Cycling, Art and Life in the North East of England

My bike needs a leg

As I stood one morning trying to disentangle my bike from two other bikes without a) causing a racket or b) damaging any of the bikes, I decided there was nothing for it but to get a kickstand.

Photobombed by the cat who I've just noticed matches my bike rather well
Photobombed by the cat who I’ve just noticed matches my bike rather well

Decision made I headed off to the internet for some research and to see how much money this was going to cost me. In general, this is my first port of call for anything bike related as I don’t have a local bike shop where I can go for advice. After spending far too long of Google and FaceBook groups I had the choice narrowed down and was ready to press the ‘Buy’ button. Then came the wait to be delivered.

New kickstand after fitting onto my bike
New kickstand after fitting onto my bike

Finally, when the package arrived I wheeled my beloved hybrid into our sitting room, propped her against the sofa, got comfortable on the floor with my bike tools and tried to ignore the funny looks I was getting from the dog. I’d chosen an adjustable stand that would attach just in front of the rear axle. All the advice I’d received was that this would be more stable with heavy panniers than one attached further forward (which makes sense if you think about it) but would avoid any potential issues with my trailer bracket. I’d also ruled out a tripod style stand as being too likely to cause complications at the fitting stage after having a look at the cables beneath the bottom bracket.

Thankfully it didn’t take long to fit and had rubber padding on the contact points, so no need to worry about the paint on my frame, but there was a small annoying issue. The screw to secure the topmost bit was far too long and catching on the spoke of my wheel. Not the end of the world, and an easy fix.  Extended the ‘adjustable’ bit of the leg and gave it a try.

Right in the middle of the photo you can see the bolt which is too long.
Right in the middle of the photo you can see the bolt which is too long.

All in all, I’m rather pleased with the result and think it looks rather smart.  Obviously, I would have liked a screw that didn’t need replacing, and if I’m honest I would like a longer leg as it needs to be fully extended to be of any use, but considering it was cheaper than a take-out pizza I’m not complaining.  Oh, and ultimately the dog also approves after some product testing of her own.  Essentially barging into my bike while running around.  In the past, that would often result in a dog tangled in bike situation, but so far she’s yet to knock it over.

 

For those interested the brand is Foxnovo, but I don’t have a model number and it was purchased from Amazon for £8.99.

 



2 thoughts on “My bike needs a leg”

  • I have a kickstand on my newer bike and it is so useful. When I stop at the side of the road I love not having to find somewhere to lean it., or not having to lean it against me! At some point I’ll hopefully get one for my older bike.

    • I know exactly what you mean. I hate having to drop my bike on the floor or worrying that it’s going to slide off something it’s propped up against. You don’t realise how useful they are until you don’t have one (or at least I didn’t).

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