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Old 06-23-19, 01:02 PM
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Repair stand

which one sucks least*?

*home use.

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Old 06-23-19, 01:16 PM
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How much are you willing to spend? I find the Park PRS-3.2 to be one of the least sucky stands, but be prepared to spend several hundred dollars.

For best bang for the buck, the Aldi repair stands are surprisingly decent for only $25.
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Old 06-23-19, 01:46 PM
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I have a couple. I have the mentioned Aldi's stand and yes its really great for 25$. I also have a race stand:

https://www.amazon.com/Elite-1500603...ateway&sr=8-10

I didn't pay that much for it years ago probably 125$ and also really like that one a lot. I prefer the race stand for more involved jobs but the standard one is really great for most jobs too.

My suggestion is find a budget then find a stand that you are willing to spend it on. Park stuff is really nice but spendy also.
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Old 06-23-19, 01:51 PM
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Another vote for the Aldi stand. It doesn't feel exceptional, but it is way better than everything else I have used that isn't a purpose built stand.
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Old 06-23-19, 01:52 PM
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I got this one on sale: https://www.performancebike.com/spin...w002pf/p896260 I forget the price but it was a significant discount.

The Aldi stands are nice, when they are available.

This kind works surprisingly well when used atop a workbench: https://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Displ.../dp/B000C17HJ4

Craigslist and similar often have good bargains on repair stands.
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Old 06-23-19, 03:38 PM
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thanks for the input on brands I didn't even know existed. will do more research.
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Old 06-23-19, 03:39 PM
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I use a Blackburn Mag Trakstand (RX-4 I think). I just finished two complete builds that way. Maybe not the most convenient method but I already had the stand and it works well enough. Modern quick releases tend not to fit it well so I keep a spare old one handy.
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Old 06-23-19, 08:12 PM
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I Picked up an Aldi stand a few weeks ago for 24.99, like it so much I gave my old one away. Was in the Aldi's in Daytona Beach (Beville Ave) yesterday, they still had 2 stands there, marked down to 18.99. If you are near any Aldi stores, check them out.
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Old 06-23-19, 09:26 PM
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+1 for the Performance Bikes stand. That's what I have. Couldn't be happier. Bought it used on Craigslist. Can't remember how much I paid.
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Old 06-23-19, 09:47 PM
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I have an old park double repair stand and the single version mentioned. They are the shop quality. The old double I keep in the garage for greasy bicycles with chains. When I purchased my Rohloff bike with the belt I purchased the single stand and took the base plate down and had it sand blasted and powder coated. I can slide it around on the shag carpet in my room quit easily.
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Old 06-23-19, 10:37 PM
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I bought one of these at REI during the last sale:

https://www.amazon.com/Feedback-Spor...JAEVK47VB3THTQ

Am happy with it thus far. For chores which require lots of force to remove a part (the ISIS/HollowTech bottom bracket on my older road bike comes to mind) it's a little flimsy. I'm pretty sure it would have folded if I hadn't put the bike on the ground while breaking the cups free. Otherwise it's doing a good job holding the road bikes, the fixie and the hard tail mountain bike for light/medium maintenance and cleanings.
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Old 06-24-19, 04:29 AM
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whew; so many choices.

I've had parks, even the pro-stand mentioned with the two ton baseplate. the benchtop model, the three legged one. my best method is hanging my bike from the garage ceiling and sitting on a 5 gallon bucked when I can.

keep thinking there's a better way now that the garage is filled with someone else's stuff, so I continue to struggle with "which" stand to u$e.
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For a home mechanic on a budget you canít beat the Aldi stand at $25. I do the wash after the weekly long ride, and anything in between. Plus my standard maintenance on 3 bicycles, including a heavy cruiser. Amazingly sturdy, especially when I paid next to nothing for it.
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Old 06-24-19, 09:08 AM
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DIY any? you can cradle the top tube from underneath simpler than trying to make a clamp to grip the seat post,,
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Old 06-24-19, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
DIY any? you can cradle the top tube from underneath simpler than trying to make a clamp to grip the seat post,,
I once built one from scrap lumber that looked kind of like a sawhorse. I used a QR front axle to clamp the fork and the bottom bracket just set on the other end of the sawhorse with the rear wheel hanging off in space. I could do pretty much anything but headset and front brake adjustments with it and my cost was zero.
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park pcs-10 not cheap but the best tool purchase I have made.
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Old 06-24-19, 10:07 AM
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Feedback Sports classic stand. More than sufficient for the occasional home mechanic.

I've made DIY stands before. They suck. They also don't save that much money.
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I have used the PCS 9 , head sticks, in rotation, a bit..

because it uses a tapered interface .. even after loosening the clamp pulling it into that taper..
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Old 06-24-19, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
park pcs-10 not cheap but the best tool purchase I have made.
Mee too. I got mine last year, wished I'd gotten it years prior. Having good tools makes the job easier and much more enjoyable.
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Old 06-24-19, 06:46 PM
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I have one from Feedback as well. Does what itís supposed to do.
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I'm happy with Feedback. My spouse got me one for my birthday.
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I have used the PCS 9 , head sticks, in rotation, a bit..

because it uses a tapered interface .. even after loosening the clamp pulling it into that taper..
Mine did the same.

The threaded rod that the plastic handle screws to was not welded on straight to the back of the main clamp assembly.

I bent it back straight the best I could and it fixed the sticking.

Still don't like stand that much because of how the legs fold and the telescopic tubes twist relative to each other. But, it's paid for and will probably last a lifetime.

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Old 06-25-19, 07:27 PM
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I ended up ordering this one: Park Tool PCS-4 Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand

it'll end up in my estate sale for pennies on the dollar, wait an' see.
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Old 06-26-19, 12:56 AM
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This one is important to spend money, in our old bike and maintain for life time.
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Old 06-26-19, 05:22 AM
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After at least 20 years of use, the clamping clutch finally wore out on my Ultimate stand.

It's now Feedback Sports, and the new stands still use the same mechanism. A factory replacement one was about $12. It's like new again, and the new clutch has a few minor changes that should make it last even longer.

The Feedback stands work great, and are a good long term investment.
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