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Old 01-11-21, 06:52 AM
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Looking for advice on Bike repair stand

Good Morning,
I have come to the realization that in my restoration efforts, I need to invest in a quality Bicycle repair stand.
Portability is a concern as I have a few places that I could perform the restoration. Ease of use and functionality are a definite must have.
Another possibility would be to purchase a Venzo stand and mount it to my workbench that only concern their would be height adjustment and portability.

Got any ideas?

Thanks again!
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A really cheap way to go is with a stand like this one: https://smile.amazon.com/Sunlite-Dis.../dp/B000C17HJ4 placed on your workbench. It will hold the rear wheel off the surface which will allow derailleur and brake adjustment and other work. It has its limitations but is small and inexpensive.
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A really cheap way to go is with a stand like this one placed on your workbench. It will hold the rear wheel off the surface which will allow derailleur and brake adjustment and other work. It has its limitations but is small and inexpensive.
Thank you Bill,
I think that I will need more than your suggestion as I will be needing to remove the bottom bracket, headset in order to clean everything up inspect and reinstall new grease. A beginners mechanics stand so to speak but not to cheesy to skimp on features. I really wish to be comfortable while working on the bike as my 57 year old back cannot handle bending over for too long.
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Something like a Park PRS 22 is probably your best chance for portable, but you'll pay for it. The two base arm stands will take a while to disassemble and reassemble if you try to pick them up and move them, unless you're going to dedicate a pickup truck bed to carrying the stand to different locations.

Bench mount or the aforementioned two base arm stands can work well at a single location.
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I have a park tool stand and a venzo bench stand that I like a lot.
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Searched on Amazon for bicycle repair stand and saw several under $60 that I'd be happy to use. One currently selling for $53.99 is labeled "Amazon's choice." Most or all of the inexpensive stands listed there have bases with two to four legs that fold out of the way for storage or transportation.
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I just bought this stand. Feedback sports. They sell a Pro Version but its a lot more. Good price for a quality stand. Easily portable but solidity built. $139.99 free shipping.

https://www.als.com/feedbk-work-stand-sport-mechanic/p

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I have these two Feedback Sports stands. I’ve used both for years to build and repair bikes. Each has its benefits but for heavy-duty jobs I prefer the Sprint. https://www.feedbacksports.com/shop/...repair-stands/



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park pcs-10 best tool decision i ever made
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Originally Posted by fifty150 View Post
I just bought this stand. Feedback sports. They sell a Pro Version but its a lot more. Good price for a quality stand. Easily portable but solidity built. $139.99 free shipping.

https://www.als.com/feedbk-work-stand-sport-mechanic/p

I have this one and it's been excellent. Built up several bikes from the frame and lots of maintenance and repairs. Stores out of the way easily when not in use.
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Park PCS-10.2 is what I chose. It took me at least a year to decide between Park and Feedback Sports. Not knowing the details about what I'd need out of a maintainance stand, I'd read reviews and contemplated on what I would do with it. When Park discontinued the wheel-truing extension for the PCS-9/10, I decided that their next stand in ascension, the PCS-10.2, was more stable than the Feedback Sports offerings. I will use the bicycle frame/fork itself as my truing stand. Park PCS-10.2 is heavy but does fold down for portability.
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Buy more repair stand than you think you’ll need. You won’t regret spending more money on a good one while you will regret buying twice. I’m partial to the Park stands. They are rugged and well made. I’m not a fan of the screw down cheaper ones but those do work well enough.

I’ve owned a few repair stands. One was a Minoura that held the fork. It was mostly useless. I’ve owned a few Parks...a PRS-6 (made about 1995), a PCS-2 (pre 1996) and another PCS-2 (post 1996). I’ve modified the PRS-6 by adding making it taller (welded in a new tube) and replaced the spring clamp with an adjustable one. The pre-96 PCS-2 stand was okay but a little low and I couldn’t easily change it. The post 96 PCS-2 has a head that allows for adding an extension that can be purchased from Park. And replaced the clamp with an adjustable clamp. It looks a bit like the PCS-4 and is now a pretty good stand.

The PCS-4 is pricey...about $400...but it will last a lifetime. My old PRS-6 is at least 25 year old now and has been used constantly throughout those 25 years. I haven’t regretted buying it for a single day.
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I would go PCS 10.2 if you want an excellent stand that is fairly easily portable. PRS 25 if I am looking for really lightweight. If I want a BB mounted one I would do the PRS 22.2 which is a style popular with pro-mechanics. If you want a heavier duty stand the PCS 4.2 is a nice option and is very much like my old school one Park Stand but with a way better clamping system.
Having those micro adjust clamps will make it super easy to use on various bikes.

Like cyccommute said buying a top notch stand will pay off in buckets. Cheap tools are not worth it unless you are a one and done person which it sounds like is not you. Having a stand that is easy to work on is just as important as having the right tools for the job. There will always be cheap stuff but for the more serious user it is no more than stop gap or emergency usage till you can get the correct stuff.
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I would go PCS 10.2 if you want an excellent stand that is fairly easily portable.
Looks like a very good quality stand, plus I need some good quality tools and know that park is always the "good stuff".

Hey thank you all for your great advice I really appreciate it very much!

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Originally Posted by tjfastback66 View Post
Looks like a very good quality stand, plus I need some good quality tools and know that park is always the "good stuff".

Hey thank you all for your great advice I really appreciate it very much!

TJ
Park is not always the good stuff, they make a lot of great stuff but there is some stuff that isn't as good as it could be but for what it is for I guess it ain't bad. A good toolbox will have a mix of tools finding the best ones for the job.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Searched on Amazon for bicycle repair stand and saw several under $60 that I'd be happy to use. One currently selling for $53.99 is labeled "Amazon's choice." Most or all of the inexpensive stands listed there have bases with two to four legs that fold out of the way for storage or transportation.
Those stands don't stand up to heavy wrenching, you will be looking for something better in short order.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
park pcs-10 best tool decision i ever made
I agree, we have 2 for our portable shop operations and they have stood up well.
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