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Old 10-04-12, 08:09 PM
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bike repair stand

I'm sure this has probably been ask before but which repair stand would you recommend for the home mechanic? My budget is $200 and I have seen a few cheap bike repair stands that are going for under $100 but I'm not sure if it's one of those things that you get what you pay for.
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Have you checked out the two major makers of them first to see what fits your needs and budget? Both Park tool and Feedback sports know their mechanic stands.
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Old 10-04-12, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
Have you checked out the two major makers of them first to see what fits your needs and budget? Both Park tool and Feedback sports know their mechanic stands.

I know parktool makes good stuff and I'm planning to visit a few lbs to see what they have to offer but would like some recommendations from the ssfg guys. I'm always looking over things on my bike so a repaint stand would be nice. I remember seeing a Bontrager repair stand at one of the lbs around here and looks like a parktool pcs9 but different color, not sure if there will be any differences between the two.
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Old 10-04-12, 08:26 PM
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Mechanics forum?
Yeah I should've done that, my apology.
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Old 10-04-12, 08:38 PM
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Omgbrowhydidntyouusethesearchfunctionorcheckthemechanicsforum?!?!?!?!!!!!1
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I have a Feedback stand. It is very nice but ,fwiw, ratching clamps are easier to damage. While some cheaper ones work very well too I dont have much experience with them.
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Originally Posted by sbs z31 View Post
I know parktool makes good stuff and I'm planning to visit a few lbs to see what they have to offer but would like some recommendations from the ssfg guys. I'm always looking over things on my bike so a repaint stand would be nice. I remember seeing a Bontrager repair stand at one of the lbs around here and looks like a parktool pcs9 but different color, not sure if there will be any differences between the two.
If you have the space to leave it set up full time, the pcs-9 is okay. The PCS-10 is easier to collapse and store in a closet or wherever.
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If you've got some time and a welder you could build one like the one I did. Once it was all said and done, after screwing around with it over a couple days I probably had 5 hours in building it give or take a hour. I modeled it after one of the Park Tool stands, I believe it was the PRS-20. I never tallied up a final cost as some of the materials I used were old water pipe I laying around, but I would be shocked if I would have had $100 invested in it.
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Old 10-05-12, 06:25 AM
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Get an idea what you want then troll the local Craigslist for a used one; they can usually be had for a fraction of new price.
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I have a "Wrench Force" repair stand, which is the current Feedback Sports Ultimate stand private labeled for Trek years ago. It is very good, very adjustable and folds up conveniently for storage when not in use. I've also used several of the Park stands and would be perfectly happy to own them too. You can't go wrong with either brand.

The Craigslist recommendation is a good one as you can often find a very good price on a used stand. If nothing shows up for sale, post your own "WTB" (want to buy) listing specifying what you are looking for.
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Old 10-05-12, 08:50 AM
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Thanks for the recommendations guys, what do you guys think of this one?
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...316491367.html
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My .02 but I would pass, http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SubCate..._202334_202376 , Nashbar has the PCS-9 for the same price plus it is probably sturdier for the heavier bikes. Just me but why buy used when you can get an updated new one for the same price.
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Old 10-05-12, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Yum Yums View Post
My .02 but I would pass, http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SubCate..._202334_202376 , Nashbar has the PCS-9 for the same price plus it is probably sturdier for the heavier bikes. Just me but why buy used when you can get an updated new one for the same price.
That's very true but I would like to just pick it up locallyif I can. What about this one?
http://m.rei.com/mt/www.rei.com/prod...e-repair-stand
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Old 10-05-12, 09:44 AM
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sbs, Erics a PCS 9 for $129.00 I appears that Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Bloomington should have them http://www.eriksbikeshop.com/PCS-9-W...PA4179/Product
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Old 10-05-12, 11:52 AM
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Pretty much read the reviews and weigh on what do you want to pay for a lower-end to higher-end stand. Just stay away from the double leg stand, (like the PCS-1), because just looking at it you know it will be wobbly and most people don't have light carbon bikes.
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Old 10-05-12, 12:28 PM
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Your budget is high enough to get a nice, used Professional Parks stand.

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This is the stand I have and I’m still happy after 2 years of use. It folds down nice to take with you or storage.

http://feedbacksports.com/shop/Sport...-Stand-P3.aspx
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I picked up a Feedback Sports Pro Elite for around $175 on sale at Performance Bike. That was a really good deal, but deals like that can be had if you are patient. If you are willing to spend $130 on an entry-level stand, I would shop around and spend the extra $50 to get a really good stand.
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Old 10-05-12, 06:33 PM
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Just went to the lbs and picked up a parktool pcs9 work stand bnib for $110 and I also picked up a new set of tektro brake pads and a crank brothers m17 multitool.
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Just went to the lbs and picked up a parktool pcs9 work stand bnib for $110 and I also picked up a new set of tektro brake pads and a crank brothers m17 multitool.
You did good. The turkey that's selling the ten year old PCS-1 would've ripped you off for at least $75. I bought a PCS-1 15 years ago, paid $100.
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Old 10-05-12, 09:58 PM
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You did good. The turkey that's selling the ten year old PCS-1 would've ripped you off for at least $75. I bought a PCS-1 15 years ago, paid $100.
Haha thanks, funny thing is the lbs I bought my pcs9 from was the same lbs selling the pcs1. Didn't care to ask why the pcs9 is only $110 brand new and the used pcs1 for $130. They did have a 1" threaded Time carbon fork I'm thinking about picking up but they're asking $150 for it.
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Would you mind listing the LBS you got the PCS-9 from? I am looking for a LBS that sells one less than Eriks in the Twin Cities. Many thanks.
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Trek-bontrager has some nice home repair shop stands too..

I have one Yakima used to make [89] 2 (upside-down) 7 shape bent tubes for feet.

It folds flat to go in the closet..
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