Kickstand Love

The recent arrival of a Civia Loring has once again reminded us that a Pletscher Double Kickstand mounted on an integrated kickstand plate is an immensely useful and practical bicycle accessory. Kudos to Civia for supplying a mounting plate between the chainstays on the Loring and speccing the Plestcher Double as standard equipment. We’d love to see more companies do the same!

9 Responses to “Kickstand Love”

  • Jeff says:

    But oh my goodness wont that add weight?!!!! Haha :-)

  • Jt says:

    It must be carbon fiber…;-)
    If I can put on a few pounds over the years, so can my bike. I just try to keep it all reasonable. Two of three of my rides have kickstands as a result of maintaining perspective.

  • bongobike says:

    I would love to have one of those on my Koga-Miyata, but that space is taken up by my bottom-bracket generator, and I love it too.

  • Jon Grinder says:

    I have one of those on my XO-2, and I love it. It’s my favorite geek accessory.

  • Alan says:

    “It’s my favorite geek accessory.”

    LOL… I like that.

    Alan

  • Scott Wayland says:

    Yes, excellent stand. BUT, I did cringe at the weight. I mean, it’s like two pounds, if I recall. When I held it in my hands, it felt more like a weapon than a kick stand. I ride pretty hefty recumbents, so I’m no weight winnie, but weight does start to matter after a while, as Alan has noted. Every ride I do ends with an 11% stinger, and all my riding is in the mountains with climbs. I’ve gotta draw the line somewhere.

    Alan, aren’t all your rides/commutes basically flat? Makes a difference, IMHO. Velomobiles are super cool, too, but around here, you’d either need a power assist of some sort or be a masochist.

    Still, I concede, these are excellent stands.

    Scott

  • Alan says:

    @Scott

    “Alan, aren’t all your rides/commutes basically flat? Makes a difference, IMHO.”

    We have a few rollers, but for the most part it’s pretty flat around here. I’m sure I’d be more concerned about weight if I rode serious hills everyday. That said, plenty of people have lugged these boat anchors across the country on their touring bikes… :-)

    Alan

  • Lori says:

    Amen I love kick stands, they are insanely useful, and I’ve never had one attack me in my sleep or not work on a gosh darn bike. I’m pretty sure most every kid has grown up w/ one, and I never whined or heard my friends whine about that extra weight. Nor do I hear my 11 year old neighbors demanding their parents take off that kick stand bcuz of the obscene poundage.
    Their weight is not that much, and if anything it builds up more strength and endurance making you a better rider.
    But regardless, I really adore them and would never want a bike w/out one. I don’t know I always ride uphill, downhill, on paths, roads, and trails, etc. and there’s really no difference that I’ve felt that I’d truly groan about, or have felt in my body in having a kickstand vs not having one. It actually irritates me more having a bike fall over, or laying it on asphalt because a softer surface isn’t around, and real issues like that which come up each time I ride my bike and get off it. Especially since a lot of places don’t have racks, a safe building to prop up against, or sadly even a tree nearby.

    People are lame..bicycles are for enjoyment that should be the point, it’s not about how fast you can go, or about hyper intensive racing. Or that extra ounce- age you shave off just to go that much farther 96 miles uphill to impress anybody. They’re for enjoyment and to make life easier. Kickstands are a very smart, pragmatic accessory and I’d wish people would at least have the option of getting them standard w/ no extra charge. To each their own, but in my experience people who are scared of kickstands have never really ridden w/ one.

    It’s just a comment on american society nowadays, everything here has to be the newest, fastest and more competitive than anything out there regardless if it’s warranted or not. But those idiots who care about crap like that and nothing else, don’t stop and enjoy their time bike riding or riding with friends, and instead whine about extra ounces and huff and puff on hills blaming a superficial amount of weight that really doesn’t effect the quality of your ride. Kick stands are awesome and there’s a reason people used to have them more often, and still do.

  • Andy says:

    Just to save someone else the research, the claimed weight for the Pletscher double kickstand is:

    542g, which is 1.195lb.

    Source: http://www.pletscher.ch/wDeutsch/pages/Produkte/index.php?IdTreeGroup=16&IdProduct=21&navid=10

 
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