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Newbee Stupid Bike Parking Question(11 posts)

Newbee Stupid Bike Parking QuestionCurbScraper
Jul 15, 2003 7:28 PM
Hello everyone,

I just purchased a road bike. This is the first new bike since I was in H.S.(jeez that was long ago!).
It is a Giant OCR2 (Spring 2003 edition) and I am very pleased with it so far. A far cry from the cheap dept. store bike I have toddled around with for the last several years. It has become a major influence in the way I spend my time lately.
The one burning question I have is about parking it when out and about. Sure, I can park it in a bike rack when they are available, but sometimes I like to actually stop and relax at a park or local lake and take in the sights. It just doesn't seem right to lay this bike down on the grass or leaning it up against a tree and hope that the wheel doesn't turn.
From what I know, putting an old style kickstand on a bike like this is like putting training wheels on a Buell racing motorcycle. It just isn't right!!
Post your knowledge of any alternatives that may exist. If there isn't one, maybe we should have a contest to see who can invent the best "non-kickstand" portable bike stand.
There may be money to be made for a stable, light, near pocket sized stand.

Cya on the road :)
Parking Brake...Akirasho
Jul 15, 2003 7:40 PM
... you can fabricate a "parking" brake out of a piece of old inner tube...

While not pictured above... the same technique is used on road STI or Ergo levers... a small loop of rubber that can be stretched to engage your front brake... this at least keeps the bike from rolling around when leaned against an appropriate object... otherwise... lay it down... gingerly... drive side up.

Be the bike.
Cycling glove.Spoke Wrench
Jul 16, 2003 8:00 AM
You can do the same thing by using a cycling glove to hold the brake lever down. Saves carrying the extra weight of a rubber band.
re: Newbee Stupid Bike Parking Questionjtolleson
Jul 15, 2003 8:44 PM
Bikes are to enjoy rather than obsess over IMHO, so lay it in the grass or lean it against a tree. No worries.

Skip the kickstand.
re: Newbee Stupid Bike Parking Questional0
Jul 16, 2003 12:10 PM
Laying on the grass (drive side up) is absolutely ok (unless grass is really wet and your stop is for many hours).
what about upside down on seat and bars? nmDougSloan
Jul 16, 2003 12:13 PM
Nope, knocked over too easily. (nm)Spoke Wrench
Jul 16, 2003 12:19 PM
hang safely in tree? nmtobinb
Jul 16, 2003 1:05 PM
Back of park benchKristin
Jul 16, 2003 1:53 PM
Handlebar drop over the edge of the bench. Or just lean the seat against a tree. It won't roll unless you're on a hill. Depends on where you live, but I woudldn't stroll too far.
You just have to lean the rear wheel upHigh Gear
Jul 16, 2003 2:27 PM
against a tree or wall and it will stay put. If it's really windy, lay it on the ground on non derailleur side
re: Newbee Stupid Bike Parking QuestionCurbScraper
Jul 16, 2003 9:08 PM
Thanks for all the tips and good humor everyone.
The tire tube parking brake idea is a good one. I have some rubber loops that I use to tie down my backpacking gear and I tried one of those. Worked fine.
There are times where the location doesn't provide a parking prop for the bike. Guess I will just have to accept lying it gently on it's side.

Cya on the road!!