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Old 08-24-09, 04:25 PM   #1
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Kick stand or no?

Out of curiosity how many of us has one? I've noticed in the pictures some have them and some don't.

Why? Weight?

I did because it seems easier to park it. I'm toying with the idea of removing it.
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Old 08-24-09, 04:55 PM   #2
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I am wondering the same thing. I had one put on my 7.2 fx and i am considering putting one on my 7.7 fx that's coming in a couple of days... i feel like i should get a carbon fiber one or something.. LMAO!

anyway, i use my bike for fitness and i stop on the bike trails sometimes so i definitely think im putting one on my 7.7...
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Old 08-24-09, 05:04 PM   #3
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Twinkies

OP,

I removed mine. That lasted for one club ride. I don't know for sure why most of the riders I know don't have kickstands. But, they don't. Maybe it is a frame material thing?

If it is weight thing just eat one less Twinky a week.

Easy to park? I like easy...

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Old 08-24-09, 05:30 PM   #4
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One hybrid has one, one hybrid does not. Therefore I answered "meh".

The one without has disc brakes and I didn't want to mess with a rear stabilizer and disc brake.

I love having a kickstand on my bikes. Makes parking it easy.
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Every kickstand I ever had on my bikes, as a kid, would manage to upset the bike so they fell over. I'd have one on my nicely aged 3-spd (if I ever get around to it), but I'd never consider it for a really nice bike. I feel that's inviting a disaster.

I find a method to park my hybrid so it's fully supported and stable. On my custom vintage PUCH - I found a NOS Flick-Stand for $5 and put that on.
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Old 08-24-09, 05:59 PM   #6
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On the hybrid and on the hybridized road bike.
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Old 08-24-09, 06:04 PM   #7
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My hybrid came with the kickstand and all my bikes in the past did too...Mine is pretty stable and since I"m a bit of a scatter brain for me better safe that sorry.. Hubby's bike didn't initially come with one but he had one put on when we bought it...it works good but IMO is FUGLY lol
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Old 08-24-09, 06:14 PM   #8
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If it is weight thing just eat one less Twinky a week.



Pretty much sums it up for me. I'm 225 as it is, so for the minimal addition of weight I'll keep the convenience of a kick stand.
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Old 08-24-09, 07:30 PM   #9
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Wink

No kickstand. Cant give the roadies and more ammo.
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Old 08-24-09, 07:34 PM   #10
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I like kickstands, have on on all my bikes, even my folders. There is not always a tree or other something to lean the bike against, and it is STUPID to lay an expensive (or even an inexpensive) bike in the mud/dirt/sand ...
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Old 08-24-09, 07:43 PM   #11
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I had one, some jackass at my workplace moved my bike with the kickstand engaged and warped it, nearly buggered my bike up too. Cheapskate boss never even bothered to offer to replace it. Coworker that broke it never fessed up either.

When I have $ I'll get another one, after I've kicked that job to the curb.
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Friends don't let friends use kickstands.
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Old 08-24-09, 07:55 PM   #13
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I have one - my bike doesn't like to lay in the dirt........
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If you lay your bike down on the ground it can't fall over. If you lock it to a post, it might fall down, but that is unlikely once you learn how. I've never felt the need to stand my bike up on it's own. I've parked my bike at least a couple of hundred thousand times conservative estimate. Never needed an accessory so far.
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Old 08-24-09, 08:06 PM   #15
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I have one on my hybrid, but not on my road bike. It was annoying finding a good place to lean or set the bike down, so I bit the bullet on the hybrid and am glad I did.
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I have panniers so laying my bike down is not an option, especially if my camera gear is in the panniers.
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I have one on the hybrid, none on the road bike
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Had one on my old Trek 7500, but didn't put one on the 7.6fx and haven't found the need for it really, I have always just found something to lean it against.
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If you take the bike down off the hooks, ride it, then put it back on the hooks, then no kickstand is needed.

If you ride your bike, get off the bike and do things, then get back on and ride it home, then a kickstand is helpful. Not essential maybe, but helpful.
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I've parked my bike at least a couple of hundred thousand times conservative estimate. Never needed an accessory so far.
Holy crap! You must be really, really old.
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Have one on my Trek 7300 and one on my modified Marin Bear Valley.
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Over twenty years as a messenger/cargo biker, average over 100 jobs per week, yeah, I'm old.
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I can understand using a kickstand for some applications; however, I'm not over warm on them. I rather find a vertical flat surface or a pole to lean the bike against. What drives me crazy though is a kickstand on a racing bike.
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Yep. If nothing else, it's invaluable for making the bike handsfree when opening doors to get it in and out (the door on the laundry room where it lives and the outside doors to the building are the sprung type that won't stay open when you're not holding them. It's hard enough trying to hold the door while getting the bike through...awesome to be able to park the bike, key lock or turn handle, open door, and THEN retrieve bike while holding door open...).
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I've been placing my bikes against walls and posts for years -- even as a kid and can't think of a time when my bike fell over. There's definitely a knack to it but the techniques are not difficult to learn -- and are quite dependable.

For placing the bike against a wall, I put the rear wheel against the wall first, lean the bike a bit towards the wall, and place the end of the handle bar against the wall (handlebars are at their normal straight position, ninety degrees to the frame of the bike) -- you've created a triangle (look down from above) and so long as the bike is leaning in towards the wall -- it doesn't have to be a whole lot -- the bike will stay there and can even take a little bit of a bumping without falling over.

For placing against a pole, I always put the crank arm parallel to the ground with the pedal to the rear of the bike, on the side of the pole that I want to lean against. I lean the bike over a little and gently push the bike forward until the pedal and the crank arm are on the post. Depending upon which way the ground is angled, I might put the pedal towards the front of the bike and push the bike back a bit until the pedal rests on the pole. Let gravity help out. Then gently lean the bike over a little more until the top tube rests on the pole too. If I can, I'll rest the bike against the narrow portion of my saddle instead of the top tube. Handlebars are again in the straight forward position (but sometimes might need to be turned a bit depending upon the terrain).

In a nutshell, if you can get four contact points -- both tires (of course) and two points of contact on the bike -- rear wheel and handlebar on a wall, and crank arm/pedal and top tube or saddle on a post, it will stay where you put it.

If there's no wall or post, gently lay the bike down on the ground, with the drive train upwards.

When I was a kid I had a couple of bikes with kickstands but never used them -- and I absolutely agree with the above poster about kickstands on racing bikes -- I just can't imagine the ribbing someone would get for having a kickstand on a Cervelo.

I really don't have a problem seeing a kickstand on a cruiser or city type bike though, in fact, I think they almost need one to have the look (I like those big fat tired cruisers -- they're so dorky looking that they're cool -- and they're a hoot to ride).

Kickstand on a mountain bike or fast hybrid? I don't think so.

Just my thoughts.

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