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Offline dayjack119

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Kickstands
« on: July 17, 2023, 12:11:18 pm »
I travel heavy and don't concern myself with weight.  I've completed ten long distance rides fully loaded and found that 2 kickstands do the trick, one center mount and one rear mount.  As long as caution is exercised, my rig never tips over.  The problem is I am unable to find STEEL kickstands to withstand wind gusts, inexperienced Amtrak employees and situations out of my control.  Available kickstands are all made out of aluminum and snap off very easily which leads me to say I am done with replacing them with junk
When I was a kid, my balloon tire bikes had indestructible steel kickstands.  That's what I need now and a search of the internet says there is no such thing.  WHO makes steel kickstands?  I suppose I could buy a couple old bikes to rob it of the stand but that seems like a ridiculous option.  The other option is to adapt a motorcycle stand but I don't have the tools to do such a thing.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Kickstands
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2023, 01:04:52 pm »
Have you ruled out the Click-Stand? It does well in the wind. Of course, it’s not without compromises. You can find the pros and cons in numerous threads here on it.

Offline dayjack119

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Re: Kickstands
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2023, 02:03:35 pm »
I'll check it out.

Offline Ty0604

Re: Kickstands
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2023, 07:36:12 pm »
I second Click-Stands. They’re a small company in Washington and each order is custom made. Love mine and won’t ever use anything else.
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Offline Westinghouse

Re: Kickstands
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2023, 04:01:06 am »
Walmart has, in some stores, adjustable, steel kickstands.

Offline ray b

Re: Kickstands
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2023, 12:16:03 am »
The other option is to adapt a motorcycle stand but I don't have the tools to do such a thing.
I ride motorcycles.... They all would require some ability at welding/brazing to modify the frame.

In fact, I am leary of any kick stands that use clamps - especially if I'm running heavy. (Last trip was at 80+ pounds.)

The problem is clamps can lead to bent stays or subtle movement of the entire rear triangle under pressure.

A common mounting point for heavy bikes has been clamps below and over the stays where they meet the bottom bracket. The clamp eventually flattens the stays a little and the kickstand loosens. Continued tightening eventually results in flattening and weakening of the stays at the weld/braze with the bottom bracket. ( If you have a Surly Trucker, Surly makes clamps that can be used for this purpose without flattening the stays.)

If you have an old mount brazed under the stay at the bottom bracket - or have the money to get one brazed on (see photo attached), this 2.5 pound, $70 center stand - similar in design to what's used on heavier motorcyles - might be what you are looking for. Photo below of what that mounting bracket should look like.

(Meanwhile, it's OK to lean your bike against a wall or tree or equivalent.)

https://a.co/d/hzF5mrw



« Last Edit: July 19, 2023, 12:24:26 am by ray b »
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Offline rayed

Re: Kickstands
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2023, 04:01:30 pm »
Did you find one actually? If the answer is no, try contacting saris customer service and see if they can help you with that.
In my humble opinion they have the biggest choice of bicycle equipment in our country. The quality is always decent and delivery normally doesn't take long. Please let us know if you find it and how are your impressions about their service.
« Last Edit: October 19, 2023, 07:24:55 am by rayed »