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Old 08-06-19, 11:25 AM
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Troll Kickstand: A Different Approach

I've been longing for a kickstand on my Troll, and I've finally decided to give it a go.

What you see in this pic are two aluminium plates, which are shaped to conform to the chainstays. The one with the bolt running through it also has a steel spreader bar, just to give it some beef.




This is the side that will contact the chainstays, hopefully without any damage or scuffing the paint too badly. The chainstays on the Troll have .100 difference in height, so I've glued scrap leather to the plates in hopes of keeping the plates parallel. This was accomplished by adhering two strips of leather on the shorter side, and grinding it down so that there is .050 more material on the left side of each plate.





And this is how it looks.









Its rather rough-shod right now, but its only a start. I'll test it out over the next couple weeks and I am sure that I will wish to make some modifications.

For those of you with keen attention to detail, you will notice that the lock washer under the kickstand fixing bolt is not fully flattened. Its true, the bolt is not tight enough to my liking in order to keep the kickstand from wandering. The problem I find with every kickstand installation to a frame with preexisting fenders, is that there is a very small amount of space in which to tighten that hex head! I've tried internal hex cap screws, and they are worse. Oh surely, you can get to them with a ball-headed hex driver, but the force needed to torque it would most likely snap the ball off. So what I've done in the past is to make an offset wrench that fits nicely in the
space provided. Today however, I cant locate a crappy 17mm open-end wrench to cut up and weld on. Only my nice Hazet wrenches, and I'll definitely NOT hack up one of those!

Comments/advice and questions are always welcome. Cheers!
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Don't want to rain on your parade, but you've possibly voided any warranty you had on the frame.
My understanding is that most frame manufacturers (of touring bikes at least) don't advocate kickstands.
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Don't want to rain on your parade, but you've possibly voided any warranty you had on the frame.
To be perfectly honest, as I was making this, the thought never entered my mind. Now that you've reminded me, I dare say that I truly don't care. In the end, it is only a piece of steel.

I have ordered the kickstand adapter plate for my Disc Trucker frame, and I will use it when I build that bike up, but meanwhile I will compare it to the Troll frame . perhaps I can modify it to fit the Troll.
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Just do not tighten it too much, Surly re-designed their LHT a few years after they first came out with the model and after that re-design they started getting warranty claims for crushed chainstays. That is when they started to deny warranty claims.

I use blue loctite on kickstand bolts, you only need to get the bolts tight enough so that the kickstand does not move around on your frame and the bolts can work loose if you do not use loctite. When I say loctite, that is a trademarked brand, I often use a competitor brand of threadlocker that is removable.

The bike looks too clean. Has that been outside yet?

Order some of these, they look nicer than what you have for attaching your cable outer housing to the frame. Shipped from asia, expect it to take a month to arrive. A buck for 10 of them, you can't go wrong.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/10Pcs-BMX-R...l/183906299397
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Just do not tighten it too much, Surly re-designed their LHT a few years after they first came out with the model and after that re-design they started getting warranty claims for crushed chainstays. That is when they started to deny warranty claims.

I use blue loctite on kickstand bolts, you only need to get the bolts tight enough so that the kickstand does not move around on your frame and the bolts can work loose if you do not use loctite. When I say loctite, that is a trademarked brand, I often use a competitor brand of threadlocker that is removable.

I've used the leather technique on a few other bikes, and I'm coming to like it quite a lot. I'll eventually paint the final version of my kickstand plate, and when I install that final version, I'll wet the leather and when it dries, it will have grooves in it and it will grip like mad.

The bike looks too clean. Has that been outside yet?

Indeed it is clean. I average 110-125 miles a week on it. I just keep all my bikes and my other stuff clean.

Order some of these, they look nicer than what you have for attaching your cable outer housing to the frame. Shipped from asia, expect it to take a month to arrive. A buck for 10 of them, you can't go wrong.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/10Pcs-BMX-R...l/183906299397

Thanks for the tip, but I don't like C-clips, and zip-ties are tacky imho. What you see is waxed artificial sinew. It draws the cable housing tight and holds it very well. I've been using it since the mid-'80s, and I like it a lot. In fact, I think I'm still using the original roll that I bought in a hobby shop in Frankfurt, Germany. I've also used hemp twine, and for sleek road bikes I use black carpet thread.
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hope it works out. Its funny, but Ive always baulked at a kickstand, just from the weight thing. I can certainly see the point, but in the end it doesnt bother me leaning it against stuff or just laying it down on the ground.
Nice custom workaround, nicely done. The leather bit is interesting, especially how you say it takes a shape when wet and so will hold in place better.
As always, it keeps you out of the poolhalls doesnt it?

and yes, you are one good bike cleaner, I think you win the gold star for best cleaning in this sorry crowd ;-)
When I winter commute, I have a car cleaning attachment thingee with very soft bristles, and I use it by hand and like how the bristles wrap around all places and clean well, and fast--the fast part is good because I have the habit of doing it after every ride, to avoid any salt stuff staying on and rusting bits (on my old alu mtb).

ps, I just use those small black zip ties, on a black frame they really dont show up, and I trim them very close and file the cut edges to avoid any skin hurting sharp bits. May be tacky, but I can live with it. (but really, they dont show much, so for me, they fit in fine, and they work, plain and simple)

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hope it works out. Its funny, but Ive always baulked at a kickstand, just from the weight thing. I can certainly see the point, but in the end it doesnt bother me leaning it against stuff or just laying it down on the ground.

For what its worth, I'm beginning to not like the addition of the kickstand on the Troll, and I may remove it. I'm looking into ways to lock the steering column now. Coupled with the 6" ball bungee I keep on the handlebar, locked steering would work a treat.

Nice custom workaround, nicely done. The leather bit is interesting, especially how you say it takes a shape when wet and so will hold in place better.
As always, it keeps you out of the poolhalls doesnt it?

My lack of skill is what keeps me out of poohalls!

and yes, you are one good bike cleaner, I think you win the gold star for best cleaning in this sorry crowd ;-)

I use Pledge, Bowling Alley Wax, and Mother's detailer.

When I winter commute, I have a car cleaning attachment thingee with very soft bristles, and I use it by hand and like how the bristles wrap around all places and clean well, and fast--the fast part is good because I have the habit of doing it after every ride, to avoid any salt stuff staying on and rusting bits (on my old alu mtb).
ps, I just use those small black zip ties, on a black frame they really dont show up, and I trim them very close and file the cut edges to avoid any skin hurting sharp bits. May be tacky, but I can live with it. (but really, they dont show much, so for me, they fit in fine, and they work, plain and simple)
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.... Its funny, but Ive always baulked at a kickstand, just from the weight thing. I can certainly see the point, but in the end it doesnt bother me leaning it against stuff or just laying it down on the ground.
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I really prefer a kickstand.



That said, I am afraid of putting one on my Lynskey, I do not want to damage the frame so I cut down a tent pole to substitute for a click stand.

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your clean bike made me think of the lyrics from one of those Beatles songs, about the feller who liked to keep his fire engine clean....
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I've been longing for a kickstand on my Troll, and I've finally decided to give it a go.

What you see in this pic are two aluminium plates, which are shaped to conform to the chainstays. The one with the bolt running through it also has a steel spreader bar, just to give it some beef.




This is the side that will contact the chainstays, hopefully without any damage or scuffing the paint too badly. The chainstays on the Troll have .100 difference in height, so I've glued scrap leather to the plates in hopes of keeping the plates parallel. This was accomplished by adhering two strips of leather on the shorter side, and grinding it down so that there is .050 more material on the left side of each plate.





And this is how it looks.









Its rather rough-shod right now, but its only a start. I'll test it out over the next couple weeks and I am sure that I will wish to make some modifications.

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space provided. Today however, I cant locate a crappy 17mm open-end wrench to cut up and weld on. Only my nice Hazet wrenches, and I'll definitely NOT hack up one of those!

Comments/advice and questions are always welcome. Cheers!
Your solution is pretty good.

I saw this video and ordered the 3d printed part they mention in the YouTube description.

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I imagine it's been posted here before (because it's likely that this is where I got the info to start with), but my Troll kickstand solution is the Specialized Two Bolt kickstand: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/tw...=219410-132963

The two bolts go through a slot in the dropouts that has some function for attaching a Rohloff hub, I think. So if you have a Rohloff hub, I guess it wouldn't work. But I've found that a rear-mounted kickstand is pretty useful. If I have to assemble and disassemble the bike for a trip, I go without it, but I always end up missing it.
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There is a guy in the comments on this article pitching his adapter for a rear kickstand:

https://www.cyclingabout.com/best-dy...g-bikepacking/

Kickstand:Pletcher ESGE Comp – $18 on Amazon
I’m a massive kickstand fan. Craig, a Surly and kickstand fan, designed two 3D printed stainless steel parts (part 1 + part 2) that will mount a KSA-18 kickstand onto Surly Troll, Ogre or ECR dropouts. Read more about kickstands HERE.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...3067e7facee938

https://www.shapeways.com/product/5W...oll-ecr-part-1

https://www.shapeways.com/product/EF...shop-inventory

I tried ordering them from him but no success. It takes a few weeks to get them. The cost is a bit extreme for my taste compared to the actual cost of the kickstand. I tried placing an order and couldn't get it to go through in the end. So I am not sure what is up, but this is a solution also. Hopefully the guy makes it easier to get your hands on the product or releases the 3D prints to have them submit and printed for ourselves eventually.
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I was also toying with the idea of having a seat-stay splitter installed, and if I do, perhaps a kickstand mounting plate as well. By the time I get it re-powdercoated after all that work, I'm looking at just shy of $1000. Might as well get a custom frame at that point. All this because Surly can't put a %#@! kickstand mount on a @#%*! touring bike. Pardon my cursing, even if it is contrived.

I'm going to take the bloody kickstand off today and try to get one of those Specialized kickstands that @Rob_E mentioned.
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Order some of these, they look nicer than what you have for attaching your cable outer housing to the frame. Shipped from asia, expect it to take a month to arrive. A buck for 10 of them, you can't go wrong.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/10Pcs-BMX-R...l/183906299397

Thanks for the tip, but I don't like C-clips, and zip-ties are tacky imho. What you see is waxed artificial sinew. It draws the cable housing tight and holds it very well. I've been using it since the mid-'80s, and I like it a lot. In fact, I think I'm still using the original roll that I bought in a hobby shop in Frankfurt, Germany. I've also used hemp twine, and for sleek road bikes I use black carpet thread.

Just like the Mars Curiosity Rover!
The story: Knots on Mars

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Just like the Mars Curiosity Rover!
Knots on Mars
Exactly! We also did this on the military aircraft that I used to work on. I like this method. It is very secure and does not rattle. Its a more "organic" way of securing your cables and tubes.
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Just like the Mars Curiosity Rover!
The story: Knots on Mars
totally dorky, but pretty neat article. Skimmed through it, but I liked the line (Im paraphrasing here) about a human built device used in the most challenging conditions with both the most advanced technology and some of the oldest--knots.
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I was also toying with the idea of having a seat-stay splitter installed, and if I do, perhaps a kickstand mounting plate as well. By the time I get it re-powdercoated after all that work, I'm looking at just shy of $1000. Might as well get a custom frame at that point. All this because Surly can't put a %#@! kickstand mount on a @#%*! touring bike. Pardon my cursing, even if it is contrived.

I'm going to take the bloody kickstand off today and try to get one of those Specialized kickstands that @Rob_E mentioned.
Hi NC, you did know it didnt have a stand plate on it, but here's a serious question, it seems to me that we don't see mounting plates on bikes anymore, not touring ones in any case. I know I am not ever specifically looking for this, but is this the case?
As others have said, its probably just easier for a manufacturer to not deal with overtightening issues, also one less step in the frame making, and they dont have to consider the structural stress issues into a frame design.
I could be totally wrong, but it seems to me we dont see plates on bikes nowadays.

ahh, the military aircraft--that explains your working techniques, being super clean/organized, and makes complete sense, and also explains why your kickstand contraption was so well made. Totally fits in with the required structure and organized necessities of the aviation industry.
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and yes, summer projects really did take up the whole summer, house, visitors, you name it....and still ongoing...
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...and yes, summer projects really did take up the whole summer, house, visitors, you name it....and still ongoing...
Not to mention our new puppy, Polly. When you live without a pet, you tend to grow use to the liberty of only caring for yourself. We've been without a dog for a couple of years, so now that Polly has come along, I want to train her right, and spend time with her. Here she is, chewing on a derelict Pedros tire lever, hehe.

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I never realized until looking at the Surly photos in this thread how fortunate I was that on my Nomad I could put on the Greenfield type stand without any difficulty.



Another photo on a different trip, this with the stand up.

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NC, yup thats a very important part of training and walking and this and that, so you end up with a well behaved dog. Good luck, and have fun , and enjoy the new member of family.
Poor Pedros lever....they are tough, but not puppy teeth tough!
I have a water bottle with weird puppy toothmarks all around the valve area from visiting someone and putting my bottle down....hey, its all part of puppiness.
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