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Bike stands revisited... question for Ultimate Pro owners(6 posts)

Bike stands revisited... question for Ultimate Pro ownersoutofthesaddle
Nov 21, 2002 4:25 PM
After doing some research and a post on the board I went out an bought a Spin Doctor Pro. I got a great deal (sorry Humma) on it and was pretty happy. After using it for about a week and having my 5 year old "help" me wipe down my bike after a wet ride, I decided that I was going to have to fork over the extra cash and get the Ultimate Pro. The Spin Doctor Pro has a great clamp and is pretty stable if you're pushing down (toward the floor directly under the bike). However, if you push backward on a diagonal (if that makes sense) it is a bit wobbly. Stability in all directions is important when my "helpers" (I have a 2 1/2 year old too) are around the bike. So last weekend I went down to the local Performance and did the exchange.

Here's the question - does eveyone's Ultimate Pro stand creak, groan, click and squeak like crazy? The stand is very stable but it makes a huge racket. Is this inherent in the design or did I get a special one? Any experiences would be helpful.

Thanks,

Sean
re: Bike stands revisited... question for Ultimate Pro ownersDrupa
Nov 21, 2002 5:34 PM
May be special. Mine has never spoken a word. Love it...
re: Stand Whisperer...Akirasho
Nov 21, 2002 7:09 PM
... sounds like you've got some special skills most of us are lacking...

I've had both the original Wrench Force and the current Ultimate Pro in service for years... and haven't noticed any noises per se. You might try a very light greasing.

One word of caution. While the tripod design of the Ultimate is inheriently stable, it's not definitive and you should still use care in both the surface upon which you place the base, the size of the footprint, the height of your workpiece (somewhat dependent on it's weight) and how the weight of the bike is distributed with respect to the legs (if the bike is high enuff, and you swing it around, you'll find small windows of instability... something that your helpers are likely to find... be careful).

Otherwise, even though I've got two stands, I keep my eye out for sales (both of mine were bought on sale) or stands at swap meets.

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Mine creaks occassionallyj-son
Nov 21, 2002 8:43 PM
but it doesn't sound the cacophony that you describe. I would echo the advice about the stability of the triangular legs. If you bump it just right, and if the bike is mounted in a certain relation to the legs, it can tip over. Doesn't happen often, but it can happen. Particularly, I would suspeect, with wee helpers.

Regards,
Jason
Mine is virtually new, and it's dead silent. (nm)Allez Rouge
Nov 22, 2002 6:17 AM
re: Bike stands revisited... question for Ultimate Pro ownersoutofthesaddle
Nov 22, 2002 8:33 AM
Thanks all for info and advice. When putting a bike up on the stand, I generally try for the broadest base and the lowest height adjustment that I can. Still, I do notice there are definitely some directions of force/angles where the stand is less stable than others. Overall though, the incremental stability that the Ultimate provides for me as a parent is worth the extra $$.