The Best Bike Repair Stands – 2016 Reviews
When it comes to owning a bike every rider knows that cycling is just half of it. All equipment requires regular maintenance and every once in a while you have to take out of your time to fix this or that. When we factor in the frequency of all things break – heading down to the shop every time that happens turns out to be an expensive luxury. This is where a bike repair stand comes quite in handy. Every cycling enthusiast knows that one of the absolute necessities in his bicycle maintenance equipment is a well-built, reliable bike repair stand that makes all the DIY work possible.
If you are committed to the sport you have probably already done some research on the best bike repair stands that money can buy. You have also probably gotten a headache from the dozens of models, designs, features and price ranges to choose from. Shopping for a quality stand is tricky since we can’t always stay on top of current trends and not all sport outlets offer decent price match options. This is where we come in! Read on for an overview of the top five bike repair stands that cover everything in terms of functionality and quality a user will ever need.
The Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand – PCS-10 has a well-built and sturdy design that features a 3-point leg system with reinforced center yolk for superior stability. The cam-type clamp allows single action clamping of tubes (24 to 76-millimeter) and the clamping pressure is fully adjustable and jaw covers are replaceable. There is a composite top tube for smooth 360-degree clamp rotation. The bike repair stand benefits from a quick-release height adjustment (39 to 57 inches) that allows for the unit to be folded up quickly and conveniently for storage. The design is simple and elegant as well as functional.
The Park Tool Home PCS-9 Mechanic Repair Stand is a bit more expensive, but allows for more functionality. The screw-type clamp adjusts to fit tubes of various shapes from 7/8″ to 3″ (24mm to 76mm) and it rotates 360 degrees for easy access to any part of bike. In addition it can also clamp on aero shaped seat posts. This bike repair stand is extremely versatile as it folds to 41″ (104cm) for portability and storage. In terms of functionality this is by far the best maintenance equipment for bikes with odd shaped tubing as it will hold them firmly in place during repair work. The three- leg system with reinforced center yoke offers superior stability. The vertical tube is adjusted through the use of a hex key, but has enough adjustability to accommodate any necessary position.
The RAD Cycle Products Pro Bicycle Adjustable Repair Stand is a bike repair stand with capacity of 66lbs/30kg. The telescoping stand adjusts from 41″ to 75″ and the clamps hold tight but won’t damage your bike’s finish. An adjustable handlebar rod stabilizes the front wheel and it benefits from an easy assembly and setup. The product is very reasonably prices and comes with a tool tray with a magnetic strip for convenient storage of bolts and small particles. The feet are pre-drilled, which allows for the unit to be mounted permanently or semi-permanently to the floor. Overall it works well for its low price, although users can experience difficulty if trying to support a bike in an unbalanced position as the clamp protectors are simply not strong enough to take the weight.
The Pro Bike Adjustable 41″ to 75″ Repair Stand w/ Telescopic Arm Cycle Bicycle Rack is the cheapest bike repair stand out of the five we have reviewed , but it’s well-worth of making it to the top five. The stand adjusts its height from 41″ to 68 ¼ and benefits from a 360° rotating clamp. Its maximum capacity is 66lbs/30kg. The heavy-duty construction and durable material make it functional and sturdy and a good investment for DIY repair works. It is easy to assemble, but does not have the option to fold up. However it does not take a lot of space, so it’s convenient to store. It is versatile and easy to set up. The clamp holds the bike in place without damaging or scratching the frame and can easily be rotated 360 degrees while the bike is mounted. Overall it is a very solid and well-build stand with an attractive and functional design.