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I'm starting to like my repair stand ...(8 posts)

I'm starting to like my repair stand ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 9:57 AM
I FINALLY got to do some work on the cruiser yesterday. I've had a custom-refinished Corvette fork that I've been wanting to install on it for almost 2 years. The 'vette fork has brake mount bosses, allowing me to mount a quick-release front fender (the old fork used a brake adapter that could not be used with a fender). Lack of a front fender has really been interfering with my cycle commuting this messy winter.

The catch is, CyclArt replaced my headset when they powdercoated the bike, and put in loose ball bearings instead of races. I discovered this the first time I pulled the fork -- ball bearings went everywhere. I compromised, putting a race in the top bearing but loose balls in the bottom one, where the load is high. So this makes it tricky to pull the fork -- the bike must be upside down, and that's the biggest reason I wanted the stand.

So I just tug on a lever on the Spin Doctor Pro, twirl the bike around, and do the work! It was so easy ... why didn't I buy one of these years ago?
coolDougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 3:58 PM
What's a Corvette fork? I'd be interested to see it.

So, if this stand can handle the cruiser upside down, it must be good... (you aren't clamping on the paint, are you?)

Doug
Yeah ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 4:15 PM
The only straight tube on the bike is the seat tube, so that's where I'm clamping. So far I seem to be getting away with it, with no visible damage to powdercoat or clearcoat, but the clamp pads are brand new. If they get some grit in 'em or start to wear, I can see they'd be a problem. It takes a very tight setting (the clamp mechanism resembles vise-grips) to hold that 40+ pounds of iron.

Is there some other way to clamp it?
the seat post (nm)laffeaux
Mar 3, 2003 4:58 PM
Too skinny on a Schwinn cruiser ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 5:47 PM
... the seatpost is essentially 20mm tubing. The clamp won't tighten on it unless I make a sabot for it.

Sounds like maybe I ought to do that.
seat post or Park thingieDougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 8:51 PM
There's a Park tool that replaces the seatpost, with a separate tube that goes in the clamp. It works well.

http://www.parktool.com/tools/ISC_1.shtml

http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?page=8&description=ISC%2D1+Internal+Seat+Tube+Clamp&vendorCode=PARK&major=6&minor=6

I messed up some paint pretty bad in my clamp. One thing that might help, though, if you do it, is put soft clean towel between the clamp and the frame.

Doug
It ain't skinny enough ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 9:27 PM
Schwinn cruiser seat posts are 20 mm diameter, so the Park gizmo won't fit, but I bet I could build one that would.

One thing's for sure, what the ad says about crushing the delicate seat tube is not much of a danger on the Schwinn, especially with the seat post (about 18" long) stuffed down in there for insurance.

I used to keep rubber handlebar tape wrapped around the seatpost to keep my lock and chain from banging against it. I might try something similar, wound only around the top 5 inches, to protect it now. After 20 years of abuse, the paint under the tape was all that still looked good.

Do they still make the rubber bar tape? It never was great for roadbike bars, but it was great for covering damage prone spots on the proto MTBs.
just throw a towel around it and you'll probably be fine nmDougSloan
Mar 4, 2003 8:19 AM