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While researching a trailer purchase I came across discussion about using a kickstand to help stabilize the bike when parked. I haven't used or seen a kickstand since my first "serious" bike in the late 80's and those were the giant metal ones that bolted onto the bottom bracket.

Does anyone here use a kickstand on their commuter/touring bike? As I think about it I can see where it would be useful when trying to park with panniers attached.

Do you find it helpful? Does it add considerable weight or impact performance?

What brand do you reccomend?

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I use the stock kickstand. I have an early 90's Raleigh CX or something. F/R Surly Nice Racks and Ortlieb roller panniers. They help keep the bike upright when loading it. They will break eventually. Big Dummy owners break them often. I'd really like a two sided kickstand.
 

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Greenfield

I just put a greenfield kickstand on my wife's cruiser, she likes it quite a bit. I don't think that it would hold up to much weight in panniers or a rack, seems a little chintzy. For the $8.99 I paid for it from the LBS, it keeps my wife happy.

I've seen some with a Bob trailer of the like just jacknife the trailer/bike and let them hold themselves up. I think extracycle might have a double stand coming out, like a motorcycle. That might be the ticket if you can find one..

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Oh, hell yes...kickstands are useful. You don't scratch the paint on the frame, locking it against a bike rack or signpost. It holds the damn bike upright for you while you're fiddling, where ever the hell you are. And you can park your bike in your room. Plus, it will make any roadie fall off their bike laughing at you, which also makes it very worthwhile. I stole mine off an ancient Peugot somebody had thrown into the dumpster...want me to steal you one? There are lots of trashed bikes around here, and most of 'em have the same kickstand. If not, you can get an identical Pletscher one from Rivendell for 14 bucks.
 

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yep, i use one...came on my bike. i could take it off if i was really shaving weight, but...nah.
 

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I added one to mine, pulled it off some old frame I had lying around, Doggity hit the advantages. Mine's a little too short, if I put a saddlebag on it takes the bike down. too cheap to buy a new one though.!
 

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I use a greenfield rear mounted kickstand. I have a topeak os tube rack and the large topeak bag with panniers. I have loaded up to about 35 lbs of groceries in the panniers and the kickstand holds the bike up fairly well. Other times the wind has blown it over with nothing loaded on it. I like the convenience of having one; especially when I am hauling a kid trailer with 80 lbs of screaming kids in the back. I can stop and get off my bike anywhere to tend to the fuss. One thing you need to be careful with is keeping it on tight. Check it every time you ride. Mine keeps working itself loose from trail riding and vibrations. If they move on you they could cross your crank path while pedaling or end up in your rear spokes.
 

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Mine came with a kickstand, but it was taken off within 30 minutes of me getting my bike home. When i tested the bike it wasn't on there, don't know why it was put on.

My girlfriend, on the other hand, has a kick stand on her bike so that the paint won't get scratched if she has to get off it on the trail. Doesn't want to lay it down ... :-/
 

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I had a kick stand on my bike 5 years ago. The reason i took it off was because it rattled too much when riding trails. If you have a separate bike for commuting, that may be less of an issue. Most kick stands are relatively light duty.
 

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Some kickstands are very well made and don't rattle around.

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/accessories.html#kickstands

Though when I've toured, either with panniers or a trailer, a kickstand would not have been very helpful- it was easy enough to lean the panniers against a wall, or jacknife the bike and trailer.
 

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NEVER...
My first 20 inch BMX bike had one that came on the bike outta the box.
My uncle (a shop owner in New England at the time) took it off and threw it in a pile of kickstands that he'd been pulling off every bike he could find (assuming the customer didn't want it).

I have not had a kickstand on any bike, since then... and that's when I was 5 years old.
 
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