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Why No Kickstands on Road Bikes?

Old 07-04-14, 05:53 PM
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After you take it off and literally never miss it for years, you come to the opinion that a kickstand is more trouble than it's worth.
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Old 07-04-14, 06:08 PM
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maybe most considerate people just don't want to be rude like the three people with some sort of rube goldberg kickstand, that thought, i guess, because they had bought and carried the darn things around should park their bikes right next to the outside table they were sitting at the local coffee shop. blocking everybody that need to move around.

believe it or not they had to get up, collectively, three or four times, for some reason only known to themselves, to readjust their kickstands.
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Old 07-04-14, 07:36 PM
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Kickstands are for old ladies with wooden legs....but seriously, they would fall down, move & obstruct pedaling & still ran the chance of falling over. Even as a kid in the 70's & 80's, you could tell the junk bmx bikes by the ones that had the factory kick stands. Either use a bike rack, or lay it down.
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Old 07-04-14, 07:44 PM
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I have a kickstand on my hybrid. I don't want one on my road bike.
I do enjoy watching people make up bull**** stories about how awful kick stands are though.

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Old 07-04-14, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by pdedes View Post
try a tree or a post
or wall ... or curb ...
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Old 07-04-14, 08:10 PM
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because Starbucks's have bike racks
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Old 07-04-14, 08:16 PM
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Well the OP certainly learned that a majority of BF riders don't want 'em.

Modern bikes, especially road bikes are so light and tall and relatively top heavy, all facts that make a kick stand not work well in most cases. On some bikes the front wheel also has a tendency to flip to the side which makes the bike even more unstable as the wheel will roll and allow the bike to fall more easily.

If you find one that works for you on your bike and want it then go for it. As others have found it causes more trouble then it's worth in most cases. I keep a work stand in my garage and hang my bike from it when parked. I have a kickstand on my main bike but have had it fall over so many times I rarely use it. I should just take i t off.
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Old 07-04-14, 08:21 PM
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Old 07-04-14, 08:40 PM
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Road bikes are built to be ridden then put away in the garage. stopping is for traffic lights.

if you want a kickstand go find the touring forum or maybe the hipsters in the Fixie forum
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Old 07-04-14, 09:13 PM
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Google click stand. It fits in your jersey pocket.
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Old 07-05-14, 12:14 AM
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Because people who become self absorbed in the road bike image overlook the ease and utility of one. I also feel that people in the past who have used kickstands must have either had the crappiest kickstands that didn't work correctly, or were too dumb to use it correctly themselves.
I've had kickstands on all my bikes since I was 10 and I've never, seriously never, had a bike fall over. If it's windy, turn the front of the bike into the wind so it's not broadsided. There isn't always going to be a rack, or a wall, or a curb, or a chain, or a tree. A kickstand makes practical sense. I can understand not wanting to put the clamping pressure on a CF frame, that's fine.
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Old 07-05-14, 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
Reliable and kick stand don't go together. A bike as light as a CAAD 10 will blow over in a moderate breeze. I've seen 30 lb. cruisers blown over.
This.

Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
A bike placed on the ground cannot fall on the ground.
And this.

Yes, it's possible to take precautions when using a kick stand in order to minimize the chances of the bike toppling over, but laying it on the ground is much simpler and safer.

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Old 07-05-14, 02:14 AM
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
There isn't always going to be a rack, or a wall, or a curb, or a chain, or a tree.
Or a pole. Or a gutter kerb. Or a big rock. Or even a car!

And that's when you can lay it on the ground.

No risk, no problem.
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Old 07-05-14, 02:28 AM
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I usually find a tree or a post to lean it on. That being said ALL my utility bikes have them.
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Old 07-05-14, 06:26 AM
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I had a motorcycle once that didn't have a kickstand. It was a mx bike that was super lightweight at the time. I dealt with it.
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Old 07-05-14, 08:37 AM
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Yeah, and whatever happened to banana seats? No, not banana hammocks!
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Old 07-05-14, 12:56 PM
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The only time I would want one is with a heavily loaded touring bike in an area with nothing to lean the bike on. Otherwise I trust leaning the bike on something a lot more than I trust kickstands. I don't know why kickstand proponents would discount other people's experiences as BS. Nothing wrong with just laying it on the ground either.

Besides 99% of the time if I'm leaving my bike it's locked up and leaning on something. If I lived in a sitcom world where I could leave my bike in front of my destination, unlocked and posed and it would still be there when I got back. I would have to reconsider a kickstand.

It's not about looking cool or emulating racers, for many it just doesn't offer any utility. If anything a kickstand is the latest in cycling chic, proving your unracer cred.

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Old 07-05-14, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
No. A bike placed on the ground cannot fall on the ground.
Sink hole?
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Old 07-05-14, 09:52 PM
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I never want one cause of the 0.99 chance of it falling down while I am riding.
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Old 07-06-14, 11:57 PM
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I love ketchup but not kickstands. I hate those with the utmost prejudice.
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Old 07-07-14, 11:51 AM
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Is this a serious question ?

No space on carbon frames between seat tube and rear wheel.

Surly has issues with "operator error" on steel frames ... imagine its the same with carbon and a green filed stand ... even if there was space.

Weight weenies ...

Most road bikes go on "hammer tests" ... out of the car, 2 hrs on a non-stop ride, back in the car ...

If it falls over the damage will be greater with a cf ...

kids...
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Old 07-07-14, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Why No Kickstands on Road Bikes?

a) It's not what the pros do.
b) Snobs.
c) It's not what the pros do.
Pro motocycles don't have kickstands either. I have a kickstand on my motocycle.
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Originally Posted by DowneasTTer View Post
Here are a couple of pics of my up stand on my old Escape RX 0. I have since put them on my Escape RX Composite. They are great!
I realize it's extremely unlikely, but what happens if, say, the wind blows?
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Old 07-07-14, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Why No Kickstands on Road Bikes?

a) It's not what the pros do.
b) Snobs.
c) It's not what the pros do.
i often wish i had a kick stand.
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Old 07-07-14, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
i often wish i had a kick stand.
but you look at your bike more than you ride it @coasting
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