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    Default bike repair/maintenance stand

    It just occurred to me that I've made it through life without a decent bike stand. This needs to stop.

    Please let me know your recommendations for a a solid/reasonably (moderately) priced stand.l Likewise, if you have one that truly sucks, let's hear about that as well!

    I'll be using this in my garage and need to be put it away once I'm done.

    Thanks as always.
     

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    I have 6 different stands, and have used many brands over the years. The park stand with the 100-3d is starting to become my favorite it is a quick on-off, can handle a seatpost with only a short amount showing, it can handle aero seatpost except for some of the biggest. I think if none of these things were a concern and I was just using it on my bike at home I would still just use my regular shop quality park. The cheaper parks are ok, some of the quick sliding types like wrenchforce, and ultimate used I did not really care for. I have a bb cradling so called euro type in the shop, but it only gets used when it is the only stand that will work, I have not found one of this type that I like, I like to quickly rotate the bike around, and most of these stands are to stationary for my liking.
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    Default Re: bike repair/maintenance stand

    I've got a Park PRS-2 OS-1 with the heavy base. I love it.

    I've had some of the cheapies over the years, but this is the one thing I use all the time. Well worth the investment.
     

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    If I were getting a workstand for home usage right now, today, this is what I'd order. I can't find a great picture of it, but this more or less shows what it is. The fork mount and the stand under the BB is great. I have something more primitive but it does the same thing and the tool table is really, really handy. Park's website seems vague on the bike mount part of the work table though...... Dazza makes something cool too.



     

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    Default Re: bike repair/maintenance stand

    Sheesh. My birthday is in April, just an FYI.

    Last edited by Too Tall; 10-12-2011 at 07:27 PM.

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    +1 to too tall - and my birthday is today...
    laughter has no foreign accent.

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    I like the Euro-style stands for washing the bike without wheels, especially in the winter when I am trying to do it quickly before the ice hardens in my socks. Plus they store pretty well in an apartment.

    But if I had a garage, I'd get a PRS-2 mounted on a plate because they are great for everything else.
     

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    Default Re: bike repair/maintenance stand

    I've got an Ultimate (now Feedback) stand that works well, has a quick release, has been stable enough for work ranging from my childrens' bicycles to my xtracycle, and packs/unpacks quickly.


    linky dink to feedback's pro-elite page

    My younger brother picked up one of their less expensive stands sans quick release and doesn't care for the alternate clamping mechanism.

    I like the idea of Saab's Park suggestion — I imagine that the horizontal surface would be nice for parts, tools, and what-not — but I haven't tried that style of stand.
     

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    I have an Ultimate, very portable, very sturdy, about 7 years old and good as new. I have nothing to compare it to as it's my first, but I have no desire at this point to try anything else. I guess that says something.
     

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    Default Re: bike repair/maintenance stand

    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Sheesh. My birthday is in April, just an FYI.
    I see you're not greedy, he announced a powered version

    Quote Originally Posted by musgravecycles View Post
    +1 to too tall - and my birthday is today...
    happy birthday
     

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    Default Re: bike repair/maintenance stand

    I use one of those Tacx Spider models. It's pretty nice and is easy to stow away. I also have a Feedback seatpost model. I like the Tacx better for tinkering since it's way more stable.
     

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    +1 on the feedback stand, light and easy to use. Love the quick release button, will hold a down hill bike all the way to kids bike easily.
     

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    I have an Ultimate and am mostly satisfies with it. My gripe is with the clamp, in that it is tough to get it tight enough to hold the frame steady when it is necessary to really put some juice on a bottom bracket, especially when removing. The Park clamp is superior in this regard.
     

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    Tacx Spider Pro. Amazingly stable, very user friendly, and if it had an extension for the fork to mount to that made the frame rest is a horizontal state (as if the bike were sitting on the ground with wheels) like the Park version does, it would be the perfect stand.
     

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    I have an old Park PRS-5. Not the fanciest, but it works well, and I find the old cast aluminum clamp to work well.
     

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    Default Re: bike repair/maintenance stand

    Toots, that looks cute, but I think I'd bolt it to the ground and leave it there. No go.

    I like the counterweight inside the column, I've seen that on drill presses before.

    Happy birthday, musgrave.
     

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    Default Re: bike repair/maintenance stand

    Flemming makes that stand with folding legs in Aluminum........I'm not kiddiing either
    Not Riding!

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    Default Re: bike repair/maintenance stand

    For those of us living in smaller urban quarters, the Minoura stand with the two bolt attachment holder - as sold by Rivendell - is hard to beat:

    Minoura Repair Stand 19081
     

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    I like the three-legged ones for crooked garage floors and front porches. Minoura, there's a name I haven't heard in a while! I used to own one of their truing stands when I built wheels in high school and college.

    The bb mount is really nice, though.
     

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    Default Re: bike repair/maintenance stand

    Re-using and recycling this older thread. Does anyone have extended experience with the Feedback stands; in particular, the Pro Ultralight with the sliding clamp? Does the sliding mechanism perform any better than a traditional clamp jaws style?

    I was checking the stand out at REI and the clamp is a bit smaller than the one on my ancient Park PRS 5 (the jaws on that are too long to accommodate my seat post, and I really hate clamping on the seat tube) but I wonder whether that sliding quick release design is durable compared to one where you spin a lever to close the jaws.

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