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Old 05-25-11, 03:47 PM   #1
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Did I just break my bike?

So I was adjusting the placement of my kick stand and I tightened it instead of loosening it. Now the left chainstay is dented. Should I worry about the frame strength? It's a Raleigh Sports.

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Old 05-25-11, 04:03 PM   #2
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Yes, if you send it to me I could dispose of it properly. I don't know what shipping costs would be from Philadelphia, but I have an agent in the area that can give you a check for $400 to cover the cost. Any excess funds you can forward back to me when you ship the bike.
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Old 05-25-11, 04:08 PM   #3
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LOL, so it's fine huh? This bike is my baby. I worry. I have visions of the chainstay buckling as I hop a curb. I have also taken two of my cats to the vet when they turned out to be fine.
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Don't worry about it. If even half the bikes with over-tightened kickstands fell apart, the landfills would be bursting with busted frames. You aren't the first or last, by far, to have done this.

Again, don't worry about it.
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Bike ok. Kickstand, bad. Hopping curb, bad.
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on a Sports I suspect the tubing there is strong enough that it will not be an issue.

I do think however, admitting to installing and using a kickstand may get you banned from C&V
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Yeah, it's fine.
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I do think however, admitting to installing and using a kickstand may get you banned from C&V
What could be more c/v than the lost, lamented kickstand. Besides, I park my bike in the boiler room at work and the janitor keeps yelling at me for leaning it up against his trash cans. And the fiancée hates when I lean it against the wall.; So, kickstand it is.

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Bike ok. Kickstand, bad. Hopping curb, bad.
Hey, this is my urban commuter. Gotta hop a curb sometimes. I hope to one day own a mint condition, all-original Superbe or Tourist that I promise to never modify or abuse.
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It's got your personal signature on it now.
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kickstands are on ALL my bikes...cept one...so there
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Main damage is to resale value.
Which was not much to start with. Sports are about as rare as a lyin' politician.

You didn't break your bike, but you should be very wary of overtightening the kickstand, or letting a kickstand take a heavy load. Since it's a simple kickstand you really should never load the bike (if it has a basket or panniers) or sit on it with the kickstand supporting any amount of your weight or the weight of your cargo. The kickstand is really only to support the 30(ish) pound bike.
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Some gorilla really crushed the stays on my Phillips (and cracked off one of the ears of the kickstand's top plate,) but it still rode fine:



Tell your janitor to stop being such a diva.
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Main damage is to resale value.
Not to mention self esteem, self confidence, and C&V cred. Of course, resale value is easier to calculate.
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It's ok, but remember, and say it, "righty-tightey, lefty-loosey"
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Not to mention self esteem, self confidence, and C&V cred. Of course, resale value is easier to calculate.
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I have a huge kickstand stamp on my pug even though it is on the bottom of the frame it still bothers me. I want to repaint it.

I made a awesome shop towel holder from a kick stand.. Just bolted it to the wall and stuck a roll on it. Works nicely
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I made a awesome shop towel holder from a kick stand.. Just bolted it to the wall and stuck a roll on it. Works nicely
only problem is when you hang a towel, the kickstand folds up!

Not only did I hop 2 curbs while out getting lunch today on my Raleigh Twenty, I launched a curb cut and got some sweet air! There's something very freeing about catching air on a 40 year old bike with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed
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No I mounted it in the folded position, so it is like a rod coming out of the wall.
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How does this work on exotic tube set, Reynolds 531 or Columbus SL? It has been my experience that the stand clamp will not stay tight since the stays crush far too easily.

That said, I have seen lots and lots of bikes with stand damaged chain stays. No biggie, usually, from a performance or ride quality point of view, but nasty when viewed.

Lesson learned. Why not ask the guy at work if there was a place, out of his way, where you could install a hook and hang the bike. The same goes for your wife. Not sure that came out right:-(
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