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    (Another) Bike Stand Question

    Newbie amateur mechanic question:

    When I put my bike onto my bike stand, the front wheel usually turns to the left or right. This is probably due to an uneven garage floor. Not much I can do about that.

    I've tried a couple of DIY fixes. So far no success. I've used a short strap wrapped around the down tube and passed through the wheel ... which is okay if I don't need to spin the front wheel for any reason.

    The best fix would be a gadget that attaches to the top tube at one end, from which two arms extend, and fasten to each side of the handle bars ... made from some rigid material. Does such a gadget, or something similar, exist?

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    Yes, at least one, the Park Tool Handlebar Holder, HBH-2 is available. I have never used one. If I want the front wheel to stay straight, I rotate the bike in the stand so the the front is lower than the rear. Not perfect, but it works ok.

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    I've got the HBH-2 and it works great.

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    there are a few companies out there that make them, parks makes one that looks very simple. I just use a couple of bungie cords on my bike, plus they allow me to turn the wheel side to side if I have to.
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    What diference does it make if the wheel tuns slightly. OTOH if it turns enough to be an issue, it isn't your garage floor, it's gravity and you don't need a gadget, just tilt the bike.

    Most of the wheel/fork weight is forward of the steering axis. If you hold the bike front wheel down slightly it'll hang straight, if front wheel up it'll flop to one side ot the other.
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    I have used the Park HBH-2 and while there are other DIY fixes, you will truly appreciate the ease and stability of the HBH-2. I highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodgensince74 View Post
    ...I just use a couple of bungie cords on my bike, plus they allow me to turn the wheel side to side if I have to.
    Where do you attach the bungies?

    Thanks for the answers, everyone.

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    How about this:

    Ice Toolz.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kelin View Post
    Where do you attach the bungies?

    Thanks for the answers, everyone.
    from the hand grips to the stand clamp
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    I took a bit of 1/4" mild steel rod and copied the general shape of the Park Tools HBH-2. It is shown in use in the this old pic.
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    I just use a bungee or a strap from the wheel to the downtube. If I need to rotate the wheel, then I take it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    I just use a bungee or a strap from the wheel to the downtube. If I need to rotate the wheel, then I take it off.
    +1 Better things to spend money on than a "specialty" tool for this.

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