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xroadcharlie 06-27-19 02:28 PM

I was using a steel rear kickstand, but the bike fell over too easily no matter how I adjusted it. My new bike has a single leg center kickstand that is much lighter, more stable, and adjustable.

With 9 "Things" on my handlebar, a rear rack & trunk bag, Light, Water bottle, and the aforementioned kickstand, I could care less about being a biking purist. If I will use it I wouldn't give it a second thought.

LesG 06-27-19 02:58 PM

Not sure which Sirrus but if carbon fiber here's a couple of choices.

https://upstandingbicycle.com/what-is-the-upstand/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074T8V8PH...v_ov_lig_dp_it

gringomojado 06-27-19 05:51 PM

Do the pros on The Tour of France use kickstands? That should settle it.
gm

gringomojado 06-27-19 05:52 PM

The pros shave legs though!
gm

Moe Zhoost 06-27-19 06:04 PM


Originally Posted by gringomojado (Post 21000742)
Do the pros on The Tour of France use kickstands? That should settle it.
gm

No, they have a team car with a guy that jumps out to hold the bike up.

I eschewed kick-stands for 40 years, thinking that they were not for "real" cyclists. I recently mounted a Greenfield on my hybrid, because I got tired of having to find a suitable thing to serve as a leaning device. It works great.

rydabent 06-27-19 06:45 PM

I cant find one that fits my trike.

gringomojado 06-27-19 07:53 PM


Originally Posted by ksryder (Post 20999659)
This combination of bizarre punctuation, snobbery disguised as anti-snobbery, and casual misogyny, is peak bikeforums.

Well yes or no; do you use kickstands, (and or shave the legs)?
gm

ColonelSanders 06-27-19 08:27 PM


Originally Posted by kdeleon (Post 20999231)
So I'm getting back into biking after many years. I'm looking to get a nicer bike (leaning towards a Sirrus). Anyway, I see in the higher end models most people don't put some kind of kickstand, or at least that is what it seems. I understand for home people have some kind of stand or holder. But what does everyone do when outside their home. Like don't you stop somewhere or if you travel and don't have your home stand. Or maybe people do have kickstands and I just missed it.

Can you recommend a way to stand the bike away from the home base? And if it is a kickstand, maybe a specific model.


Just remember that generic kickstands do not play well with carbon, so if you get a carbon Sirrus, check out a few of the options people have already listed in this thread.


If you are getting an aluminium framed Sirrus, then the generic kickstands will work well.


And if you care about your bike's paint, do not be leaning it against metal poles, sooner or later your bike will slide down the pole and take off some paint.

Moe Zhoost 06-28-19 05:58 AM


Originally Posted by rydabent (Post 21000805)
I cant find one that fits my trike.

I put one on my trike. Looks funny leaning over. :lol:

Nachoman 06-28-19 06:58 AM


Originally Posted by BobbyG (Post 20999520)
I have three bikes. My two commuters have kickstands by the rear wheel. My old road bike has none. I lean it against things or against a curb, I will flip it over and rest it on the seat and bars., or sometimes lay it down, but not on the "drive side" so the rear deraillier cage won't be pushed out of alignment.

If you must lean your bike, please be mindful of other's possessions and property, i.e. cars, windows, decorative railings, murals, etc.

I'm not saying leaning your bike against something couldn't leave a mark. But I've personally never experienced that.

Reynolds 06-28-19 10:56 AM


Originally Posted by BobbyG (Post 20999520)
If you must lean your bike, please be mindful of other's possessions and property, i.e. cars, windows, decorative railings, murals, etc.

If you use a kickstand, be sure it has a plastic foot, if not it could damage some floors too.

gnappi 06-28-19 11:05 AM


Originally Posted by kdeleon (Post 20999231)
So I'm getting back into biking after many years. I'm looking to get a nicer bike (leaning towards a Sirrus). Anyway, I see in the higher end models most people don't put some kind of kickstand, or at least that is what it seems. I understand for home people have some kind of stand or holder. But what does everyone do when outside their home. Like don't you stop somewhere or if you travel and don't have your home stand. Or maybe people do have kickstands and I just missed it.

Can you recommend a way to stand the bike away from the home base? And if it is a kickstand, maybe a specific model.

I have a kickstand on my MTN bike, and none on my road bikes. I L-O-V-E having a kickstand on it and if I ever get back on the road bikes I'll put a kickstand on them too. I can take a poop that weighs more than a kickstand weighs, and I'm certainly not in any kind of competitive range to get a performance gain from the paltry weight gain or aerodynamic losses. Considering the number of times a breeze, vibration or inadvertent bump caused my road bikes to crash to the ground I'll suffer with the additional weight.

IMO, ANY kickstand for the average guy like me is Farrr better than none.

bruce19 06-28-19 01:11 PM

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e0a2592004.jpg

Wilfred Laurier 06-28-19 01:20 PM

My buddy with whom I did a long tour last year said the only upgrade he would make to his bike for the next tour was to add a kickstand.

cyccommute 06-28-19 01:30 PM


Originally Posted by Kapusta (Post 20999504)
I just lean the bike against something.

Wall
Tree
Fence
Railing
Sign post
Telephone pole
Stack of old pallets

A stick will do...especially for those glamor shots

https://live.staticflickr.com/1808/2...9d0bfe70_b.jpgIMG_3144 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

If you do it right, the stick disappears!

https://live.staticflickr.com/1834/4...d8372929_k.jpgDSCN1059 by Stuart Black, on Flickrhttps://live.staticflickr.com/4461/3...217c293b_k.jpgDSCN0301 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

Or work the stick into the landscape

https://live.staticflickr.com/4635/3...c8265faa_k.jpgDSCN0465 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

Or you can lean it up against a rickety railing that hangs over a 1000 foot drop

https://live.staticflickr.com/4756/2...1c1f83a5_k.jpgDSCN0515 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

Aahzz 06-28-19 03:12 PM

I love my kickstand. Would really dislike not having one.

surak 06-28-19 04:31 PM


MNebiker 06-28-19 04:44 PM

Just install a kickstand and relax. It is convenient - the bike is protected and you can put the bike almost anywhere and you don't have to find a:

Wall
Tree
Fence
Railing
Sign post
Telephone pole
Stack of old pallets

Center or rear mount, either one. I prefer the center mount as I always felt they were more stable, nearer the center of gravity, but the rear might be better if you carry any weight on the rear carrier or bags. If you do go with the center mount, don't make the rookie mistake of clamping your rear derailleur cable under the bracket!

Riveting 06-28-19 04:46 PM

I've got a Pletscher Double on my commuter, which makes the bike REALLY stable when loading the rear panniers.

Gresp15C 06-28-19 04:54 PM

Beware that some frames are too delicate to accommodate a kickstand. I've got kickstands on every bike that will fit one. Oddly enough, the place where they are the most useful is in my garage.

spinnaker 06-28-19 05:26 PM


Originally Posted by Kapusta (Post 20999504)
I just lean the bike against something.

Wall
Tree
Fence
Railing
Sign post
Telephone pole
Stack of old pallets


Add putting the rear wheel of the bike between the tire and fender of your car.

There have been very rare instances when I did not have some place to lean the bike.

spinnaker 06-28-19 05:29 PM


Originally Posted by cyccommute (Post 21001958)


This looks awesome. Where is it? Do you need a mountain bike or will a touring bike do?

SlowJoeCrow 06-28-19 06:35 PM

For me it depends on both the intended use of the bike and ease of parking. My commuter has a kickstand but my MTB and CX bikes don't because of how they are used. When I had a tandem I put a two legged kickstand on it because it was hard to park otherwise and having bo

Kapusta 06-28-19 07:19 PM

You have to be careful, some trees wonít hold the bike up straight.
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...91cc62542.jpeg

cyccommute 06-28-19 08:28 PM


Originally Posted by spinnaker (Post 21002274)
This looks awesome. Where is it? Do you need a mountain bike or will a touring bike do?

Itís the Devilís Slide Twin trestles on Rollins Pass. Itís an old railroad so the grade is fairly flat but the road bed is pretty rough. You might be able to do it on a touring bike but a mountain bike makes life easier and faster.

Hereís the view from a little further back

https://live.staticflickr.com/4722/4...cf962ec2_k.jpg
DSCN0512 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

and the view of the long drop to South Boulder Creek

https://live.staticflickr.com/4620/2...e4c4b9a7_k.jpg
DSCN0522 by Stuart Black, on Flickr


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