Northern Tier 2010

June 12, 2010

Keeping Upright with a Clickstand

Filed under: Gear — Tags: — Henry Scott @ 1:52 pm

For reasons that I can’t quite explain, I’ve long been turned off by kickstands. Depending on my mood, I may complain about their weight or potential for coming loose, but the fact is that good kickstands work well and are extremely useful. Perhaps I made an early association between good bikes and a lack of a kickstand. I’m not sure, but for whatever reason, I don’t want one. That said, I would like a good way to keep my bike upright and stable — even when fully loaded — and that’s where the Clickstand comes in.

The Clickstand is much like a tent pole: aluminum sections with shock cord to make them easy to connect for use and keep together during storage. However, the Clickstand also has a cradle at the end to hold the top tube, and it comes with elastic bands to engage the bike’s brakes. When purchasing, one specifies the distance from the ground to the bottom of his top tube and the diameter of his top tube, and the manufacturer custom builds the Clickstand to have the correct length and cradle size.

I haven’t tried mine with the bike fully loaded yet, but I have no doubt it will work well. WIthout the panniers it is remarkably stable: I can shake the bike, and there’s not even the slightest hint that it wants to fall. The key to the Clickstand is that it holds the bike above its center of gravity. It is actually more stable than even the best kickstands I’ve seen. It is essential, however, to engage the elastic bands to activate the bike’s brakes.

Elastic band to engage the bike's brakes (essential for effective Clickstand use)

Without the brakes locked, the bike isn’t stable at all. Finally, the Clickstand folds up reasonably small and fits into my handlebar bag. Overall I’m very happy with this product, but there is one caveat: it does not work well unless I remove my handlebar bag.

A folded Clickstand -- ready for transport.


1 Comment »

  1. I learned something new today! I had never heard of a clickstand before. (Of course, my trike stays upright on its own, so I never need one, but I do think it is a cook invention).

    Comment by Elizabeth — August 4, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

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