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Old 04-09-14, 05:05 PM   #51
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It's a very tight plastic band and I don't see the point of protecting from plastic with plastic.

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Yes, very tight. Maybe even too tight for even that thin 3M to fit.
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It's a very tight plastic band and I don't see the point of protecting from plastic with plastic.
Another good point. I have no idea if nylon or mylar would offer a better option. Funny thing is, until now, I never even gave it a thought as I've always put these on without ever intending to take them off.

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I just put a Flickstand on my Gitane TdF. It's pretty slick, but I wish it wasn't over the down tube foil sticker.
That's the reason I never got a Flickstand, as it will usually go over the DT decals. I wouldn't mind it covering such partially, I'm more afraid of it eventually scratching up the DT decals on my bike(s).......
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Thanks for resurrecting the Rhode Gear thread, the Flickstand and their unique water bottle mount always struck me as good design practice and thinking about what works best simply (we called this simple elegance in engineering circles here.) I remember picking up our two Motobecane Jubilee Sports in 1981 from the LBS, we got Flick Stands and water bottle set ups along with Avocet's anatomic seats when we paid for them. Too bad that Rhode Gear isn't still on their own and in business, losing a principal always seems to be the end of companies like they were.

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That's the reason I never got a Flickstand, as it will usually go over the DT decals. I wouldn't mind it covering such partially, I'm more afraid of it eventually scratching up the DT decals on my bike(s).......
Your bikes are much too pristine to be bolting any kind of clamp on the tubes. My Gitane is a semi beater, so I don't care.

The clamp would be even tighter on a non-metric down tube.
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That's the reason I never got a Flickstand, as it will usually go over the DT decals. I wouldn't mind it covering such partially, I'm more afraid of it eventually scratching up the DT decals on my bike(s).......
There might be a way, however, to avoid damage. I have a couple of Flickstands, but can't bear to mount them on any of my bikes, yet. If I do, I'll put a thin piece of 3M sign maker's vinyl or even Scotch tape on the inside. It might help to reduce friction and rubbing. Not sure. The black plastic they used is fairly dense and hard. It might work to "soften" the impact a bit with a thin coating of something between the Flickstand and the decals. Not sure. Maybe I'm fairly dense.
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There might be a way, however, to avoid damage. I have a couple of Flickstands, but can't bear to mount them on any of my bikes, yet. If I do, I'll put a thin piece of 3M sign maker's vinyl or even Scotch tape on the inside. It might help to reduce friction and rubbing. Not sure. The black plastic they used is fairly dense and hard. It might work to "soften" the impact a bit with a thin coating of something between the Flickstand and the decals. Not sure. Maybe I'm fairly dense.
Uhmmm... black Plasti-dip, maybe??....
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The OP mentioned the Rhode Gear Euro Rack and it remains the best trunk rack for a small convertible such as a Miata or Alfa Romeo. It's like having a fork mount roof rack on top of your trunk. No wheels dangling down getting the tires melted off by the exhaust.
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I know this is a zombie-back-from-the-dead thread, but I still use my Rhode Gear Large Seat Wedge bag on my MTB trips, and my wife uses their handlebar bag (complete with innovative V-shaped mounting clamp) once in a while. They made quality stuff that lasted and lasted...

I miss them so...

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That reminds me that I have a couple of Flickstands still in their original bags. I got them from Bigbossman a while ago and never got around to using them.
If you're not going to use them, let me know... My original Flickstand that i've been using on the same bike since 1984 finally broke. The bike has gone from a 12-speed racer to a 2-speed automatix "fixie", but that flickstand has been there through it all, and is sorely missed.
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Old 04-13-14, 03:28 AM   #62
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If you're not going to use them, let me know... My original Flickstand that i've been using on the same bike since 1984 finally broke. The bike has gone from a 12-speed racer to a 2-speed automatix "fixie", but that flickstand has been there through it all, and is sorely missed.
I mounted one on my Gitane and I think I'll hang onto the other one, but I found three of them on eBay.
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I have had a Flikstand on my Miyata for more than 25 years. Whenever I have had to move it to accommodate a different tire size, there was no sign of scratching the down tube. Uneven fading of the paint and decal would be the bigger issue on some bikes. Luckily, Miyata used good paint and decals, so that hasn't been a problem.
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My hand-me-down rhode gear bike rack. The rubber hooks have all fallen apart. The last one broke yesterday while I was loading the bike.
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I miss Rhode Gear products so much!!!

This is my 1970 Motobecane 25" Le Champion with Avocet sealed bearing hubs, clincher wheels, Rhode Gear mirror, Flickstand, Blackburn rack, originally converted to 18-speed. The mirror is the absolute best as it is minimally convex. Most mirrors today (made in CHINA) are extremely convex and are totally dangerous to use - by the time you can see a car in it - it is right on top of you!!
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woodrupjoe - I went to RISD too and finished in 1981. Maybe we know each other?

The Rhode Gear founders did indeed go to RISD in Providence, R.I. Their first product, the Flickstand started the company off around 1976 or 1977, if I recall. By the end of the 80s or early 90s, Rhode Gear had been bought by Bell and they became Newbold Design and branched out to design and develop products such as child car seats apart from bike related products. The company folded after the untimely death of the principal, I think in the late 90s.

I knew one of the designers and on a late night visit to the studio saw full suspension mountain bikes for the first time. I was even more amazed when we went for a ride in the building's former production space up and down stairs and over all kinds of stuff on the floors!

I have one of the tool pods from an early production or prototype run in which the broaching for the bits was too tight. You needed a tool to use the tool (a pair of pliers). Other RG products I've had are the Ultralight helmet, a pair of shorts, and the Atmos pump which pumped on both the push and pull strokes.
Small world. I went to Brown, 1 block up the hill from RISD, from '78-82. I rode across the country during the summer of '79, and I trained for the trip in the spring of 1979 by loading my panniers with 40 pounds of rocks and riding the load up and down College hill between the Supreme Court building and Brown's main gate. Maybe you guys saw me as I chugged my Trek with bags full of rocks across Benefit Street, past RISD.

I miss Geoffs - bast damn Deli I ever ate at. My sandwiches there were the Romeo DeMarco and the Magee Hickey - With extra Elvis (inside joke).

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The Rhode Gear mirror is the only mirror I paid money for and actually used until it could go no further. The rest of them were given to me by sales reps and everyone of them after the RG was a serious disappointment. So, I go mirrorless to this day.
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The Rhode Gear mirror is the only mirror I paid money for and actually used until it could go no further. The rest of them were given to me by sales reps and everyone of them after the RG was a serious disappointment. So, I go mirrorless to this day.
I have found this to be the case also. I, however, still have one that I use when I feel the need.
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There is a pair of Ross mountain bikes for sale nearby with Rhode Gear racks. I am thinking about buying one just for the rack (plus it's my size and has under-chainstay bakes). One of them has a nylon and elastic cargo strap, with Rhode Gear logo, that runs front to back on the rack.
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bringing this up again.....anybody have any parts for one of these, specifically the wheel mount..?


it was my go to in my trooper and I still use it in my landcruiser never bought the wheel holder, would love to find one...anybody?
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Old 10-03-16, 11:07 AM   #71
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Rhode Gear trunk bag (insulated) - used it 35+ years and gave it to a friend with a Nashbar rack that I replaced on my daughter's upright.

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I just mounted an older Rhode Gear trunk rack on my car for making a trip to North Carolina this weekend. Seems like a solid piece of equipment other than the rubber straps for securing the bike have degraded/disappeared long ago.
If it has the yellow plastic center where all the tubes join, beware. With a heavy load the plastic will break eventually.
I didn't believe someone who told me, who owns a bike shop and also knows the guy I Know who worked for Rhode Gear, and kept using the rack. Almost lost four bikes on the highway. One side broke but the other side held the bikes just barely above the pavement. When I turned into a drive way barely moving, one if the bikes touched the ground. Get an all steel Allen rack.
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I still have a couple of NOS sets of the Handlebar Hide, probably one black and one brown. I had black on one bike and think I kept it when I removed it. All hiding in the garage somewhere.
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Ahh, Rhode Gear.

Flickstands: I still have three of these on bikes I actively ride.

Ultra Shuttle 3: my one and only forever bike rack. I probably test it to the max by being one of those oddballs that carries a tandem across the back of a vehicle.

Great products.
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