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Kickstands.... ya all have them?

Old 12-16-11, 12:18 PM
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Kickstands.... ya all have them?

Before commuting, I have been riding my road bike a lot and I use no kickstand but with my mtn bike used for a commuter, its a little tougher to lean it up against things.

You all have kickstands? Thoughts?
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Old 12-16-11, 12:35 PM
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If you go from Your house, to lock up firmly onto something when you get there,
Or any time you stop, to keep the bike from being Stolen, it may be OK without one.

if you get tired of your bike falling over a lot, It may be a good thing..

A rear triangle mounted stand will work when the chainstay/BB area is crowded.
but won't go there if there is a disc brake.

My touring Bike has a KS under the left Lowrider , + the regular one ,
to keep the pannier's weight from pulling the bike over..

and damn easier to pack/unpack a bike not laying on the ground

My recent purchase , a Bike friday has none, but I lock it up when I stop,
so I have began to cope with it not being there, over time.

If I have enough things I can add to a replacement order,
to justify a frameset trade in. I will have A KS mount included ,
probably for an Esge 2 legged one..

The key is having the frame design thinking ahead,
and making a Kickstand mount part of the frame,
before the paint goes on.

My old Stumpie, by now the winter bike is kind of reshaped, by the tube distorting
yielding to the clamping on the KS..

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Old 12-16-11, 12:37 PM
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Touring bike: no
Single-speed commuter: no
Big Dummy: yes - Kickback - monster huge kickstand
'bent: yes, the one it came with
Folding bike: yes, but I rarely ride that bike
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Old 12-16-11, 12:44 PM
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I have a kickstand on my commuter, but not on my tourer.

I find a kickstand useful for quickly parking, to get stuff out of my bag on route, while opening doors to bring bike inside etc.

Fully loaded touring bike is much more prone to toppling over, so it gets leaned or lain (what a funny turn of phrase, is that english?). Double footed kickstands are more stable and probably less likely to damage the frame though when loaded.

I think it's mostly a matter of habit. If I didn't have a kickstand, I'd probably quickly get into the habit of leaning the bike instead.

If you haven't got a kickstand plate braze on, be careful not to tighten the bracket too hard as this may damage the stays. May damage the paint as well.

They are quite heavy as well, if that's an issue for you...
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Old 12-16-11, 12:50 PM
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road bike, no, bad weather commuter - yes (greenfield I think rear triangle mounted stand). Touring bike and good weather commuter - yes double footed kickstand
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Commuter - Yep, Greenfield
Raleigh 3 speed - Yep, factory
Hybrid - Yep, Greenfield
Old Raleigh road bike - Yep, factory flick stand

It appeares everything in my garage has a kickstand Except the tag a long.
I just find them useful both out on the road and in the garage.

On the nicer bikes I glue a thin sheet of rubber on the kickstand plates to prevent paint damage. I was extra careful tighening the one on the 531 framed bike. I also have replaced the bolt on my commuter with a stainless one.
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I've used them in the past, and prefer the double-leg style, as single kickstands generally do not offer sufficient stability with loaded panniers (YMMV).
My present commuter is my son's 29er, which does not have a kickstand. I have no issues with leaning the bike on one pannier or the other (such as against a fence or post, tree, etc), or by wedging/leaning the rear wheel.

My new commuter will not have one, but I plan to have one of those segmented (like a tent pole) seatpost stands handy for my longer adventures with loads.
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Old 12-16-11, 01:02 PM
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I had a standard kickstand on one bike until I stupidly broke it; they'd changed the mounting bracket on its replacement, so it interfered with the rear derailer cable. Never replaced it.

On a newer bike, I paid a bit more and got one that mounts to the seatstay and chainstay. Pretty useful, although the bike now has a mind of its own when parking while loaded. Maybe one day I'll get one for the other bike, or maybe not.
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Old 12-16-11, 01:09 PM
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road bike 1 - no
road bike 2 - no
commute bike fixed gear - no
tandem - yes.
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I've never understood the need for one, or, at least, I haven't since I was a kid. When I commute to work, I carry the bike up the stairs to get to the road, then I ride it to work, where I lock it up at a bike rack. The rack itself keeps my bike upright while I'm not riding it. When I used to carry panniers, if I needed something out of them, I'd stop, turn backwards, and pull it out, without getting off the bike, so my legs would keep it from falling over.
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Old 12-16-11, 01:13 PM
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Touring bike: no
SS road bike: no
SS mountain bike: no
Road bike: no
Townie 3 speed: yes
beater MTB: yes
Stored 3 speed: yes
good MTB: yes

It used to be I couldn't imagine not putting a kickstand on a bike.. now it's becoming the other way.
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Old 12-16-11, 01:28 PM
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Only on my '72 Schwinn speedster that we keep on display in the lobby of my office as a prop and an errand bike for anyone that wants to ride it, and a my motorcycle. Otherwise I see no need for them.
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Old 12-16-11, 01:40 PM
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I like having a kickstand as it helps when loading up my rear rack. You can unlock the bike and take it away from the lockup, then load your things onto it in an open space.
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Old 12-16-11, 01:51 PM
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I like having a kickstand as it helps when loading up my rear rack. You can unlock the bike and take it away from the lockup, then load your things onto it in an open space.
that's my feeling as well. have one of the greenfield rear triangle ones. plus, I like it being able to stand freely when in my garage.
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Old 12-16-11, 02:33 PM
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Road bike - yes
CX/Commuter - yes
Cruiser - yes
3-speed - yes

I have never understood the inverse relationship between the cost of a bike and using a kickstand. Why would I want to buy a $2000 bike and lay it on the ground or against a tree, while the free barn-bike is upright with a kickstand?
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Originally Posted by rawhite1969 View Post
Road bike - yes
CX/Commuter - yes
Cruiser - yes
3-speed - yes

I have never understood the inverse relationship between the cost of a bike and using a kickstand. Why would I want to buy a $2000 bike and lay it on the ground or against a tree, while the free barn-bike is upright with a kickstand?
All the cool kids do it.
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I like having a kickstand as it helps when loading up my rear rack. You can unlock the bike and take it away from the lockup, then load your things onto it in an open space.
I just loaded my panniers up, and then put them on the rack. But thanks for helping me understand why a kickstand can make sense. That was a very clear explanation.
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Old 12-16-11, 03:11 PM
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I used to have one on my mountain bike, but after I started using a rack and panniers the bike would just fall over. The stand had gouged up the paint behind the bottom bracket, so there was some rust I needed to get rid of there.

A guy I met on a tour this summer had a click stand (https://www.click-stand.com/) and it was capable of keeping his fully load Surly LHT upright. And I mean FULLY loaded, 4 panniers, handle bar bag and a huge rectangular dry bag laid across the rear panniers. It requires the use of included straps to engage the brakes to keep the bike from rolling.

Now and then I'll see someone riding down the road that forgot to fold their chainstay mounted kick stand. I guess they figure that out when they go around a corner.
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Old 12-16-11, 03:15 PM
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I have an old Specialized Rockstand, nice rear triangle kickstand (and lightweight!)
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Old man, no like kickstand!!

Only one bike I got in my sig that has a kickstand, the Suzuki!!
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I live in a city where there's always something to lean it on if I need to, and if i'm locking my bikes, they have to be leaning on the object they're locked to. I don't see the point of a kickstand for my purposes.
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Kickstand? Hell yes! I put a kickstand on my bike...I was the only one in the stairwell at work that could park my bike anywhere I chose...the rest of the commuters had to find some wall space to lean against....soon that became a safety/fire code issue and we got vertical wall racks to hang our bikes on. I told em it would've been alot cheaper to buy everyone a kickstand. :-)

There have been several occasions on my commute where I needed to stop and adjust or get something and there was nothing to lean my bike against. Plus having a kickstand means the whole world is your bike parking lot. :-)
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Have not had a kickstand on any of my bikes for over 30 years. Used to love them, but now I don't. There have been a few times that I wished I had one, but I still will not put one on my bikes.
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Commuter yes
Mountain yes
Tadpole dont need one
Bent yes
Dont care about the little extra weight the convenience is worth it
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