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Old 03-23-09, 02:27 PM
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Click-Stand question

I recently purchased a Click-Stand for my LHT when riding it fully loaded. I have not had an opportunity to test the new device, so I thought I would ask if there is anything to beware of with this seemingly simple way to avoid a kick-stand. I have installed the brake bands which seem to work well.
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I have one. Great little device. Pretty dirt simple and intuitive. Even seems to work well on a (moderate) hill and fully loaded. I like to set both brake bands before dismounting. I keep it in the handlebar bag. I lost the little velcro strap, so I just use a rubber band to keep it together. It is really useful for holding the bike up while you load or rummage through the panniers.

I suggest you use both brake bands, but if you only use one, use the one for the front brake. The bike can still spin around if you only use the rear one.

Although it works well on either side, I suggest using it on the side of the bike where it is least likely to get kicked by passing pedestrians.

The only annoying thing is that everybody seems to want to see how heavy your bike is by lifting it up, which cause the click stand to fall over.

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would a simple clip fixed to top tube ,not solve that problem.the kick stand could clik into the clip.just a taught.
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I had thought that pannier rummaging would be easier with this device and it is good to see that is the case.
I had not thought about people lifting the bike. The click-stand would not make it through a lift. Good heads-up.
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I never tour without mine. Only issues I have had are: changing tire sizes and using it on soft surfaces. I am now using bigger tires which causes the bike to lean more but still works fine. If you don't change your tire size or at least don't go to a radically different size, it's not an issue. Tom said he was coming out with something for using it on a soft (non paved) surface but don't know if he has. He said some customers would use a bottle cap on the end so the tip doesn't sink which could cause the bike to fall over. I have been off pavement quite a bit and have always found a spot that's hard enough that I could walk away and not worry about it.
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Hi BikeArkansas,

Things I have learned about using a Click-Stand:

- If you have a load on the bike use both Brake-Bands.

- If you don't have any bags you can use one Brake-Band, but do as mentioned earlier us it on the front brake.

- Put the Brake-Bands on first, then find & open the Click-Stand while the bike leans on your hip. Reverse that order when putting it away.

- If you have a front pannier, put the Click-Stand and lean the bike to the same side that the front wheel is turned. Be careful if you rotate the wheel to the other side. The weight of my front pannier & handle bar bag were heavy enough to pull the bike back to the other side off the Click-Stand. I was standing there when it happened, so I caught it. I hope that made sense. So far every time my bike came off the Click-Stand I was standing right by it, and caused it to happen each time.

- If the soil you are parking on is soft it is possible for the foot to sink. Either move the bike, or put something under the foot. One guy carries the lid off of a liter bottle, and another carries one of those fake credit cards that show up in the mail. As was mentioned the owner is working on something to include that would fit on the foot for soft soil, but it is going to take a while.

- You can clean the chain while the bike leans on the Click-Stand, just lean it over far enough for the pedals to clear.

- A Click-Stand can hold up your bike while you fix a flat, but you have to have something to them both against.

- It is a good idea to lean your bike away from foot traffic when parking on a sidewalk.

- Have a plan B for how to hold your brake lever shut should the Brake-Band pull apart. The Velcro on your glove will often work.

- You can reopen & fix a Brake-Band if it pulls apart, but a small screw driver & a pair of pliers make the job easier.

- If something goes wrong contact the owner, he really does care.

Thanks, this was fun. If I think of more I'll add it.

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