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Old 01-07-11, 07:28 AM
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best repair stand for around $100

I'm looking online trying to get a repair stand. Due to my bike being off balance with all the stuff I carry around, my top tube holder bike stand I made doesn't work. Yea, I could take my stuff off, but the rack bag I have on there is a pain to take off, but I like it otherwise.

So what's the best one for around $100? I was looking at PCS-9 on Amazon, but I also found that Nashbar had a repair stand on sale. It didn't have good reviews, but there were only a couple. Any others? Or should I got with the Park? Or do I need to suck it up and spend more to get a quality stand?
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Old 01-07-11, 10:09 AM
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What I use is definitely makeshift, but it works for most of the repairs I do: I snagged an indoor trainer for $75 from my cousin and I use that as a repair stand. It holds the rear wheel in place, so it is excellent for when I am adjusting my gearing, changing out a BB/crankset, or for when I have to overhaul a headset (which I'm -gulp- not looking forward to doing). However, it would not be ideal if you were pulling the rear wheel off the bike a lot. I'm not sure what they cost online, but the awesome thing about them is that they are dual purpose; you can use them as an indoor trainer or as a makeshift repair stand.

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Park and Feedback Sports (formerly Ultimate) repair stands are the most highly thought of and either make should be satisfactory.

However, if you insist on working on you bike while it is full loaded, buy the strongest, most ridgid stand you can find. You may be able to find a good used stand on Craigs List for way under the new price so your $100 could buy a much sturdier stand than it otherwise would.
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Hmm.. so I should just unload my bike and use what I have.. it's a pain but probably won't take long in the scheme of things.

I'll try Craigslist, but I doubt that kind of thing goes up for sale in my area very often.
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Here is the homemade version that works well for me. It would work with a loaded bike.

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After looking for years on CL for a used stand (the few that came up were snagged in minutes) and reading the less than great reviews on all the lesser priced stands, I got the Park PCS-10 (Bike Island has them for $135 w/ free shipping). Glad I spent a little more and got a great stand. A repair stand should be a once and done purchase. With the Park stand, I'm confident it will be that way.
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I put two nails in the ceiling 5 or 6 feet apart. When I want to work on a bike, I hang it from the nails with two old inner tubes. One under the seat, and the other around the handlebars. The distance between the nails keeps tension on the inner tubes and holds the bike steady. I double the inner tubes over to have the bike hang at a good height for working on it.

Unfortunately, I had to leave this bike stand behind when I sold the house.
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I have the Park Tool one and it works fine. https://www.parktool.com/product/home...repair-stand-9
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Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
I'll try Craigslist, but I doubt that kind of thing goes up for sale in my area very often.
I would not assume you cannot find a used one off Craigs List. I have bought at least a half dozen workstands in the last two years off C/L, along with quite a few bike tools. (I have upgraded stands several times, and I have two workshops that I equip, I do not have six stands currently.)

Here's yesterday's C/L tool haul. Parks PRS-2 two bike professional stand with base, Park Pro truing stand, Park derailleur hanger straightening tool, Park dishing tool, and a lot more.

This stuff sat on the local C/L for a week. Guy had a small bike shop that folded. This is more expensive stuff, so the stand cost some $$, but well off new.

I live in "Hooterville", it is true that stuff does not come up as often as large metro areas. On the other hand, there are fewer buyers too, so the prices when the stuff does come up for sale tends to be lower. Use your relatively small/remote area as a strength. Stuff in my pic below would not have lasted a day in Atlanta, or Chicago, or you pick a major metro area.

If you get aggressive (post a WTB quality work stand on your local C/L, and also look in nearby (1 1/2 hours away or less areas), you should be able to find one for about 1/2 what a new one would cost.

While I have had a few of the Park home repair stands (PCS1, PCS 9), I prefer the Spin Doctor Pro stand I got off C/L. It folds up small, yet is very stable.

I did not get this PRS-2 for $100 or less. But I have only paid about $50 each for any of the other workstands I have bought (Spin Doctor Pro, Parks). One nice advantage of buying used, is that as I increased the usage of the stand, and rationalized the need for something better, it was very easy to get all of my money back out of the stands when I resold them and moved up. Buy new, and you tend to take a hit every time you move up.


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Old 01-10-11, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
I would not assume you cannot find a used one off Craigs List. I have bought at least a half dozen workstands in the last two years off C/L, along with quite a few bike tools. (I have upgraded stands several times, and I have two workshops that I equip, I do not have six stands currently.)
What category are you looking in? Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.

Although I think I might try to rig sometime up in the meantime. I have plenty of garage space. I can do some experimentation with hanging from the ceiling, wall, workbench, etc. I have a 3 1/2 stall garage and only one car at this point, so I get a full stall to myself for my bikes.
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For a while, I used some of the Pro-Stor bike holders to maintain the bikes. They sell a pulley system that allows you to lower the bike from the ceiling of the garage. There's also the standard wall mount that allows you to hang the bike by setting the top tube on the two prongs.

Either of those are just fine for bike maintenance, however, the stands are nice because they hold the bike at the right level and on the seat post. The ropes on the pulley might get in your way, or the prongs might interfere with the rear brake adjustment.

I ended up getting a PRS-5 used from Craiglist. Here's one on sale (not sure what site this is):

https://www.fast-autos.net/diecast-ca...703970650.html
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Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
What category are you looking in? Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.

Although I think I might try to rig sometime up in the meantime. I have plenty of garage space. I can do some experimentation with hanging from the ceiling, wall, workbench, etc. I have a 3 1/2 stall garage and only one car at this point, so I get a full stall to myself for my bikes.
Any bicycle related stuff, I always find in the bicycles for sale section. The first thing I would do is post a wanted to buy good bicycle repair stand, in the bicycles for sale section. Do not post in the wanted to buy section, no one looks there. Also just do a general search, occasionally people put stuff in odd spots.

Do you have family friends in another area? Have them look too. I would consider looking in Buffalo, NY, Youngstown and Cleveland, OH, and Pittsburg as well.

Also use a C/L search tool like this example. If you find one in another area, perhaps you have family or friends there, or whatever:

https://bike.jaxed.com/cgi-bin/bike.c...=d&submit=+GO+

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This thread is over 3 years old and the Park PCS-10 is now $180. Is there much difference between the PCS-10 and PCS-9 that justifies the extra $45? I've been looking at some of the generic stands but the reviews are mixed.
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Just wanted to say, don't be like me and cheap out on the stand. First I built my own stand to save money. Then I bought a stand of unknown make that was cheap on sale. They are both c r a p. I could have bought a good stand for the amount I've spent.
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Old 08-18-14, 11:01 PM
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This thread is over 3 years old and the Park PCS-10 is now $180. Is there much difference between the PCS-10 and PCS-9 that justifies the extra $45? I've been looking at some of the generic stands but the reviews are mixed.
Get this one instead, and save $80.

Aluminum Cycle Pro Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand

I bought it because of the majority stellar reviews on Amazon. After using it a couple times I'm very happy, it's sturdy and does the job as expected. The best part is it folds into a compact size that takes up little room in the garage.
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Get this one instead, and save $80.

Aluminum Cycle Pro Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand

I bought it because of the majority stellar reviews on Amazon. After using it a couple times I'm very happy, it's sturdy and does the job as expected. The best part is it folds into a compact size that takes up little room in the garage.
Yeah that is the one I was going to post. I have the pricepoint version, same stand different stickers, and it works really well and is very adjustable.
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Yeah that is the one I was going to post. I have the pricepoint version, same stand different stickers, and it works really well and is very adjustable.
The one from Amazon came in a plain cardboard box and the stand itself has not stickers or markings on it. The box did say Made in Taiwan. It was packed well and arrived in perfect condition. Absolutely zero complaints.
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Hi, dont know if you can get Trivio tools where you are, thanks for the Internet it will be possible. They are a European brand, I picked up the pro stand for €60. Conversion about 100 $
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About a year ago I bought this one for $60. Amazon.com : Portable Home Bike Repair Stand Adjustable Height Bicycle Stand : Bike Workstands : Sports & Outdoors

I've been pretty happy with it. Maybe if I was wrenching on bikes all day long I'd want something better, but for a tool that sees use every couple weeks it easily does the job.
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Originally Posted by Anthony.L View Post
Get this one instead, and save $80.

Aluminum Cycle Pro Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand
I have about a 3" tube on my recumbent.. how well do you think it would clamp onto that?
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I have about a 3" tube on my recumbent.. how well do you think it would clamp onto that?
The clamp has a lot of adjustment. However typically you clamp vertically along the seat post, or are you saying that part of your bike is 3"? I honestly don't think 3" will be a problem, the clamp opens wide. Order from Amazon and if it doesn't work they have free returns. Zero risk.
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Assorted Park Tools

This is the best bike stand you could get for $100, if you can get the Seller to ship it to you (at your cost).
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However typically you clamp vertically along the seat post, or are you saying that part of your bike is 3"?
It's a Bacchetta Giro, there is no seat post.

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Assorted Park Tools

This is the best bike stand you could get for $100, if you can get the Seller to ship it to you (at your cost).
They must have sold it, no longer listed.
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I made the pony clamp version with replacement Ultimate stand jaws in it.....Holds up my fully loaded touring bike no problem.It will hold anything you put in it.

Cost about $70 if your handy at making things.

I have the bench mount version of the Amazon one,it's OK if you have a light bike.My touring bike is too heavy for it.The teeth that are used to hold the rotating part slip with a heavy bike.You can tighten it with an allen wrench but then it doesn't unlock enough to turn....Save your money.

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