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The Popular Choice Is Bicycle Stand

If it looks like a bike stand and works like a bike stand, it must be a bike stand. Not so! Bike stands live in a world of ambiguity amongst cyclists. The terms bicycle stand, bike stand, bicycle rack or bike rack may refer to the same thing. In fact, stationary bicycle trainers, bicycle carriers, bicycle repair stands, and motorcycle stands are sometimes called bike stands.

Interestingly, bike stand has no definition, however, a bicycle stand and bicycle carrier is defined as such:
• Bicycle stand – a stationary fixture to which a bicycle can be securely attached (typically using a bicycle lock) to prevent theft.
• Bicycle carrier – a device attached to a vehicle (e.g. to a car or bus) to which bicycles can be mounted for transport.
As the inventor of the EZ Bike Stand, this is surprising. I had not thought of a bicycle stand as a device to which bicycles may be securely attached. A bicycle rack perhaps, but not a bicycle stand. Even Orville and Wilbur Wright considered bike stands to be portable, easy to use devices to keep bicycles upright, not secured. However, I understand European countries often refer to bike stands as places to secure your bike and that these stands are located throughout their cities to accommodate the high volume of bicycle commuters and shoppers.

Perhaps it’s this confusion that has led cyclists to keep from exploring bicycle stands for their true value. Or maybe the portable bike stand is still in its infancy stage. Personally, I think it’s the most overlooked bicycle accessory today. Here’s a recent video I found on-line from a customer unknown to me.  2009 Specialized Allez Elite w/ EZ Bike Stand  I believe the viral affect of cyclists telling cyclists about quality products using social media and technology will change the bicycle stand landscape in the future. And who knows, perhaps our friend the bike stand will finally get noticed by Webster.

Features Of A Bicycle Repair Stand

Many people refer to a bicycle repair stand as a bike stand. However, a bicycle repair stand has a number of different features than a traditional bicycle stand. For example, they typically are much larger and heavier pieces of equipment, some of them weighing over 15 pounds. They lift your bike off the ground and use a clamping device to secure it. By raising your bike up, you are able to rotate the pedals forwards or backwards making it easy to work on gears, pedals, chains, brakes, etc. An elevated bike also makes it easy for you to work on while seated on a stool or chair. In addition, some bicycle repair stands will allow you to rotate or swivel your bike giving you access to both sides of it without moving your stool.

Unlike a bicycle stand which is usually portable, a bicycle repair stand is rarely traveled with because of its size and weight. Granted, I’ve seen bicycle shops and cycling teams bring them to races, but that’s out of necessity rather than convenience. Also, some bicycle repair stands permanently affix to a workbench like a vise, making them impossible to take with you.

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More Than Just Bicycle Stands

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I have written many blogs about bicycle stands and the benefits of owning one. If you use one, you know the conveniences it provides and the frustrations it eliminates. As co-inventor of the EZ Bike Stand you might feel I have a bias toward owning a bike stand, but the reality is that the feedback I get every week tells me how much cyclists love them.

However, not all bicycle stands are alike and not all of them loved. The tips I provide in my blog at www.ezbikeproducts.com/blog/ explain the differences you should consider. I would also encourage you to ask other cyclists their opinions when you see bicycle stands at group rides or races.

I believe the proverb, “you get what you paid for” holds true with bicycle stands. While your bicycle is the single largest cycling investment you’ll make, you should consider how you plan to store, protect, and maintain it. The cost of a bike stand is minimal when you look at the bigger picture. And if you plan on a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) bike stand, consider the time, cost, functionality, and usefulness before taking on your project.

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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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