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Old 12-23-19, 06:28 PM
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Recommendations for bike repair stand

Feedback Sports Sport Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand


Park Tool PCS-9.2 Home Mechanic Bicycle Repair Standhttps://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Mechanic-Repair-Stand/dp/B07PDS5M7H/ref=sr_1_4


These seem fairly comparable. Any suggestions on which I should buy? I have a cheaper bikehand stand that is not the most stable. Iím open to other suggestions too but think my budget ceiling is likely $200

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Old 12-23-19, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by biketampa View Post
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001F2S824/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_RDvaEbACQ4Q33]Feedback Sports Sport Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand[/url]


Park Tool PCS-9.2 Home Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PDS5M7H/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_6PvaEbGZ2VCBA

These seem fairly comparable. Any suggestions on which I should buy? I have a cheaper bikehand stand that is not the most stable. Iím open to other suggestions too but think my budget ceiling is likely $200
Your links donít work. That said, Iíd take the PCS-10.2 over the PCS-9.2. The clamp is better. Iím not a fan of holding a bike up while I mess around with a glorified wing nut. But, in the long run, you wonít regret spending another $90 and getting the PCS-4-2. Itís got a shop grade clamp that will outlast the sun. Itís easier to use than anything out there. Thereís a reason you find them in just about every bike shop in the US.
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I'm happy with the Feedback Sports, which was a birthday gift. Realistically, my bikes don't need a lot of maintenance, and I was satisfied with just flipping them upside down to work on them. But the stand is certainly more comfortable and convenient. And it takes up very little space when folded up.

Granted, the pro shop stands are more sturdy.

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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
I'm happy with the Feedback Sports, which was a birthday gift. Realistically, my bikes don't need a lot of maintenance, and I was satisfied with just flipping them upside down to work on them. But the stand is certainly more comfortable and convenient. And it takes up very little space when folded up.

Granted, the pro shop stands are more sturdy.
mine donít require a ton of maintenance but I do occasionally swap out some components and such so a decent bike stand helps
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Feedback Pro Elite has been good to me for 10 years now.

https://www.feedbacksports.com/produ...-repair-stand/. The tripod legs are very stable and the quick release ratcheting clamp is great. Lists for 270 but available all9ver for less.
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I recently purchase a Brand-X stand from Chain Reaction. The clamp is not as good as my Park PCS-4, but I was surprised how good the stand is for the money. CR is selling them (with a rubber mat to go underneath) for about $75. The other advantages over the Park is that it folds up smaller, and is pretty easy to throw in the back of a wagon/SUV for sag support.
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Ah, yes. I've got the Feedback Classic, which has a slightly less elaborate clamp, but still easy to use. And I concur that street prices are lower than list. Mine came about because my spouse and I were in the bike shop, she pointed to the stand and said: "Does that look like a good repair stand?" I said yes. It's been most useful for her bikes, which have drop bars.
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Have been using the Feedback Sports Recreational https://www.feedbacksports.com/produ...-repair-stand/ stand for a few years, and it's great, you do need to be aware of it's (and other designs) floor space requirements, I got the this model, as it is pretty compact in floor space needs, some of the nice/more expensive stands in their rage have tripod legs, which take up more floor space, which I don't really have, so check this out before buying.
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Originally Posted by Son_Rising View Post
I use the Park PCS-10 and it's been great. I keep it always set-up.
I do wish I had an area where I could leave a stand setup all the time.
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
Have been using the Feedback Sports Recreational https://www.feedbacksports.com/produ...-repair-stand/ stand for a few years, and it's great, you do need to be aware of it's (and other designs) floor space requirements, I got the this model, as it is pretty compact in floor space needs, some of the nice/more expensive stands in their rage have tripod legs, which take up more floor space, which I don't really have, so check this out before buying.
thanks. I donít really have floor space requirements as I either set it up in the driveway or on my back deck. For me Iíd like it to be a little more stable. My current stand is a $99 bikehand stand I bought 4-5 years ago. Itís been okay but itís not the most stable and I would not be confident turning bike upside down on it
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I do wish I had an area where I could leave a stand setup all the time.
It's a great convenience to have my stand set up all the time. I often just clamp a bike in it after returning from a ride.

biketampa , I think all of the stands from Park and Feedback Sports are okay, so you likely won't go wrong. I have the Park PCS-10 and am perfectly happy with it, and the 10.2 looks the same except for a little additional bracing at the base, which should make it even more stable.
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We use the Park Tool PCS 4.1 in the shop, installed hose clamps around where the legs fold for more stability and it stays up all the time. We also have a bench mounted stand for lighter work, I believe that is a Conquer like this . We supplement them with 2 of the Park Tool PCS 9 when we run our portable bike shop ops.

We also have a Bikehand and an Aldi stand that have been retired to just be washing stands. While they did get us going the Park Tool stands have stood up to the test.
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I have a Park Tool PCS-9. It does what I want and was a good price. I ended up getting it on sale for quite a bit off the regular price. I'm happy with it.

That said, I wouldn't recommend it. The clamp is ok but there are better. I haven't used the PCS-10 series so I can't give input of the differences. I have used the stands in the local bike co-op and they are far better. With the PCS-9 I have to hold the bike up and tighten it down, like the glorified wing nut mentioned above. The clamps can get much better with other models.

Clamping aside, the stand itself is nice for what it is. I can do everything I need and the stand doesn't move around. The only time the stand moves is if I'm putting a lot of force to remove something. Admittedly, this doesn't happen much. Usually on an unsealed bottom bracket that hasn't been serviced for years or decades.

Going back to the bike co-op's stands, the heavier the stand the better in my opinion. Also the wider the base the better. The problem with a very heavy and fairly permanent stand is it doesn't compress easily or much. Not sure if space is a premium where you'll be wrenching.
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I've had a Feedback (then Ultimate Support) Pro Elite for years and love it. I also have a couple of the $20 Aldi stands that work just fine for cleaning/adjusting, nothing high stress. You can't really go wrong with the Park and Feedback higher level stands for the home mechanic.
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We use the Park Tool PCS 4.1 in the shop, installed hose clamps around where the legs fold for more stability and it stays up all the time. We also have a bench mounted stand for lighter work, I believe that is a Conquer like this . We supplement them with 2 of the Park Tool PCS 9 when we run our portable bike shop ops.

We also have a Bikehand and an Aldi stand that have been retired to just be washing stands. While they did get us going the Park Tool stands have stood up to the test.
Forgot to mention we also have a Pre-1996 PRS-6 that was donated to the shop, the clamp has limited range so it is only good for narrow tubing or seat post attachment.

We did use it in our temporary Christmas Come True bike building shop, foreground right, as well as the Aldi and Bikehand ones in the background - 5 mechanics, no waiting We build 171 bikes for the kids in about 2 weeks



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I was looking for either the park our feedback sports stands when this one showed up for sale at a deal I went to. It has worked great for the three years I have owned it,

https://www.topeak.com/global/en/pro...prepstand--pro
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I bought this:
https://www.surehands.com/assets/pdf...SH_1002_us.pdf
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https://www.gsaadvantage.gov/ref_tex...13B_online.htm
priced at USD 1,842.51
It's from stainless steel A4 (aka grade 316) and ment as a cart to carry a motor that lifts people for medical reasons.
It has 4 turnable heavy duty wheels, fixable in place.
I put some inner tube rubber over the existing, just to be sure to not damage it.
Proved as very handy. Done with messing around outside with bike upside down. And when the work not finished, just roll it out the way and later roll it back.
Can highly recommend it.

note: I found this secondhand for 10 euro but it's worth all 1842.51 USD there.
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I have a cheap $30 bicycle work stand, which has a similar upper part as the Aldi work stand, except the lower legs are fixed at right angles so that it cannot be folded. For me, the fixed legs are fine, since they rest flat on the ground, so I can still stick boxes or roll bicycles wheels over the legs. The stand is a little bit flexible because the legs are at right angles, without diagonal bracing. But I don't really mind.
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If you don’t already, start perusing the Craigslist listings for bikes, bike parts, and tools with the sub, bike, for stands that someone inherited or someone is no longer using...and keep watching the ads to upgrade you equipment...when you get to the sellers house, always ask if they have any other bike stuff...you will be surprised at what you can end up with...
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If you don’t already, start perusing the Craigslist listings for bikes, bike parts, and tools with the sub, bike, for stands that someone inherited or someone is no longer using...and keep watching the ads to upgrade you equipment...when you get to the sellers house, always ask if they have any other bike stuff...you will be surprised at what you can end up with...
...also look under sports, sub bikes...just found a bike repair stand with an interesting clamp with a very negotiable price...

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Alot times the cheapest solutions are those that get used outside their original purpose.
Ex buy a metalcage basket for luggage on top of a front or rear rack in a bicycle shop. A couple tens of $.
Buy a metalcage basket for freezer or refrigerator purpose. A couple $.
Basically the product is nearly identical: insulated wire and equally thick.
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Somewhere I've got an Ultimate Sport Mechanic stand. I never use it. The tripod design just isn't stable enough to work on bikes without letting the stand dictate positions and balance.

What I use constantly and in my opinion what were some of the best stands ever made were the old pro shop quality Rock Bike Stands. Pedro's licensed or bought them out, I don't remember. I picked up a two-clamp shop Pedro's Rock stand and I think I only paid $300. Not bad for a stand that would have retailed for about $1300. The steel base plate is pretty expensive to source. When you get a shop stand you have a couple of options, bolting into the floor, cutting out a farm tractor steel wheel center, or getting a true flat steel plate. Finding a good source for discount steel, aluminum stock is a really big deal to bring down the cost of a shop stand.

I never use my Park shop stand. I don't even remember if its a one or a two-clamp stand. I just the Park as a bicycle storage hook these days. I'm just not impressed with Park stuff anymore. I like Var, Pedro's and some other stuff. You can commonly find a Park shop stand for sale on Craigslist for less than $200 if you are patient and you look.

To me a portable stand is just a waste of money. With a 29er, a tandem, a full suspension bike, they are pretty much worthless as a repair stand except in a single position that will balance.

Still, the really kool guy setup if you have the money these days is an EZ-lift stand. I've been thinking of setting my Pedro's up with a pulley and counterweight. It's a great design:

https://www.efficientvelo.com/tools/...t-repair-stand

Some pics of the Pedro's Rock stand and clamps. Heirloom quality stand beyond what most pro shops have, and you can find them cheap on Craigslist because no one knows what it is. Happy hunting.



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If you donít already, start perusing the Craigslist listings for bikes, bike parts, and tools with the sub, bike, for stands that someone inherited or someone is no longer using...and keep watching the ads to upgrade you equipment...when you get to the sellers house, always ask if they have any other bike stuff...you will be surprised at what you can end up with...
Yep. Iíve been keeping an eye out on Craigslist. Iím in no hurry as my current stand is functional.
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I ran a bicycle recycling program in the early 2000's and we had half-a-dozen of the Park stands, very similar to the current one in your link, but not the exact design. I found that, without any support on the non-bike side, they were often tipping over. My current stand, by Ultimate Support (I believe it is discontinued now), is closer to the tripod model you linked to and a lot sturdier than the Parks I used to work with. The down-side of a tripod stand is that you always have to be careful not to trip over it. The legs of the Park stand are at ground level and not as much of a tripping hazard. Hope this helps a little.
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I ran a bicycle recycling program in the early 2000's and we had half-a-dozen of the Park stands, very similar to the current one in your link, but not the exact design. I found that, without any support on the non-bike side, they were often tipping over. My current stand, by Ultimate Support (I believe it is discontinued now), is closer to the tripod model you linked to and a lot sturdier than the Parks I used to work with. The down-side of a tripod stand is that you always have to be careful not to trip over it. The legs of the Park stand are at ground level and not as much of a tripping hazard. Hope this helps a little.
how is the tripod design on a slight decline? My driveway where I will throw the bike on the stand to wash it slopes to the street. Not steep or anything. Like <5%
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