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If you’ve ever seen a bike shop mechanic working on your bike then you will have seen first hand how much easier this task becomes when the bike is held firmly off the ground by a cycle workstand.

Most workstands will allow you to vary the height that the bicycle is clamped at, and vary the angle to find the perfect working height for the individual and the task being performed. With the bike supported off the ground, it becomes far easier to perform simple gear and brake adjustments as you can rotate the wheels and cranks as if the bike were being pedaled. Other mechanical checks can also be performed with much more efficiency.

Workstands come in many shapes and sizes, but usually either clamp the bike, by means of adjustable jaws, or support the bike by a framework. Some are designed for use primarily in one place and may even mount solidly to the floor or wall whilst others are designed to be portable. The latter tend to be much lighter and often come with a carry bag for the stand to pack into for ease of transportatrion.

First and foremost a workstand must not damage the bike as it is secured. Therefore adjustable clamp tension and soft rubber contact points are essential to look after paintwork and shiny carbon. Also of great importance is its stability. A wide base is essential to balance the load of the bike, and any additional forces that are placed upon the stand as you work. If you are trying to undo a stuck pedal, it is no good if the stand falls over every time you lean on the spanner! It’s also important that the workstand offers enough adjustment to suit all the bikes that you wish to use it for, possibly even for children’s bikes. An inbuilt tool tray to keep things close at hand as you work, may be another desirable feature, available on some brands.

Even when the workstand is not in use for repairs, it can be a good place just to store a bike, rather than leaning it up against a garage wall, where it could get damaged.
This story was last updated on 18/01/2012