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    Kick stands

    When I was a kid, everybody's bike had a kickstand. Now, it seems that nobody has one. Thing it, I really dislike having to lean my pike up against stuff, it's never stable, and more often than not my bike ends up lying on the ground, resting on the deraileurs and pedals and handlebars. I've looked around in some bike shops, and it seems like nobody even carries kick stands and the cycle guys in those shops throw some attitude my way whenever I ask for them. What's up with that? I want a kick stand, by golly! I don't think that makes me a loser!

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    If you're having trouble with the bike falling over when you lean it against things, don't expect that to be any better with a kickstand!

    Personally, I usually lie my bike down on the ground with the drivetrain facing up. If it's on the ground, it can't really fall over . There's no damage going to be done to the bike if it's lying on the ground resting on the pedals and handlebars. I have a friend I used to mountain bike with who insisted on keeping his kickstand. Every time we stopped, he'd use his kickstand and I'd lie my bike on the ground, or rest one of the pedals on a raised object - have the pedal between 1 and 5 o'clock... the pressure on the pedal will then be against the drivetrain, which stops the bike from moving. Invariably, his bike would get bumped and fall over, or a breeze would blow through and it would fall over, or a butterfly would flap it's wings in China and it would fall over... you get the drift!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattlinBone
    When I was a kid, everybody's bike had a kickstand I want a kick stand, by golly! I don't think that makes me a loser!
    Why was it when we were kids we never used the kickstand and just jumped off our bikes and let it crash into something? I rode this past weekend with a guy that bought a kickstand for his road bike and he said it was very light (carbon). They are available.

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    I use a kickstand, always have, always will. Now, I have the added benefit of being "retro", as if it's analogous to a banana seat or something. Someone recently posted in a short lived thread about an expensive double kickstand that props your rear wheel up... I want one of those. Flickstands are nice too, but totally out of production. Try ebay!
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    Go big.

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    For regular riding around and training, I don't use a kickstand, but when I do a loaded tour, I don't mind the extra weight and I like to have one. I can't remember where I got it but here are some I found on the web.
    http://harriscyclery.net/site/page.c...nds=All&type=T
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    Thanks for the link, the double kickstand I was talking about appears at the bottom.
    Go big.

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    Last edited by hillyman; 03-23-05 at 03:56 PM.

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    Maybe all the kickstands -- the kind that go in the corner of the left chainstay and seatstay -- are going to Australia. There is no problem picking them up here, although many of them weigh a brick.

    I have jsut picked up a BBB brand kickstand for the tourer. It is very lightweight, and has an adjustable leg to set the angle of the bike when parked. I did try to fit it, but the Fuji comes with a little braze-on for spare spokes. Now that I have good quality Velocity wheels on it, the spoke braze-on can go, and any spares can be taped to a seat stay or rack like I did years ago.

    If your bike has a habit of falling over or swivelling on the kickstand, use the old handbrake trick of inner tube bands on the handlebars looped over the brake levers.

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    I finally put on a kickstand last year. I found it very convenient when stopping at a store or in any other paved area where I stop. Kickstands aren't likely to work as well with a loaded bike. If the bike falls over, I just pick it back up. It's a Trek 520, it's very solid, and I don't have a lot of high tech equipment on it that would break.

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    http://www.hebie.de/ I'm trying to get some info on where to buy these, no success thus far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerinchrist
    http://www.hebie.de/ I'm trying to get some info on where to buy these, no success thus far.
    I saw Hebie here!
    www.permaco.com/en-us/dept_19.html
    Last edited by hillyman; 03-25-05 at 02:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillyman
    Yeah, me too. I'm waiting for a reply from them about the doubles that I don't see on thier site.

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    I like the Minoura chain stay/seat stay mount....you can get them at Rivendell Bikes website.

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    Your bike falls over when you lean it against something because your steering turns so the front wheel can then roll. They used to make a flickstand to lock the front wheel to the downtube, when you parked. You can get the same effect by looping an elastic band around the downtube and hooking the ends over the valve of the front tire.

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    http://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking/c/ACKICK
    Try this website. I love having a kickstand especially on a touring bike. If you are going to use it on a fully loaded touring set up you might consider getting the longer kickstand where by you would shave off just enough so that the bike would lean not so low. I did this for my bike after I discover that a specified kickstand made the bike lean just a little bit to far, and when fully loaded it just would tip over due to the weight. So I got the one that was made for cyclocross which is the 305 mm and shaved off just the right amount to where the bike would lean but not so far as what the 285 mm would lean. And believe me when my bike is fully loaded it will not fall over due to the weight. Greenfield is the kickstand to get.

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    We fitted a kickstand to our touring tandem. To try it out, I put loaded panniers on the stand side only and a day pack over hanging the stand side. We use a bungy cord loop instead of a inner tube to lock the front brake. As long as it wasn't leaning to far down hill it stood up fine no matter what the front wheel did. We have been on a couple of overnight loaded rides with it. Works great. Wouldn't go back to no stand. I have put bungy loops on my road and MTB bikes as well. So they stay put when leaning against something.
    Cheers Brian & Sue

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