Workstand

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Ricky Baby, 16 May 2010.

  1. Ricky Baby

    Ricky Baby New Member

  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    The clamp version is a lot better, and you might want to look at the cheap park tools stand on CRC as its a better stand than the decathlon
     
  3. jazzkat

    jazzkat Fixed wheel fanatic.

  4. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I have been using one of these for the last three years. No problems in that time.
     
  5. RecordAceFromNew

    RecordAceFromNew Swinging Member

    Location:
    West London
    Mine is a clamp one similar to one of the Decathlon ones and the Ribble one. It works well except you may want to know that the clamp is not conducive to securing a bike that does not have a typical triangulated tubular frame, in that the clamp jaw is too small for some bikes with rear suspension.

    Another consideration you may want to think about in choosing one, is how easy it is to disassemble and put away, if space is an issue.
     
  6. Norm

    Norm Guest

    I have one of the second ones you've listed, Ricky, one of ]these which I bought from Decathalon last September. It has had frequent use (daily at times once the fettling mood has got to me :biggrin: ) and is showing no signs of wear.

    If space is at a premium, it takes but a few seconds to remove the front two legs, making it a very two dimensional shape which will happily lean against a wall. Alternatively, what I do is leave it centred in the garage so the car can park with the two front legs between it's wheels. I can even leave it in that position with a bike on it, as the bonnet / bumper goes under the bike.

    If you have an issue with the size of frames, my kids' bikes struggle, for instance, clamp the seat post.
     
  7. Norm

    Norm Guest

    I have one of the second ones you've listed, Ricky, one of these which I bought from Decathalon last September. It has had frequent use (daily at times once the fettling mood has got to me :biggrin: ) and is showing no signs of wear.

    If space is at a premium, it takes but a few seconds to remove the front two legs, making it a very two dimensional shape which will happily lean against a wall. Alternatively, what I do is leave it centred in the garage so the car can park with the two front legs between it's wheels. I can even leave it in that position with a bike on it, as the bonnet / bumper goes under the bike.

    If you have an issue with the size of frames, my kids' bikes struggle, for instance, clamp the seat post.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Ricky Baby

    Ricky Baby New Member

    cheer's guys, looks like a trip to decathlon, realised that the first one is no good anyway as i have gear cables that run under my BB!
     
  9. dodgy

    dodgy Guru

    Location:
    Wirral
    I think it's generally accepted that you should never clamp the tubes of the frame into a workstand. Always use the seatpost, you can also buy seatpost inserts specifically designed for workstands to clamp on to.

    Like this http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=79&ModelID=13243 (I personally don't use one)
    Or this http://www.parktool.com/products/detail.asp?cat=24&item=ISC-4

    Frame tubes can be very thin indeed, especially as you move away from the butted sections on joints with other tubes. These tubes aren't designed to take such a strong 'squeezing' force.
     
  10. PJ79LIZARD

    PJ79LIZARD Über Member

    Location:
    WEST MIDLANDS
  11. RecordAceFromNew

    RecordAceFromNew Swinging Member

    Location:
    West London
    IMHO, if one's bike frame can not withstand the "squeeze" of a plastic clamp with rubberised jaws just for the purpose of securing the bike on its own weight, one should seriously question if the frame can possibly be safely relied on to carry somebody on British roads day in day out.
     
  12. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    There is obviously no way you should clamp carbon tubes in a workstand, but does that make the bike unsafe?.......I suggest not.:tongue:
     
  13. dodgy

    dodgy Guru

    Location:
    Wirral
    Go and tell Park Tools, they seem to have some expertise in this area. I'm not interested in debating it.
     
  14. RecordAceFromNew

    RecordAceFromNew Swinging Member

    Location:
    West London
    I would expect most carbon bikes have carbon seatposts... :biggrin:
     
  15. chillyuk

    chillyuk Guest

    I have one almost the same as the cheapie one you mention. The bottom bracket doesn't actually "bottom" in the cup, so gear cables are unaffected. I would prefer a conventional stand though, with a conventional clamp, but economics rule:smile:
     
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