Author Topic: Kickstands - Love them or leave them?  (Read 662 times)

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Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Kickstands - Love them or leave them?
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2020, 10:27:30 am »
Let me toss in another vote FOR a kickstand, with a couple caveats.

Why?  As John mentioned, it's easier to load/unload/find stuff in your pannier with a free-standing bike.  IME, it's also more stable than leaning the bike up against a wall, post, fence, etc.  My main bike no longer has a kickstand (replacement frame doesn't have room for both a kickstand and rear fender).  It's an art to lean the bike against something, let the front wheel flop, adjust the angle of the bike, step back with fingers crossed, and then jump back to catch the bike as it finds a way to roll 6" and fall down, scratching the paint all the way.  I've also seen too many nice bikes on larger rides fall on the derailer, bending the hanger and making shifting difficult for the remainder of the ride.

John's golf ball recommendation is spot on.  No worries about impaling someone or punching a hole in soft turf, leading to the bike falling.  FWIW, I like the kickstand that mounts on the rear triangle.

Caveats?  With the rear kickstand (somewhat less on the center mount), a loaded bike will find downhill, if there is one, and swing around until the front is pointed that way.  It may then start to roll off the kickstand, depending on the front wheel's angle, and down goes the bike.  I've seen the same thing happen in gusty winds.  Sometimes it's best just to lay the bike down on its panniers.

Offline LouMelini

Re: Kickstands - Love them or leave them?
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2020, 01:41:17 pm »
I have a 2-legged kickstand (mounted to a kick stand plate).  the one positive use for the kickstand that has not been mentioned is to have a built in work stand to clean and make adjustments to my bike. The crankarms spin freely without jamming on the kickstand.
On the negative side, the bike will fall over on soft ground and in windy conditions so the kickstand is useless in those conditions.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2020, 09:24:56 pm by LouMelini »

Offline froze

Re: Kickstands - Love them or leave them?
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2020, 08:16:49 pm »
I don't use one either due to the extra weight, I carry enough weight as it is.  A person could take all sorts of things with them that they "need", but the reality is you simply can't due to weight, so you have to leave a lot of stuff behind, and a kickstand is one of those things you leave behind.