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Old 05-07-21, 07:48 AM
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Cheap Bike Workstands

Anyone have one and are they any good? The Park Tool one is about £300, have seen others that are about £50, can't justify spending £300 on one but could £50.

Just wondering if the cheap ones are worth getting?
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Old 05-07-21, 08:13 AM
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I'm sure it varies. Which ones are you looking at? There used to be a wall mount stand I was thinking about getting that people liked a lot. Not sure if they are still available
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I've seen homemade stands that consist of a 2x4, a rag, and a couple of clamps. Very cheap and very portable.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I'm sure it varies. Which ones are you looking at? There used to be a wall mount stand I was thinking about getting that people liked a lot. Not sure if they are still available
Seems to me something that attaches to the stud walls in my garage would be about ideal. No stand needed. I'd buy it.

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Old 05-07-21, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by sw20 View Post
Anyone have one and are they any good? The Park Tool one is about £300, have seen others that are about £50, can't justify spending £300 on one but could £50.

Just wondering if the cheap ones are worth getting?
I've seen posts over the years where people scored half-decent bike gear, including stands, at stores like LIDL (ALDI in the US) but like most of their inventory its completely random and based on luck.

I used an old trainer that didn't work any more and removed the resistance unit as a stand for years until I ponied up the money to buy a nice one from Feedback Sports.

I've heard of people hanging their bike from the ceiling; I tried that but it swung around too much and was more hassle than it was worth.
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Yup...

I got an inexpensive one, maybe $50-60 a few years back. It's been great. My model is no longer available, but there are similar ones one Amazon and EBay.

I can't speak to the needs of carbon frame bikes, as mine are mostly aluminum alloy frames, with one steel frame. I'd look for a stand with four long legs, for stability. Also a V shaped clamping surface so cables are not crushed. Also an extendable arm to hold handlebars while bike is on stand.

I clamp on top tube, even on my aluminum frame ebike, which weighs about 60 pounds I'd guess. If you have carbon frame, you'll need to clamp seat post, which is a more difficult maneuver than simply lifting top tube onto horizontal clamp jaws. I keep a piece of foam material handy to wrap top tube where clamp will be, and keep clamp just tight enough so bike is stable and doesn't move around when I turn cranks or spin wheels.

Buy the best one that suits your budget. A work-stand is the best bike related accessory I ever invested in. Once you have one, you'll never want to be without it. But you can get a decent one for under a hundred; just don't expect it to be professional shop grade.
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Old 05-07-21, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
I've heard of people hanging their bike from the ceiling; I tried that but it swung around too much and was more hassle than it was worth.
I have a hook on the garage wall that is very convenient if I need to do something quick. The hook sticks out about 10", it usually has garden implements hanging from it. I hang the bike from the seat. It works pretty well, and the bike doesn't move too much. Not much good for pedaling though.
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If you are working on a dozen or so bikes a day, you probably need to spend some money on a good bike stand.

If you are only working on one, two or three bikes a few times a year.... I've no idea. I just hang the top tube on the corner of a table or on some 2x4's clamped on a ladder or something. Cheap and the items serve more than one purpose so they justify the space in my garage they take up.

In fifty years of bike DIY, a work stand is the least of my wants.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I'm sure it varies. Which ones are you looking at? There used to be a wall mount stand I was thinking about getting that people liked a lot. Not sure if they are still available
this is one
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jobsworth-B...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
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Old 05-07-21, 05:01 PM
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I use this one, no issues with it. Search on Amazon (I can't post URL's as i'm under 10 posts.)

SONGMICS Bike Repair Stand with Multiple Quick Release Design USBR06B
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Check out Bikehand. I know a few forumites use it. I was also a "who needs a repair stand" guy, but after I got it I realized how much nicer it made life. I store my bike in the stand. Beats leaning against the garage wall. (I don't have an n+1 problem. All my other bikes are in pieces).

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Old 05-08-21, 05:22 AM
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20 years ago I scored a used shop quality Park double stand for $150usd. Still using it today. Even using the ever excellent Feedback Sports stand or the Park folding stand, one realizes how important a solid stand is. One that does not move around while working on a bike. My suggestion is to save your money for another 6-12 months and buy the 300 euro stand instead of a 50euro stand that is barely capable of holding a bike. Delayed gratification usually pays off.
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Old 05-08-21, 05:26 AM
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I also have a "Bikehand" stand. I've used it for 2-3 years, works fine. Folds up easily, adjustable.. I bought a used one locally for $45.

It appears this stand goes by "CXWXC Bike Workstand" on the UK amazon. It has other names also. Assuming it's the same quality as the Bikehand..you should be fine with it.
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Old 05-08-21, 05:41 AM
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just bit the bullet and ordered this, will update once received!

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/BNTORQ...rkstand-bundle
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just bit the bullet and ordered this, will update once received!

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/BNTORQ...rkstand-bundle
WOW, a stand AND a torque wrench set for 50GBP? That's a smokin' deal!

(If you're in the UK; otherwise add customs and duty and shipping and maybe it's less good.)
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WOW, a stand AND a torque wrench set for 50GBP? That's a smokin' deal!

(If you're in the UK; otherwise add customs and duty and shipping and maybe it's less good.)
I'm in the UK only £6 shipping!
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I know it seems hard to justify. I bought one of the cheaper Park models. Have had it for many years. As someone said, if you work on many bikes many times a year, maybe step up a model.
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My first bike stand I made by cutting down piece of scrap pipe, welding it to a $5 harbor freight welding clamp, gluing on a piece of rubber, welding that to an extension arm, then clamping that into my bench vice. Works extremely well, except for having to move the bike every time I needed to use the vice. I made a couple of these, using them to hang bikes in my shed.

Finally I bought a Park Tool PCS-4 stand. High end stand price wise, but man alive, worth every penny. You can buy cheaper stands but IMO a bit of a false economy. I can guarantee you will quickly forget about the price and thank yourself everytime you use the stand.
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Anyone have one and are they any good? The Park Tool one is about £300, have seen others that are about £50, can't justify spending £300 on one but could £50.
Just wondering if the cheap ones are worth getting?
Are you near an Aldi food store? A couple of years ago they (yes, Aldi) had a nice one available in stores here in the U.S. for only $25 (US). Here’s a link to one on the Aldi UK website for just £19.99 (UK).
https://www.aldi.co.uk/bikemate-bike...04017449330400

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I've been fiddling with bikes since the 1960's. During most of that time we didn't have very much money so I had to make do.

When I first started working on my bikes regularly, I hung the bike vertically by the front wheel. That actually worked pretty well but if the rear derailleur was at a convenient height, the handlebar was too high.

I also tried putting a screw hook un the underside of my deck and hung my bikes by a noose around the saddle nose. Height was adjustible but the bike would swing around quite a bit.

The best home made stand I made looked like a three legged sawhorse. A QR front axle held the bike onto to a 2 X 4. The bottom bracket rested on the end of the same 2 X 4 and the rear wheel hung off in space. My out of pocket was zero. It worked pretty good. It was solid. I could do anything on it but front brake or headset adjustments. I adjusted for different sized bikes by moving the QR axle to a series of holes drilled in the 2 X 4. If I had a need to work on a lot of conventional bikes again, I'd build myself another one.

For the 20 years or so, I had a Park dual arm shop stand. It was better than anything I had previously but it was always in the way when I wasn't using it and it weighed a TON.

After Mrs. Grouch and I converted to riding recumbent trikes, I fiddled with several different ways of working on them. My 78 year old body doesn't take well to bending and stooping anymore. Even topping up the tires with air was a pain in the back. I gave my Park workstand to a local bike co-op and buought a commercially made Trike Tight workstand. I cn do pretty much anything with it with no bending or stooping. It cost more than I wanted to spend, but I'm happy to have bought it.
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