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Old 08-24-10, 09:04 AM
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Parking Brake for Bikes

Bikes without kickstands are always a bit skittish when leaned against things while parked. One thing I learned early on while touring was to stick a little rock into the front brake lever to hold it tight when parked, to lock the wheel and keep the bike from moving. A good technique for sure, but a little destructive to the brake lever and takes a minute sometimes to find the right rock.

Another option I realized a few years ago takes advantage of the quick release lever on my Campy brake caliper. Those are there to allow the fast change of a wheel in a race, but are generally pointless for most of us. What I do now is to use it as the parking brake. All that's necessary is to leave it fully open and set the cable length adjustment barrel so that it (instead of the quick release lever) can be used to spread the calipers as required to remove the wheel. Then, closing the quick release lever locks the front brake and keeps the wheel from moving when parked.

If this technique is old news to anyone, I apologize for the unnecessary post. I've never seen or read of anyone doing this, however, and would be interested in hearing from those who do. It's a very simple repurposing that's incredibly effective. It allows you to lean your bike safely and securely against anything and at extreme angles, and the bike stays put!
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Old 08-24-10, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by RapidRobert View Post
Another option I realized a few years ago takes advantage of the quick release lever on my Campy brake caliper.
That's a pretty good idea.

I've used a rubber band to hold the brake lever in place to hold my bike still.

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Old 08-24-10, 09:15 AM
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That technique isn't for me. I like having the quick release open the caliper for easy wheel removal. Flik-Stands are great for bikes without fenders. I use a Velcro cuff strap or toe strap through the front wheel and around the down tube above the cable stops.
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Old 08-24-10, 09:18 AM
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Checkout this thread for some other good ideas'

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=122922
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Why not just chock the wheel with something, that's how I used to park airplanes. Works like a charm.
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I remember those devices. A rock was always less intrusive to me. Didn't have to carry it on the brake cable like the one shown in the link. I made something similar out of aluminum that I carried in the handlebar bag for a while. Finding that in an old drawer at my parents house is what got me thinking about it again after >20 years. I thought there had to be something easier, and then had my "aha" moment. Those moments are wonderful!!!
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Old 08-24-10, 10:49 AM
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These levers have a parking brake built in and work pretty well (if you use flat bars), used to have them on my BMX.

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If you have a larger tire wider than the rim using the built into the brake lever QR
Is needed to get a fully inflated tire in the wheel in .. and out

I have a toe strap like strap I put around the frame and front wheel, I works great,

I use a plastic side release buckle and a bit of webbing so I hold it on with one of the water bottle cage bolts [wider strap material] ..

As I have 2 bottle boss sets on top of the down tube one to the front.


There used to be the flick stand to stop your front wheel , If it had no fenders on it

and there was a plastic stepped wedge made to insert in the brake lever to apply the brakes

It hung from the brake cable, back before Aero style levers were OEM on all road bikes..
so no place to hang the cord that kept them handy, from..

in the past years, I got a trekking bike from Koga Miyata ,
it has 2 kickstands ,
one of them supports the loaded front wheel from the bottom
of the left of the low-rider rack..

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Old 08-24-10, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Old Yeller View Post
Checkout this thread for some other good ideas'
Thanks for sharing the link. I have one of the Blackburn devices on my touring bike and it works like a charm. I have aero brakes and bar end shifters so I still have a cable to tie and snap it on to. I've recenlty acquired a couple of flick stands that I may use on other bikes but they aren't as secure. A velcro cord minder strap might be another good solution.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
If you have a larger tire wider than the rim using the built into the brake lever QR
Is needed to get a fully inflated tire in the wheel in .. and out

I have a toe strap like strap I put around the frame and front wheel, I works great,

There used to be the flick stand to stop your front wheel , If it had no fenders on it
Refer to post #3
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
.... I use a Velcro cuff strap or toe strap through the front wheel and around the down tube above the cable stops.
The velcro strap also works great around the brake handle/handle bar. A couple of times for a fun I've put one on my son or daughter's bike and watch the kids try to push the bike, then check the wheels and scratch their heads for a second before they realize what I've done.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
in the past years, I got a trekking bike from Koga Miyata ,
it has 2 kickstands ,
one of them supports the loaded front wheel from the bottom
of the left of the low-rider rack..
can we see that please?
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Old 08-24-10, 05:27 PM
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toe strap ftw... can secure the front wheel to the frame or lock the brake in seconds.
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Lots of great techniques both stop the wheel and/or hold it straight, but the beauty of my approach is that it doesn't require a dedicated something to carry. I'm a bit of a minimalist, especially on a bicycle. I also ride a '69 Raleigh Superbe, chosen because of its locking fork. I'm surprised that something this useful and fundamental isn't more widely incorporated into modern bikes. Consider the opportunities for it inside the steering tube.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
toe strap ftw... can secure the front wheel to the frame or lock the brake in seconds.
Yup. I carry an extra one that I picked up for nothing at the co-op (rusty clip on it), that I wrap around the saddle rails when riding, and use it on the rear brake lever when parked. I find the front will still allow the bike to fall down, as the wheel turns side to side.
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Originally Posted by RapidRobert View Post
Lots of great techniques both stop the wheel and/or hold it straight, but the beauty of my approach is that it doesn't require a dedicated something to carry. I'm a bit of a minimalist, especially on a bicycle. I also ride a '69 Raleigh Superbe, chosen because of its locking fork. I'm surprised that something this useful and fundamental isn't more widely incorporated into modern bikes. Consider the opportunities for it inside the steering tube.
I think the problem here is the key needed - if you leave it in the lock, there's always the chance it'll fall out, and if you don't, it might get lost, or you'd be carrying your (possibly) large keyring, which might not be feasible on a more sporty bike.
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a simple rubberband usually works for me. not all of my brakes have a QR on the caliper
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+1 on the flick stand.

got an old roadie with a flick stand on it, ended up taking it off that one and put it on my main roadie. works great. also great for holding the front wheel in place for upright storage in my space-constrained garage.
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I'm surprised that something this useful and fundamental isn't more widely incorporated into modern bikes. Consider the opportunities for it inside the steering tube.
Amen, man.
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You're a genius! It'll work extra well since I have the adjustment on my brakes and the slide sideways release on my levers. The lever one will still allow me to pull the wheel and the one on the brakes will become my parking brake. Thanks!
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