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Old 06-27-19, 02:28 PM
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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.
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Old 06-27-19, 02:58 PM
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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
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Old 06-27-19, 05:51 PM
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Do the pros on The Tour of France use kickstands? That should settle it.
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Old 06-27-19, 05:52 PM
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The pros shave legs though!
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Old 06-27-19, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by gringomojado View Post
Do the pros on The Tour of France use kickstands? That should settle it.
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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.
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Old 06-27-19, 06:45 PM
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I cant find one that fits my trike.
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Old 06-27-19, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
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)?
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Old 06-27-19, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by kdeleon View Post
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.
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Old 06-28-19, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
I cant find one that fits my trike.
I put one on my trike. Looks funny leaning over.
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Old 06-28-19, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
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.
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Old 06-28-19, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
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.
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Old 06-28-19, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by kdeleon View Post
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.
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Old 06-28-19, 01:11 PM
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Old 06-28-19, 01:20 PM
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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.
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Old 06-28-19, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
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

IMG_3144 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

If you do it right, the stick disappears!

DSCN1059 by Stuart Black, on FlickrDSCN0301 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

Or work the stick into the landscape

DSCN0465 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

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

DSCN0515 by Stuart Black, on Flickr
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I love my kickstand. Would really dislike not having one.
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Old 06-28-19, 04:31 PM
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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!
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I've got a Pletscher Double on my commuter, which makes the bike REALLY stable when loading the rear panniers.
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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.
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
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.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post







DSCN0515 by Stuart Black, on Flickr

This looks awesome. Where is it? Do you need a mountain bike or will a touring bike do?
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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
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You have to be careful, some trees won’t hold the bike up straight.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
This looks awesome. Where is it? Do you need a mountain bike or will a touring bike do?
It’s the Devil’s Slide Twin trestles on Rollins Pass. It’s 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.

Here’s the view from a little further back


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and the view of the long drop to South Boulder Creek


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