Buy one. Since I bought my ULTIMATE stand (made in Canada), it has
encouraged me to do maintenance I pushed aside for half a decade. The
stand brings the bicycle up to eye level, so you can see into awkward
You want it up in the air so you can pull off the wheels. How are you
going to do that on the ground?
If nothing more, a clamping stand assists you in washing your bike
thoroughly. You can turn the bike upside down, for those nooks and
crannys. It will set you back about $180. But, because my bike is a
custom-made affair from England, it deserved good upkeep.
Ultimate stands are put on sale by the mail-order stores at least once
a year. If you mountain bike, The TOPEAK is actually a better stand,
but costs about $50 more. Many stands collapse, come with a carry bag,
and can be tossed into a car trunk, so guys on a group ride up in the
woods can share it.
Los Angeles -- moving soon to Trinity County, Calif.