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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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    They have their place in recreational, touring, commuting and utility cycling, but are a no-no for competitive cycling.
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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Kickstands are illegal in 17 states.
    Baloney!

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Baloney!
    I might have made that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    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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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobn View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Timtruro View Post
    Is this for real?
    Hard to tell. 83% of statistics are made up on the spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Hard to tell. 83% of statistics are made up on the spot.
    Wrong!! 83.02%

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    83% sure I might have made that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    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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