Portable Tandem Stand
I am searching for a small portable tandem stand.
It needs to be small enough to fit in a big duffle bag to be used on Cycle Oregon.
It will be used to keep the bike upright overnight and then thrown in the bag and trucked to the next town while we ride.
A member on here, "tomn", invented something he calls a click-stand. It is an interesting idea. I don't think it would be sturdy enough for repairs. It essentially is a portable post. If you were in a hotel room, I would think any piece of wall would be better and use less space.
I have a similar thing from Nashbar for our tandem and it works well. The Topeak Flashstand might also work and I think is smaller and lighter...
Originally Posted by oldacura
I have a dandy one but I don't know the manufacturer or what it's called.
It's a vertical, slotted, retangular tube that holds the crank with no chainring. Simple and very stable.
Why do you need a stand?
Lean tandem against wall/tree/fence etc. If you can't find anything to lean it against, just lay it flat on the ground.
I know you are in Idaho, so don't make me find you. [sarcasm]
I need a stand because the stoker says so! [more sarcasm]
I agree, a wall, fence or sappy tree will work with the right technique and training.
The stand would be to have the tandem upright overnight near our tent which would be in field with a few hundred other tents.
I could lay it down but some drunken fool may step on it, and make me cry.
It is not a mandatory purchase just seeing what is on the market for a tandem.
I usually buy stuff on Monday when I am tired/over trained from the weekend cycling.
You don't need a stand to hold up your tandem; find another tandem and point them in opposite directions and they will lean aganist each other and be very stable. Its been working for me for 25 years.
Try this on for size.
I saw several guys on BAK (Bike Across Kansas) this summer who used a small length of nylon rope (maybe 3/8 inch rope about 5 feet long) and two cheap aluminum tent pegs - the kind made of wire - not the big pegs. They just put the pegs in the ground and then tied either the stem or top tube (right behind the stem) with the rope. The pegs were used to tension the rope and keep the traingle formed by the two pegs and the tie-off on the bike tight. Worked like a charm, took up very little space when packing and kept the bikes upright overnight.
Here I thought we were invisible out in 'smoky' Idaho!
Do suggest you wait till Tuesday to order anything like that.
And drunks just stumbling around will trip over that bike and ruin the stand too!
OK, keep stoker happy . . .
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
Did some googling and found this item for $25 at Action Bent Recumbents website that 'may' fit your needs. Keep stoker happy!
Take a look at Click-Stand. If you try buy and don't like it, I'll take it back.