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    parking a bike without a kickstand

    So I've seen a lot of people say you don't need a kickstand. I'm not looking for a debate on kickstands.. I just have a few questions about specific situations I haven't come up with an answer for.

    First, my handlebars always get in the way if I want to lean my bike up against a wall (flat bar bike). The front wheel flops sideways and the bike wants to fall over at that point. I've seen drop bar bikes where this works perfectly fine.

    If I lay it down on the non-drive side, my mirror is on the ground and gets knocked out of adjustment. Just suck it up and re-adjust the mirror every time? It always seems that I forget to do this until I need to use it. I've become so accustomed to riding with a mirror that removing it isn't an option anymore.
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    You could lean it against a tree or sign to avoid the handlebar pushing the wheel.

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    Re: leaning against a wall, you could try turning the wheel such that the tire and the bar are both against the wall. Be aware of any slope -- it might work better with the front or the rear up against the wall. Don't walk away until you're sure it's steady.

    All that trouble is part of why I like my kickstand, BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    First, my handlebars always get in the way if I want to lean my bike up against a wall (flat bar bike). The front wheel flops sideways and the bike wants to fall over at that point. I've seen drop bar bikes where this works perfectly fine.
    Lock down the brake levers to hold the wheels.

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    thick rubber band from front wheel valve stem around the downtube and hooked over the valve stem again ,
    is cheap & simple.

    but in reality , What I use, is locking the bike to the bike rack . ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    but in reality , What I use, is locking the bike to the bike rack . ...
    You have a bike rack?!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    You have a bike rack?!!
    When I was younger not only did we not have bike racks, we had square wheels and everywhere we rode was uphill in both directions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist View Post
    When I was younger not only did we not have bike racks, we had square wheels and everywhere we rode was uphill in both directions!
    Square wheels helps with parking the bike.

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    You have a bike rack?!!
    City does , it's bolted to the sidewalk..

    Plan B steel signposts.. set in the concrete..

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    Turn the steering slightly and lean it at an angle. The bar,tire,and seat will all touch the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    Turn the steering slightly and lean it at an angle. The bar,tire,and seat will all touch the wall.
    +1

    To the OP ... it's not that complicated.






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    Flip the bike upside down. Now you don't even need a wall!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    +1

    To the OP ... it's not that complicated.
    If it worked that way for me, I wouldn't be asking the question. When I do what you have picturee, the front wheel flops and tries to roll away from the wall. I'm guessing locking the brakes as someone suggested might help the issue.

    I'm wondering if the fact that I have panniers has anything to do with it. Granted, I also have longer handlebars than pictured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    but in reality , What I use, is locking the bike to the bike rack . ...
    I do this as well, and it's not an issue. But over and over again I hear people suggesting to lean it against a wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    All that trouble is part of why I like my kickstand, BTW.
    I agree.. but I feel like I'm missing something with the non-kickstand crowd. Granted my fixie has a kickstand, front brake and mirror.. which I would imagine many people would find objectionable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    If it worked that way for me, I wouldn't be asking the question. When I do what you have picturee, the front wheel flops and tries to roll away from the wall. I'm guessing locking the brakes as someone suggested might help the issue.

    I'm wondering if the fact that I have panniers has anything to do with it. Granted, I also have longer handlebars than pictured.
    You can balance your bicycle against a wall without the handlebars touching at all ... with just the rear wheel and maybe seat or pedal touching.


    However, the fact you have panniers probably does have something to do with it. So lean the panniers against the wall ... and lean is the key word, you can't prop the bicycle with either the rear wheel or with the panniers if it is bolt upright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    thick rubber band from front wheel valve stem around the downtube and hooked over the valve stem again ,
    is cheap & simple..
    Keeping the front wheel from rolling always seemed like a good idea, and this is the best I have see yet - but I haven't done it because I'm afraid I'll get back on the bike, forgetting the rubber band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    The front wheel flops sideways and the bike wants to fall over at that point.
    A curly cable and lock will help there, keeps the front wheel pointed forward and provide a little casual theft protection.
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    Keeping the front wheel from rolling always seemed like a good idea, and this is the best I have see yet - but I haven't done it because I'm afraid I'll get back on the bike, forgetting the rubber band.
    forgetting you secured the ..ring lock.. on your rear wheel is a less elastic reminder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    I'm wondering if the fact that I have panniers has anything to do with it. Granted, I also have longer handlebars than pictured.
    Do you have panniers on the front?

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    Carry one of these with you. You could probably rig up some shoulder straps to carry it like a back pack.


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    Get a Flickstand to stabilize your parked bike. http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=30919
    I used one a long time ago.
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    so long as your on flat ground you just lean the rear tire against the wall with the bike at about a 15 degree angle. it will stand/lean on its own, no need to turn the handlebars or rest them against the wall at all.

    the rubber band around the brake lever is a good idea but Ive never need to do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Get a Flickstand to stabilize your parked bike. http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=30919
    I used one a long time ago.
    Fenders are in the way for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catonec View Post
    so long as your on flat ground you just lean the rear tire against the wall with the bike at about a 15 degree angle. it will stand/lean on its own, no need to turn the handlebars or rest them against the wall at all.
    Now that's something I hadn't considered.. interesting. Although flat ground is difficult to find around here.
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