This $7 aluminum kickstand should have broken a long time a go. It shouldn’t be as useful as it is.
My amazing silver buddy is back for [hopefully] several more years of bike holding up service. After talking it off to try the Xtracycle Kickback center-stand I used my Surly Big Dummy without a stand for a month or so. Until I put my trusty kickstand back on recently. It really is handy to be able to stand your bike without leaning it against something or laying it down. It’s also really handy to be able to swap in your Xtracycle attachements with a stand to hold up your bike rather than a stand that not only doesn’t hold up your bike it gets in the way.
Testing out lots of gear can sometimes be a PITA and can definitely be expensive, but one thing it does for sure is let you know what works and what doesn’t. Back to back comparisons don’t lie. I put this stand on my Big Dummy when I built it up as a stop gap measure until I got something better. As it turns out it has been a rock star bit of gear from me.
I didn’t fully appreciate this stand back when I installed it, but now I can’t give it enough praise.
Thanks little buddy!