Today’s QT comes from RBR’s Tech guru Jim Langley, who offers a couple of nice tips about the best use of a work stand:
First, be sure never to put anything that can be damaged in the clamp, like a nice decal, the brake cable, or the cable stops. Clamping by the seatpost is the safest, but when you can’t the clamp is safe for most frames, too.
The other tip that is probably less well-known is that when you rotate the bike so the front wheel is higher than the rear wheel, the front wheel will flop to the side if you let go – and it can slam into your frame. Not good.
They sell handlebar holders to prevent this. But don’t waste your money. Just get some thick rubber bands and keep them with the stand.
When you’re done working on the front end of your bike or if you only need to work on the back, secure the front wheel so it can’t swing over by wrapping a rubber band around the valve stem on the front wheel, around the down tube and then back around the valve stem. Now you can rotate the bike any which way and the front end will stay put.
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—John Marsh & The RBR Team