We’re tired of messing with bikes that don’t have kickstands. Seemingly simple tasks that we do dozens of times every week such as loading groceries, strapping books on racks, stuffing panniers with clothing, etc., can be real a headache on a bike without a kickstand. We’ve come to the conclusion that no bicycle used for transportation or utility is complete without a kickstand. And if a manufacturer would rather sell their transportation model without a kickstand to save weight or cut costs, there’s really no excuse for not providing a kickstand mounting plate on the frame in the event the owner would like to add a kickstand at a later date.
Clamp-on style kickstands are available, and they work reasonably well on some bicycles, but in many cases they can damage paint or even permanently damage frame tubes. I’ve seen more than one case of deformed chainstays caused by clamp-on kickstands installed on bikes lacking kickstand plates.
The Click-Stand we reviewed earlier this year is an option for those bikes that absolutely can’t be outfitted with a kickstand. It’s a clever device that works well for what it is, but it doesn’t replace a heavy duty kickstand on bikes used for carrying heavy loads.
We have the opportunity to ride a variety of bikes and without a doubt, those outfitted with kickstands are more useful and get ridden more as a result. Going forward, any bike that we purchase to use for utility and transportation will either come outfitted with an integrated kickstand or a kickstand plate for mounting an aftermarket kickstand; anything short of that will be a tough sale around here.