I find working on bikes therapeutic. This weekend’s project was mounting a kickstand.
Any serious city bike needs a kickstand. I’ve have mixed luck with my regular commuter, having gone from a Pletscher double legged stand that eventually broke, to a Hebie that eventually rusted and had the mounting bolt seize in a semi tight condition, back to a simple one legged one that mounts off the chain and seat stays near the rear axle.
I’ve been working on making my pinkbike a proper city bike, but have held off on the kickstand because I’m paranoid about pinching the frame.
As you can see, the frame has no provision for mounting a kickstand. (nor does it have much provision for mounting fenders). Finally I broke down and got a Pletscher again, since they have come out with a better top mounting plate. This is what I got in a package from Thor Bike Parts.
There are knobs on top of the plastic mounting pieces that go into slots on the underside of the top plate, allowing the plastic to adjust in width and angle to the chainstays.
It’ll be interesting to ride this for a while. I’ve been used to riding the hoods on drop bars for years, but I’m getting used to the rearward hand position on this bike. I’ve already noticed that it is more convenient when I’m stopped, and also when I want to do something like taking a camera out a pocket while riding, since I am not so bent over. Not quite Dutch bike stance, but very different than my regular bike position.
Update: Here is a nice review of three different double leg kickstands.
Update #2: see the more recent post about my experience after three weeks.