Maintaining your bike becomes a whole lot more fun after you’ve purchased a bike maintenance stand. Otherwise, bikes have an annoying habit of constantly tipping over to one side, just as you are about to make an adjustment.
Fortunately, the price of the maintenance stands has come down significantly over time, so that they can appeal to the home bike mechanic.
I’m going to recommend three models here that I’d personally choose for my maintenance. All three can fold down in to a small size, which is crucial for saving space when the stand is not in use.
Raleigh Folding Work Stand: £60
The overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon tell a great story about this excellent bike maintenance stand. For £60 you get a sturdy, fully featured stand. It also folds down in to a small size, so it can be tucked away. The grip will fit nearly all bike sizes and provides you with a range of mounting options. It’s also quick and easy to setup, so you won’t be fiddling around, wasting time.Buy the Raleigh Folding Work Stand
Feedback Pro Ultralight Repair Stand: £179.99
Without a doubt, the Feedback Pro bike maintenance stand is one of the best in the business. What is so incredible about the stand is that despite its sturdy design, it weighs just 4.8kg. In practise this means it doesn’t feel like a huge effort to carry it around. Setup of the stand is quick and easy.
The head provides a full 360 rotation which is great for those repairs when it is useful to have the bike upside down. The maximum tube size you can fit here is up to 48mm. Which should fit the vast majority of bikes.
The bike maintenance stand folds down to around 37inches.Buy the Feedback Pro Maintenance Stand
Topeak Flashstand: £26
If space is your most important consideration, then the Topeak Flashstand will appeal. It measures just 7.5” x 3.1” x 1.8” when folded. This is only slightly larger than a pint glass. Unfortunately, due to the small size, the mount isn’t able to hold your bike up to the same height that other maintenance stands can achieve. This makes the Topeak only really suitable for small jobs. It also doesn’t offer the same level of stability. However, if you just need something to keep your bicycle cranks off the ground and to stop it toppling over at the lightest touch, then the Topeak is a great place to start.Buy the Topeak Flashstand
My bike maintenance work stand
I originally bought my bike maintenance stand off eBay, as I didn’t really do any research before hand. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been the best product. It is incredibly heavy, adjustments are slow and it is not particularly stable. You live and you learn from these errors and I hope you find a more suitable stand than I did!
As always, if you’ve got a glowing review of a bike maintenance stand you’ve been using, then please leave some comments about it below. This will help others make a good decision (and provide you with good karma!)
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