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Storing bike in work standDuane Gran
Apr 27, 2001 9:07 AM
I just got a Park PCS-4 workstand and I really like it so far. I'm not wrenching very much, but it certainly makes any job easier. Since I have limited space I'm thinking of generally storing the bike on the stand when not in use, but I'm curious if this puts any stress on the bike. It kind of looks cool to be suspended in the middle of my room.

As you can tell, I'm single. ;)
I do itPaulCL
Apr 27, 2001 9:26 AM
I put it up in the stand everyday...attached to the seatpost, not the frame.
I do itEames
Apr 27, 2001 1:59 PM
Why the seat post an not the frame? Do these stands create stress on frames? I've seen it both ways at shops.
Clamping the FrameXeke
Apr 27, 2001 2:45 PM
There's nothing wrong with it until a frame tube is crunched. The seat post is less likely to deform, and easier to replace if it should. I'll hang a frame by the clamp, but be very, very careful; do not even make it snug.

I'll leave a bike in the stand this weekend so I can take its wheels as spares for a short riding vacation up the Coast.
Apr 27, 2001 5:32 PM
I've read several accounts on this and other boards of frames being crunched in workstands. The seatpost, as the other poster attested, is easily replaceable. Why risk it??
Apr 30, 2001 6:43 AM
I want to know how tight you guys are making the clamp. After all, it doesn't take much to hold the bike in place.

I did my weekly maintenance clamping onto the seatpost this time around. It has the disavantage of being difficult to hold the bike in place while closing the clamp. However, a major advantage is that it doesn't interfere with any rear brake cabling. This make adjusting the rear brakes infinitely easier.
Crunch timeKerry Irons
Apr 30, 2001 6:37 PM
Depends on the frame, but my Cannondale commuter came with a warning not to clamp the down tube. Oversize tubes tend to have thin walls and a cam type clamp can exert quite a bit of force. Seat tubes are generally smaller diameter and so stronger, but super light frames, especially in aluminum, can be sketchy.
Just a thought...biknben
May 1, 2001 9:57 AM
The one problem I see some people have is that their seatposts do not extend high enough to put a clamp on. Yes, they can just loosen the colar and raise the saddle but they don't want to mess with their saddle height every time they use a stand.
Consider this, if your seat is so low that there isn't enough room for a workstand clamp then you most likely have enough seatpost inside the seat tube to support the clamping forces. This is assuming you attach the clamp towards the top of the seat tube.

I personally have a C'Dale frame and clamp the seat post. On my other steel bikes I clamp the seat tube because I find it holds the bike more securely.

Just my $.02
Even Easier.....grz mnky
May 1, 2001 3:06 PM
Just slip the nose of the saddle over the horizantal arm for the clamping mechanism. The bike will rest in a nose down attitude and be all ready to fly out the door and you won't have to futz with the clamping mechanism. Many bike mechanics use this trick when the bike just needs to be supported but not stable.
Even Easier.....Jim A
May 2, 2001 9:44 AM
I also store my bike in the park stand without clamping, but I rest the top of the seat tube in the open clamp with the clamp angle adjusted so the bike comes to rest almost level. I use an Ultimate Handlebar Holder (formally Wrench Force, now Ultimate) to hold the front end straight. I just started using these handlebar holders last year, and now its one of my favorite accessories. I have one for every bike. With one of these holders on, you can move the bike around in a very controlled manner, and lean it up against something for maintenance or storage with no risk of it falling over. Going to rides, I keep it on my bike right (even on top of the car) right up till I start pedaling.
Even Easier.....grz mnky
May 2, 2001 1:32 PM
the handle bar holder is a useful piece of gear, but it's just another accessory that has to be handled, stored and remembered. To each his own.