Click-Stand

Kickstands are an absolute necessity on utility bikes. They make parking and locking-up a breeze, and they make it much easier to load and unload panniers and racks. A majority of bikes are still sold without kickstands, but thankfully we’re starting to see more and more commuters and city bikes come stock from the factory with kickstands.

For bikes that don’t come equipped with a kickstand, a number of aftermarket models are available, most of which clamp to the frame just behind the bottom bracket. Installation is simple and solid on frames that have a plate welded in place to accept a kickstand. On bikes that don’t have a mounting plate, an all-purpose clamp is used to secure the kickstand to the frame. Because these clamps aren’t specific to any particular bike, they aren’t always a good fit, and in some cases they can even damage the frame.

The following photos were posted to the Surly LHT Google Group. Both show damage from a clamp-on kickstand. The first was caused by a kickstand that wasn’t tightly secured, and as the kickstand came loose, it moved around and tore up the finish. The second was caused by over-tightening the mounting clamp which crushed the chainstays (ouch).

Many people use clamp-on kickstands without issue, but if you’re unsure and don’t want to risk damaging your frame, there is an alternative.

Click-Stand
The Click-Stand is a collapsible kickstand made from shock corded, expedition-grade aluminum tubing, similar in design to high-tech tent poles and walking staffs. The Click-Stand supports the bike from under the top tube, just in front of the seat tube. Supporting the bike from this high position reduces the leverage against the Click-Stand and makes it stronger and more stable than a traditional, single-legged kickstand.


Each Click-Stand is made to order based upon measurements taken from your bike. Tom at Click-Stand will need to know the distance from the ground to the underside of your top tube, as well as the diameter of your top tube. Instructions on how to correctly measure your bike are posted on the Click-Stand website.

Once you’ve taken your measurements, you can order a Click-Stand online at their website or call with your measurements. There are four models available:

  • Click-Stand Classic – This is the original Click-Stand. It is made from .380″ diameter Easton aluminum tubing and can be ordered with either 4 or 5 segments. It folds to less than 10″ and weighs approximately 70 grams.
  • Click-Stand Mini-5 – The Mini-5 is made from .340″ Easton aluminum tubing and is divided into 5 segments. It folds to approximately 8 1/2″ and is small enough to fit into a jersey pocket or pannier.
  • Click-Stand Mini-6 – The Mini-6 is the smallest Click-Stand. It is made from .340″ Easton aluminum tubing and is divided into 6 segments. It folds to approximately 7 1/2″ and is small enough to fit into a coat pocket or small to medium-sized seat or handlebar bag.
  • Click-Stand Max – The Click-Stand Max is made from .433″ Easton aluminum tubing and can be ordered with either 4 or 5 segments. The Max is intended for tandems, cargo haulers, and loaded touring bikes.

All Click-Stand models have a black rubber coated head and rubber foot, and are shipped with a velcro strap for storing, and “brake bands” for locking the front wheel.

Using a Click-Stand is super easy. Before extending the stand, lock the front brake with one of the supplied elastic brake bands. This keeps the bike from rolling off the Click-Stand and is not a bad idea even if you’re using a traditional kickstand. Once the front brake is locked, simply unhook the little velcro loop that holds the folded unit together, grab one end, flick your wrist, and the Click-Stand unfolds and “clicks” into place (if you’ve ever set-up a lightweight tent, this will feel very familiar). Place the cradle end of the Click-Stand under your top tube, just ahead of the seat tube, lean the bike over slightly, and place the opposite end on the ground, about 10″ off the centerline of the bike. That’s all there is to it. With a little practice, the process takes all of about 10-15 seconds.

I’ve been testing a Classic-5 and a Mini-6. The Classic-5 is just slightly larger than the Mini-6. The Classic-5 easily slips into the side pocket of my Arkel Bug and the Mini-6 fits perfectly in my small Acorn handlebar bag. Both are well-made, lightweight, compact, and appear as if they’ll last many years. They both seem plenty strong for everyday trips to the grocery store, library, or work, but for heavy duty applications such as cargo hauling or loaded touring, the Max would be a better choice.

The Click-Stand is one of those clever “why didn’t I think of that” products. It’s a perfect solution for bikes that won’t readily accept an aftermarket kickstand, particularly if you’re concerned about marring the finish or possibly damaging the frame of your favorite bike.

Click-Stand

23 Responses to “Click-Stand”

  • michael says:

    Having recently returned from two months of fully-loaded touring on a bike without a stand, I like the sound of this a lot.

    At the same time I wonder if setting it up won’t be nearly as much trouble as finding a tree/park-bench/pole etc. to lean your bike on. Part of the beauty of a built-in stand is that it is always there just one leg-flick away.

  • Peter Eland says:

    Another retro-fit option which won’t damage frames is this one, which I saw on a stand at Eurobike:

    http://www.arixworld.com.tw/en/products/?method=detail&aid=38

    It was called ‘Bottom Leg’ at the show.

    As it fits around the BB external bearing shell, it shouldn’t damage the frame, and should fit almost any frame which uses one of the external bearing BBs.

    Never seen it advertised for retail sale unfortunately.

  • Steve Fuller says:

    @Peter

    Interesting stand. I’m not sure that I’d use that for a bike that was carrying any serious amount of weight though.

  • Fred says:

    Click Stand can work on some recumbents. Tom at Click Stand is a nice guy to work with. We figured out that a Click Stand would work at the upper weld joint of the rear triangle of a Barcroft Virginia. It was great to have on Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) this year.

  • Alan says:

    @Peter

    I saw that in the most recent issue of your magazine (VeloVision). Thanks for pointing it out.

    @Fred
    That’s good to know Fred. Thanks for the info. And yes, Tom is a nice guy and easy to deal with.

  • Chris from DE says:

    Wow, what a cool idea. I’m so sick of having to put my Haluzak Hybrid Race (recumbent) down on its side when I make a pit stop. Does anyone think this might fit the Haluzak?

    Cheers,
    Chris from DE

  • Alan says:

    @Chris

    Hi Chris,

    Yes, Tom will make Click-Stands for recumbents (and folding bikes too):

    Click-Stands for Recumbents

    Alan

  • Duncan Watson says:

    Very nice product. I might be giving Tom a call regarding my Corsa.

  • Roland Smith says:

    I’m not sure that the clickstand is such a great idea. It’s another piece of kit to haul around as luggage. And it will stop working on hard surfaces as soon as the rubber tip wears out. :-(

    Better get a decent kickstand fixed to the bike. And pester bike builders to weld a plate in.

    The overtightening is clearly a case of brute force and ignorance to put it bluntly.

    The best way to prevent frame damage is to put some rubber (e.g. piece of old inner tube) between the frame and the clamp. If (and only if) the clamp fits properly.

    As for this attempt to fit a Pletcher kickstand, that doesn’t look too good. On the pictures the bottom clamp doesn’t seem to fit properly. The problem looks like one of bad design. The bottom clamp seems to have ridges that will concentrate the load on a very small area of the tubes. This will damage the paint and the frame. Some grinding of the clamp with a multi-tool might make for a better fit, though

  • Bob Gong says:

    Alan,
    thanks for sharing what looks like a great idea. The photos you have from the Surley LHT blog hit the 2 concerns I had about getting a kickstand. Sounds like a number of us who read your blog will be putting this item on their “Top-5 favorite” list soon, if not their Holiday wish-list….. ;-)

    ps– looking forward to reading more articles from Perry. Always good to get a perspective from the Right Coast!

    Best rgds,
    Bob
    Granite Bay, CA

  • Charlie says:

    The need to get it out and unfold it seems to defeat the convenience selling point. The idea of having it removable is helpful for wimps who are too hung up on the racer mentality to want to attach useful hardware to their bikes. But it should be possible to leave it attached and ride without detaching it.

  • Scott Wayland says:

    Interesting. I recently stumbled across a mine “kickstand war” over on Crazyguyonabike.com. I never even thought that such common sense item for non-racers would even be an issue. Ah, the human condition. My main touring rig is an HP Velo Street Machine recumbent, a bike that was specifically designed for touring in mind with ALL the details worked out. I especially like the kickstand:

    http://www.hpvelotechnik.com/produkte/sm/gte/details_e.html

    This thing is super stable. My MTB commuter actually came with a kickstand, but it was beyond useless. Unless absolutely perfectly balanced–no tilt of front wheel, nothing–the bike would fall over–pain in the arse. I quickly removed it. I think it would need a long stand that sticks out further from the frame. For my uses, I have places where I can lean it, so for now I’m standless.

    Dealing with panniers on tour REALLY makes you appreciate a good kickstand. One complaint about my recumbent stand: the rubber tip blew out after a week on my trans-continental ride last year, so the tip would sink into dirt, soft grass, etc. My solution? I guzzled a fine, refreshing lager in an aluminum can, squashed it flat, and placed it under the stand whenever I stopped. I carred that can for over 4,000 miles. I was almost sad to throw it out at the end of the tour. Gotta get one of those rubber tips again.

    The Flickstand looks good for heavy loaded bikes, but I do have to agree that it’s very nice to have something attached directly to the bike that you can simply pop out. The stand on my HP Velo is out and working in about 1–2 seconds.

    Cheers,

    Scott
    Enjoying a kickstand out on the wild road somewhere…

  • Russ says:

    My Raleigh grocery getter (see link below) has the standard one leg kickstand and with any grocery trip with full baskets the kickstand does not keep the bike from falling over. I must unload the baskets with one hand while holding the bike up with the other hand. This is better than no kickstand, but I am going to get one of the Clickstands and report back on how it works with the loaded Raleigh. Since the Clickstand supports the frame above the weight I am betting that it will do the job.

    http://www.ecovelo.info/2008/09/18/gallery-russ-raleigh-grocery-getters/#more-2728

  • Roland Smith says:

    @ Russ

    Maybe you should look into a centerstand? Like the
    TOP bipod, or the rolling jackass, although the latter looks a bit overdone.

    These centerstands are more-ore-less standard here on bikes that can be fitted with two child seats. A shop that sells Dutch utility bikes might have something like these.

  • Russ says:

    Roalnd,

    Thanks for your suggestions. The TOP bipod looks like just the stand for my market bike, but I have been unable to locate it in the U.S. so far and the shipping from your side of the pond is 3 times the price of the stand, so I will keep looking. The “Rolling Jackass” at $375 is not only overbuilt but over priced.

  • Swizz... says:

    I like the concept providing you have somewhere to carry it. The idea of reducing the leverage of a traditional kickstand, by mounting this one essentially above the weight as Russ says – locking the front brake to prevent the bike rolling around the stands axis helping also.

    I use a rudimentary “brake band” on the front wheel also – no kickstand unfortunately, but the elasticated hairband donated by my eldest nipper keeps the bike stable when leaned up against a lamppost or wall & is well worth the minor hassle of applying it at stops.

    The only criticism I might offer about the stand is the unknown quantity of the mindless idiot who might decide to pinch it ‘just because its there’ – and being able to because its not permanently secured to the bike.

    (Must admit i’ve only ever had one thing kindly removed from a bike – a seatpost bolt of all things when it was nearly new, and that WAS secured!)

  • Alan says:

    @Swizz

    “The only criticism I might offer about the stand is the unknown quantity of the mindless idiot who might decide to pinch it ‘just because its there’ – and being able to because its not permanently secured to the bike.”

    I had that thought as well. It would be my guess that in most cases people won’t know what they’re looking at though.

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  • ksteinhoff says:

    Click-Stand’s Tom Nostrant, says that his site will soon carry a variety of mounts to make it easy to hold your C-S on your bike. I’m happy with the jury-rigged carrier shown at http://www.palmbeachbiketours.com/2009/01/29/bicycle-click-stand-clicks-with-me/ but his will be a lot neater looking and will fit under the top tube or on the water bottle brackets (like some pumps do).

  • LK says:

    Just got my clickstand (mini 5). I own a K2 T nine MTB (no kickstand) and this bike has a funky frame that is on an angle where any normal kickstand should fit, but wont. click stand was the solution…Tom is fab to work with and spent many emails listening to my woes and looking at pics before we decided what would work. *The contact point for my bike ended up being behind the rear shock (which sits on the middle supporting bar)…so far it has been the solution for me!

  • ksteinhoff says:

    I was doing a ride on what I call Ghost Road 27, an abandoned section of U.S. 27 south of Lake Okeechobee for a future writeup. Here’s a sneak peak of some pictures I did a couple of years ago: )

    Anyway, because the road is blocked by gates about half a dozen times, I had to prop my bike up quite often. Sustained winds 17-20 miles per hour, gusting to near 30, made it a lot more complicated.

    The Click-Stand came through beautifully. Not once did it blow down, something that would have happened if I had relied on my ESGE stand.

    Even for those times when I was able to prop it against something, my homemade brake brands kept the bike stable until I got back to it.

    (The brake bands Tom supplies work fine, but they keep falling off my bars and getting lost. Here’s my Q&D solution: (It’s toward the end of the post)

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  • Lisbeth says:

    I never damaged the bike itself while tightening on the kickstand, but I did break the cast aluminum clamp of the kickstand a couple times as a high schooler.

 
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