I’ve Added A Kickstand
You’re probably wondering why I’m posting about something as simple as a kickstand. It’s because I’ve come full circle with my need for one. Back in my mountain bike days, the last thing I wanted on my bike was any extra weight – therefore no kickstand. In fact, most quality trail bikes – including my ’93 Diamondback Apex – came without them. Plus, having a kickstand was considered an uncool accessory of a novice rider.
Even as I’ve been converting my old mountain bike to a daily commuter, adding a kickstand was not on the list of upgrades. Well, as you may have noticed, I take a bunch of pictures of my bike. I got tired of trying to find a place to lean my bike or having to lay it on the ground. Given the type of utility cyclist that I’ve become, I’ve overcome my unfair perception of the kickstand’s stigma and decided to add one.
I picked up this basic side mounted kickstand at REI for $7.
My original goal was to get a centered-mounted double kickstand, mostly to keep the bike balanced when fully loaded. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find one locally, at a good price. A cheaper online option is most unlikely, since I’m concerned about fit. I don’t want to have something shipped, only to find out the dimensions of my old mountain bike frame doesn’t accommodate that type of kickstand. I hate paying to ship things back. I’ll eventually upgrade once I find the right one. For now, this ol’school side mount will have to work for me.
I’m loving the incredible convenience – that I once knew as a kid – of parking my bike anywhere.