My Surly Big Dummy hasn’t seen any upgrades for a long time. One thing I’ve wanted was a centre stand. The one I want is Val’s uber sweet Rolling Jackass Stand, but at $350USD I just never seem to get it high enough on the priority list to pull the trigger. Xtracycle makes this Kickback stand shown above and at $140USD I’d be willing to buy one one if I didn’t consider the design seriously flawed.
What’s wrong with the Kickback?
- you can’t use the Kickback with Footsies to support a passenger’s feet.
- every time you want to install or remove the Wideloader side racks you have to remove and reinstall the Kickback.
As an apartment dweller I have to remove all my Xtracycle attachments every time I go in and out of the building. Even if you have a garage do you really want to ride a 4’+ wide bike when you have no cargo load on board? So the Wideloaders really need to come off regularly. The Footsies are a great way for passengers to feel more secure when riding on the back of your Big Dummy. I use them a lot. So you have to ask yourself why would Xtracycle build a product that makes one of their useful accessories impossible to use and another useful accessory a pain to install/remove? I still haven’t figured that out! Especially considering that Val’s design is totally compatible with the whole Xtracycle accessory line up. Go figure!
So my Big Dummy has been rolling centre stand free for two years. Its poor side mounted kickstand has taken a beating and it has fallen over a few times when loading/unloading. I was hoping Xtracycle would redesign their stand to mount like Val’s and allow for full compatibility with their other accessories. However, it seems that hope was in vain.
Recently Dylan decided his Kickback stand was not particularly useful to him and was generous enough to let me have it for less than half price – thanks!
Why spend any money on a product I’m so down on?
- I want to confirm that my assessment of the Kickback is accurate.
- I want to confirm how useful a centre stand is so I can justify buying one of Val’s.
- I’m hoping that 2010 will be the year of the garage for me. If I don’t have to install/remove the Wideloaders twice per ride I think my ability to use the Kickback will be greatly improved.
- Someone will take it off my hands for what I paid for it so it’s a risk free transaction.
The photo above shows Val’s Rolling Jackass stand installed on Nathan Thompson’s Big Dummy. Notice the cunning design doesn’t mess with the attachment points for the Footsies or Wideloaders. Great job Val!