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Old 07-01-18, 07:01 PM
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Kick stand

Do you guys have a kick stand on your bikes?
I bought a Giant bike today and it has no kick stand and never had a bike without one,stopping at a store or some place,I will have no choice but to lay it down.
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Old 07-01-18, 07:51 PM
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No, most "real" cyclists don't have kickstands. It's not "cool" but in reality, the best reason in my mind is that a bike without a kickstand can't fall over when it's parked using the kickstand. I always lean my bikes against a stable object or simply lay it down on the non-drive side if necessary.
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Old 07-01-18, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jwh20 View Post
No, most "real" cyclists don't have kickstands. It's not "cool"....
^^He speaks the truth, at least to this point...however there is this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 because I'm not cool, and it does work really well.
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Old 07-01-18, 08:42 PM
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Old 07-01-18, 08:52 PM
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Some of my bikes do not have kickstands because they are purely for riding, usually at a fast speed. But I have other bikes that I use for errands or other purposes that include stops along the way. For those, I am happy to put on kickstands. On my errand bike, I use a double-foot stand for extra stability. I would hate having a kickstand on my Masi but for my old Astra errand bike the kickstand is a great addition.
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Old 07-01-18, 09:07 PM
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Always. I've added kickstands to the couple of bikes that didn't come with them. Reason: I never ride without stopping someplace for something, and I don't think bikes should be laying on the ground.
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Old 07-01-18, 09:48 PM
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I used to be in the "no kickstand" camp until I realized I was wrong. They have their place now on a couple of my bikes that I run errands and commute on.
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Old 07-01-18, 09:57 PM
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One of my hybrids has a good kickstand, secured in two places around the frame for stability and to avoid crushing the chainstay.

The other heavier hybrid, mostly used for errands, needs a double kickstand to stabilize it. I removed the original kickstand because it was useless and unstable.

My road bike doesn't have a kickstand. Doesn't need it. Most of my rides on it are out and back within a couple of hours.
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Old 07-01-18, 09:59 PM
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If you want a kickstand, get a kickstand. It is awfully tiring to have people insist what goes or does not go on your bike.
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Old 07-01-18, 10:04 PM
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First, ascertain whether your bike can accommodate a kickstand at all. Some frames are too delicate, or don't have an appropriate mounting location.

About half of the bikes in my family's fleet have kickstands. It really helps when managing a large number of bikes in the garage. My grocery-getter has one, to simplify parking, loading, and unloading it.
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Old 07-01-18, 10:04 PM
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The classic Greenfield kickstand is hard to beat if it fits your bike.
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Old 07-01-18, 10:18 PM
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I use this one: https://upstandingbicycle.com/shop/the-upstand/
Strictly speaking, it is not a kick stand but it provides very similar function. Very lightweight - I fold it and carry in the jersey pocket. And only a small mounting tab is attached to the bike.
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Old 07-02-18, 07:28 AM
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Old 07-02-18, 07:37 AM
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yes, to kickstands, on 2 out of my 3 bikes

the road bike w/o one, just gets leaned on what ever is handy

I don't like laying a bike down, mostly cuz I have a rear rack, trunk, loaded in an upright fashion. tied shut it can go on it's side, but then I can't get in it
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Old 07-02-18, 08:19 AM
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There's a thread on this somewhere that's been going on for 15 years.

Definitely make sure you don't put anything on that will screw up your aluminum chainstays. Otherwise, if you think the benefits outweigh the costs in weight and making sure it doesn't move around while you're riding, get one!

I have a trusty old Greenfield on mine. $10, I kick it, the bike stands, life is good.
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Old 07-02-18, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by rollagain View Post
Always. I've added kickstands to the couple of bikes that didn't come with them. Reason: I never ride without stopping someplace for something, and I don't think bikes should be laying on the ground.
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Do you guys have a kick stand on your bikes?
I bought a Giant bike today and it has no kick stand and never had a bike without one,stopping at a store or some place,I will have no choice but to lay it down.
Just because a bike doesn't have a kick stand doesn't mean it has to be laid on the ground. The world is full of vertical surfaces. Trees

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The world is full of vertical surfaces. Trees
You were saying something about vertical trees? BTW...That was during my tour in June. I managed to thread my bike and body through that mess with only a few scratches.

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Old 07-02-18, 08:42 AM
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Although ...a freestanding touring bike you have access to all 4 panniers at once,
and the benefit comes in making and packing up up your camp..

roadies and mountain bikers are not needing utility features, a KS just one.





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^^He speaks the truth, at least to this point...however there is this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 because I'm not cool, and it does work really well.

Man i SO want one of these now for my Scott Aspect, thank you for linking!
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When I bought my hybrid, it didn't have any sort of kickstand on it. After leaning it against things and having it fall, as well as scuffing the paint, I decided I definitely wanted a kickstand. So I put on a Greenfield stabilizer and have liked it ever since.

I don't like the idea of laying my bike on the ground because it's too easy for some clueless individual to step on it.
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Old 07-02-18, 10:58 AM
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Man i SO want one of these now for my Scott Aspect, thank you for linking!
Becareful! Those don't always work!

I have my heel hitting it! No good on some bike frames!

And I hate the idea of clamping down on the chainstay tubings!
You are slowly ruining the frame.
Clamping down on the tubing is structurally damaging it...it's the weakest point to be adding additional stress.

If the bike doesn't come with a kickstand from manufacturer, then I just live without a kickstand to be safe.
If you gott'a have a kickstand for some reason (like a grocery bike or commuting bike), then get a bike that is designed properly for kickstand usage.

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You can also prop the bike up solely by resting a pedal on a raised edge like a curb or rock.
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If out in the woods, also look for fallen small tree branch.
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And I hate the idea of clamping down on the chainstay tubings!
You are slowly ruining the frame.
Clamping down on the tubing is structurally damaging it...it's the weakest point to be adding additional stress.
I have a steel Fuji from around 1992 that was originally sold with a kickstand clamped to the chainstays. The chainstays are not ruined, and still function fine. I just took the clamp off and the paint isn't even marred that badly. This bike was an abused commuter, too.

I lean my bikes, seems to work fine.
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