The 10 Best Bicycle Stands
How To Choose A Bike Stand
Depending on what sort of bicycle you own and how you use it, you may need a very different bike stand than your Tour de France training neighbor. They would need a racing stand. These are designed with the thin, light frames of racing bikes in mind. The stands themselves are very light, have smaller clamps, and do not hold your bike by the seat post or frame tube, so as to reduce the risk of any damage to it as you work on it.
Another reason these stands are so light is that a bicycle racer needs to be able to carry them along on their rides, and since the overall weight on the bike impacts how quickly it can go, the rider cannot afford to bring a heavy stand. Racer bike stands usually fold up into a compact shape, and unfold quickly, too.
If you just ride for recreation, and you live in one of the cities hoping to boost their bike score, then you might have even more reason to brush off your old ride and tune it up. Hobby cyclists can use a home repair stand. Home repair stands typically have a very firm hold on your bicycle, and allow you to rotate it 360 degrees while working on it.
Some riders bring their bicycle into a professional shop for the advanced repairs, and only need a stand for minimal upkeep like pumping air in the tires and doing light cleaning. Those cyclists should look for a miniature stand. These simply hold a bicycle up. They usually do not rotate it or elevate it, but they take up a very small amount of space, and sometimes even fit in a backpack.
Additional Features To Think About
Even though racers don't want their bike stand clamping their ride at the seatpost or toptube, this type of stand has its benefits. For starters, seatpost clamping stands don't require the user to remove a bicycle wheel in order to do their work, making it easy to quickly get to work and get your bike back on the road. It also makes it simpler for the user to preview their bicycle's performance, before getting back on the road. On this type of stand, one can spin all of the pedals and wheels while the bike. These will also accommodate almost any style of bicycle, so they're ideal for a household that has a variety of bikes.
Axle/bottom bracket stands will offer the most stability when you're doing intensive repairs. You can put as much force on a tight bolt as you want with this stand, and the bike will not fall over. That being said, because these mount a bicycle at the axle, they do not fit all models. Once you have decided on what sort of mount works best for you, there are some extra features that can be helpful. Some stands come with a helpful tool tray that holds your wrenches and rags at arm level while you work. If you're particularly tall (which, studies find can affect your cycling performance) make sure your bike stand has extended height adjustability.
Some bike stands even double as an indoor workout tool, allowing you to attach your bike to them and ride it stationary in your home. This is a great feature for people who live in a climate that isn't conducive to much outdoor riding but don't want to miss out on the benefits of the activity.
Common Bicycle Repairs Every Cyclist Should Know
For major repairs, like a bent tube or broken chain, cyclists will probably need to go to a professional shop. But there are a few simple repairs that every cyclist should know, and be able to do on-the-go. A flat or leaky tire can not only slow a person down, but it can be dangerous, causing the rider to tip over or crash at high speeds. Being able to check the air pressure of a tire, and pump it up the appropriate amount, is easy with a good bike pump.
If you're an avid rider, you'll end up putting a lot of pressure on your seat post, handlebars and the stem of your bike. Over time, this can loosen the bolts that hold your ride together. Before long rides, it's important to check your bicycle for any loose bolts and to tighten them with a wrench. While you cannot control many of the causes of cyclist accidents, you can at least be in control of your bicycle by making sure it is running properly before taking it out.
Another important safety consideration is the seat height; riding a bicycle too low or too high can be very dangerous. So it's important to know how to fix a stuck seat so you can adjust the height. If a seat will not budge, remove the bolt and collar and soak the entire thing in WD-40 overnight. The height adjustment should work properly when you reattach the seat the next day.