If you’re tired of your bike falling over as you clean your chain, or have scratched the paint on the side of your car one too many times while adjusting your pedals, you’re a good candidate for a repair stand.
With a bike repair stand, you don’t need to worry about your bike falling over while you try to lift the rear wheel, spin the pedals, and lube the chain at the same time, and you can get access to every part of the bike. Here’s how to choose the right one.
Start By Asking Yourself These Questions
Do I have room to leave a bike stand up all the time? Do I want to bring it to trailheads and events?
Decide whether you’d prefer a permanent set up or a stand you can fold up and toss in the corner and the car.
What kind of bikes will I be working on?
If you’ll be working on a variety of bikes, like road, mountain, and even kids’ bikes, be sure your repair stand can handle them.
How much will I be taking my bike on and off the stand?
There are many ways to mount a bike to stand, some are easier than others. Do you value speed or security?
How much am I willing to spend?
Know your budget so that you don’t accidentally convince yourself you need a pro-caliber stand even though you only wash your bike once a year.
Types of Bike Stands
These stands hold your bike by clamping on to the seat post or one of the frame tubes.
Pros: They’re affordable and easy to use: Just lift your bike up, put your seat post into the clamp, and tighten it down until the bike is secure.
Cons: They can have difficulty with irregularly shaped seat posts and tubes that you might see on more aero bikes, as the clamp is often designed for round tubes.
These stands mount your bike by attaching to the bottom bracket and front or rear fork end. Pro mechanics like them, but they might be overkill for recreational use.
Pros: These stands often allow the user to spin the bike, giving you unencumbered access to every part. They fold down smaller than tube-mounted stands, and they’re great for bikes with odd shaped tubes like aero or triathlon bikes.
Cons: Expensive, and mounting a bike requires you to take the front or rear wheel off. If your wheels attach via axle, you’ll also have to be sure that the stand can accommodate your wheels.