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Old 04-01-12, 08:43 AM   #1
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My Pletscher kickstand broke-what would you recommend replacing it with?

The end of last August, I bought a Breezer Uptown Infinity and had the shop install a Pletscher kickstand. I have a 4 year old on a trailabike and a 2 year old in a Yepp on my handlebars. Paid $50 for it too. Got home from a ride the other night, went to flip the kickstand down and it snapped.



The bike shop offered to replace it with another Pletscher, but now I'm not feeling that comfortable with it. Was it just a fluke thing that it snapped? My two year old was still in her Yepp, and thankfully I caught the bike before it fell too far but it scared me.

What type of kickstand do you have?
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Old 04-01-12, 10:06 AM   #2
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clickstand is what I use check it out at clickstand.com
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Hebie bipod, sturdy out of steel.
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I second 2_i's suggestion. I've used both the Pletscher and the Hebie, and much prefer the Hebie.
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I second 2_i's suggestion. I've used both the Pletscher and the Hebie, and much prefer the Hebie.
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I have used both, like both, but I prefer the Hebie.
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Will the Hebie feel wobbly? The Pletscher felt a bit like a teeter totter.
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If you only need a single leg KS, and Greenfield is all you can find it will do.

I have a 20+year old Esge stand , what did you do to that one?

anyone sit on the bike while the stand was down? then it is not a defect.
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teeter-totter if it is extending a lot lower than the tires ,
shorter than the tires and it wont work

I suspect, you never did the proper installation as left the legs at full length.

you saw them off so just a inch or so, is one tire or the other off the ground.

and don't let anyone sit on the bike until they put the KS Up.

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If you only need a single leg KS, and Greenfield is all you can find it will do.

I have a 20+year old Esge stand , what did you do to that one?

anyone sit on the bike while the stand was down? then it is not a defect.
Operator Error.

teeter-totter if it is extending a lot lower than the tires ,
shorter than the tires and it wont work

I suspect, you never did the proper installation as left the legs at full length.

you saw them off so just a inch or so, is one tire or the other off the ground.

and don't let anyone sit on the bike until they put the KS Up.
The bike shop did the installation, and they did cut off some of the length. My 2 year old was still in the Yepp when I put the kickstand up (which was part of the reason why the shop sold it to me-they told me that I could put her on while the kickstand was still on to help with stability. I was not on the bike, nor was my 4 year old on the TAB. It was installed by Budget Bikes in Madison.
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Will the Hebie feel wobbly? The Pletscher felt a bit like a teeter totter.
I have yet to find a better kickstand than the Hebie bipod. My backpack, that I load on top of the rear rack, with the kickstand unfolded, weighs 25-30 lbs.

I was not happy with Pletscher either although it was a big improvement over the run of the mill single-legged alu or department-store-level steel kickstand. Alu generally is not a good material for kickstands. On a folder where I could not afford a bipod, I went with a steel Hebie monopod which is however harder to find that the bipod, particularly in the US.
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The end of last August, I bought a Breezer Uptown Infinity and had the shop install a Pletscher kickstand. I have a 4 year old on a trailabike and a 2 year old in a Yepp on my handlebars. Paid $50 for it too. Got home from a ride the other night, went to flip the kickstand down and it snapped.



The bike shop offered to replace it with another Pletscher, but now I'm not feeling that comfortable with it. Was it just a fluke thing that it snapped? My two year old was still in her Yepp, and thankfully I caught the bike before it fell too far but it scared me.

What type of kickstand do you have?
BUMMER, we've used the same double legged kickstand on several different bikes over since 2005 and never had a problem. We use them on my wife's commuter bike and my utility bike and LOVE em. I don't know what a YEPP is but the stand does have a 25KG weight limit. Maybe you just got a "Friday before a holiday" special, I'd let the shop replace it and give it a 2nd. chance, jmho.
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so the Child was added weight on the KS.
Aluminum, cast, does have that possibility.. the material is not forged or drawn,
like it is in other ways of making things of aluminum.
take them up on the replacement.

If you can get a Steel Hebie Center stand that would certainly bear the weight
of the Kid in the kid seat a little better ,
but the Hebie stuff is not as well distributed thru the wholesalers that most shops use.

I 'd consider a trailer better, now, with the 2 YO. since the little one is
quickly getting too heavy for the rear rack mounted seat.
[and you can add toys inside the trailer]
then you can get a cheaper single leg $10. KS, just to hold the bike up.

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The shop may warranty parts they sell for up to a year; if you want you could maybe take it back and have them replace it, or if you don't want that style anymore, maybe they will give you some credit to another kickstand.
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Old 04-06-12, 10:54 PM   #13
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BUMMER, we've used the same double legged kickstand on several different bikes over since 2005 and never had a problem. We use them on my wife's commuter bike and my utility bike and LOVE em. I don't know what a YEPP is but the stand does have a 25KG weight limit. Maybe you just got a "Friday before a holiday" special, I'd let the shop replace it and give it a 2nd. chance, jmho.
Forgive me if this sounds stupid, but the weight limit includes the bike and everything loaded on it? If so, I'm typically well over 25kg. My daughter is 25 pounds alone and the bike is a tank plus I have a trailabike too. A Yepp is a front mounted child seat. You can see on the bike in my avatar, it is the orange thing on the front.

Fietsbob, I prefer not to use a trailer and a trailabike and both of my younger children do not fit in a single trailer together. So my only real option (with this bike at least) is a front mount seat with the trailabike.
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It looks like to me that the bicycle was pushed forward without lifting the front wheel a little. The kickstand leg on the right not only moves backward but it also move inward at the same time. When the bicycle gets pushed forward without lifting the front wheel a little bit the inward force (movement) of the right leg will cause it to break.
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I really like the greenfield it has a much better balance point for my bike, especially with a load

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The Greenfield kickstand is pretty good.
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