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    I'm just getting back into mountain biking and I'm looking for a cheap entry level repair stand to make things a little easier and less back breaking. What would be a good cheap entry level stand and where is the best online source to get it. Thank you for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richz34
    I'm just getting back into mountain biking and I'm looking for a cheap entry level repair stand to make things a little easier and less back breaking. What would be a good cheap entry level stand and where is the best online source to get it. Thank you for any help.
    I picked up a Minoura Workman stand from Nashbar recently. It's steel, and somewhat portable if you can turn a few knobs. Not a lightweight, by any means, but sturdy and pretty stable. It came with a parts tray, which was my main reason in picking it over the Park PCS-9, which is a few more $.

    The drawbacks are it's lack of height adjustment, though that hasn't been a factor yet, the weight mentioned (at least 20 lbs), and the parts tray isn't all that great. The angle adjustment uses a tab and slot setup, so you pick what's closest to what you want, but again, you don't need anything more.

    It's still on sale for $85 or so, and definitely a good stand for the price. I built a bike on mine recently, and had no issues while putting the BB and headset in, which are the most stressful to the stand.

    If you can swing a few more bucks, go for a nice Park or Ultimate stand - they're not head and shoulders better, but they'll see you through your entire cycling career, no matter what direction it heads.
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    Ultimate consumer stand...

    Ultimate consumer stand is a great stand, very portable, light, and affordable.

    $109 at lickbike.com

    Just got mine last week.

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    get a good one

    I went from years of using 2 notched 2 X 4's clamped to my work bench. I thought it was fine. I built up a new FS in 2001 and got the Ultimate pro. Folds up small enough to take on trips and hide when not in use. Nice.
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    Ultimate = good value.

    I recieved the Ultimate Consumer stand for Christmas from my awesome wife and I'm really pleased with it. Very portable and sturdy. Since it is a tri-pod type base, it stands nicely on uneven ground also. Unlike some other designs.

    Good luck in your quest. They are a nice tool to have.

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    A piece of rope.

    If you really want to go cheap and save yer dough for a Park or Ultimate stand in the future. A piece of small rope, 1/4'' or 3/8" dia tied to the stem and seat post and thrown over an exposed rafter, bike hook screwed into the garage ceiling or over a branch of a tree will get ya by until you want to part with over a hundo frog skins for a good stand. It's not pretty and takes a little fiddling to get it all set up but it works pretty well, the height is adjustable and sure cheap enough.
    I have had two ultimate pro stands and they are awesome but pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uofabill
    If you really want to go cheap and save yer dough for a Park or Ultimate stand in the future. A piece of small rope, 1/4'' or 3/8" dia tied to the stem and seat post and thrown over an exposed rafter, bike hook screwed into the garage ceiling or over a branch of a tree will get ya by until you want to part with over a hundo frog skins for a good stand. It's not pretty and takes a little fiddling to get it all set up but it works pretty well, the height is adjustable and sure cheap enough.
    I have had two ultimate pro stands and they are awesome but pricey.
    I tend to think along the same "thrifty" lines...hehheh.... I either throw my old trunk mount bike rack on the car and suspend bike in it's furthest outbound position from the vehicle, or just plain flip the bike over on its' seat and bar-ends (depending on what part/s I need to access on the bike...)

    Someday, oneday, perhaps, I'll have a nice bikestand and all, but...have gotten by for decades without one....LOL....A nice stand would be a very nice thing, but is not a necessity, as long as one has the tools needed for the job .

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    I bought a Blackburn “Workhorse” stand several years ago for about $25. It is similar to a sawhorse with three legs (two at one end and one at the other). You have to take your front wheel off and then put your fork into the skewer at one end and the bottom bracket rests in a saddle at the other end. It comes with a truing attachment. It all breaks down with the legs storing inside the 2x4 sized beam and comes with a tray and saddlebag tool holder that all stores in a carrying case. It’s not fancy by any means, but it is super portable and will get you by just fine until you spot that ultimate style stand you really can’t live without.

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    ... and if we just ... er

    try 2 ropes hanging from the ceiling of your garage or basement.
    Cheap and easy. Easy to fold up and take with you . as long as there is a tree branch to tie it up to.

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    Performance / Spin Doctor...

    Quote Originally Posted by richz34
    I'm just getting back into mountain biking and I'm looking for a cheap entry level repair stand to make things a little easier and less back breaking. What would be a good cheap entry level stand and where is the best online source to get it. Thank you for any help.
    ..."Essential" workstand -- $40 right now at Performance.

    Spend any more than that and you may as well get the Ultimate Consumer, which will really be the last stand you'll ever need.

    The Spin Doctor works, though without a height adjustment, without the ability to rotate the frame, and not stable on anything but flat floors. You can also fashion something similar using a 2x4, a door hinge and a little creativity.

    <img src="https://www.bicycletradesource.com/launch/international_news/performance_products/00_6782.jpg">

    But seriously, if you're going to spend any more than $40 on a stand, get the Ultimate.

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    Has anyone heard anything about the new Park PCS-9 stand? I've seen ads for it in the latest round of MTB mags with an MSRP of $100.
    A man is only a man, but a good bicycle is a ride.

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    ditto on the ultimate

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    Park repair stand/ Really worth it?

    Thank you for all the advice so far. I've been looking at the recommendations and have noticed that there is only a $25 difference between the ultimate and the Park PSC-1. Is this stand the best in the price range or do you reccomend something else.

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    Ultimate has a very loyal following...

    Quote Originally Posted by richz34
    Thank you for all the advice so far. I've been looking at the recommendations and have noticed that there is only a $25 difference between the ultimate and the Park PSC-1. Is this stand the best in the price range or do you reccomend something else.
    ...here for a reason. The clear choice to me is Ultimate for the stable tripod base that works well outdoors on uneven ground in the backyard or at the trailhead, for the small folding size and easy portability, and for the clamp design.

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    Bought Park PCS-1

    Hey everyone, thanks for all the advice. The Ultimate Pro was a little too expensive for me but I did decide to spend a little more than I started out to. I bought the Park PCS-1. It had good reviews. Hopefully I didn't make a mistake. Any tips, warnings, etc to look out for or know about before using this stand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richz34
    Hey everyone, thanks for all the advice. The Ultimate Pro was a little too expensive for me but I did decide to spend a little more than I started out to. I bought the Park PCS-1. It had good reviews. Hopefully I didn't make a mistake. Any tips, warnings, etc to look out for or know about before using this stand.
    The Ulitmate Consumer, not the Pro. $120 at Performance

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    I have a Park stand, I don't think it's that expensive (it was a gift) and it works great. Seems high quality, and it's got a nice blue powder-coating, and it folds up for storage without fiddling with any bolts. It's one of the base level home-mechanic ones I think.

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    Oops! I didn't read your follow-up post, you bought the same (PCS-1) that I have. I think you'll enjoy it. Simple, basic and easy to use it's all you'll need!

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    I picked up a performance (spin doctor) stand off ebay for $25. Not a great stand, but couldnt beat the price.
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