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How to clamp carbon bike w/ aero seatpost to workstand

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How to clamp carbon bike w/ aero seatpost to workstand

I am used to lightly clamping my bike to the stand by the seatpost but just got a new bike with an aero seatpost. What is best practice to clamp to the stand in this case?
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I am used to lightly clamping my bike to the stand by the seatpost but just got a new bike with an aero seatpost. What is best practice to clamp to the stand in this case?
Still the seatpost, HOWEVER you will get a lot of different responses and all of them are, for the most part, correct.

(Well, except for the "if you don't do it this way you're WRONG!", that's probably not true.)

For me it depends on what I'm doing. Usually I'll just rest the bike on the stand on the top tube, no clamp at all. If I have to I may use the clamp to lightly "hold" the frame, using very little pressure.

If I really need to screw with the bike, the seatpost. I think there are adapters that can work with aero seatposts if your clamp doesn't fit it well.

But also, if I really need to be torquing the bike around so much - which I almost never am, as it's fairly new and won't need cranks or BB removed for some time - I'd probably just put it on the ground leaned against something.

Summary: seatpost is best if possible; if not possible, you're not doing anything dangerous or heinous by resting it on, or lightly clamping, the top tube.
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Seen these recommended a good bit recently for these types of bikes. But I can't imagine the bike shops all have bought these, so how are they managing?
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Expensive but works well.
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Couple of options:
1. just hang the bike by the saddle and squeeze the clamp tight against the seatpost. This is not a perfect option, and the bike will move if pushed in the wrong direction, but it is unlikely to fall.
2. Depending on the style of clamp you have, you can clamp it front to back of the seatpost. This does put the bike at a weird angle for the repair stand and is often less than perfectly balanced - it can tip over - but again, it is sufficient to work on a bike.
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You can also get the "Giant ISP Bike Seatpost Clamp Adapter" set for around $30. It's made for Giant's seatposts but fits similar shaped ones very well.
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