Do you own a bike? Or maybe you own several bikes? Either way, you should seriously consider getting a bike repair stand.
A bike repair stand will make doing maintenance on your bikes faster and easier. Many people think that only serious bikers and mechanics need to bother with repair stands. But anyone who owns a bike that needs to be washed or fixed can benefit from having one of these convenient pieces of equipment on hand.
So what should you look for when choosing a bike repair stand? Read on for a few suggestions.
What Is a Bike Repair Stand?
A bike repair stand, which is sometimes called a bicycle workstand, is designed to help you with repairing and cleaning your bike. The stand “holds” the bike in place, leaving both of your hands free. So no more trying to work with one hand while trying to hold a bike up with the other.
A bike repair stand can lift your bike off the ground to a height that makes it more comfortable to work on than if your bike were leaning against a tree or a wall. It also keeps your bike from tipping over or falling down, the way it might if you were only relying on a kickstand to hold the bike up.
The Two Basic Types of Bike Repair Stands
When buying a bike repair stand, you have two main types to choose from: tube clamping stands and bottom bracket mounted stands.
Tube Clamping Bike Repair Stands. These types of bike repair stands use clamps that hold on to a frame tube on your bike. This is the most common type of repair stand, and there are a few reasons for that. For one, these stands tend to be less expensive than bottom bracket mounted stands. Tube clamping stands can be used with most bikes. And most people find this type of stand the easiest to use.
Most tube clamping bike repair stands use spring-loaded clamps. These clamps are designed to use enough pressure to hold your bike securely without doing damage to the frame tube the clamps are attached to.
You can also buy a tube clamping stand that uses screw-down clamps. With these repair stands, you can control the amount of pressure the clamps use to hold on to the bike. So if you’re worried about the clamps damaging the bike’s frame tube, you can adjust the amount of pressure applied by the clamps.
Bottom Bracket Mount Bike Repair Stands. With this type of stand, there are no clamps involved. Instead, the bottom bracket of your bike is supported by the stand.
These stands are compact, so they’re a good choice if you don’t have much work space and your storage space is limited. They’re also a good choice if you intend to use your bike repair stand on the go.
These stands are preferred by serious and professional riders, as well as by professional bike repair mechanics.
Height and Weight
Two of the most important things to consider when buying a bike repair stand are its height adjustment feature and its load capacity.
* The Height Adjustment Feature. A height adjustment feature allows you to raise and lower your bike until it’s at a height that allows you to work on it comfortably. But how much you can adjust the height can differ from one bike repair stand to the next. And the taller you are, the higher you’ll want to be able to lift your bike.
If the maximum height adjustment of your bike repair stand is lacking, you’ll have to do an uncomfortable amount of bending over and squatting down. This can start to put a strain on your body if you work on your bike for an extended period of time.
So it’s important to make sure the bike repair stand you buy has a height adjustment capability that will suit your needs.
* The Load Capacity. Some repair stands can handle heavier bikes than others. Being able to get a good deal on a repair stand is great…unless that stand isn’t sturdy enough to hold your bike.
When buying a biker repair stand, figure out how much the heaviest bike you own weighs. Then buy a repair stand with a high enough load capacity to handle that bike.
More Tips for Choosing a Bike Repair Stand
Here are some tips that will help make choosing the right bike repair stand even easier.
* Do you want a bike repair stand with two or three feet? A stand with just two feet can be used in smaller spaces. But a stand with a tripod base will give you more stability, and can be used on sloped or uneven ground.
* If portability is important to you, choose a folding bike repair stand. These stands tend to be light and compact. Not only are they easy to transport from one location to another but, because they can be “folded up,” they don’t require as much storage space.
* If you want a really solid repair stand that’s stable and sturdy enough to hold your bike in place while you do heavy repairs, choose a stand with a heavier base. A stand like this might not be as portable as a stand with a lighter base. But it will do a better job of holding your bike still and steady even if you’re struggling to remove old, rusted-on bolts.
* If you have a dedicated workshop for making bike repairs, you can bolt certain types of bike repair stands to the floor, or even a wall (if the wall is sturdy enough). This will make the stand more sturdy and stable. And you won’t have to worry about setting up your stand when you need to use it, or taking it down when you’re done working. Instead, your repair stand will always be setup and ready to go.
No matter what type of bicycle you own, a bike repair stand will help you keep it in great condition. Whether you’re fixing a pedal, changing a tire, or lubricating a bike chain, your bike repair stand will help you get the job done faster and easier.