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Easiest repair-related question of the week!(12 posts)

Easiest repair-related question of the week!Caseysdad
Sep 7, 2003 5:52 AM
Okay, if there's such a thing as a Fred-ish bike repair question, this has got to be it, but I've gotta ask.

When you've got your bike on the repair stand, how do you keep the front wheel/bars stationary so that they don't flop from side to side while you're working? Minor problem, I know, but it's driving me nuts every time I try to perform maintenance or repairs that involve the front end of my bike.

This strikes me as the perfect opportunity for somebody to create a $2.99 widget that clamps the wheel to the downtube or somesuch, but if it exists, I haven't seen it. Must've been late for Wrenching 101 that day. What trick of the trade am I missing?
re: Easiest repair-related question of the week!c722061
Sep 7, 2003 6:14 AM
I use a rubber tie down robe with hook ends to keep the front end in place. One hook of the robe goes to the left side of handle bar, string it around seat post to hook the other on the other side of handle bar. Pretty much any elastic tie down with hooks will work.
park tool..C-40
Sep 7, 2003 6:16 AM
Colorado Cyclist and Nashbar both sell the Park Tool handlebar holder for $15.

Don't get any bike catalogs?
C40 knows his "stuff"Live Steam
Sep 7, 2003 8:28 PM
I use the Park Tool bar holder mostly for re-tapng my bars. I find them indispensible for that. For general wrenching, it's not necessary. Just do as the others have said and drop the front end down. The wheel will automatically center and stay that way.
How about a rubber bandbenja15
Sep 7, 2003 7:08 AM
Get a big size rubber band and put it around the downtube and loop it on the valve stem, works great to keep bars in place
Just tilt the front of the bike down, or....the bull
Sep 7, 2003 8:42 AM
1 Take frt wheel off
2 If you must hold it use an old Velcro watch stap(The Band).

Usually if the bike is tilted it makes the drive train easy to get to anyway because it is higher.I have never had a problem.
Ditto. Tilting bike down is what I do 90% of the time. -nmTig
Sep 7, 2003 4:00 PM
re: Easiest repair-related question of the week! zero$ solutiont5rguy
Sep 7, 2003 8:42 AM
Take the front wheel out, lean the bars to one side. If the bars are in the way, lean them to the other side.

Simple comme bonjour!
This will date me, but use an old toe strap.MR_GRUMPY
Sep 7, 2003 1:20 PM
Tie it between the downtube and the closest point of the front wheel. If you want to be really cool, use a Binda "Extra."
Easiest, cheapest and totally effective answer.Spoke Wrench
Sep 7, 2003 2:02 PM
Tilt the bike so that it's pointing slightly "downhill." Once you get past vertical, the head tube angle will automatically cause the front wheel to hang straight. The widgets that clamp onto the top tube to hond the handlebar steady also run the risk of scratching your top tube.
re: Easiest repair-related question of the week!gav
Sep 7, 2003 5:10 PM
I use a short Bungee Cord and just make sure the hooks don't touch the bike itself..

Ultimate handlebar holder2melow
Sep 8, 2003 9:43 AM