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Alternatives to using a workstand?(19 posts)

Alternatives to using a workstand?Kristin
Jul 24, 2003 6:55 AM
I want to install this new stem tomorrow. (I decided to go with a quill adaptor and threadless stem.) But I don't have a workstand, can't afford one and lack the storage space. So, are there any clever little tricks I can employ? Otherwise, I'm just gonna lean it; but I'll end up throwing tools by the end of the job.
Do you have a trainer or a car rack?OldEdScott
Jul 24, 2003 6:59 AM
Hey, I do have a trainer!!Kristin
Jul 24, 2003 7:00 AM
Sigh. My brain is working in reverse.
And you're likely to put your bike in it to set the stem heightdzrider
Jul 24, 2003 7:53 AM
where you want it.
Milk crates on the front lawn (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Jul 24, 2003 7:00 AM
Work on a tile floor.MR_GRUMPY
Jul 24, 2003 7:04 AM
Somewhere where there is lots of light. Leaning against a kitchen wall works fine as long as there isn't anyone there to yell at you. Take your time.
workstand schmorkstand.Steve_0
Jul 24, 2003 7:09 AM
just straddle the bike, using your legs to keep the frame or the fork steady. no big deal.
Jul 24, 2003 7:15 AM
Anew stem is an easy swap ( if it has a face plate ).
No face plate. :-(Kristin
Jul 24, 2003 7:24 AM
But it will have one when I'm done!! Hmmm. The stem that's in there is worthless. I wonder if I can cut it off somehow, so I don't have to screw with the shifters. Opinions? :-)
I wouldn't cut itStraightblock
Jul 24, 2003 7:52 AM
You run the risk of nicking the handlebar & making a good place to start a crack.
You never seen me weild a power toolKristin
Jul 24, 2003 7:57 AM
I'd be likely to saw the top tube in half. I was banned from using the ax in '92. :-)
it'll do you good.Steve_0
Jul 24, 2003 7:54 AM
Too much analysis going on here; this should take 20 minutes for the most highly incompetant. Cutting off the 'worthless' stem would be harder than 'screwing with' the levers. Please dont be afraid of removing components from your bike; few machines are more simple. Youll be suprised.
re: Alternatives to using a workstand?Atombomber
Jul 24, 2003 7:16 AM
If you can, loop a strap around something solid on the ceiling and hook your saddle nose in it. A little wobbly but your bike won't fall over and you can work on the drivetrain too.
a big strong manmohair_chair
Jul 24, 2003 7:22 AM
Get your local body builder to hold it for you.
Try some varation on thisboyd2
Jul 24, 2003 7:28 AM

I use the chin-up bar that I bolted to the rafters in front of my workbench. I just drop the nose of the saddle over it and it works great. At least it gets used for something!
hmmmmm... nmKristin
Jul 24, 2003 7:58 AM
re: Alternatives to using a workstand?MWM
Jul 24, 2003 7:38 AM
Lowe's sells a folding bicycle hanger that bolts to a wall and supports your top tube front & rear. Consists of two vinyl coated steel arms and a hinge bracket. Black in color and costs about $5-6 including lag bolts. Not as secure as a stand but fine for adjustment and lube. Be aware that they might slightly bind any cable under your top tube. I keep my bikes on them all the time.
Picnic table and a 2x4 ...Humma Hah
Jul 24, 2003 7:58 AM
... Last weekend, up at the cabin, I needed to lube the chain and der of my 3x7 MTB (which I had loaned to a cute French girl for a year, and she had done NO maintenance). Lacking a stand, I c-clamped a 2x4 across the top of the picnic table, hung the bike on that, and could turn the pedals and rear wheel. A little fiddling with that setup and a bungee cord should adapt to any service needs.

$99 for a Spin Doctor Pro stand from Performance (their lowest sale price on this unit) would give you a sturdy but portable stand that folds up not much bigger than an umbrella. Mine is versatile and strong ... even holds the 44-lb cruiser at odd angles with no problem.
Workstand = Paradise. Buy one (nm)mapei boy
Jul 25, 2003 11:36 AM