No longer do home mechanics have to use make-shift home-made repair stands to do adjustments and repairs to their bicycles.
There are several options for good quality and versatile bicycle repair stands and many that come at a very affordable price.
Deciding on which type of bicycle repair stand to purchase will depend on your needs. Consider:
- Where you will be using the bike stand most?
- Does it need to be able to travel with you?
- Do you want it to be able to be stored away in a closet when not in use?
- Does your bike have some odd shaped tubing?
After considering the above factors see below the five different types of bicycle repair stands that will suit all different needs and vary greatly in price.
5 Types of Bicycle Repair Stands
- Big Sturdy Shop Stands
For the average home mechanic the heavy-duty shop stands are not what you want. You will typically see these in the back of a bike shop as they are great for those who will be working on bikes all day long.
Shop repair stands will have an extremely heavy base which makes them completely stable for all types of major repairs. However this also makes them almost impossible to move and they are quite expensive to buy. Great if you have a bike shop but not necessary for the rest of us.
- Spring Clamp Consumer Bike Stands
This is the most popular type of bicycle repair stand for the majority of home mechanics. The main feature of this type of repair stand is the spring clamp. This type of clamp is really easy to use and avoids the frustration of trying to screw in bolts while holding the bike with one arm to get the necessary pressure.
A spring clamp will automatically apply the correct pressure to keep the bike secure without scratching or damaging it. This can be good for all types of bikes including those with odd shaped tubing.
Park Tool repair stands are known for providing some excellent quality repair stands with spring-loaded clamps. My favorite is the Park Tool PCS-10 Home Mechanic Bike Repair Stand as it is stable, versatile and easily packs away when not in use. A good spring clamp bike stand will suit most home mechanics as well as some light bike shop use.
- Screw-Down Consumer Bike Stands
Similar to the other consumer stand listed above, this one differs because the clamp gradually screws down which allows you to be able to adjust the clamp pressure manually. Some cyclists do prefer this type of stand as it can be very useful when dealing with really lightweight bikes that have thin-walled tubes.
I personally prefer the spring-loaded clamp myself but the screw-downs are popular with some and there are some excellent quality models to choose from. Some popular brands are Park Tool, Feedback Sports and Spin Doctor. Like the spring clamp, these type of bicycle repair stands are good home mechanic stands and would work well for most home mechanics as well as some light bike shop use.
- Race Stands
These are obviously repair stands for the avid bicycle racer. They are typically very light weight so are easy to bring along on any trip and have a bottom bracket and dropout mounts. The nice thing about this type of stand is that there is no clamping pressure applied to the frame tube or the seat post.
I would only recommend a race stand if you will be mostly working on a fragile and lightweight road bike as it provides the safest way to work on it. However a race stand can also be very useful when working on a bike that has odd shaped tubes that will not fit into a regular clamp.
- Miniature Stands
You can get a good quality bicycle repair stand for a fairly affordable price. Therefore I would not recommend a miniature repair stand, which are often wobbly, unless you are only going to be using it for the odd simple repair at home. They will hold the bike upright but they don’t do much else. However they are available for those on a really tight budget.