The best $7 I ever spent…

31 10 2010

 

Holding up a full touring load in the mud...

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.

I'm back!

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!

Sup? No Problemo!


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11 responses

31 10 2010
Dr Jim

So Vik,

Guess who’s Thorn Nomad this will be added to? Enjoy your posts.

Jim

31 10 2010
Dr Jim

BTW…….who makes this $7 wonder, and where to get it?

31 10 2010
Zyzzyx

Heh… shoes how different the use of the Xtracycle can be. I don’t use the pop-in accessories, thus am quite pleased with the Kickback and the stability it allows.

Was thinking about how handy it was just an hour ago as I fixed a flat on the rear wheel without laying the bike down. Took off the front wheel, rest on the forks and lift the rear up; goes up high enough to drop the rear wheel out without having to lift the bike any. Quite handy. Though admittedly, only my second rear flat in two years.

31 10 2010
thelazyrando

I can’t imagine my Big Dummy not swapping through plug in parts a few times a week if not a few times a day.

31 10 2010
thelazyrando

@Jim…it’s just a generic kickstand made by the tens of thousands in China…I got it at my LBS….although you may want something more like the ESGE two legged kickstand for the Nomad. The mounting location on the BD makes a single legged stand quite stable….on the Nomad you are mounting right behind the BB which would be better served by a two legged stand IMO.

2 11 2010
Xtracycle Freeloaders [2010] and Flight Deck… « The Lazy Randonneur

[…] unmaintained.  *sigh*  =-(  Well I decided to upgrade my Big Dummy a bit to show it that I care. Putting a kickstand a few days ago was step one.  Then I went all out replacing the ratty Xtracycle Freeloader bags with a new set of the 2010 […]

4 11 2010
Brian

Hey Vik, what size Marathon XR are you using on your Big Dummy? I’m thinking about investing in a set for my LHT’s extra wheelset (26″), and am waffling on the size. I normally run 26×1.75″ Travel Contacts, and like the profile on those.

4 11 2010
thelazyrando

@Brian – I run 2.0″ XRs…I tried 1.75″ and 2.25″….2.0″ is the best compromise for traction, rolling resistance and floatation.

XRs are no longer produced by Schwalbe. You can still find old stock, but when they are gone you’ll need to buy Extremes or Supremes as XR replacements.

2 01 2011
Tom

A small work of caution about the simple kickstand. I’ve only been using my BD for 5 months. The front weld holding the plate where the kickstand bolts to the frame has broken, rendering the kickstand useless. Admittedly I’ve been using it several times a day on difficult terrains with a fully loaded touring setup.

Tom

2 01 2011
thelazyrando

@Tom – that’s too bad your Surly dealer should sort you out a repair or new frame if you talk to them.

I’ve had mine for 3 years of hard use and abuse without any issues to the stand plate.

2 01 2011
Tom

I’m contacting Surly directly as I’m in Mexico – not sure Bow Cycles will be much help here… I’ll send them a copy too though.

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