Ok, so they won’t do themselves but there are so many nifty gadgets to assist. In Andreas’ post of yesterday "Breathing New Life Into An Old Bike", there was a picture of his bike on a workshop stand. I’ve been toying with buying one of these for a while but I wasn’t quite sure if I’d get any use out of it and to get a good one, I think you would need to spend about £100. A couple of weeks ago I saw something called an Andystand on the internet. I asked Andy to send me one to test out and he duly obliged. Andy has just started his business manufacturing the stand after one of those eureka moments in his garage with his mountain bike. I thought it might solve my problem of how to fix my bikes without shelling out for that work stand that I may never use.
At that stage I wasn’t sure if I could do any routine maintenance, or was going to do any on a routine basis, so I didn’t want to buy an expensive stand. The Andystand seems to be the perfect compromise. Each stand is only about £40, with a discount for two or more and they come in different colours.
It’s a tubular frame, the top tube of which slots very neatly into the hole in the bottom bracket of most modern bikes. There must be a hole in the bottom bracket of about 20 ml diameter otherwise it won’t fit. Disappointingly, my upright bike doesn’t fit because it doesn’t have enough clearance. The point of the stand is to hold the bike steady, either wheel touching the ground, while repairs and general maintenance, washing etc. can be carried out, and because it’s incredibly light and portable you can use it to hold the bike when travelling. I was out on the South Downs on Sunday morning and it was blowing a gale. On the top photos you can see that I used my Andystand to hold the bike while I put my shoes on and got ready (can’t drive in cleats!) otherwise it would have fallen over in the wind! When I got back home I put it on the stand to give it a clean up and once over, and I also use it just to store my bike on at home. It takes up much less room than a conventional work stand.
A really great little gadget for when a work stand is too expensive, or too big for the bike shed.