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Alternative for a Repair Stand

Old 05-13-11, 06:17 PM
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Alternative for a Repair Stand

I need a repair stand but in the LBS in my area they only have very expensive ones, $300 dollars and up. Are there any alternatives for a bike stand? Something that simply holds the bike in the air, doesn't have to be extremely sturdy, just for basic wrenching. Any ideas?
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Old 05-13-11, 06:24 PM
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This any good? One of my local LBSs even uses this kind of thing in the shop.

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Old 05-13-11, 06:28 PM
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if you look online you should be able to find a decent stand for just over $100. well worth it in my opinion.
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Old 05-13-11, 06:29 PM
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Nice setup. But my main workspace would be my bedroom (no space in garage) so a setup like that would not be very practical...
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Old 05-13-11, 06:32 PM
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here is a link
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...air+Stand.aspx

ive never used that stand but it should be fine for what you want to do. most will fold up so you can store it away when not in use.
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Old 05-13-11, 06:35 PM
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hmmm, useless thread hahaha, wasn't considering getting online because I thought the shipping would be outrageous since I live in Puerto Rico but I was wrong... Just checked in amazon and I get free shipping...

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I have one of these. Works as both storage and a repair stand. Would be perfect in a bedroom. Fits right against the wall. $70...can't beat that.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...9_20000_400245
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I guess I'll still use the thread. So, probably will order the Stand from Amazon, the ParkTool PCS10, any comments on this one? anyone use it? and also can you tell me of any tools or a thread with a list of must have tools for basic repairs?? So I can include them in my order.
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Old 05-13-11, 06:41 PM
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look for one of the basic home mechanic bicycle tool kits. they can be a good way to go if you are starting from scratch. then order anything you need and dont have.
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Depending on what you want to do, another idea would be to get a cheap/used trainer. It won't be as convenient as a real repair stand, but you'll be able to turn the crank (with your feet! try and do that with a real repair stand!) and you get a trainer . Nashbar has a really cheap trainer onsale right now, $75+shipping. http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_120205_-1___
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Any tools that MUST be included in that kit?

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Doesn't directly help since they are equally as expensive // moreso than a good stand, but I use my trainer all the time for wrenching.
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Originally Posted by rocketJeff View Post
Depending on what you want to do, another idea would be to get a cheap/used trainer. It won't be as convenient as a real repair stand, but you'll be able to turn the crank (with your feet! try and do that with a real repair stand!) and you get a trainer . Nashbar has a really cheap trainer onsale right now, $75+shipping. http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_120205_-1___
Not quite what I'm looking for since I plan to get a good trainer in the future... But thanks for the recommendation.
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Try putting a WTB ad on Craigslist. I got a nice stand for $40.
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Try putting a WTB ad on Craigslist. I got a nice stand for $40.
Craigslist sucks here in PR, it's basically useless...
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This is cheap if you have a car rack and the space to put it.
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Originally Posted by chinarider View Post
This is cheap if you have a car rack and the space to put it.
Don't have a car rack...
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I use my trainer for wrenching as much if not more than my workstand.
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Originally Posted by Shuagster View Post
I guess I'll still use the thread. So, probably will order the Stand from Amazon, the ParkTool PCS10, any comments on this one? anyone use it? and also can you tell me of any tools or a thread with a list of must have tools for basic repairs?? So I can include them in my order.
At first I used a step ladder. I wrapped a sock around one of the cross-braces underneath it and rested the saddle on there, the rest of the bike hanging underneath the ladder. Works in a pinch. My PCS10 arrived last week (amazon as well) and it's MUCH better. I think this model uses a newer clamp over the PCS-9 with a cam-style adjuster (like a quick-release lever). This makes it really quick to put a bike in place once you've set the tension. The jaws on this clamp might also be narrower than other clamps, good if you don't have much seat post showing (the preferred grabbing spot?).

I started repairs with allen wrenches (already had them), then got a cassette removal tool and chain whip, then a more bike-appropriate torque wrench. Next up is probably a bottom bracket removal tool. Maybe a chain tool if you don't already have one.
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Piece o' rope - the $ for "proper" repair stand always goes elsewhere...
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I'd end up trashing my room with bike grease and simple green etc if I wrenched in my bedroom.
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Originally Posted by Shuagster View Post
I guess I'll still use the thread. So, probably will order the Stand from Amazon, the ParkTool PCS10, any comments on this one? anyone use it? and also can you tell me of any tools or a thread with a list of must have tools for basic repairs?? So I can include them in my order.
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At first I used a step ladder. I wrapped a sock around one of the cross-braces underneath it and rested the saddle on there, the rest of the bike hanging underneath the ladder. Works in a pinch. My PCS10 arrived last week (amazon as well) and it's MUCH better. I think this model uses a newer clamp over the PCS-9 with a cam-style adjuster (like a quick-release lever). This makes it really quick to put a bike in place once you've set the tension. The jaws on this clamp might also be narrower than other clamps, good if you don't have much seat post showing (the preferred grabbing spot?).

I started repairs with allen wrenches (already had them), then got a cassette removal tool and chain whip, then a more bike-appropriate torque wrench. Next up is probably a bottom bracket removal tool. Maybe a chain tool if you don't already have one.
+1 on owning the PCS-10. Its a great stand, stable and solidly built. Be careful not to over torque the clamp, I can easily see damaging seatposts/anything carbon.

As far as tools, I'd suggest a pedal wrench if you have excess cash. Yes, most other wrenches will work, but they give you more leverage.
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http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...leg-stand.html

$20, and very very very compact. No need for anything else if you're just casually wrenching, IMO.
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old satellite dish arm $5 clamp = Bike stand
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Originally Posted by DRietz View Post
http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...leg-stand.html

$20, and very very very compact. No need for anything else if you're just casually wrenching, IMO.
Looks nice. Is it stable?
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