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Archive for February, 2011

A Bicycle Stands Color Is No Joke

Bicycle Stand in black color

Why can’t a bike stand on its own? Because it’s “two” tired. If you laughed like I did, you probably found how something so simple can be so creative. I like to believe bicycle stands are the same way.

When you look at the designs of a bicycle stand you’ll notice some simple engineering. Bike racks are a bit more complicated, but similar in scope. Both of these, however, tend to lack color which I feel inhibits their true creativity.

Anthony Lau from Cyclehoop Ltd in London is in the business of providing bicycle parking solutions for cities and uses bright colors to transform bike racks into appealing works of art. Simple in form, creative in color, and practical in use, his bike racks get a lot of attention wherever they reside. Personally, as the owner of a company, www.ezbikeproducts.com, that produces bicycle stands, I appreciate the boldness when someone, like Anthony, steps outside the norm to make a difference.

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Bicycle Stand History From Wright Brothers To Today

EZ Bike StandWhile the bicycle was invented in the early 1800’s, designs of the bicycle stand can be found from the late 1800’s. I believe the Wright Brothers, two bicycle mechanics from Ohio at the time, even played a role in the early ingenuity of the bike stand after they opened their bicycle repair shop in 1893. I heard the Wright Cycle Shop at Greenfield Village in Michigan has a bicycle stand on display there, although I haven’t seen it personally.

As the bicycle began to take shape in the late 1880’s, the motorcycle came along when Gottlieb Daimler, a German engineer, put a four-stroke piston engine on a wooden bicycle frame. The motorcycle eventually evolved operationally and its weight increased significantly. In the 1940’s, I suspect an inventor came up with idea of the kickstand as a means to keeping these heavy bikes upright and functioning properly. Of course, the bicycle became a natural fit for them as well and the bicycle stand likely faded out around this period.

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Why A Portable Bike Stand?

I’ve discussed in previous blogs the benefits of a portable bike stand. While the main reason a cyclist purchases a bicycle stand is for storage, the ability to take it with you should not be overlooked when making your bike stand purchase. This was reaffirmed this past weekend when my wife and I traveled to a nearby state park.

As cars and trucks filled the parking lot on an unusually warm winter day, mountain bikes and road bikes were unleashed from their four-wheel transporters without much consideration where to stand them. We saw new bikes roll away from their vehicles and crash to the pavement. We saw bicycles laid down on the concrete while cyclists got ready to ride. We saw people struggling trying to pump their tires while their bikes shifted on the sloping surface. You could tell what started out to be a beautiful day in the park was turning into frustration for some cyclists.

We, of course, made our bicycle stands the first things we took out of our car, giving us a secured spot to put our bikes. I especially like having two EZ Bike Stands joined by an EZ Connector because the 10 lbs. of bike stand weight can withstand stronger winds and more rugged terrain. The freedom this provided us as we prepared for our ride was incredible. And after a good, long ride, our bike stands provided a convenient and easy place to put our bikes as we prepared to pack up our car.

Besides traveling to a local area to ride, a portable bike stand is fantastic for traveling overnight with your bicycle too. Hotels, motels, cabins, and inns appreciate cyclists more when they protect their property from grease and scratches caused by bicycles. And the check-in process goes a lot smoother when your bike is resting in a bike stand and not on you or their counter.

So, when thinking about purchasing a bike stand, don’t forget to consider whether it’s a portable bike stand or not. You’ll soon enjoy the additional benefit the next time you travel with your bike.

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