Whether it is to assist you with mechanical repairs, clean your bike thoroughly or lubricate your chain and inflate your tires just before an event, the use of a sturdy and easy to use bicycle work stand makes work safe and effective.
Before choosing the type and model of bike stand that best suits you, you need to identify your needs by answering the following questions:
• Should you transport or store your stand, or will it be installed permanently?
• What kind of mechanics do you plan to do: minor maintenance (inflating tires, lubricating chain), tuning (adjusting brakes and derailleur) or heavy work (replacement of components, Including the pedal bearing)?
• Do your bicycle frames have out-of-the-ordinary shapes (dual suspension mountain bikes), or are they made of relatively delicate materials (metal or very thin composite tubes)?
Bicycle work stands can be grouped into three categories:
Clamp stands are the most versatile. They give the possibility to rotate the bike on a horizontal axis. Some have a pivot around the vertical axis, which facilitates access to both sides of the bike. Others are adjustable in height to allow the bike to be positioned comfortably in order to work sitting or standing. The bike is held by a vise clamp, the action of which is firm and rapid, or by a sliding clamp, Longer to set up but whose pressure adjustment is more precise, and therefore better suited to fragile materials. The heavier the support, the more stable it will be. Legs with a tripod configuration are better suited to uneven surfaces. The bike is preferably retained by the seat post in order to avoid damaging the frame. Also, this type of bicycle work stand makes all components accessible.
With a horizontal bicycle work stand the bike is supported by the bottom bracket, and a Quick Release (quick-release) In place of the front or rear hub. As one of the two wheels must be removed, one can only work on the front or the back of the bike, Then the assembly must be redone. The bike is stable and at good height, but its position is fixed. Compatibility with some dual-suspension bikes or with oversized rear forks is to be checked on a case-by-case basis, however, this type of support is very safe for light road bikes. These bicycle work stands are generally lighter and more compact than the work stands that use clamps.
Miniature supports hold the bike in balance by lifting the rear wheel off the ground. Practical for storing the bike or doing minimal work such as inflating the tires and lubricating the chain, they are very compact, affordable and easily transportable. The stability of some of them is however somewhat doubtful, Especially if your bike is heavy. Depending on the model, the bike is retained either by the base and the left bracket, or by the bottom bracket housing and the base of the diagonal tube.
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