Alternatives to buying a repair stand?

  • I'd like to buy a repair stand, but I can never seem to convince myself to drop the $100 minimum it seems I'd need to spend. Has anybody had any success building a stand themselves, or is it worth it to just buy one?

    I see many folding stands priced in the $50 range.

    Another solution is find a spare junk seat pole, and mount it upside down in a bench vice. Take out your normal seat and pole, flip the bike and drop it over the vice-pole. Another benefit is you can rotate the whole bike around this axis, but it needs a solid bench and spaec around it.

    I just got a full-sized 4DOF repair stand from Lidl for exactly 30EUR. The same promotion was on 2 years ago and local cyclists, who purchased then, swear by the product. It even features magnetic small parts trey. Nq nq nq.

  • 42-17

    42-17 Correct answer

    11 years ago

    I can tell you from experience that your best option is to buy a repair stand.

    I worked in a shop for a number of years and thought there was no way I could use a consumer grade stand when I left. I purchased park tool PRS-4W at cost before I left the shop and built my own stand from it. The consumer price is now $200 for that so that is obviously not dealing with your $ issue. And even if it did, I have since purchased and use a consumer grade stand with less features to maintain 4 bikes of different size frames for 5 years now and it was well worth the $ spent. It gets the job done. Bite the bullet, get the stand you'll be glad you did.

    The only thing I would add is that it is worth the extra money to buy a nicer one that is easy to set up and take down. If it is a big pain, you won't ever want to get it out

    I've gone the other way with the stand - I have a proper stand bolted to the floor of the garage. The bolts are removable so I can clear the area when I need to, but it's so useful that I rarely do.

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