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Old 08-01-18, 09:38 AM
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Recommend a bike repair stand

I'm browsing Ebay and Amazon for a repair stand and I see several that are in the $45 to $100 range that have decent reviews. I would love to have one of the Park Tool ones, but they are kind of expensive and wondering how some of these lesser expensive options compare. I don't really care about the name brand or anything... just looking for something sturdy with good balance, foldable for storage, and with good amount of adjustability.
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Park pcs-10 worth every penny, best tool investment I have made. Buy quality once, it is cheaper
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EVT red 'right arm' head https://www.efficientvelo.com/ is better than Park's..
& compatible with their shop stand base..

https://www.efficientvelo.com/produc...-repair-clamp/

Use PCS 9 often @ lbs , (until it sells) 3rd of 3 stands there, in Shop.

I Find a light weight stand moves while you work, when a heavier one wont..

clamp head sticks , only rotates when loosened with a bike in it as leverage..




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I've had my Feedback Sports Classic stand for a couple months now. Does the job. Out of your price parameters though, but maybe you can find a used one.
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Love my Feedback Sports Ultralight. As above, out of your stated px-range, but durable, stable and well constructed are pretty important in this category. They now offer a "Recreational Stand" for $130, which is probably worth the stretch, but I've never seen that one in person.
https://www.feedbacksports.com/produ...repair-stands/
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Originally Posted by RockyRacc00n View Post
I'm browsing Ebay and Amazon for a repair stand and I see several that are in the $45 to $100 range that have decent reviews. I would love to have one of the Park Tool ones, but they are kind of expensive and wondering how some of these lesser expensive options compare. I don't really care about the name brand or anything... just looking for something sturdy with good balance, foldable for storage, and with good amount of adjustability.
A few recommendations here:
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Old 08-01-18, 11:33 AM
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What are your plans? Occasional home use to adjust, clean, maybe change cables/pedals/etc? Flipper rehabbing hundreds of bikes a year? \

Occasional home use - check an ALDI near you and see if they still have any "Bikemate" stands - likely $15-20 on clearance now if they do.
Bikemate work stand at Aldi for $30 right now!

Frequent use for all manner of repair - Spend the extra on a Park or Feedback

I have an Ultimate Support (now Feedback brand) That I use for heavy duty work. It's awesome but pretty pricey.
I also have a couple of the ALDI stands so I don't have to move them from garage/basement/offsite and they are perfectly adequate for most maintenance tasks.

And yeah, check your local Craigslist for used stuff but I've found good ones in my market seem to hold their value fairly well.
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I would just use my car hitch rack, if I need to elevate the wheels.

Dedicated repair stand takes up valuable space in my garage. And it bothers me how you have to clamp down on the tubings.
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Old 08-01-18, 11:40 AM
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Another endorsement of the Park Tool PCS-10!
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
Park pcs-10 worth every penny, best tool investment I have made. Buy quality once, it is cheaper
Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
I've had my Feedback Sports Classic stand for a couple months now. Does the job. Out of your price parameters though, but maybe you can find a used one.
Originally Posted by blacknbluebikes View Post
Love my Feedback Sports Ultralight. As above, out of your stated px-range, but durable, stable and well constructed are pretty important in this category. They now offer a "Recreational Stand" for $130, which is probably worth the stretch, but I've never seen that one in person.
https://www.feedbacksports.com/produ...repair-stands/
I've been scouring local craigslist for several weeks for something like these but no luck.
Maybe I just spend the extra and get something more known than go with something cheaper and potentially be disappointed.

In the meantime, does anyone have any experience with lesser expensive ones on Ebay or Amazon?
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I've had a Feedback Sports Ultralight and have used it a lot. It is not a heavy duty stand and I wouldn't use it for high torque situations, such as a bottom bracket, without supporting a wheel on the floor. I've had to fix a few things over the years; pin that pivoted the arm broke and I replaced it with a bolt, and I needed to use a jam nut to secure the clamp knob.

But over the past 4/5 years I built a couple bikes on it and maintained/upgraded a bunch more.

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I am usually one to recommend buy once, cry once, and get a better unit. However, even a rudimentary bike stand well do 90% or more of what you need. I have an old Specialized that just plain works, and it was inexpensive.
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I got a Repair stand from Yakima, they had displayed it at the Interbike Trade Show , so I got it cheap, used,

but, lived in Eureka/Arcata then, So, in person , not over the internet 30 years ago..
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http://www.amazon.com/Venzo-Bikehand...dp/B00D9B7OKQ/

Venzo Bikehand Pro Mechanic Bicycle/Bike Repair Rack Stand

89.99 USD delivered, FedEx express. Made in Taiwan. Works for my odd top-tubeS frame fine.
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I've used lots of different Park stands. Most are fairly good but not amazing. The professional one is fantastic but expensive. I recently got a used Wrench Force stand which is fantastic. I understand the company became Feedback Sports. People like their stands, so that is the one I recommend the most. Park are good, though.
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
What are your plans? Occasional home use to adjust, clean, maybe change cables/pedals/etc? Flipper rehabbing hundreds of bikes a year?
More for occasional home use, tinkering and experimenting. I can see myself getting into it more depending on the type of tools I end up getting.

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A few recommendations here:
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Neat... I never learned how to do targeted google search like that. Good to know. I think I can follow the search pattern you did. Thanks.
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I agree with all who recommend spending a little extra for a better quality stand.

Although I've used a heavy duty Ultimate Support bike stand for many, many years, I recently picked up a bike stand at Aldi that cost less than twenty bucks and was recommended by lots of experienced bike mechanics. I didn't need it, but I just HAD to try it! It's amazing for the price, but very limited with regard to how much weight it will hold and how that weight can be shifted on the stand. I've had the same experience with other stands costing a few dollars more, so I'm kind of sold on buying a good stand once and not having to buy a stand again.
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My Feedback Sports Pro-Elite workstand easily holds up my 18kg/39.6lbs bike(with locks, full water bottle and rack).


Plus it is so damn good looking.
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FWIW, my favorite feature of the Feedback Ultimate stand is its height. My back appreciates being able to work standing up.
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I have the Aldi stand. I'd say I'm an occasional user. It works and the price is amazing. However, there is plenty of plastic and the T junction between the vertical and horizontal tubes seems a little weak. It's holding up but I would be wary of putting a really heavy bike in it. The T junction is no longer at 90 degrees with a bike that weights about 27 lbs. That's especially true if I extend the horizontal tube so I can turn the crank while in the stand. I've had it for a couple years now. Perhaps it will last forever. You also have to learn to walk "around" the five legs. There were a few trips until I got used to it. All in all it was worth the purchase price for me but I can certainly see that it's not for everyone.
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Originally Posted by RockyRacc00n View Post
More for occasional home use, tinkering and experimenting. I can see myself getting into it more depending on the type of tools I end up getting.
The first sentence says a used or less expensive stand is reasonable. The second sentence says you would be better off buy higher quality day 1. I have a old used Bontrager that I keep for the odd carbon or aluminum frame I work on and an excellent Park PRS 3.2-1 with a 100-3C clamp for my bikes, all C&V. Both do the job until you get to a stuck Bottom Bracket, seat post, etc. or are in a hurry.
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go on ebay and type in "Pro Bike 42" To 74" Repair Stand Adjustable w/ Telescopic Arm Cycle Bicycle Rack" and get the $37.97 one. just got mine a week ago, joints are tight and stand is sturdy. tool tray comes with a magnet strip just like the expensive ones. im so amazed by the quality of that thing with it being so cheap!
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Originally Posted by 40th.com View Post
http://www.amazon.com/Venzo-Bikehand...dp/B00D9B7OKQ/

Venzo Bikehand Pro Mechanic Bicycle/Bike Repair Rack Stand

89.99 USD delivered, FedEx express. Made in Taiwan. Works for my odd top-tubeS frame fine.
Bought one very lightly used on Craigslist a couple of days ago. Paid $35. So far Iíve mounted two bikes in it for complete disassembly. Each bike weighed approximately 30lbs. The stand just laughed at them. Any height or angle adjustments were easily made. Clamping action/strength left no complaints. I can work around the wide splayed legs easily without tripping up. Itís lightweight and folds up nicely for storage. I havenít done any heavy handed work with it yet, but if it holds up when I finally do, id say itís well worth $90.
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I'll also endorse the Park PCS10. Sold off my old PCS1 on CL because the lack of height adjustability was annoying my back (it held the bike too low) and it wobbled too much. The PCS10 was a home run. It also folds up, if you're inclined to want it out of the way when not in use. Lately, it spends most of its time in the underground lab for more involved work. While the herd summers in the garage, I use two looped strings hanging from a rafter for minor adjustments.
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+1 for a Park PCS-10. Best bang for the buck IMO.

+1 for buying a good quality tool right out of the gate. Does the job better and saves money in the long-run.

I also have a Park PRS-20 team stand. More expensive but more portable and very sturdy. It's a very high quality "pro" level stand.

If I had to choose only one, I'd keep the PCS-10.
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