OK, I’ll admit I have an irrational fondness for well-designed kickstand plates. It’s just that I’ve had to fuss and fight with clamp-on kickstands for too many years, and because I depend upon them nearly every day, a solid interface between the frame and kickstand is a big deal to me. As a matter of fact, not so long ago right here on this blog I vowed to never buy another bike without a kickstand plate. Call me weird, but this wasn’t an insignificant factor in my decision to go with my new Civia and its turbo kickstand plate with integrated fender mount and slots for control cables on both sides (check out the design process that went into its development here).
How about you? Do you feel a kickstand plate is a necessary part of a purpose-built commuting/utility frame or is this just much ado about nothing?