About three weeks ago I put a kickstand on my pink bike. After about a week, I noticed that it was working its way loose. The kickstand would click against the crank, so I would nudge it back into position with my foot.
This weekend I decided to take a look, since I noticed that it was getting even looser, and the rubber pad that I had installed had definitely worked its way out of place.
Even worse, this is what using a loose kickstand for two weeks does to your paint. Apologies to Paul the builder, and all people who love to keep their bikes in pristine shape.
I ground some grooves into the top plate with a Dremel so that hopefully the kickstand will have less of a tendency to rotate out of position. I’ve also added three layers of electrical tape to the bottom of the chainstays, for a bit of padding, and also to stop any rusting around the damaged paint. Also, acting on the advice of my friend Tim, I greased the bolt. Finally, I tightened down the stand a little more than last time. Perhaps the thick rubber pad was a contributing factor to the stand working its way loose so soon. If it starts loosening again, I’ll try to address the issue that day. Any city bike of mine in the future will have a kickstand plate.