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Using a Park Tool stand with aluminum frames(3 posts)

Using a Park Tool stand with aluminum framesthe_gormandizer
Apr 30, 2001 7:45 AM
I've just got my first road bike (a Saeco red Cannondale CAAD4 with Ultegra). There is not quite enough seat post exposed for my stand (a ParkTool CS1) to grip it and I've heard enough horror stories to be concerned about clamping on the top tube. The top tube measures 1 3/8 in diameter and the stand has 3 settings; the largest being 1 1/2 - 1 5/8 and the middle being 1 1/4 - 1 3/8. When the clamp is closed without anything it (on the larger setting) it measures about 1 1/4, but obviously the rubber has quite a bit of give. Is there any danger that using the clamp on the largest setting will damage the top tube? Any other suggestions? Thanks...
Seat Postgusriley
Apr 30, 2001 8:13 AM
On all of my bikes (most are Aluminum) I use the seat post. It's a hassle, but I don't want to take a chance of marring the frame finish or worse...wrecking a frame.

Some of my frames have enough room between the seat and the top of the frame for my stand to fit, those that don't; I use a piece of electrical tape to mark the seat post position, then loosen it and raise to the needed height. Also recommend you record the height measurement (use a tape measure) just to have a second database if needed.

In some instances if my task is short and light, I'll just hang the bike on the stand using the front of the seat as a hanger. But this is not very stable and caution must be used.

Gus
Seat Postthe_gormandizer
Apr 30, 2001 1:26 PM
Gus, thanks for the tips. I'll take your advice and steer clear of clamping on the seat tube.

-- Paul