Bike Repair Stands

Discussion in 'Spare Parts & Tools' started by bamabikeguy, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Park Tools and Accessories can be accessed directly on the link below, but I ordered mine through my bike shop/J & B catalog.

    The minimum Deluxe Home Repair stand, which can flip bikes a full 360, is the PCS 9.

    When I ordered mine back in 2005, it ran about $120 inc. tax.

    There is a $150-200 jump to the professional bike shop stands, but handy tool caddies and parts trays attached to the stand did not seem worth it.

    At a bike shop in Florida I saw one that attached to a wall stud, stood out about 2 feet, flipped around like a breeze, but whatever brand that is, it's not in my catalog.

    A "360 degree capable" Bike Repair Stand this is in the Top 3 equipment purchases for a hobby MBer.

    And the Park Tools Site is where small things, like a cassette removal socket, are found, if you don't have a J & B catalog.

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  2. I totally agree The right tools make all the difference in the world. One of my suppliers has the benchmount park stands that you refer to. They run around $90 and $150 retail. The PCS-9 is about $130 all are very stout for the home builder.
  3. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    The wall mount is here:

    I had one and paid only a few dollars for it from a shop that closed years ago. They are ok if workspace is limited but are a pain reaching to work on the off side of the bike, and you end up having to keep reclamping the bike end for end.

    Repair stands show up used once and a while, worth watching for. I bought a great old Park Pro floor stand this past fall off craigslist for $75, much heavier duty that what they make now.
  4. mabman

    mabman Member

    Because MB's are so much heavier than bicycles, although I have a nice repair stand, I prefer to use this type DSC00973.JPG . Easy to make and easy to use.

    I plan on making an adjustable height work table for my next shop however that you can put the bike up on to and have a place to place parts and tools. It will cost a bit more to set up but be worth it in the long run.
  5. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    I'm interested in that table idea....but your set up reminded me of the most economical set up one of my customers now has, to work on bikes for his friends and families.

    He bought 2 "Bike Storage Hoists" at K-Mart, basically a pulley with locking device that hang from hooks on his rafters. That gets the bike off the ground, cost him about $10.

    Then he found these heavy antique steel tractor forks, that adjust with cotter pins. When laying on its back, the two prongs stand about 3 foot in the air, forks maybe 1 foot apart . He can tie or bungie cord the raised bike between the prongs, to steady the bike for torquing his bolts.

    Since the hoist ropes reach the ground, he can therefore pick it up, upside down, for fitting his wheels, etc.

    Actually, a wooden setup like yours, resembling a narrow, upside down table frame could be built, with the 4 legs used to tie down steady the bike. (The tractor prongs were a lucky find).

    Anyway, that's a way of getting to the guts of the matter for $20-30.

    Hope some more folks put do-it-yourself ideas up for getting the bike up in the air......
  6. I've found these to be quite useful for making final adjustments when test riding etc. Allows you to perform driveline checks etc 'cause it gets the rear wheel off the ground and is more stable than a regular kickstand.

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  7. Lonewolf

    Lonewolf New Member

    Harbor Freight has a nice bike hoist for $9.99!
  8. radrob

    radrob Member

    i like this one where do you get one
  9. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    I use the same thing . I spread the legs on mine, some, to make it more stable. I think mine was from the " Bay." Less than $10.
  10. javelina1

    javelina1 Member

    I have the Park PCS-1. and have used it to either build, tune up, or repair many bikes. Having a good solid repair stand is definitely a worthy addition for any garage. :D
  11. johnrobholmes

    johnrobholmes Member

    I have had a PRS-3 since 1995 (or whatever it was called back then). Not a lick of trouble from it, and it is THE best tool purchase. Now I have a full bike shop. Second best tools, headset press and cup removal tool.
  12. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    It would be nice to have a good bike stand.

    But the same thing can be done at virtually no cost.

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  13. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    I put this together last week.

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  14. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    I made one from scrap 2 X lumber a while back, that supports the bike pretty well. (Not a nice rotating head with clamp, though.) It's in 2 pieces, so you can break it down and stash it away very easily.

    The upper portion just lifts out of the base.

    You could, if you wanted, pretty easily add a seat-post protruding down from the upper 'rack,' remove the seatpost from the bike, and clamp the bike to seatpost on the stand. (Ref the sketch)

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  15. Harvey

    Harvey New Member

    I have a Sport-Mechanic Bicycle Repair Stand by Feedback Sports. It's great.
    Use it for a bike up to 65 lbs.
    REI has it.
    All bike work stands at REI are 20% off starting this Friday 5/21.
  16. arkives1

    arkives1 Member

    I use a good sized table equipped with locking casters to roll under the bike once it's hoisted up in the air. Then a strap of the type used but truckers with a ratcheting tightening device is wrapper around the top tube (360 degree wrap) and then around under the bench, when it's ratchetted down tight the bike will not move or fall over. I got that idea from another forum member here but don't recall who it was. Possibly Al.Fisherman, Ron. In anycase it works well except the strap is often in the way of where you want to apply tools. You can either turn the table or walk around it to work both sides of the bike.
  17. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    Cheap Bike Stands

    My son made these two stands from 2x4 wood . The one is for on the ground work-the other is in the air suspended by the seat- all the joints are screwed together=they came off a publication he saw.

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  18. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    Ha, I like it. Why did I miss this one before???? The vise grip...second best invention ever right after the wheel. :grin5:
  19. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    2 bike hooks screwed horizontally into a thick wooden structure works well. If your like me and have a balcony for a garage.