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anyone used one of these workstands(19 posts)

anyone used one of these workstandsinnergel
Jan 5, 2004 3:02 PM
I'd be a bit concerned about stability, but it looks like a decent alternative to the seatpost clamp stands. And it's on sale at Nashbar right now.
I dunno... Bike repairs on an ironing board?BowWow
Jan 5, 2004 3:25 PM
It looks unstable, you can't adjust your front brakes, your speedometer magnet/pickup or do other fork or front wheel-related maintenance... I'd save your money for something else.
I'm going out on a limb here....cydswipe
Jan 5, 2004 3:46 PM
..but it looks like a piece of crap. I'm sorry. I said it. You'll be regreting not having height adjustability after pushing your saddle into the ceiling. Save up a little longer and get a Park or Ultimate stand. You get what you pay for with tools etc. Don't go with a lesser piece of equipment. You deserve better.
yep, make it easy on yourselfgtx
Jan 5, 2004 3:51 PM
Buy the Park Professional stand the first time.
Forget it...DERICK
Jan 5, 2004 4:16 PM
It does look like a piece of crap. There will be a lot of repairs you won't be able to do on it. Just getting your bike onto it with out scratching it looks like a chore. Just imagine the damage to your bike when that thing falls over. Save up for at least the Park consumer stand.
What about for a Softride?lc21998
Jan 5, 2004 4:48 PM
I agree with the posters that the stand looks unstable. But I've got a Softride on the way that doesn't have a seatpost. What do I do?

Benjamin
What about for a Softride?cydswipe
Jan 5, 2004 5:46 PM
Check the BB measurement on the Softride! It probably won't fit onto the stand in the first place. I was in the same boat as you. I have a Trek Y-foil. I bought a Performance stand that was el-cheapo and el-crapo. My BB was too wide to fit and I scratched the clear coat trying to sit the bike on the stand the first time. I got smart and bought the adjustable Park PCS-1. Save your money. You could get an adapter for FS MTB or "odd" designs that fits from stem to saddle. Softride makes one for adapting thier bikes to car racks. Then you could grab it with a workstand clamp. I dunno. Maybe e-mail them your query. They should have a FAQ section to help.
Good Luck
Just a second..cydswipe
Jan 5, 2004 5:51 PM
I should clarify. On the Nashbar stand the BB of your bike will sit in a plastic cup. The fork quick releases into the front. Now, the plastic cup will fit most standard size BB's. Your Softride might have a wider BB than the cup will hold. Then you will be furious. The bike will be unstable. Now you get to ship it back. That's what happened to me. I hope things work better for you. Like I said. You deserve better.
Thankslc21998
Jan 5, 2004 6:13 PM
At the end of a long, tiring Monday, that's just what I needed: some validation. You're right, I do deserve better.

In any event, after buying the Softride, my wife's cutting off the credit for a while so it'll be no bike stand for me. No wheels, bars, or components either. So I guess I really don't need a stand.

Benjamin
Does the Ironing Board come with it, or....shmoo
Jan 5, 2004 5:10 PM
...do you have to order it separately?
re: anyone used one of these workstandsMShaw
Jan 5, 2004 6:33 PM
Yeah, most euro pro mechanics have something like it. They seem to do OK with them...

I have a PBS stand that's similar. It grips the downtube instead of the fork tips. There are things that I don't like: scratches on the DT from the clamp, non-adjustable height (wrapping bars, headset repairs, etc.), and no effective front wheel support when you don't want the bars to clobber the TT.

Some of the shortcomings look to be fixed by grabbing the front fork. I'd wonder about how the bike stays on the stand when you're really wrenching on something though.

If the price is right, buy it. If you decide you don't like it, use it at races as an emergency stand, or sell it to a new rider that needs something cheap to start out with.

That help?

Mike
re: anyone used one of these workstandsBroomwagon
Jan 5, 2004 7:57 PM
It's probably okay for cleaning your bike, but any serious repairs, I'd stick to something that clamps.
The bike's on the wrong end for ironingpedalAZ
Jan 5, 2004 8:32 PM
Looks unstable....spend a little more & get an Ultimate Pro!! nmTower
Jan 6, 2004 7:44 AM
Performance has a similar one; works fineCory
Jan 6, 2004 8:45 AM
Performance has a similar folding workstand--might be called the Spin Doctor now; it's changed names a couple of times--that sells for about $60. Looks like an upside-down letter Y, and supports the bike by the BB and fork. I've had one for three or four years, used it a lot, and never had a problem even when I set it up on the lawn in summer. Most obvious difference I can see between it and the one in the pic is that mine has a horizontal foot welded across the front leg.
re: anyone used one of these workstandsTimePedal
Jan 6, 2004 9:28 AM
I have that minoura stand...works great, doesn't scratch the bike....it's stable...
OK - I'll quit being a cheap a$$ and buy a good one :-)innergel
Jan 6, 2004 3:01 PM
No point in putting a good bike on the cheapest stand I can find. If it got scratched or dinged up, I'd be really po'd. Even if I only do minor maintenance, it might inspire me to learn some more if I had the right equipment.

Now I'm off to scour the web for the best price for a Park or Ultimate. (OK, maybe I'm still a bit of a cheap a$$)

Thanks for all the comments.
OK - I'll quit being a cheap a$$ and buy a good one :-)kilimanjaro
Jan 6, 2004 3:18 PM
Tacx makes something similar that gearlink sells for $107.00. I heard that the Euro pro mechanics use this type of stand during races. The Tacx pictured looks more stable than the Minoura at Nashbar.

This stand also allows you to clamp front or rear forkends while you work, and you don't have to worry about superlight seatposts.

I am seriously considering one, but need to figure out a way to smuggle it past the domicile custom agent.
OK - I'll quit being a cheap a$$ and buy a good one :-)biketx
Jan 6, 2004 6:48 PM
Had something similar that wouldn't let you work on front wheel, and hated it.

I've got eight bikes in the garage, soon to be 10, do 90% of my own work, and haven't really had any complaints about my Minoura consumer workstand, $79 right now at Nashbar. Yeah, I'd love to have the Park Pro stand, but I didn't really see how much extra value I'd get out of it for the extra cost.