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    Value of owning a work stand?

    I am a weekend tinkerer and between the wife and I, we own 4 bikes.

    I was thinking of buying a work stand to hold the bikes when washing them, cleaning and lubricating the chain, etc.. I am not proficient enough to adjust the derailleur but would like to have a work stand for stuff I can do and or learn to do.

    Is the work stand a waste based on my intended use?

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    I don't know. Can you afford it? What are you doing now?

    I've never owned a work stand. For the last five years, I've always kept some bikes on a rack that leans against the wall. I can adjust the height of the hooks on the rack. I use work stands on occasion, when I'm using a professional shop space usually. They're nice. It's nice that the bike doesn't move around.

    Anyway, for me, a work stand isn't enough better than my rack for me to go out and spend money on one.

    If you haven't already bumped into the Park Tool web site, I highly recommend it. IMHO, all mountain bikers should understand their drivetrains and the bike's systems well enough to fix things and get out of the woods should something fail off-road. (Which never happens, of course. )
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    No, the work stand is an amazing tool which is incredibly handy. You will find other uses for the stand as your experience grows. If you can afford one, get it. If you can't afford one, there are many threads in the tooltime section on building them. While sometimes not so elegant, they are still useful and often work great.

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    Yes, I can afford one and think it would be good when washing the bikes or cleaning the chain and cassette. I would just drag the stand onto a level spot in the yard to was the bikes and lube the chains. Biggest advantage is to have the rear wheel off the ground when lubricating the chain.

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    OK, so get it. At worst, you lose some money that you can afford to lose, and you might find you have a better work process with its help.
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    I use an old trainer for a work stand that someone gave me a long time ago. It's the kind that you take the front wheel off to put it in. And it allows me to spin the rear wheel. I like it because the bike doesn't wiggle all over the place when you work on it like an ordinary stand.

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    If you've looked around on threads about repair stands on mtbr, you'll find a lot of the same thing; people saying how working on your bike turns into something fun with a repair stand. I don't think I'll ever go back to not using a stand. Once you find that you're able to do more with the bike secure and elevated, you'll want to learn how to do more. While you'll likely be spending more money on additional tools, you'll be saving money by not paying a shop to do your tune ups, cable changes, whatever it is you're doing. I say if you've got the money, do it. A portable/foldable repair stand is great...it's surprisingly nice to work outside in the sun some days

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    I had one for a while. I dont now. I dont really miss it or anything.

    It was nice to work on, but I have 2 bikes that get tuned up twice a season. It just didnt see that much use. I do everything from wheel building to full suspension rebuilds. My wheelbuilding stand however, I couldnt live without!

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    Definitely worth it, it will also allow you to learn how to do a lot more maintenance on your bikes as well.

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    I recently got back into mountain biking last year in September. Soon after I bought a stand, Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance book and a inexpensive set of bike tools. Best money I have spent in a long time. I have since learned how to put a bike together and adjust everything I need to. It is a hobby in itself and I have saved a ton of money doing my own repairs and bike builds. The bad thing is that I keep tinkering and upgrading parts and bikes. I still support the LBS and they are helpful with advice when needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btrutta View Post
    Definitely worth it, it will also allow you to learn how to do a lot more maintenance on your bikes as well.
    Theres nothing you can do on a stand that you cant do otherwise. It makes working more ergonomic, but thats it. Dont buy one expecting to expand your skills!

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    Yeah, many people have posted great info on a simple subject and I think the bottom line is the work stand is a big convenience. One could do without it but it does make things easier so I think my drivetrain would benefit from having one.

    Pretty funny reply reply from Andrw..., you will be losing money you can afford to lose!
    Unfortunately, I do have toys/tools that I do not use that often, but when I do, I love the fact that I have them.

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    No, won't expand your skills. It will make learning much easier though. PITA swapping cranks, adjusting deraileurs and brakes, swapping chains, swapping tires, rebuilding forks...it makes doing a lot of maintenance a heluva lot easier having the ability to hold the bike in a fixed position. but ymmv.

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    No bad thing about tinkering and spending money on parts, it is a healthy sport/hobby. Better than spending the afternoon in a bar or wasting in another way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickcin View Post
    I am not proficient enough to adjust the derailleur but would like to have a work stand for stuff I can do and or learn to do.
    Rickcin,
    You absolutely can learn how to do these things, and once you understand how they work, it is super simple to adjust!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nov0798 View Post
    Rickcin,
    You absolutely can learn how to do these things, and once you understand how they work, it is super simple to adjust!
    You know what, I like your attitude, just about everything boils down to attitude and desire, not intelligence. I hope to learn, thanks for your input.

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    It makes working on your bike easier. Being a tinkerer, you will probably start to do more maintenance work yourself rather than taking it to the shop. You don't need one but I believe in using the right tool for the job.

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    I debated buying a workstand, but ultimately I screwed a couple eye screws into the ceiling and I hang my bikes using motorcycle Ancra tiedowns. It allows me to raise/lower the bike easily depending on what part of the bike I'm working on. I can also hang it by one area to get it at a severe angle. Much simpler/cheaper than a workstand.

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    Very clever and I assume it works well but the bike will swing back and forth when working on it.

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    The rack I use shares that disadvantage.

    My feeling is that having the bike at a good height gets me most of the way "there" on what I get from a real work stand. I'm nervous reefing on anything on my bike and trusting a work stand to hold it steady. So I'd have a hand on the bike in that circumstance anyway.
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    I haven't had much of an issue with it swinging. As the poster before me said, when using any significant leverage, I tend to hold the bike to keep it from moving. A stand would certainly be better, but I always seem to have something better to spend $150 on!

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    I have a Feedback Sports stand that I love. Setting up a drivetrain becomes easy when you're not wrestling the bike around on the floor.

    Check Ebay. I have the Pro, which I've seen on there for 149. They make a sport model that has a simpler clamp system that's even less expensive.
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    Buy it. Sounds like you want to already. It's convenient to have a stand, and it sounds like you will definitely be using it, for whatever reason or another.

    I use one that folds up (if needed, though mine is always out) so transporting/moving it around is easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    The rack I use shares that disadvantage.

    My feeling is that having the bike at a good height gets me most of the way "there" on what I get from a real work stand. I'm nervous reefing on anything on my bike and trusting a work stand to hold it steady. So I'd have a hand on the bike in that circumstance anyway.
    Thinking of getting the Feedback Sports Pro Elite stand and just want to get the bike in the air to sit on a stool to service, clean & lube the drivetrain and crank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickcin View Post
    Thinking of getting the Feedback Sports Pro Elite stand and just want to get the bike in the air to sit on a stool to service, clean & lube the drivetrain and crank.
    Good choice. I don't think you'll ever go back to working on a bike without one

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    I can work on my bikes without one, and have used everything from hooks in the ceiling to straps to floor display stands to car trunk racks for bike repairs. However, having the stand makes things so much easier. Having spent nearly 20 years wrenching in shops back in the day, I appreciate the difference having a good stand makes.

    My Ultimate stand (predecessor to the Feedback) can be folded and stored in the corner of the garage if need be. Because of the compact size of my stand, I have been able to take it along on bike road trips and use it in hotels, parking lots, at trail heads, in camp grounds, etc. The adjustable height and rotation allows for the adjustability needed for just about any repair I can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    I can work on my bikes without one, and have used everything from hooks in the ceiling to straps to floor display stands to car trunk racks for bike repairs. However, having the stand makes things so much easier. Having spent nearly 20 years wrenching in shops back in the day, I appreciate the difference having a good stand makes.

    My Ultimate stand (predecessor to the Feedback) can be folded and stored in the corner of the garage if need be. Because of the compact size of my stand, I have been able to take it along on bike road trips and use it in hotels, parking lots, at trail heads, in camp grounds, etc. The adjustable height and rotation allows for the adjustability needed for just about any repair I can think of.
    I love toys and having the right tool for the job and although it might be a tad bit of over kill, at least for my skill set, I am going to go with the stand.

    Luck you, living in Colorado, I have been there several times and absolutely love that place, especially the Boulder area. Not saying much though, how could a person not like it there!

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    After changing the front fork on my fiancee's bike on a redneck engineered stand (saw horse and a trunk bike rack) I plan on investing in a real stand it would just make life a little easier.
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    Sport-Mechanic Work Stand <--- Thats the one i have and its is great ! Easy to store away , move around, and the adjustments i can make on it . I was able to work on my downhill bike to any other bike , its sturdy, and gets the job done. Its makes everything that much easier . I dismantle my whole bike , drag it out with just the frame only , and give it the ultimate wash . Super easy to do any type of repairs and tune ups , and it sure as hell beats not having a stand . Just buy one , you wont regret it .

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    Once you own a stand, you'll wonder how you lived without one, as they make building, working on, and maintaining a bike much easier. They are also great for holding motorcycle forks for maintenance/rebuilds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    Sport-Mechanic Work Stand <--- Thats the one i have and its is great ! Easy to store away , move around, and the adjustments i can make on it . I was able to work on my downhill bike to any other bike , its sturdy, and gets the job done. Its makes everything that much easier . I dismantle my whole bike , drag it out with just the frame only , and give it the ultimate wash . Super easy to do any type of repairs and tune ups , and it sure as hell beats not having a stand . Just buy one , you wont regret it .
    That's the stand the I have. If I were to buy another stand I'd opt to spend a few more $ on the Pro Elite.

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    bvibert,

    Yes, I have decided to go with the Pro Elite, thanks for your input and I love your avatar, very cool!

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    workstand = awesome and better functioning bicycles

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    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    Sport-Mechanic Work Stand <--- Thats the one i have and its is great ! Easy to store away , move around, and the adjustments i can make on it . I was able to work on my downhill bike to any other bike , its sturdy, and gets the job done. Its makes everything that much easier . I dismantle my whole bike , drag it out with just the frame only , and give it the ultimate wash . Super easy to do any type of repairs and tune ups , and it sure as hell beats not having a stand . Just buy one , you wont regret it .
    I too have this one. Highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickcin View Post
    bvibert,

    Yes, I have decided to go with the Pro Elite, thanks for your input and I love your avatar, very cool!
    Thanks, I don't remember where that came from, but it seems to fit me..

    Good choice on the stand. Let us know how you like it!

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    Yes I will!!

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    Yes they are worth the money......I have 2.

    If you work on your own bikes they are irreplaceable.

    Getting the bike off the ground to lube the chain, adjust brakes, etc.......beat squatting down or bending over.
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    Check this out! Not sure how good it is but I might grab one of these. Plus it folds up and has a bag.

    Everhold Bicycle Work Stand With Handlebar Stabilizer and Magnetic Tool Tray

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch1171 View Post
    Check this out! Not sure how good it is but I might grab one of these. Plus it folds up and has a bag.

    Everhold Bicycle Work Stand With Handlebar Stabilizer and Magnetic Tool Tray
    For the record, don't ever clamp a frame tube like they show in the pictures. Clamp the seatpost.

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    True dat!

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    That is the first thing I noticed, never clamp to a tube. Perhaps the stand is not stable with an eccentric (off center) load.

    Hard to imagine it could be a decent work stand when considering the price.

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    Rough times saw this when I was hunting for mine! I got a feedback stand off nashbar for $199 it works great.

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    I am old school, I like to to jump in after something has been around for a while, proven, tested, with good reviews.

    Just my opinion and the way I roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch1171 View Post
    Check this out! Not sure how good it is but I might grab one of these. Plus it folds up and has a bag.

    Everhold Bicycle Work Stand With Handlebar Stabilizer and Magnetic Tool Tray
    Looks kinda cheap ... Get what you pay for .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickcin View Post
    I am old school, I like to to jump in after something has been around for a while, proven, tested, with good reviews.

    Just my opinion and the way I roll.
    Maybe your rollin' in the wrong direction! Lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch1171 View Post
    Check this out! Not sure how good it is but I might grab one of these. Plus it folds up and has a bag.

    Everhold Bicycle Work Stand With Handlebar Stabilizer and Magnetic Tool Tray
    If you do, let us know.

    I gotta say, it looks like a lot of plastic for something that needs to be stiff and carry a load...
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    LOL I thought to myself if I put my enduro on that it will break in half. I posted it because it sounded like someine was looking for a cheap work stand. Thats what I posted! LOL

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    I've been in and out of cycling since the late 80s. I've purchased quite a few things I regretted. But there is only one thing I never purchased that I have always regretted not purchasing: a repair stand.

    I've used all the tricks...everything from straps hanging from the basement ceiling to hooking the saddle on a workbench. Nothing beats a repair stand for even the simplest repairs. I'm buying a new bike and won't put the first part on before I buy a workstand.

    In addition to all the advantages listed in this thread, an indirect advantage is that having a stand will make you more likely to maintain your bike. A repair stand makes even the simplest repairs easier and more enjoyable so you'll do them more often. That's better for your bike, better for improving your wrenching skill, and saves money in the long run.

    I've got a loose hanger bolt on my old bike right now but I have to remove the rear wheel to tighten it. Without a stand, this simple repair is a pain in the neck.

    The reason I have a loose hanger bolt? Because the last time I took the rear wheel off, I didn't have a stand and hooked the saddle on a bench to hold the bike up while I removed the wheel. The bike slipped and fell off, bending the hanger when it hit. I replaced it with a new one ($25 later) and now the screw is loose because supporting the bike with the rear wheel off is a pain.

    I'm getting a stand this weekend!

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    I have a Feedback Sports repair stand. Just the other day I needed to replace bushings on my Float shock, but I don't have a press or vise. Well, the clamp on the stand is designed like a vise. I just used the appropriate sized sockets and pressed them out with the clamp head. Worked great.

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    A bicycle stand was one of the first things I bought in terms of bicycle repair tools. Back then I had just converted from skateboarding to mountain biking, and having had previously gone from bmx to skate boarding, I was already aware of the work that I can do on my own bicycle instead of sending it to a repair shop. In fact, I was working in a bicycle store back then doing tune-ups and repairs, and I just loved how easy it was to place the bicycle in a stand and it was solidly up in the air. You can walk 360 around the bicycle as long as you have space. You can use the stand indoors in winter, or outdoors in other seasons. I also like that you can place often used tools on the tray that you can have attached to the centre of the bicycle stand. For me, it's paid for itself many times over.

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