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Old 01-01-10, 11:07 AM   #1
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Crow Cycle Co. double kickstand - any good?

I'm shopping around for a double kickstand. I often carry just a single, heavily loaded pannier on my mountain bike, so my load is quite asymmetrical. I'm currently considering one of the "screw adjust" kickstands from Crow Cycle Co., but I haven't seen any reviews for them yet:

http://www.crowcycleco.com/bicycle-components/kickstand

Does anyone have an opinion on these?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-01-10, 12:13 PM   #2
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I'm shopping around for a double kickstand. I often carry just a single, heavily loaded pannier on my mountain bike, so my load is quite asymmetrical. I'm currently considering one of the "screw adjust" kickstands from Crow Cycle Co., but I haven't seen any reviews for them yet:

http://www.crowcycleco.com/bicycle-components/kickstand

Does anyone have an opinion on these?

Thanks in advance!
Since this is a very old stand design why wouldn't it be reliable and OK?
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Since this is a very old stand design why wouldn't it be reliable and OK?
I agree - the design of the stand is a proven one. The stand itself, however, could be of high or low quality: Is it strong? Flimsy? Difficult to attach? Awkward or difficult to deploy or stow?
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A steel mounting screw threaded into the alu kickstand may damage, over time, the thread. If you hardly ever placed loads on the parked bicycle, this might be of no concern. If your bike tends to be loaded, though, this is an issue. Also, alu stands generally tend to be wobbly. If I were you, I would go with a steel stand. You also should better have a kickstand plate. If none came with your bike you should look to have one brazed on.
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Just bought the steel stand with aluminum lowers. We'll see how it pans out...
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Just bought the steel stand with aluminum lowers. We'll see how it pans out...
I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience! I'm currently waffliing between the all-steel version (which is out of stock for the next 3 months or so) and the steel/aluminum version.
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I have the similar design Hebie Bipod and still have to keep the load reasonably balanced in my shopping panniers or the bike wants to tip over to the heavy side. The basic bicycle weighs so little that it would take a dangerously wide center stand to handle much of an off center load in my experience.
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I actually did strip the threads out of my Greenfield (an ancient and venerable brand) aluminum kickstand baseplate, which had a massive M8 steel bolt in it. This was a couple years ago, when I was undoubtedly overloading the poor beast... luckily there were still 4 or 5 threads left, so in went a longer bolt, and away I rode!
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Just bought the steel stand with aluminum lowers. We'll see how it pans out...

A bit of time (!) has now passed, how did it pan out?
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