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Gear Review : Click-Stand

I’ve been thinking a bike stand for touring for a long time and was doing some research as to which would be suitable for a loaded bike when I came across Click-Stand.

“They claimed to be The World’s Only Folding Portable Bicycle Stand,” so I thought it would be worth looking into.

At first I was hesitant Having one more piece of gear that could fall off or get lost seemed like a lot for just a stand. Sure I could put it in a bag, but in my mind the whole point of a bike stand was to make life quick and easy.

However after looking at other options, I decided to bite the bullet and spend $31 on the Click-Stand Max** (suggested for loaded bikes), $2 on the Fat Foot**, Side-Bracket** $7.00 and $5.41 shipping (within the US) totaling $45.41 USD.

** See bottom of article for detailed gear information

First thoughts, this is an expensive stand, it better live up to its claim.

“Click-Stand is designed to support every type of bicycle, including loaded touring bicycles and tandems. Stop looking for a place to lean your bike. Never lay your ride on the ground again!”

So last week I went on a 4 day jaunt around the Korean countryside and got my first chance to try it out. Here are my thoughts and conclusion.

Things I Liked

* Very quick. Was even worth using when I was just getting off my bike for a few minutes.
* The side bracket sits it nice and flush with my drink bottle. Didn’t knock it once with my leg on or off the bike.
* Extremely light, yet held my bikes weight no problem.
* Worked perfectly on all surfaces.

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Things I Didn’t Like or Had Problems With

* My front wheel kept turning inwards which made initially balancing the bike frustrating. This may be because I am just getting used to it and there are pictures on the official site that have the wheel turned in, but it would occasionally go to far, and I was worried that it would cause the bike to fall. (never did on this trip) I got around this by leaning (or turning) my front wheel into another object.

* The Brake-Band used to lock the brakes struggled to pull hard enough on stop the wheel from moving. I have ergo handle grips and therefore could’nt get the band all the way to the end of the brake lever as it would slip back down the handle bar grip.

* I only took the one (for my front brake) and it broke at an inopportune moment on the 3rd day of riding. I was able to fix it later that evening – the elastic rope had pulled out of its socket. Next time I will take a spare. It also occasionally bugged me by bing on the handle bar, but I’m being picky here.

* The longest time I spent with the stand was actually reattaching it to my bike as the velcro strap on the side bracket kept moving.

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Conclusion

Looks like I have a lot of complaints, but I wanted to give an honest view of how I felt using it for the first time. Teething problems and issues aside the click-stand gets A BIG THUMBS UP as I didn’t have to once pick my loaded bike up off the ground. Sure I still used trees now and then, but it helped rather than hindered and definitely made life on the road just a little easier, plus it was really handy keeping the bike upright and in the sun for my new solar panels (review to follow) and that is all I can ask for.

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Detailed Information of Specific Click-Stand Parts I Purchased

(from http://www.click-stand.com/Click-Stand_Products.html)

Click-Stand Max ~ The Max is made from 11mm Aluminum tubing, and comes in four segments. The Max is intended for tandems, loaded touring bikes, bikes with trailers, and long wheel base recumbents. If you intend to use panniers, or load your bike, get a Max. There is no tested weight limit; I think that if you are willing to pedal it down the road, a Max will hold it up!

Side Bracket ~ This is a handy way to carry your Click-Stand if you don’t have a bag to hold it. This is a resized Topeak Mini-pump bracket which securely holds your Click-Stand with a Velcro strip. Attaches under your water bottle cage.

Fat-Foot ~ Fits only a Max Click-Stand. Helps to keep the foot from sinking into soft soil. Most helpful for loaded touring bikes particularly when camping.

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