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Old 11-27-08, 07:06 PM   #1
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Flick stand procedure?

Pardon my ignorance, please. I have these on a couple of my bikes, but haven't yet figured out how you actually make them work? Do you flip it down until it touches the tire, then let the friction of the tire pull it into position as you push the bike forward?,,,,BD
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In my experience (my friend has one,) he just sort of pushes the thing down. I suppose scooting it forward onto the wheel wouldn't hurt too much either.

It's not really too bad.

If you decide you don't like the things, there's lots of demand for them generally.
Everyone wants them.

It's really a shame that for the most part now, it's either a big ol' kickstand or nothing at all.

Enjoy those flickstands!

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Ya know, if someone were to make new one's...
Man... they'd be sitting pretty.
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So is the U shaped part of the wire supposed to go around the tire, or just to the side of it, to keep the bars from turning. Seems like the U shape should go around the tire, hence the shape?,,,,BD
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The "U" shaped bar does go around the tire. It should be positioned so that when you push it forward away from the frame, the tire can grab it and push it fully down into place as you roll the bike lightly backwards.

When you are ready to go, roll the bike forward and the tire will help push it back up.

Sorry I can't provide pics but somebody should be able to.
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Hmm, on the bike I'm working with the stand would push the tire almost halfway to the rim before it was fully extended. Maybe it needs to be scooted back a 1/2" or so? It was installed long before I got the bike, and I changed the tire size, but not by a whole lot.,,,,BD
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Hmm, on the bike I'm working with the stand would push the tire almost halfway to the rim before it was fully extended. Maybe it needs to be scooted back a 1/2" or so? It was installed long before I got the bike, and I changed the tire size, but not by a whole lot.,,,,BD
Yep, slide it up and down the downtube til you find the right place. Tire size makes a big difference with these. The one I have is built for a road bike and would not work with a very wide tire. I'm not sure if they made different sizes.
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Adjustment done, and it works for the most part. It still feels like it will break the pivoting part if I roll the bike forward to release it. I can kind of push it back some to release the tire, so I guess that's how I will deal with it. Any further back, and the tire will fall out the side on it's own. At least in my thinking, they went about this the wrong way? It would work a lot better if it pushed forward around the tire, and clicked into position. It could be released with with a button or small lever.,,,,,BD

And....I'm sure glad I had a set of SAE allen wrenches in my toolbox. Otherwise I'd be stuck. I don't run into SAE allens very often, on anything!
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I know, different strokes for different folks.
I have one on a mid 80's steel road bike and kind of like it on there. I find it pretty handy.

On the other hand, I would never put one on my carbon bike so even different strokes for the same folks!
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So is the U shaped part of the wire supposed to go around the tire, or just to the side of it, to keep the bars from turning. Seems like the U shape should go around the tire, hence the shape?,,,,BD
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Pardon my ignorance, please. I have these on a couple of my bikes, but haven't yet figured out how you actually make them work? Do you flip it down until it touches the tire, then let the friction of the tire pull it into position as you push the bike forward?,,,,BD
Almost correct.
"Flick" it down, let it hit the tire.
Then roll the bike BACKWARDS about 3 inches.
It then locks into place.

You need a Huret Cyclometer to make it all 80's!
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Say folks, I think he figured it out a few posts ago. He said he was a bit ignorant on the subject, not stupid!
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Flickstands will only become popular again if they make them of carbon fiber and titanium... But they sure are handy for holding the front tire stable while leaning a bike against something...
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I have one on my Raleigh Portage 650B touring bike. It worked really great with the original 43mm tires, but when I put on some 33mm Nifty Swifty tires, it doesn't hold very tight any more, although it will keep the front tire from turning side to side if it is leaning up against a wall.
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Say folks, I think he figured it out a few posts ago. He said he was a bit ignorant on the subject, not stupid!
But, cyclists are best at repeating the same thing over and over and over...
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Flip the wire down on center of tire. Hold with thumb. Roll wheel backwards. BUMP-THUMP! Engaged. Release: Push forward - THUCK!...works fine. Unless you have it on backwards.
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like (almost) everybody else did and ask yourself, "WHY did I think this was worth the trouble?"
This was true for me. I'm a recovering Flickstand evangelist. I liked it because it was so clever. But it's just not necessary, since you can always find a way to lean your bike so that it won't fall, or just lay it down on the grass.

Mine sits in a plastic bag in my bike box. After my glowing recommendation, perhaps someone would like to make me an offer.

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Yep, slide it up and down the downtube til you find the right place. Tire size makes a big difference with these. The one I have is built for a road bike and would not work with a very wide tire. I'm not sure if they made different sizes.
When I bought mine many years ago, it came with two wires. One was shorter for steep geometry frames, and the other was a bit longer for touring frames.
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I had mine on upside down for a while, until A. Winthrop corrected me.
Then I changed it, and it finally split down the middle of the strap.
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or just lay it down on the grass.
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Adjustment done, and it works for the most part. It still feels like it will break the pivoting part if I roll the bike forward to release it. I can kind of push it back some to release the tire, so I guess that's how I will deal with it. Any further back, and the tire will fall out the side on it's own. At least in my thinking, they went about this the wrong way? It would work a lot better if it pushed forward around the tire, and clicked into position. It could be released with with a button or small lever.,,,,,BD

And....I'm sure glad I had a set of SAE allen wrenches in my toolbox. Otherwise I'd be stuck. I don't run into SAE allens very often, on anything!
I think you jsut need to scoot it just a smidgeon more, if you have space on teh downtube. It is an over-center fit with the tire, but you don't want to have high side forces on the down tube.

Like most things on bikes, this will benefit from some more fine-tuning. Luckily those Allen wrenches don't weigh too much.
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Almost correct.
"Flick" it down, let it hit the tire.
Then roll the bike BACKWARDS about 3 inches.
It then locks into place.

You need a Huret Cyclometer to make it all 80's!
That Huret was more like '60s!
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That Huret was more like '60s!
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Are we talking same Huret? The one that attaches to the front hub. You take out one of the spacers and attach the Huret. It has an "O" ring that rotates and moves a simple mileage counter.

I've seen Huret cyclometers that look like speed "o" meters on your handlebars.
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Sweet.

Bikeville.com still has them.

Keep us posted as to whether they bother to serve you or not.

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