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    Bike Stand

    Hi Guys

    I just purchased a park tool work stand, this one here

    http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B000...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It should be here within a couple days. The proper way to clamp a bike in the stand is around the seat post right? I assume that clamping across the tip tube would squish down on the shifter and brake cables? or does it clamp that way and allow for the cables to move freely

    Thanks for any tips guys

    Jeremy

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    Nice stand, I have the same one.
    Yes, the best place to clamp is to the seat post unless you have a dropper post.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Cheers, thanks

    Nope no dropper post here. Shouldn't clamp on the frame anywhere beside the post correct? I assume the stand is strong enough to hold a bike by the seatpost.

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    I have always clamped to the post and yes the stand is sturdy enough to hold the bike by the post.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Proper technique is to grab the seatpost because it's way cheaper than the frame if you screw it up.

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    I find it easier to balance the frame in the stand by the top tube. Not much need to clamp. I just take the middle of the top tube and lay the bike in there. Works like a charm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Learux View Post
    I find it easier to balance the frame in the stand by the top tube. Not much need to clamp. I just take the middle of the top tube and lay the bike in there. Works like a charm.
    For a lot of things, I do that with the nose of the saddle.
    No need to find a balance point and more stable.
    I only clamp when I need extra stability.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    FYI if you for whatever reason you have a carbon seat post, go get a cheap metal seat post and use that when working on your bike. You don't want to clamp a carbon post.
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    I made a stand this weekend out of some scrap wood I had around the garage. Hang it by the seatpost, makes it easy to get to everything.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    FYI if you for whatever reason you have a carbon seat post, go get a cheap metal seat post and use that when working on your bike. You don't want to clamp a carbon post.
    I put my bike in the bike stand, clamped onto the carbon seat post all the time. Seriously, this stuff is not fragile. Have you ever seen the Santa Cruz video that gets posted on here a lot where they beat the hell out of a carbon frame, to test it's strength. Carbon is just as strong as aluminum. (I know, here we go!)

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    The shop I work at clamps carbon seatposts all the time. Weird aero shapes usually get a rag wrapped around them, but otherwise clamp away.

    Carbon frames are a no-no, however.

    Sometimes you have to clamp the frame for one reason or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    FYI if you for whatever reason you have a carbon seat post, go get a cheap metal seat post and use that when working on your bike. You don't want to clamp a carbon post.
    I have a question about this. What about the seat tube clamp? Kinda the same thing and repair stand clamps usually have a large clamping surface that doesn't focus the pressure on one particular spot.

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    I also clamp my carbon post with no ill effect. Clamp as close to the tube as possible to avoid extra leverage on the post. Also, remember not to perform high force work on the bike while clamped. For example, don't loosen your cranks or bb while the bike is clamped.

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    Your manual will usually tell you. At least it did with my carbon road bike. It's very specific in saying that it should ONLY be clamped by the seat post and at no point on the frame. It also states to never use a bike rack that clamps the frame or one where the frame hangs such as a hitch mount rack. For the money it costs to replace a frame not covered by warranty, I'm not chancing it.

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    For most repairs, I don't clamp my bike into my stand at all. For one, I have a dropper post but its just easier to hang my seat on top of my clamp. I just have a shop towel over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millerad1651 View Post
    I made a stand this weekend out of some scrap wood I had around the garage. Hang it by the seatpost, makes it easy to get to everything.

    Thanks! I'll build a replica tonight. I'll post pics.

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    Hi Guys

    I just got my stand delivered about two hours ago. It went together good. Am I the only one ( and maybe its just because this is my first stand ) felt a little nervous as it was in the clamp, just kind of suspended in the air,lol. I know it wasn't going anywhere. Im sure those feelings will go the more I use it.

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