We have all wished at one point to have a bike repair stand. It just makes certain bike repairs or even maintenance a lot easier. But did you ever wonder how to use a bike repair stand?
Is it very complicated or can your precious bike get damaged if you don’t do things correctly?
That was a big worry I had back in the day when I tried using a bike repair stand for the first time. And now I’m here to share everything you need to know about bike repair stands so you don’t make mistakes I did!
Main Parts of the Bike Repair Stand
Even before you get to learn how to use a bike repair stand correctly, it’s important to learn the main parts that you’ll be using.
The bike repair stand is useful for repairing and cleaning the bike. It can be adjusted to hold the bike at various angles, so you don’t have to bend on your knees. It also has a tool stand where you can place your tools for work. The primary function of the bike repair stand is making your body comfortable and your hands-free to work.
The bike repair stand has many parts, with which we handle the bike in many different ways. To understand the ‘how’ of the bike repair stand, we first need to know about the main parts that easily fix any part of the bike. Its principal components are listed below.
- Locking Clamp
- Adjustable Stand Pole
- Rotational Knob
- Rubber coated tube.
Now we will discuss how these parts help us in using the bike repair stand properly.
How to Use a Bike Repair Stand Correctly
Clamping the Bike
The most basic function of the bike repair stand is to clamp the bike and suspend it. When you do that, the parts of the cycle at the base come up to your eye level. So you can efficiently work on the seat tube, the seat, the handles, and add any accessories you want.
Clamping the bike is very simple. First, you need to adjust the stand pole’s length, which can be done with a knob. Loosening the knob allows the stand’s height to increase or decrease.
After that, you have to pick up the bike. It would be best if you asked for someone’s help with that. After picking the bike, attach the bike with the locking clamp and clamp it.
There are some things that you should be careful about when you use the locking clamp. A common error that most people make is that they clamp the bike from the top tube or seat tube. This should be avoided because these tubes have less density, and you can easily bend or scratch the frame. It would be best if you clamped the bike from the seat post.
However, if you have a mountain bike, you can clamp the bike from the seat post since it is made sturdier to withstand the rocky paths. However, it would be best to cover it with a rubber covering or cloth to avoid scratches.
The knob can also be clamped tighter to adjust the bike horizontally. Some people use extra tools or accessories to do that, but it is not necessary. You can use the rotational knob and tighten the locking clamp to get a horizontal view of the bike.
Another essential point to note is that positioning the bike horizontally may cause instability. To prevent that, a tripod with a broader base is preferred to avoid the cycle from toppling over.
Positioning the Bike Vertically
The rotational knob is another one of the useful parts of the bike repair stand. Unfortunately, people are not mostly aware of its use, and its handy feature gets neglected a lot.
This tool is handy if you want to work on the rear derailleur, pedals, or putting new J cables, and you don’t want to squat down or bend. You simply have to loosen the rotation knob.
That will smoothly rotate the bike vertically and bring the desired part to your eye level, making it easier to work on them.
Local repair stands may not have this feature, but some of the more professional stands, such as Topeak PrepStand ZX, can be used if you work in a shop. Vertically hanged bikes also need a stable base given to them by a broad tripod base.
Hanging the Bike for Quick Repairs
Sometimes we want to make some quick changes to our bike. For that, clamping and adjusting the cycle is excessive and uses more effort than required.
The rubber covered, metallic tube with the locking clamp is used just for that. You can easily hang the bike from its seat tube to the metallic tube, fix the looping chain, put up a bottle cage, do some wrenching, take pedal insulation on or off or settle the bottom bracket quickly, unmount it and go on your way.
Suspending the Bike Partially
There may be times when you want the front of the bike suspended or just the back-end. The bike repair stand can do that for you easily. Just wrap the front or back tire with a toe strap or a Velcro strap or use a front-wheel stabilizer to tie it to the metallic tube of the stand. This keeps the bike from falling over or moving around endlessly.
While suspending the bike, the tire may move around a lot. For that, use a strap to bind the wheel with the lower tube of the bike. This will make sure that the tire stays in place.
Learning how to use a bike repair stand isn’t difficult, but trust me, it can save you a lot of time, frustration, and even possible damage you could do to your bike.
With only a couple of steps described in this article, you’ll have your bike up and ready for maintenance or repairs at any time.
Do you already own a bike repair stand? If yes, what brand is it and what is one of the features you like the most?
I’d love to hear back from you so don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, leave a comment below, or even ask questions. I’ll do my best to help you out!