The Pletscher Deluxe Top Plate replaces the standard top plate that comes with the Pletscher Double kickstand (a top plate is used on bicycles that don’t have a kickstand plate welded between the chainstays). The Deluxe Top Plate includes the metal plate, two plastic sleeves to protect the chainstays and a longer mounting bolt. The metal plate is drilled to accept tabs protruding from the plastic sleeves. The tabs hold the sleeves in position while allowing them to rotate left and right.
Installation was a simple bolt-on affair. To provide a little extra grip and protect the stays on the bottom side, I wrapped the stays with a single layer of cloth bar tape prior to installing the kickstand. It’s also a good idea to put a little Loctite on the mounting bolt during installation.
It took me a bit of searching to find one, but the Deluxe Top Plate is available through Thor USA. I ordered the part through their website and it arrived just a few days later. It’s well worth the $8 plus shipping if you have a Pletscher Double. While you’re at it, I’d recommend ordering a pair of Double Shoes as well. They’re only a couple of dollars and they improve stability on slick surfaces.
Thor USA →
PS – Scroll about half way down the above linked page to locate the plate and shoes.