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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:58 am 
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Having cut my hand open trying to remove a bottom bracket yesterday (don't ask), I've decided it may be time to invest in a workstand.

Don't want to pay crazy prices but not looking for something from poundland either.

Any advice?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:13 pm 
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I got me one of these for around £50 :

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It's called "velo works" and I picked it up at my local Decathlon.
Been using it for close to 2 years now, best £50 I ever spent.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:45 pm 
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I have this one. Usually reduced to under £50.
http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Pr344135000/Pr344135000

Ignore the idiot reviewer - the clamp has a screw adjuster so that it can take any sized seat tube within reason. I've had everything from skinny 26mm steel to fatty 35mm alu tubes in it.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:34 pm 
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I have one of these: http://www.rutlandcycling.com/32634/Ral ... stand.html and I'm really pleased with it. It's well made, quite sturdy and erects or folds away in seconds.

Seems that it is sold as a number of different brands:

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... ro-10-9175

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/triath ... 0000000000


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:48 pm 
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is this one any good? or is it cheap for a reason?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BICYCLE-REPAI ... 3cc57b421d


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:17 pm 
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MarinMartin wrote:
is this one any good? or is it cheap for a reason?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BICYCLE-REPAI ... 3cc57b421d


Looks just like the ones Lidl and Aldi regularly have on special promotion for £30, I've got one of those myself and for home use I really can't fault it, it's stable and secure and does all I need to maintain my various bikes.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:41 pm 
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MarinMartin wrote:
is this one any good? or is it cheap for a reason?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BICYCLE-REPAI ... 3cc57b421d

Does it come with a magnetic tool tray? 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:18 pm 
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secret_squirrel wrote:
MarinMartin wrote:
is this one any good? or is it cheap for a reason?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BICYCLE-REPAI ... 3cc57b421d

Does it come with a magnetic tool tray? 8)



Not only does it come with a magnetic tool tray but also an allen key :shock: 8) :lol:

I've had one of these for a couple of years and had no problems with it.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:04 pm 
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the Lidl one is good, its been sat outside my workshop for over a year through sun and snow and hasnt done anything more than just sit there holding bikes.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:06 pm 
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I've got a Minoura one. Bombproof. Think it is the 4000 model. Has a nice little tray on the top, that you forget is there and then spend hours trying to work out where you put a bolt or somesuch vital fastener. Can also be used for putting tea on too.

Bottom brackets on a workstand. :?

I'm assuming you were applying the technical force known as 'giving it some'? Workstand ain't gonna help. Stubborn BBs trick: go out to the garden, lay your trusty steed on the lawn (nice and soft), apply tool to BB. By doing it this way you can put you upper body weight onto the BB tool, keeping it in place, whilst allowing you to use your other hand to 'giving it some'. If you try this job with the bike vertical you can't use your bodyweight to keep the tool in place.

(My other top tip - when removing chain ring bolts wear gardening gloves. Learnt that one from experience)

Workstands are brilliant, save loads of hassle, and a sore back. But I really wouldn't trust a 'mobile' stand to any job that involves brute force or an engineer's hammer. (A bike shop stand fixed to the floor is a different matter).


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