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k7 06-01-2012 02:45 PM


Originally Posted by markjenn (Post 18811605)
An option if you have a good/heavy work bench and vise in your shop.

I used to have one of the cheapie floor stands but it seemed flimsy and unstable. Instead, I took a Park PCS-12 bench mount stand, mounted it to a wood plate with a clamping member, and then use my long roll-around bench and woodworking vise to create a repair stand that is very stable. Also nice to be able to unclamp the apparatus and put it on the shelf without having to disassemble anything.

- Mark

I have the PCS-10 which appears to use the same clamp:

Good stand.

Mr Head 06-01-2012 04:50 PM

I made my stand in college as a project. I needed a stand and I needed to use a buckling analysis program I'd written so I came up with a win-win.

Cost me about $100, but I got engineering credit and impressed the hell out of the professor when I fired up this huge antique arc welder. Part of the $100 was for a helmet and appropiately sized rod. I didn't know how to weld but went to the welding supply shop and talked to a guy. The cables to the clamp and rod holder were about 3/4in in diameter. The floor vibrated pretty good in the engineering shop when I fired it up.
I tried a couple of test parts then practiced some more on other peoples projects who were afraid of the welder.

Oh, and I found the manual for the thing in the school library. Good place for it. Morons.

Another student and I also used the lathe.
Mine turned out pretty rough, but if I'd had the shop I built once I got out of school and got a job I would have rocked it.
As it is 25 years later or so I still use it though most of the time it holds my hydration pack and keeps that part of the garage floor from moving around too much.:lol3

Schnickelfritz 06-01-2012 07:33 PM

I've always liked the bench clamp, but if stability is important and you're looking around $200 price point, check out the Park PRS-20 or its lightweight counterpart the -21 (+ $50). Rear or front dropout mount, 360-degree rotation, folding/portable and super duper rock solid. The alleged weight of my steel one is 21 lbs but it feels a lot heavier. The alum model is 13 lbs.

Blur 06-01-2012 08:03 PM

Here ya' go, ya' cheap bastards......

(Just kidding. Only posted this pic so y'all could have a laugh)

melville 06-01-2012 08:33 PM

Get a real stand and it's useful for MC work as well:

Mr Head--I'm assuming that's the real thing? Sweet! Whose was it?

HOT DAMN! 06-02-2012 08:39 AM

I love impulse buyers and the bike world has no shortage of them.

With the sound advice from you gentlemen, I have been looking at a few MTB's in the 1K range. This one in particular has been on CL for about a month starting at $600, then dropping to 5 and last evening it was re-listed again at $400.

Riden twice on the street with nubs still intact and equipped with a Bontrager 4W trip computer, I couldn't even bring myself to haggle with the guy on a bike he paid a grand for and never rode.


Now, off to remove some unwanted reflectors, make the proper adjustments for fit, and put on some miles. :1drink

2011 Felt 9 Sport

HOT DAMN! 06-02-2012 08:41 AM


Originally Posted by Blur (Post 18818580)
Here ya' go, ya' cheap bastards......


I've got a Topeak Elite on the way. :deal

CatfishRacing 06-02-2012 09:48 AM

Nice score!


Originally Posted by HOT DAMN! (Post 18821070)

Weirdo 06-02-2012 09:51 AM


Originally Posted by HOT DAMN! (Post 18811107)
Great choices guys. I was also looking at the Park PCS 4 in that range ($200) but am not sure of the feet. I like the stability of the tripod feet on both the units suggested above, Topeak and Feedback for breaking loose stubborn pedals or bottom brackets.

Anyone with the Park who can attest to the stability?

I have a Park, I like it a lot.

CatfishRacing 06-02-2012 10:00 AM

I have a Park like the one above and two of these Ultimates from FeedBack Sports.
Very robust.
I like them a lot.

Mr Head 06-02-2012 04:31 PM

The Pinarello Record? Mine.
1983 team bike. Up until I got the Roubaix, The Pinarello was my road ride. The Roubaix is much more better. Old fat guy gears. :lol3


Originally Posted by melville (Post 18818751)
Get a real stand and it's useful for MC work as well:

Mr Head--I'm assuming that's the real thing? Sweet! Whose was it?

Mr Head 06-02-2012 04:35 PM

Got out for a ride.
Good headwind or bad, depending on your point of view. I tend to think of it as good since it will be pushing my fat ass back up the trail once I hit the hour.:lol3

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Nobody to ride with, follow or chase this time. Fast guys were all done by the time I got there.

HOT DAMN! 06-03-2012 06:17 AM


Originally Posted by CatfishRacing (Post 18821429)
Nice score!

Thanks, it rides fantastic.

Mr Head 06-03-2012 02:02 PM

Second ride for the weekend. This one felt hotter and had to work a bit harder.
Could have been the lack of lunch prior to leaving too.

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I need to try and get home early enough to get an hour or so in a few times during the week. The back is feeling better.

Bimble 06-03-2012 04:30 PM

Mountain biking: It ain't road biking in the forest.
Is it. :lol3

Various things have kept me off of my bikes this year, so the shiny new Anthem 29er I got had been sitting unused except for a brief excursion earlier this spring. That was on back roads and such. Mountain biking isn't back road riding either.

Yesterday was an adventure. I finally got a chance to head out to one of the many trails in the area and did a whopping 7 miles! I've been loosely following Aurelius's trail riding reports, but I think that it is pretty hard to convey the rush and tunnel vision of that first ride down a single track path. I certainly did not appreciate it. Until yesterday.

I had not intended on doing a very long distance, so the 7 miles worked out nice. What surprised me was that an hour had passed like it was... well, it was a bit timeless really. And I was also surprised at how mentally tired I was! The road riding that I do, back roads mostly, doesn't require much of me in terms of vigilant concentration. I pay attention, but I can also look around and check out the countryside. Not so on the trails! Letting my mind wander was a quick way to let things get ahead of me.

The trail I road was not technical at all. It is comprised of a lot of turns and twists folded into a smallish park. The conditions were dry and firm with very little loose stuff. No monster climbs. No rock gardens. No carnivorous animals. Perfect, just what I was looking for. But there was enough that I learned quick to keep focused. I'm sure that will change as I gain experience and I can resume my usual tourist mode!

So that was fun. I don't think I'm going to be up for big miles this year in spite of my earlier enthusiasm. But I got this mountain bike now and maybe I will just work on mountain-bikey things. :D

And the Anthem is awesome. :clap

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