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Repair stands(8 posts)

Repair standsalchemy
Nov 10, 2003 8:53 PM
Does the type of repair stand that holds a bike at two points (looks like an X when set up and seen from side-on)have any advantages over the more common, single-arm type?

Is the ability to adjust the angle of the bike while it's in the stand helpful?
re: Repair standsgabaguy
Nov 10, 2003 9:16 PM
Those types of stands are crap. Get a real one with a clamp.
True, but...biknben
Nov 11, 2003 7:47 AM
They are also dirt cheap. If you've got nothing else and are on a tight budget this is a good alternative. No, it has absolutely no bells and whistles. It's completely non-adjustable. It's also
b $40.

Even if you end up hating it, you could still find uses for it. Use it as a spare. Leave it outside to use when hosing off the bikes. Put it in your trunk, just in case.

If your just doing occasional maint. and just want to get the bike up off the floor, this is a cheap way to do it. I think it's a good deal for a beginner wrencher. Leaves more money for tools.

IMHO, it's garbage, but it's worth $40.
Go with...hawayyan1
Nov 10, 2003 10:13 PM
the Ultimate Repair Stand. I've had mine for about 5 years now -w- no problems. It has the truing stand, and carry bag. I've used it extensively and it rocks!!!
Ability to adjust while on stand is quite helpful ...Humma Hah
Nov 11, 2003 9:08 AM
For my purposes, the ability to hold wierd frames is essential, and the ability to hold a bike that is severely out of balance is vital. The cruiser has to be held either by the seatpost (very heavy toward the front) or with the clamp upside down on the top tube. The ability to adjust the stand to crazy angles, and the stability and strength, to accomodate the cruiser, drove my choice more than the ability to adjust the bike while on the stand, but I do find the ability to adjust while on the stand to be helpful.

For roadbikes, the geometry is simpler and you can probably get away with a fairly simple stand, but you can get a great workstand for around $100, if you watch the sales, and that's cheap enough that you'll not even think a second time about it after you've got it and are happy with it. Go for something you're not sure you'll be satisfied with, and you might always regret it.
An alternative to single-arm repair standskilimanjaro
Nov 11, 2003 10:16 AM
Check the the designs bellow.

Gear link sells the Tacx cycle motion stand:
http://www.gearlink.com/enter.html?target=p_1005.html&lang=en-us

Offering from an Australian custom builder
http://www.llewellynbikes.com/products/workstands.htm

This design is supposedly very popular with European teams, though no one has responded to any questions I had on this board and a couple others I posted to. The Tacx from gearlink only cost $107 plus shipping.
I have bothJFR
Nov 11, 2003 11:58 AM
The X stand gets the job done... and I still use it today for my mtb... but if anything, it is at a disadvantage to "normal" stands as it does not hold the bike quite as securely as a normal stand (unless you really tighten the down tube pinch clamp, which I avoid for fear of damaging the tube). Dispite not being quite as secure as a normal stand, it still works just fine and I rarely have an issue with the bike moving in the stand.

I got my X stand several years ago when I would have otherwise not been able to afford a stand. For those in a similar situation, I recommend it.

With that said, my other stand is a Park PCS1 Consumer stand. It's a great stand and can be had, new, for around $135 (retail). I recommend it over an X stand if your budget will allow. It is more secure, clamps the seat post, has height adjustment, and angle adjustment, and of course it has Park quality. It's a great value compared to other more expenive stands.

Having a stand is a must, get the X stand if that's all your budget will allow for now... otherwise I recommend the PCS1.
2nd the PCS1KG 361
Nov 11, 2003 4:47 PM
I got one from my LBS-he gave me a good deal at around 1 bill. Stable, easily moved, and can be adjusted easily.