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workstandsbike n veg
Jul 16, 2002 6:14 AM
Do any of you have recommendations on what kind of home workstand to get. So far I've only seen the Parktool workstands, which start around $200. Is there a less expensive option? Do you know where I could find a used workstand?

Jul 16, 2002 7:03 AM
If you have a good workbench, Park makes a great one that bolts to it. Very solid.

Home Mechanic Bench Mount Repair Stand
Jul 16, 2002 4:36 PM
Ultimate (Wrench Force) also makes a bench mounted clamp.

Personally I think the Ultimate folding stand is worth the money. Besides immobilizing you bike, a problem with some of the homebrew solutions, you can take it outside to wash bikes and travel with it. The whole thing folds into a nice little bag and they make a tool box that clips onto the stand and doubles as a work tray.
Jul 16, 2002 7:48 AM
Hang two ropes from the rafters in your garage/basement. One hooks the nose of the seat easily. The second gets a carabiner and a loop of rope on the end to hook the stem (run the loop from the carabiner through the stem and back to the carabiner). Hang the ropes far enough apart so that they pull the bike slightly in opposite directions, and low enough so that the bike is at the correct height.

Cheap, easy, and it works pretty well.
Super-cheap...eddie m
Jul 16, 2002 10:32 AM
I've made several simple workstands that work fine. The best was simply 2 plastic covered nail-in hooks from the hardware store (3 for $1.69)that I nailed into the leg of a workbench, one above the other. The chain stay rested on the lower hook, the upper hook caught the seatstay. The most portable was an ordinary ski pole. I hook the strap around the saddle, adjust the rear quick release so that the lever is forward and sticks out about 45 degrees when it tightens up, and use that as a hook to lean against the ski pole, and lean the whole thing against the wall or my car. I immobilize the front wheel with a spring type third hand brake tool. Both of these work fine for drive train/brake adjustments. I've made other, less successful stands for specific jobs. I lost my workbench in an unfortunate divorce and I live in a small apartment now, so a shop type workstand is impractical for me. If you are working on your own bike, you have too much time on your hands (like me). I just redefined the task from "repair my bike" to "design and test workstands/procedures to repair my bike." Besides, you could get your LBS to do a lot of work for $200 that you might pay for a Park stand.
re: ... consider...Akirasho
Jul 16, 2002 11:46 AM

The Ultimate Pro... pricey, but a good long term investment.

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re: workstandsrobocomp
Jul 16, 2002 8:14 PM
The ultimate pro. just picked it up for about $165 and used it to clean two bikes tonight. very sturdy, very adjustable, very portable, very, very stable. Get it. You will not regret it!!!!
good suggestions, tks! (nm)bike n veg
Jul 19, 2002 4:18 AM