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Old 01-11-12, 10:29 AM   #1
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New favorite bike storage stand

I finally graduated from just leaning the commuter up against the wall and spent some time looking for a good storage stand. I needed something that sat on the floor, didn't need any extra mounting, was easy to move, easy to mount/dismount bike, and, most importantly, didn't take up a whole lot of space on its own either with or without a bike. I finally found one I like after a good bit of searching.

This is the stand in question:



And here it is in action on the GF's '87 LeMans RS:



You can see that the fork slides around the rear axle between the hub and dropout. The weight of the bike sits on the base of the stand, which has little rubber feet to keep it from sliding around. The stand is much more substantial than you would think by looking at the catalog picture. Weight is in the 5 lb range I would guess. I really like that the stand doesn't take up any more floor space than the bike would itself.

It fits on the NDS on bikes with derailleurs, but works just fine on the DS of my single-speed Trek. No experience with mountain bikes or bikes with really wide tires but it seems universal enough. Certainly more so than the stands that have a slot for the wheel, which is often way too wide for a road tire. This is not a work stand in any way as the rear wheel sits on the floor but for storage and to keep your handlebars and seat off of the wall it's great.

I ended up buying three - two for her and one for me. They came from Chain Reaction Cycles with free shipping for $27 each on a Christmas deal. The stand is made by Shimano under the PRO brand but is very, very hard to find in the US even though it seems available in Europe and Australia.

I figure there are other members out there looking for a similar stand, so this is my full recommendation for this model.
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I have a lot of bikes.

I love the Cycle Tree stand, and at $39.99 for four bikes, you can't beat it.
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Pretty cool, never seen those before. Gives me an idea. Down to the work shop!
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Yeah I never seen one of those either. Pretty cool.

This one I built out of scrap wood years ago. Takes up more space than your's, but it keeps my bikes up. Cheap too.



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What an excellent thread. I have a few nice old bikes and some of the ideas here are inspiring. And, lucky for me, I have a Tommasini. And, for those of you who know me, the "Cheap too" qualification is perfect.
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at $19.50 from Vo this ones $6.50 less and should fit everything except a Thanet.


But your bent steel thingy is more designeree looking for sure.
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Very cool hand made wood stand!

But the bent steel thingy wins for cool new invention~
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I would love a stand or two like the OPs but I think this is more practical.

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BG...you've got the leg lamp! A major award! A Christmas Story...I'm so jealous.
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Those bike stands in the OP are sold here in Canada at some Giant bicycle retailers as a Giant branded product. I'd assume it's the same in the USA, but you know what they say about assuming!!
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Stausty, thanks for this post and recommendation. I spotted the PRO stands for $30/ea at the LBS today - shop owner was pulling them brand-new out of the box. I picked one up immediately.

Just got through testing it on my PY10 and '82 Superior #2. I'm very impressed.



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except a Thanet.
I had to google this didn't I ...






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I would love a stand or two like the OPs but I think this is more practical.

Makes for some interesting conversations, given the venue....
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I just got this stand a couple of weeks ago while in Houston.


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Makes for some interesting conversations, given the venue....

OH well the interesting conversation is one sided and usually results from first banging a shin on a pedal, and then knocking my head on another pedal when I bend down to grab my shin. What a world, what a world
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at $19.50 from Vo this ones $6.50 less and should fit everything except a Thanet.


But your bent steel thingy is more designeree looking for sure.
This VO stand, however, raises the back wheel - so you can troubleshoot/tweak your gears as well as keep the bike upright. That's a plus for anyone without a repair stand or a good solid wall-mount storage solution...
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I just got this stand a couple of weeks ago while in Houston.

Those do have a tendency to be hard on rear fenders though - especially without padding as you've added.


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This VO stand, however, raises the back wheel - so you can troubleshoot/tweak your gears as well as keep the bike upright. That's a plus for anyone without a repair stand or a good solid wall-mount storage solution...
I've found these to be most prone to rotating out of alignment and flipping the bike down to the ground. The rubber also leaves a pretty decent mark on the downtube after a while.

One thing I like about the PRO stand in comparison to the BB stands and side stands is that the bike sits virtually level and is free of excessive obstruction. Until getting this stand, nothing irritated me more than taking a great photo - such as the following - only to have the back end of the bike sitting higher than the front:



Granted, it is a bit more obvious in this shot:



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I had to google this didn't I ...
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at $19.50 from Vo this ones $6.50 less and should fit everything except a Thanet.

But your bent steel thingy is more designeree looking for sure.
I bought one from VO a while back but discovered they have them at Tree Fort Bikes for a mere $10.45 so I just bought two from them. They are identical to those from VO. Also, they have free shipping for orders of $125 or more, so I just keep a running list and when I hit the total I order my stuff. Works really well atmo.
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I've found these to be most prone to rotating out of alignment and flipping the bike down to the ground. The rubber also leaves a pretty decent mark on the downtube after a while.
Good to know. Neither of those things strikes me as particularly desirable. I was thinking of actually buying one of those VO stands, but this gives me some pause. The stand in the OP (the PRO stand) is something I will look out for as it seems like it might well be a better bet.

This wall-mount unit marketed under the 'Cycloc' label is another cool storage solution I've come across lately (it even has a small compartment for a light, cable, other such odds & ends in the centre), but that's a whole other kettle o' fish...a wildly overpriced one, at that (though there's one on my local CL for 'best offer' right now):

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This is my favorite - it was free and invisible (or nearly so):



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I use Rakk bike stands. I really like them. They're what my LBS uses. They fold flat and work well.
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Nice trick. great looking bike but what is with the canti studs and side pulls? a wheel conversion?
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