. Broke one after 10 years of assembling tandem bikes on it. Promptly bought another one!
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I picked up a Spin Doctor G2 Pro from Performance which is onsale right now for 109. Great folding stand. I actually find I like it better than the Park PRS-5 of my cousins. Probably a real good bang for the buck. The only clamp I like better is the Park shop style, the park home stand is IMHO pretty cheesy.
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Old 12-29-04, 06:30 PM   #10
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I love the Park Tool PCS 9. Why? Because I own it. I have owned it for 1 week. It cost me a whopping $55 on ebay. I love that fact. I have used it a couple times already and am very glad i didn't spend any more on a stand.

This thing holds my bike steady as a rock.
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Old 12-29-04, 06:38 PM   #11
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I have a Park PCS-4. It has the same clamp as the shop models. It's very heavy duty and stable.
It will outlive me, for sure. Once you clamp the bike, you can rotate and clamp it in two axis plus adjust the height. Folds flat for storage. Has very nice cam shaped rubber feet for uneven floors.
Not very portable unless you have a pickup or SUV. Really, built like a tank.
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i like the stanf from ultimate i dont know the model .... cause i just got it
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I guess there's no such thing as a bad bike stand.

I like my Park PCS-9. It's very portable (the legs fold) and although not rock steady it's sturdy enough.
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i like the stanf from ultimate i dont know the model .... cause i just got it
That is the Ultimate BRS-50R Repair Stand. Now on sale at Performance for $79. I got that one for Christmas, I just couldn't justify another $100 for the Ultimate Pro. So far so good. I like it.
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i got it for christmas too.... super easy set up
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Old 12-29-04, 11:56 PM   #16
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http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4216
does anyone use this one? its cheap and it looks easy to use
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I have three. An old Cycle Pro thats seen better days, a Blackburn folder that I use as a portable or when I want to spray a frame, and a Park PCS-2 bench mount that was under $100 and works well for me.
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I have a Minoura RS4000 which looks like the same stand as the Spin Doctor G2. The best things I can say about it are that it is light and cheap. The quick releases are kind of flimsy and the tubes tend to telescope down after a while. The clamp mechanism isn't very durable either. There's a pin that goes through the body and holds the whole thing together that isn't well-secured. I had to bang it back into place recently because it had backed out enough to let the clamp arm sag.

I'd only recommend this as a light duty stand. As a second stand that you can fold up and take to an event, it's not bad but if you are a serious hobbiest get something better to equip your shop because you're eventually going to want something better.
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does anyone use this one? its cheap and it looks easy to use
The Store Display Stand wobbled. But there wasn't a bicycle on it.

I passed on it as it seemed very unstable and flimsy.

It seemed like a heavy duty ironing board modified as a bicycle repair stand.
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My stand is a VERY simple, but steady solution. It works very well for my needs!
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I have a Minoura RS4000 which looks like the same stand as the Spin Doctor G2. The best things I can say about it are that it is light and cheap. The quick releases are kind of flimsy and the tubes tend to telescope down after a while. The clamp mechanism isn't very durable either. There's a pin that goes through the body and holds the whole thing together that isn't well-secured. I had to bang it back into place recently because it had backed out enough to let the clamp arm sag.

I'd only recommend this as a light duty stand. As a second stand that you can fold up and take to an event, it's not bad but if you are a serious hobbiest get something better to equip your shop because you're eventually going to want something better.
I haven't had any of those issues with my G2. It's been locked in the same place with multiple bikes since I got it. I use it to "park" my Surly LHT every day right now. Not sure it's the same stand. I've never been very impressed with the minoura stuff. My friend has their truing stand and it's a POS, while my TS-2 rocks.
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I have the Park one with the huge weight on the bottom. It's okay. Does what it's supposed to and is solid. The only thing I dislike about it is the fact that all the bikes have the shift lever incorporated into the brakes, so adjusting the shifting is a little more difficult since the bars still can rotate. THe next best thing is that new Park stand that clamps the front dropouts to the stand. Though is is way expensive.

I hate stands that have the big tripod legs on the bottom. Any mechanic will trip over those tripod legs a few times during any build.
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Has anyone used the new style park? I saw it listed in Colorado Cyclist's latest issue. It's the one the USPSA mechanics are using in the Lance Chronicles.

I'm thinking about buying this one so I don't have to clamp any of the tubes or seatpost on my Lemond.

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Park Tool® PCS-9 Home Mechanic Repair Stand is one of the best values + a Park Tool will last you forever.
Bought mine @ Performance (look for coupon in the hot deals section).
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http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4216
does anyone use this one? its cheap and it looks easy to use
I just got this one for Christmas. Although I do not have a lot of experience with it, it is steardy and has worked great for cleaning and adjusting the drivetrain.
Out of the box the two feet have to be fully inserted (making it hard to be removed, probably the reason in store display models could be unsteady) and the center bold tightened a bit and it is really stable.
I like its simplicity, the fact that it can be easily folded and unfolded, and the price (on sale + 20% off coupon = $35).
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