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Ghetto Bike Work Stand

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Eric Johnson, Aug 21, 2008.

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  1. Eric Johnson

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    This is a little OT, but I like to bike. And just like with chainsaws, the better your maintenance practices, the better the biking.

    This is a good, cheap way to suspend a bike above the floor so that you can check out the gear shifting, clean and lube, etc. A regular bike stand costs around $350, and this baby set me back about $10. The bike is connected to the black iron pipe fittings with a piece of seat post bolted to a 3/4-inch reducer. Note that you can mount the bike either horizontally (as shown) or vertically, and you can even hang two bikes at the same time.

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  2. struggle

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    Eric is that a triple chain ring :p and you call yourself a bicyclist :lol:

    Just kidding of course
  3. Eric Johnson

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    And I have a handle-bar mirror. Call me Fred.
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    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    I still ride a Raleigh Pro 1969 vintage, with sew-up tires, 10 speed, full Campy, 55-110 inch on the sprockets. Used that same gearing when I road the Rockies. In late 60's and early 70's lots of road racing. Competed in US Nationals twice. Wish I had your work stand back then.
  5. Eric Johnson

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    I'm just getting back into it after many years. The new gear is amazing, but it's still mostly all about the conditioning. What's really amazing are the Google maps online. All those rural roads just waiting to be explored. Hopefully I can get into sufficient shape to tackle a 100-miler before the snow flies.

    Props on keeping the Raleigh on the road, Jim. Those old steel frame ten speeds separate the men from the boys. I would like to refurb my old Viscount at some point and see if I still have what it takes. In college, that was about my only means of transportation.
  6. Wolves-Lower

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    Keep hold of that bike!
    Vintage Campy....yummmm
    Eric
    I like your stand...but I don't like the idea of taking out the seat post just for a quick lube.
    Me...got way to many bike tools from the day.
    When I was single I purchased a full campy toolset for $2000 used. I have had offers of $4000 and it just may be time to sell.
  7. Eric Johnson

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    I don't bother doing it to lube, either. It is useful for making adjustments and thorough cleaning, however. I think my dad's old Raleigh, circa 1965, has a full Campy drivetrain, but it's probably about worn out by now. Fortunately, at 76, he's still going strong.
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    When are you guys going to come out a join RAGBRAI with me. We could create a Team Wood Burners. I have done it now for the last eight years in a row.
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    I like the name Team Wood better!

    I used to do RAGBRAI, I would spend all my money by Wednesday.
    To much fun indeed. I was always a great break. Race road bikes till Memorial Day, switch to Mt. Bike Racing, do RAGBRAI...recover from boozin...finish the season with Mt. Bikes.
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