Why do some bicycles come without kickstands?

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by cowboycharlie, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. cowboycharlie

    cowboycharlie New Member

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    Why do some bikes not come with kickstands?
     
  2. wild

    wild Yesterday tired old man, Today retired old man

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    maybe so thay can't stand alone
     

  3. dovitsky

    dovitsky New Member

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    Well many bikes do come with kickstands because they are quite heavy and can become problematic on mountain bikes. and many consumers do not want them. It is also an excuse for companies to sell them separately and make more money.
     
  4. bantam700

    bantam700 New Member

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    weight savings, kickstands are not light
     
  5. coco2

    coco2 Well-Known Member

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    as bantam says, weight savings...why have a kick stand when a tree or a wall does the same job...
     
  6. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    I took mine of my mountain bike so it wouldn't get caught up.
     
  7. vitapimp

    vitapimp New Member

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    i took mine of my mountain bike because it rattled.
     
  8. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    Good call. I hate that too.
     
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  9. Skidmark

    Skidmark Cycling for life

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    That rattle is a PIA...
     
  10. TxCyclist

    TxCyclist Administrator Staff Member Admin Staff

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    I dislike kick stands because on some models as they rub against the tire at times and you have to push them back.
     
  11. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    I've had that happen I heard a hum and felt a drag and sure enough it was the damn kick stand.
     
  12. CTD50

    CTD50 DX's Biggest Member

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    A lot of bikes don't even have a place to mount them, so they're considered optional equipment; there's also the prevalent thinking among 'serious' cyclists that kickstands are a 'dork' feature, fit only for cheap bikes and Freds.

    I've tried to envision a kickstand on my Dakar, and the sight on my mind's eye makes me shudder....
     
  13. CTD50

    CTD50 DX's Biggest Member

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    Ohh -- there's also the thought that the more expensive a bike is, the more likely it is to be locked up to something solid, negating the need for a kickstand.
     
  14. roy

    roy Guest

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    But you still might need it to be up right on it's own.
     
  15. claytonlevi

    claytonlevi Guest

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    on some models it lowers the ground clearance also.
     
  16. BlazingPedals

    BlazingPedals Member

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    You can save weight if something can serve two functions. My helmet doubles as a kickstand for one of my bikes.

    Ground clearance is a moot point. There's just enough so that getting a flat in front doesn't make the frame drag.

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  17. Farnsworth

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  18. Charles R

    Charles R Paved Trail Enthusiast

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    Kick stands are heavy? They probably only weigh ounces. Also I don't want to lean my bike against anything because it might get scratched up. I value my property because I work hard for it. But that's me. Good discussion here.
     
  19. davereo

    davereo Well-Known Member Tavern Member

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    Kickstands are made out of aluminum so they really dont weigh much. I am pretty sure I have seen them on the rack in Walmart for a few bucks. I have a kickstand mounted on my mountain bike which I use as my trailer pulling bike. The kickstand comes in very handy when putting the grandkids in and out of the trailer.
     
  20. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    I've got an old Univega I have been tinkering with over the winter. It came with a Greenfield.
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