A friend of mine, the clever fellow that he is, was dissatisfied with the way his Pletscher Double kickstand interfaced with his Long Haul Trucker frame, so he took it upon himself to design a custom kickstand plate and have it machined out of bar stock by a machinist friend. As you can see in the photos, the result is nothing short of fantastic. The plate is form-fitted and precisely mates with the underside of the frame while providing a level platform for the kickstand. The issue is that it’s a one-off piece that would cost you or I approximately $300 to replicate because of the labor involved in machining the piece. It would sure be nice if Surly would just follow the lead of their competitors like Civia, Rivendell, Soma, and Raleigh and add a kickstand plate to their touring and utility frames. Personally, I’ll never buy another frame that doesn’t include an integrated kickstand plate.