Thorn, my bike company, don’t really like kickstands. They suggest people against getting them for their bikes and so I didn’t. It’s meant that over the last 5 months I’ve been laying my bike on the floor or leaning it against walls/trees/people/fences when I’m not on it. That’s been OK, but sometimes I’ve really wished I had one. Seth, the guy we cycled with up in Washington had something called a Click-Stand which seemed to be a great solution.
Click-Stands are made by Tom, a guy who lives up in Washington. It’s his own project and when I contacted him when I was in San Francisco, I could tell his passion for it. I explained about my tour, and Tom was eager to help me out. I gave him the address that I would be staying at in Cedar City and shortly after I got an email confirming that a package was in the post.
When I arrived in Cedar City, I found the parcel had arrived and eagerly opened it. Inside was a Click-Stand, 3 fat feet, 6 brake bands and a side bracket to attach it to my bike. The fat feet are small pieces of rubber that go at the end of the Click-Stand to increase the surface area and make it so it doesn’t sink in soft surfaces such as sand. The brake bands, as the name suggest, are like elastic bands that you put around your brakes. They lock the wheels to ensure the bike doesn’t roll when it’s being held up. The side bracket is one of two options that Tom has for attaching the Click-Stand to your bike for storage. It screws into the same holes that a water bottle cage does and is thin enough that it can occupy the same holes as a cage.
I attached the side bracket to the bike and loaded the bike up. I tried using the Click-Stand and after a couple of seconds, I found the correct balance point and my bike stood rock solid. I’ll be getting back on the road tomorrow and I look forward to putting the Click-Stand through its paces. I’m confident that it will pass with flying colours, but whatever happens I’ll update this with more thoughts and pictures of it in operation. Now I’m travelling alone, I’m really excited to use it to hold my bike in front of things for pictures. A week from now, I plan to be using my Click-Stand to support my bike while I take a picture in front of the Grand Canyon!
Click-Stand unboxing and me sleepily talking about it