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Raising The Back Wheels Off The Floor

Old 12-29-17, 05:21 PM
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Raising The Back Wheels Off The Floor

Has anyone got any neat tricks for raising the back wheels off the floor, mainly just for washing / lubing and being able to turn the pedals.

I get that a work frame is probably the ultimate answer but am guessing that the cheap ones are probably pretty horrible and as I don't plane on becoming a service / repair expert can't justify a lot of money just to keep your bike clean and oiled.

I could get a couple of bits of wood and knock something together fairly easily but thought I'd ask in case I'd missed a simple alternative solution.
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I have one of these, and it works pretty well.
Nashbar Stand By Me - Nashbar
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overhead hook (or tree branch), and a loop of rope under the saddle nose.
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I have one of these, and it works pretty well.
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Wow, that's dang clever. Never saw it before. Now watch me spend more than $14.99 trying to make one myself.
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I have one of these, and it works pretty well.
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I've got one of them, it's great though some of the weirder shaped rear forks on modern bikes leave the bike tilted funny. I've built bikes up from bare frames on one of these.
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Hook the nose of the seat over a countertop dining area.
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I have one of these, and it works pretty well.
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I can vouch for this one. Mine has lasted 15 years, outdoors and indoors. Now it's doing storage duty for my daughter's bike.
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Old 12-29-17, 06:32 PM
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The Nashbar Stand By Me looks great but can I find it this side of the pond ...like F...

Looks like the piece of rope over a branch of the tree I lean it against to clean it may be the winner by default

Still open for any other suggestions though ... almost a bit pee'd off can't find the Nashbar over here as that's probably ideal without costing a fortune.
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The Nashbar Stand By Me looks great but can I find it this side of the pond ...
I bet you could make one of these with a couple or three feet of 1x2 pine and 2 big screw hooks.
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Old 12-29-17, 07:01 PM
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I have one of these, and it works pretty well.
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This is perfect since I keep my bike in my apt and take it to the patio to lube/clean. Just ordered one now. Thx!
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Old 12-30-17, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
i have one of these, and it works pretty well.
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I have one of these, and it works pretty well.
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That does like great, how'd I miss that all these years?
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I have one of these Dajia stands - it's a pretty sturdy setup on a hard floor.

https://velo-orange.com/collections/.../two-leg-stand

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Car jackstand under the bottom bracket, if you happen to have jackstands that is. Put a rag on top of it so it doesn't scratch your paint.
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Car jackstand under the bottom bracket, if you happen to have jackstands that is. Put a rag on top of it so it doesn't scratch your paint.

Must admit I'd hate to scratch the paintwork on a Jackstand I'll have a look at this for sure as may be a good idea


@ Eric S. ----- I saw those as well doing a search and the biggest reported issue was the bike / tube size they'd work with ... it'd be for a 29er and I don't think it fit but it looked good up until I found a review from someone outlining it's limitation.
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Must admit I'd hate to scratch the paintwork on a Jackstand I'll have a look at this for sure as may be a good idea
It's OK for quick derailleur adjustments, etc. but nothing I'd depend on long term. I've done the rope from the rafters too. Nothing beats a good workstand though.
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
It's OK for quick derailleur adjustments, etc. but nothing I'd depend on long term. I've done the rope from the rafters too. Nothing beats a good workstand though.

You know what ... you're probably right .... I guess I've just spent so much money on this hobby recently ... every single one of my Xmas presents was something bike orientated and I still sneak the odd extra bit in the Mrs doesn't know about (just have to be a bit lively around the time the postman comes ) I was trying not to have another expense on top of the other 40 recent ones

That said possibly a false economy, I watched a video of a guy making a home made one, he said he spent $45 on the parts and hours of time and he could have bought something semi decent for $50 and saved himself several hours making it

This looks scarily like the Nashbar Stand By Me but look at the difference in cost
https://www.evanscycles.com/topeak-t...stand-EV215565

Would love to know who designed it originally and if one copied the other

At that cost though I would have thought a bike stand is probably worth the extra few 's as for general maintenance it'd be much better at a chest height rather than on the ground ... was looking at both of these

Bikehut Repair Stand

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Home-...-/152629810578

As I'm typing this I've just found this which again looks like a copy or same think with a different European name at a very affordable price
X-Tools Mini-Maintenance Stand | Chain Reaction Cycles

Now I have to make decisions ... wondering of a stand will be a better long term bet or go the budget option for now
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https://www.harborfreight.com/20-piece-storage-hook-set-67587.html
And some 2x4s could make it cheap.
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I bought one of these last year and I like it but it takes up a lot of floor space.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Feedback-Sp...IAAOSwR2RaHUPV

My old Blackburn Workhorse is still my favorite, wish they still made them because after 20 years of heavy use mine is getting a little tired and the thing is just so darn handy.

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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I have one of these, and it works pretty well.
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Do you also use it for storage? Or would there be anything speaking against using it as a storage stand? currently my bike semi-leans against a lawn mower....
This looks neat for quick chain lube etc. i have a real PArks stand, bu that is too cumbersome for daily storage.
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Do you also use it for storage? Or would there be anything speaking against using it as a storage stand? currently my bike semi-leans against a lawn mower....
This looks neat for quick chain lube etc. i have a real PArks stand, bu that is too cumbersome for daily storage.
They're safe and secure for storage. We use them for bike commuters at work (which is where I was inspired to buy one for home). For your own, you might want to bend and set the hooks to work for you, but that's hardly rocket science.

There are other sources other than Nashbar too, I bought mine from my lbs.
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Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
Do you also use it for storage?
Guess what's holding my bike up in the garage?
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I think a full sized work stand is worth owning. I know many people here have a very limited budget, but it is my belief that before you invest in n+1 bikes, you should invest in the tools to take care of your bikes. They will last you a lifetime. You can find deals on used stands on Craigslist.
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I use a repair stand but for quick and simple or when I'm away from home, I use this:

Minoura DS30 - $22.99 MSRP


It's recently been discontinued by Minoura but you can do a search on the net to see if anyone still has them. Quick to hook up to the bike and much sturdier than some of the ones shown here.
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
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UK ebay

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bicycle-w...EAAOSw71BXQNeY

I have several stands like this and they work great for storage or as a portable/cheap work stand.

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