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2006-05-25 9:37 AM

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Subject: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand
Anyone got any good tips on how to keep the rear tire off the floor so you can work on your bike when you don't have a bike stand handy? I'm thinking about the night before a race when I'm in a hotel room and going over my bike to make sure everything is pedaling, computing, shifting, and braking properly. Holding the bike up by the seat gets pretty annoying while you try to dial in your bike. I'm curious if anyone has a home remedy for this problem.
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2006-05-25 10:02 AM
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Subject: RE: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand
Turn it upside down resting on saddle and handlebars
2006-05-25 10:03 AM
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Subject: RE: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand
Tough to do that because it's a tri bike with bar end shifters.
2006-05-25 10:15 AM
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I'd be very interested to read responses to this. I'm beginning to go mad trying to work on my tri-bike without a stand. And no, I can't buy a stand; I've spent way too much on this sport as it is. Maybe next year.

I was thinking about jury rigging some sort of solution. Maybe make something that approximates the transition stand at a race, a bar that you hang the bike on by the seat? Or a rope hanging from the ceiling?

(Yeah, how the hell am I going to explain that to the neighbors . . . oh, yeah, those ropes hanging from the ceiling in the bedroom and for the bike . . . )
2006-05-25 10:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand

pack your trainer.  Convienient work stand and easy way to warm up pre-race.

either that or hang the bike by the seat on the hotel shower curtain rod.  Usually that rod is strong enough to support 5 or 6 bikes.  Don't ask how I know that...



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2006-05-25 10:30 AM
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Twist it upside down and hold the front wheel with two chairs (each on each side of the front wheel to hold it still)



2006-05-25 10:31 AM
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Subject: RE: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand
Won't help you in a hotel room, but I use my receiver-hitch bike carrier as a workstand.
2006-05-25 10:31 AM
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Don't work on your bike the night before a race.

Seriously, make sure your bike is ready to go at least a couple of days ahead of time. The only work you should be doing to your bike is putting the race numbers on it and maybe pumping the tires. Anything more than that is asking for trouble

2006-05-25 10:33 AM
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I've got one of the bike racks that fits inside a trailer hitch. I built a receiver for it in my garage out of 2x4's. So I just put my bike rack in the receiver and hang my bike on it like I was going for a road trip... works great.

 

2006-05-25 10:51 AM
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ride_like_u_stole_it - 2006-05-25 10:31 AM

Don't work on your bike the night before a race.

Seriously, make sure your bike is ready to go at least a couple of days ahead of time. The only work you should be doing to your bike is putting the race numbers on it and maybe pumping the tires. Anything more than that is asking for trouble

Good point! Of course some races we have to fly or ship our bikes to, and need to reassemble them, sometimes without the aid of an LBS. A workstand would come in handy.



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2006-05-25 10:56 AM
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the bear - 2006-05-25 10:51 AM
ride_like_u_stole_it - 2006-05-25 10:31 AM

Don't work on your bike the night before a race.

Seriously, make sure your bike is ready to go at least a couple of days ahead of time. The only work you should be doing to your bike is putting the race numbers on it and maybe pumping the tires. Anything more than that is asking for trouble

Good point! Of course some races we have to fly or ship our bikes to, and need to reassemble them, sometimes without the aid of an LBS. A workstand would come in handy.

I usually don't fly with my bike, so your point is well-taken.

 



2006-05-25 10:58 AM
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Subject: RE: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand
Good point, but I think you're assuming that I'm tinkering. If you have to take a bike to a race on a plane, you're going to have to set it up. You can't control when you're going to have a flat on your rear tire, when your bike will get knocked over and land on the RD, a training ride crash, etc. The point is things happen and although you'd prefer not to work on a bike outside of your workshop, sometimes you have to. Taking your objections out of it, the question is the same for someone who wants to work on a bike at home, not before a race, and doesn't have a stand. I'm just curious how other folks rig up contraptions to do it.
2006-05-25 11:12 AM
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mwATL - 2006-05-25 10:58 AM Good point, but I think you're assuming that I'm tinkering. If you have to take a bike to a race on a plane, you're going to have to set it up. You can't control when you're going to have a flat on your rear tire, when your bike will get knocked over and land on the RD, a training ride crash, etc. The point is things happen and although you'd prefer not to work on a bike outside of your workshop, sometimes you have to. Taking your objections out of it, the question is the same for someone who wants to work on a bike at home, not before a race, and doesn't have a stand. I'm just curious how other folks rig up contraptions to do it.

I have built three or four bikes from the ground up without a stand. They lean against walls, or saw horses, or whatever. I can usually get the shifting to work just by holding the rear wheel off the gournd with one hand and pedaling with the other. Occasionally, I will have an assistant to hold the wheel up, and this helps. When I have had to work on bikes in hotel rooms, I usually put some papertowels or newspaper down to protect the carpet. I am a big fan of "shop towels on a roll".

2006-05-25 11:19 AM
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Subject: RE: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand
Hang it off the shower curtain rod
2006-05-25 2:47 PM
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If you have a MIG welder, square metal tubing(?), old vice-grips, metal round tubing the diameter of your top-tube or better yet your seat post, and duct tade you can do what my uncle did. (one hell of a run on sentence eh?)

Once you have welded a stand (shown below) with the square tubing. weld on the vice-grips. then in the jaws of the vice-grips, cut the round tube in half and weld each piece to the jaws of the vice-grips. Put duct tape on the inside of the round tubing to protect the bike an ta-da!





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2006-05-25 3:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand
jjweav - 2006-05-25 8:33 AM

I've got one of the bike racks that fits inside a trailer hitch...So I just put my bike rack in the receiver and hang my bike on it like I was going for a road trip... works great.

 I do this too!  Works out very well. 



2006-05-25 3:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand
the bear - 2006-05-25 10:31 AM

Won't help you in a hotel room, but I use my receiver-hitch bike carrier as a workstand.


This is what I used before I had a bike stand.

It works great.
2006-05-25 6:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Tips for working on bike without a bike stand

Hang the nose of your seat on the nose of the ironing board.  Most every hotel room I've stayed in has an iron and a board in the closet.

It's a little tricky/unstable, but might work.

Alternatively, go buy a shower curtain rod.  The kind that telescopes and then you twist it to lock it in place.  Narrow part of the room by the door should be narrow enough for it to fit.  Then hang your bike by the seat from that just like in transition.

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