Perhaps this could be a chat topic. There is a lot to be said in favor of the kickstand: It lets you leave your bike standing without a rack, it makes it easier to park at work, it's convenient if you want to get something out of panniers or rack pack. There are 2 real complaints: weight and clamped across the chainstays they make it hard to clean the bike after wet, muddy rides. I'm currently thinking of alternatives that be easily removed, light weight, and multi-functional. The stand should either allow easier on the road repairs like the Quickstand Terry Cycles sells or carry additional lighting or reflector surface for the rear rack. I'm currently thinking of tensioning fiberglass poles with bungee cords (sort of a 1 foot tall dome tentframe). Anyone have suggestions for this project?