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Old 04-21-08, 08:08 PM   #1
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Why Knock Kickstands?

I've read some posts around here that knock Kickstands? Just curious why this is? Are they for kids bikes only?
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Old 04-21-08, 08:11 PM   #2
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They have their place in recreational, touring, commuting and utility cycling, but are a no-no for competitive cycling.
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Old 04-21-08, 08:30 PM   #3
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Kickstands are illegal in 17 states. They are legal in Indiana, but I have found that they are not necessary.
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Old 04-21-08, 08:32 PM   #4
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Traditional accessory kickstands damage steel frames very easily. I have/had several frames with damaged chainstays.
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Knock 'em?

As a utility/commuter/tourer, I only kick 'em.
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I always found they didn't work that well (compared to a tree, wall or lamp post), were heavy, tend to rattle, get in the way etc. The one type I like is where the rear wheel ends up suspended off the ground, either on a big W shape, or on two separate feet, like on motorscooters.

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Kickstands are illegal in 17 states.
Baloney!
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Old 04-22-08, 07:35 AM   #8
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Dangerous on mountain bike or any bicycle that flies. If you land on the kickstand or the
bike lands on you kickstand first, you are in a world of hurt.

Weight weenies also fear kickstands.

Look at the touring guys, they love them so much, they have double kickstands.

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Not all. Nor that many. Using a kickstand on a heavily loaded bike will result in a loud crashing sound at some point .
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Usually I just lean my bike against something. If it is heavily loaded, I actually prefer to lay it down (cyccommute eludes to why above). Either way, I have never found much use for them. Use them if you like them, though.
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IMO, kickstands are useless, because the bike always has to be locked to something anyhow.
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I don't care if anyone else uses them. I have no use for a kickstand.
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Not all. Nor that many. Using a kickstand on a heavily loaded bike will result in a loud crashing sound at some point .
+1 - Usually they just lay them on the ground or really secure them to something.
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It wouldn't be a Raleigh 3 speed without a kickstand.
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Kickstands are illegal in 17 states. They are legal in Indiana, but I have found that they are not necessary.
In California it's a mandatory minimum of two years in the State prison.
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It wouldn't be a Raleigh 3 speed without a kickstand.
No doubt! I have one on my Denault.

I've seen kickstanded bikes blow over in the wind too.
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I'm still searching for the TI kickstand.
I'll consider CF... if I have to!
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I don't knock kickstands. If you want one, you should have one.

What bugs me are kickstand fanbois who think I should have one just because they like them.
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Kickstands are illegal in 17 states. They are legal in Indiana, but I have found that they are not necessary.
Is this for real?
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I'm sorry, but they are just not cool.
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Is this for real?
Hard to tell. 83% of statistics are made up on the spot.
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Hard to tell. 83% of statistics are made up on the spot.
Wrong!! 83.02%
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Old 04-22-08, 11:37 AM   #23
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83% sure I might have made that up.
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I'm sorry, but they are just not cool.
Maybe not. Two of my bikes have kickstands. The one comes in very handy. I use this bike as my walking the dog bike. When she needs to stop to do her business, I just hop off, put down the kickstand and wait until she is done. No need to find a tree or anything.

On my other bikes, I see no need for a kickstand. So I don't have them. I usually just find a tree, pole or something and use the pedal/sadddle trick to keep the bike up and in place.
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I can still pose effectively, kickstand or no kickstand.
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