After the 2×4 wooden bike stand debacle, I decided that it was time to actually buy a stand. I found this bike stand from “RAD Cycle Products” on Amazon for around $50. Some reviews were good, some were bad. To hopefully answer some questions about whether it’s hotornot, here’s a time-lapse video of its unboxing, setting up, and use for some simple bike maintenance.
Despite a few negative reviews on Amazon, I was quite pleased, and the stand seems really solid so far. It’s fairly heavy, which is fine, maybe even desirable for garage use. If portability is a factor, it might not be the right stand for you. I didn’t set up the handlebar holder or the tool tray yet, but, so no opinion on that except for the fact its useful without it.
I bought the used bike featured in the video thinking I would possibly do some major work on it (think paint job and single-speed conversion). Unfortunately, the extra fork I had slated to be put on it has a steerer tube that was too short, and the paint job was already pretty good. With this, the conversion to the single speed bike I had envisioned became a bit too expensive to be practical. For the price though, it will make a great guest bike for when friends are in town.
On the other hand, I think this unboxing time-lapse video turned out great. I used a (Windows) program creatively named “Webcam Time Lapse,” along with a webcam that I picked up for under $10 at a Tigerdirect store. Really great program, especially for the price, which is free! I also used this program to do a stop motion video of my CNC router, so be sure to check that out if you liked the stand video.