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Avoiding The “Turned Wheel” Syndrome

Cyclists check out bicycles all the time.  You see one on the back of a car, you pay a glance.  Notice a couple leaning against the window at the coffee shop; you stare at them until you pass.  See a new one tricked out in a bike stand at the bike store, you fall in love.  I’m not sure if it’s the bicycles or the people that ride them that excite me more, but I feel connected, part of a small group each time I see a bicycle.

Our company,  www.ezbikeproducts.com , develops cycling products to make cycling easier.  Our popular EZ Bike Stand has been well endorsed and accepted by the cycling community.  However, one simple product we offer that gets less attention but well received is our Velcro Brand One Wrap strap.  I cannot think of a better solution for keeping the front wheel of a bicycle stable when traveling with your bike hanging on the rear bike rack of a car. http://ezbikeproducts.com/ez-straps/

I used to use bungee cords, rope, and non-Velcro straps to keep my front wheel from banging into the bumper of my car or into my wife’s bike’s spokes when I was carrying both bikes.  No longer.  With only a small piece of our Velcro Brand One Wrap strap weaved behind the bottle cage and around the front wheel, we have created a simple and quick way to eliminate the “turned wheel” syndrome.

I mentioned I can’t help but stare at every bicycle I see hanging on the back of a car…or in a bike stand for that matter.  At first it was for the beauty.  But now I check it out to see if someone is suffering from “turned wheel” syndrome or the “lean”.  While I may miss my first glance, it sure is rewarding to see cyclists that are cured.

Using Bike Stands To Make A Bike Rack

Some bike stands allow you to connect them together to form a bike rack. This is a very cool feature when you have multiple bikes to store because it keeps everything neatly organized in one place. Besides being easy to assemble, stability should also be improved by connecting bike stands together. The EZ Bike Stand uses the EZ Connector, which has been tested and proven to show more stability, particularly because more weight and surface area are touching the ground.

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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.

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