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  • Only have one bike, my commuter, NO kickstand

    12 12.50%
  • Only have one bike, my commuter, YES kickstand

    23 23.96%
  • Multiple bikes, commuter has kickstand, others don't

    32 33.33%
  • Multiple bikes, all with kickstands

    14 14.58%
  • The only bike with a kickstand at my house is my 6 year old daughter's. Man up, pansy!

    15 15.63%
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    Kickstands on your commuters...yay or nay?

    Many commuter bikes also end up serving as grocery getters, city cruisers, cafe cycles, etc., etc. and I was wondering on such a multipurpose bike does a kickstand make sense?

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    Two out of my three bikes have kickstands. (The touring bike is the only one that doesn't.)
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    0 out of three have them. Even my son's bike does not have a kickstand.

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    I am against them. They only serve to set you up for a fall. i lay mine down. When i have to lock it up, it is usually in a place where i can ensure it will stay up.

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    Only have one bike and it came with a kickstand already installed. It comes in handy. Bike parking at work is in a hall in the basement (no rack), so the kickstand gives me peace of mind that my bike is less likely to topple over if bumped into.

    Biggest arguments I've ever heard against kickstands are "coolness" and weight. My bike already weighs a fair amount, and so do I, so I'm not worried about a few hundred extra grams or whatever it weighs... probably just better exercise/harder workout anyway

    Are there other reasons NOT to have a kickstand that I'm unaware of?

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    Yay.

    Not on my racing bike, but I LOVE having it on my commuter.

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    After years of not having kickstands on my bikes, I finally got one for my Surly LHT commuter earlier this year. It's been great.

    I bought the rear-mounted Greenfield "Stabilizer", after chatting with a bicycle cop in Chico about the kickstand on his patrol bike.



    Thanks to the mounting location, it's very stable. Even with 40 lbs of groceries/gear in the panniers, the rear-mounted kickstand keeps the bike upright and reasonable stable.
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    yep, I use them but they have to be good ones and installed well. I like the click stand idea! +1
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    With an X ,a kick stand (the sturdier the better) comes in really handy, helps when you are loading 90+pounds of groceries.Actually helps with loading period.
    I use the Xracycle kickback stand. It is a little harder to use than a regular (single legged) kickstand,especially with the wideloaders.

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    My current commuter has one, but it is the only bike I've owned since 1978 that has.

    I find that I use it from time to time for quick errands, but I could easily do without it. I also find that the stability of the bike (with the kickstand down) goes bye bye the second I load my rack - the rear-biased weight pulls the bike off balance.

    I'm keeping the stand on this bike for the occasional convenience (for the same reasons already given above), but when I build up my 'cross commuter, I will not include one.

    That clickstand looks pretty cool - I'd definitely have one of those for loaded touring!

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    Maybe you guys with panniers need to keep your ride upright, all of my bikes are without even the two kids bikes. I figure with all the urban architecture to lean it against or the ground to lay them on, what bother; plus I ride a lost of single track and jump (yes on my commuter) so a kickstand could easily become a human skewer.
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    I have the Esge Plescher dual leg kickstand on one bike, the Civia Hyland specific kickstand on my Civia and dual leg Hebie Bipod stands on two 26" bikes, a Swobo Dixon and a Trek 950 converted to a NuVinci hub. The dual leg stands are IMO excellent from a stability standpoint.

    The Hebies are the lightweight versions I obtained from Wallbike. Big and to many eyes ugly but they do the job if you can get them to fit. Design is similar to a motorcycle center stand. Not on their web site last I looked so if interested phone Wallbike. The Hebie on the Trek allows much easier removal and installation of the NuVinci hub rear wheel when required.

    The Esge Plescher is unobtrusive when folded and does a good job of holing the bike up. It does require trimming of the legs to the needed length during installation. I also had to do some filing of the area in front of the mounting platform on the stand to get it to fit my Steelwool Tweed frame which had a very short distance from the bottom bracket to the chainstay bridge tube.

    Many current frames are not designed for normal next to bottom bracket stand mounting dueto clearances so alternatives, or stand modification, may be required.
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    None of mine have them. I don't see the need.
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    Yes. All have one.

    Doing without one is for weight weenies and snobs. And their sons.
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    multiple bikes, one w/ no kickstand


    ps- re the poll my 4 year old daughter's bike is actually another w/ no kickstand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spanky-G-Master View Post
    I figure with all the urban architecture to lean it against or the ground to lay them on, what bother
    for an everyday bike, NOT having to lean your bike against something is quite freeing.

    I do NOT lay my bike on the ground. Blasphemy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by d2create View Post
    for an everyday bike, NOT having to lean your bike against something is quite freeing.

    I do NOT lay my bike on the ground. Blasphemy!
    If I had the beauties you do I might reconsider lying them on the ground, but mine all love the dirt it's in their blood...what can I say I'm a dirty mountain biker at heart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spanky-G-Master View Post
    but mine all love the dirt it's in their blood...what can I say I'm a dirty mountain biker at heart.
    Ya, in it's own way that's probably quite freeing too. lol
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    I have considered one for my commuter/tour bike but have been doing ok without so I might never get one.

    The click stand looks neat but I think it would be annoying to have to assemble it every time, while holding the bike up in order to use. So a kick stand already mounted seems to make more sense.

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    Kickstands, FTW!
    Just a preference thing, I guess, but I like to not have to lean the bike up against anything. Or lay carbon forks/stays on the ground.
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    My 2 main commuters don't have them because they're also my long distance bikes. I don't have any need to prop them up away from a wall because I don't use panniers for my commute.

    My utility cruiser is getting a dual kickstand because I'm putting a Wald 157-GB on the front tomorrow, and I load bucket panniers on the back, and I'm building a trailer for it. Utility haulers lose much of their utility if you can't prop the bike up to load/unload it.

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    My commuter and tourer have kickstands for loading/unloading. (They both have fenders too)
    The regular road bike doesn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Utility haulers lose much of their utility if you can't prop the bike up to load/unload it.
    That is so true. I don't have a stand on my bike because I rarely have the need for it except when I'm riding w/the wife and pulling a trailer so we can load groceries etc. in the back. That click-stand idea would work just dandy I think to throw in the trailer to make for easy loading.

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    Didn't see this choice: Multiple bikes, none with kickstands

    My bikes hang on a hook in the living room when home, and otherwise are never anywhere that I'd leave them unlocked. Whatever I'm locked to holds them up. I've never had a problem loading or unloading at the grocery store. The rack I lock to hold it up just fine then too.
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