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Old 05-25-14, 11:48 AM   #1
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Basic Workstand for my folder?

Thinking of buying this:

Halfords | Topeak FlashStand

Pretty cheap and will serve my needs i.e. Some basic chain cleaning, maintenance etc. Also quality is assured given it's Topeak; always generally had a good experience with their stuff.

Any thoughts as to whether it would work or not with the Mu Uno's frame design? That's my only concern.

Any alternatives given my bike and my needs? Portability of the workstand is not a requirement. Price-wise I don't really want to be spending over 50 unless I really can't help it, given my very basic needs.

Seen this but worried about build quality:

New Home Mechanic Pro Folding Bike Bicycle Cycle Repair Stand Work Workstand | eBay

This one looks much more promising - plenty of good reviews:

NEW BICYCLE REPAIR WORK STAND NEW DESIGN WITH QUICK RELEASE HANDLE AND CLAMP HOME CYCLE BIKE MECHANICS MOUNTAIN ROAD PROFESSIONAL code ; A146: Amazon.co.uk: Sports & Outdoors

Thanks.

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Old 05-25-14, 01:53 PM   #2
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How about a Table? just to get it up higher ..

Upside down works well too ..

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I would want the baconwheel off the floor. Table a little too basic.
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I got one from Lidl last year, just under 30 and very similar to 3rd one in your links. I am very happy with it, good enough for home use, probably not robust enough for a professional bike mechanic/bikeshop. Your Dahon will fit fine, clamp it in using the seatpost. Before the bike stand I used to service my bikes by mounting them upside down in a Black and Decker workmate and clamping the bar stem in the workmate jaws. The work stand is a much better option.
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Haha - 'baconwheel' - mast news smelt czech moor offal.

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Old 05-25-14, 05:32 PM   #6
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I got one from Lidl last year, just under 30 and very similar to 3rd one in your links. I am very happy with it, good enough for home use, probably not robust enough for a professional bike mechanic/bikeshop. Your Dahon will fit fine, clamp it in using the seatpost. Before the bike stand I used to service my bikes by mounting them upside down in a Black and Decker workmate and clamping the bar stem in the workmate jaws. The work stand is a much better option.
Thanks. I may go for it. I also happen to have some old manfrotto tripod legs and a manfrotto superclamp which both haven't been used in years sitting in my loft. I think I will take a look at seeing if there's any way of turning those into a workstand. The tripod is definitely robust enough to handle my Muno, whilst the clamp is rated to 15kg. Must be a way...
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new Game Show : "Wheel Of Bacon" !!
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Lol.

In other news I was messing around with my Manfrotto lighting stand and some hollow PVC piping and came up with this solution:





35mm'ish diameter/400mm'ish length of tubing pushed-up unto the hollow of the frame so it pushes right up against the seat post within the tube. It's relatively snug and is not going anywhere.

The other side of the tube is simply slotted onto the outer edge of the light stand. Obviously not heavy duty but will certainly for the moment help me clean and lube the wheels, frame etc. when necessary. 10ish KG seems to get handled fine & there's some basic adjustability i.e. Can rotate bike, move-up & down (although I wouldn't in order to retain stability) and can tilt it left and right :-)

May jam some sort of metal into the end that currently just slots quite loosely onto the outside of the light stand so that I can instead slot a narrower end into the light stand and tighten. This would eliminate the main weakness.
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