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    Kickstand for touring

    Any suggestions? I would prefer center mounted since the rear mounted doesn't feel as sturdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by empre View Post
    Any suggestions? I would prefer center mounted since the rear mounted doesn't feel as sturdy.
    What you'll likely want is a double or two legged stand, something similar to this, Bicycle Kickstand Double Twin Leg Heavy Duty Bike Stand on eBay! . There are several different designs out there. The dualie is ideal for loaded touring, i.e. panniers or a trailer, etc., as it balances and supports the load and/or bike upright. With a single leg stand the bike must lean in order to be stable. Which is fine for just the bike itself. Put an extra 50lbs of gear in panniers on the bike and a single leg stand becomes just shy of useless.

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    Any idea how much those weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by empre View Post
    Any idea how much those weight?
    Your planning on Touring (which I assume includes loaded gear) and the weight of a kickstand is your concern?

    Seriously, stability and durability should be the concern here. These are the best
    Universal Cycles -- Pletscher Two-leg double Kickstand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Whisperer View Post
    Your planning on Touring (which I assume includes loaded gear) and the weight of a kickstand is your concern?

    Seriously, stability and durability should be the concern here. These are the best
    Universal Cycles -- Pletscher Two-leg double Kickstand
    I don't buy anything for my bike if I don't know how much it weights.

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    It weights a lot. . . . . Which is to say, probably more than you want if you're the type to be concerned with the mass of every thing that goes on the bike. I have one and it's great especially for a loaded bike.

    Quick google search says that it's 22oz = 625 grams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by empre View Post
    I don't buy anything for my bike if I don't know how much it weights.

    I have no idea what the double weighs. A standard Greenfield single weighs a tad more than a pound or so. So probably about 2 pounds maybe more would be a good guess. I've never really weighed a kickstand. Most people that want one aren't concerned about the weight, they're looking for the utility and convenience. So weights, published or otherwise, for the various kickstands will be tough to come by.

    Your best bet is either going to be someone on the boards that has one and has weighed it, or finding a local shop that has one, and have them weigh it.

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