Click-Stand – my favourite cycle accessory – ever!

I had been thinking of getting a Click-Stand kickstand for my Thorn for over a year: but niggling doubts over the concept, delivery from the States and the cost put me off.  Finally, I took the plunge. It arrived yesterday. Wow,  am I pleased!

The amazing Click-Stand
The amazing Click-Stand

It was love at first sight – no, first touch. The Click-Stand just oozes quality. First, it is so very light. Mine, for a pretty standard bike size, weighs a paltry 99 grams. Compare that to most bolt on stay-mounted stands. This first positive impression was immediately confirmed as I undid the velcro retaining strap and felt the individual links snap into place to create the Click-Stand.  Like magic! Examining the velcro strap showed it to be cleverly and neatly knotted to retain it on the stand – neat and efficient –  like all other features of the stand.

The neat Brake-Bands
The neat Brake-Bands

How did it perform on my bike? Perfectly! The elasticated straps (brake bands) slipped easily over the bars and extended over the brake levers to hold them on with just the right amount of effort and pressure. The cup of the stand slipped right into place on the frame and produced just the right angle of lean when the point was positioned the suggested 10 inches from the bike.  Then I ‘tested’ the bike’s stability by gently rocking it back and fore. Then I tested it again with less gentle rocking: I could not believe just how rock solid the stand was in use. The Click-Stand inspires complete confidence from the start.

Turning back to the quality of the Click-Stand, I was struck again by how good it felt in the hand. Like a quality camera or an Apple product, it feels and looks perfect. It reeks of simplicity and no feature seems out of place. Even the brake bands are made from the same elasticated material as the stand itself – I suspect from off-cuts, further securing the environmental credentials of the Click-Stand. It may not come from your local bike shop, but everything about it speaks to it being hand-made with precision and care for the design, materials and final quality.

Click-Stand by Tom Nostrant
Click-Stand by Tom Nostrant

The ordering process, too was excellent. The web-based form on the Click-Stand.Com site sounds a bit OTT, but it steers you exactly to the detailed information you need to give to get the size and specification just right for your bike. Payment by Paypal (or you can use a credit card) was quick and painless and prompted an individual email response from Tom, the owner and maker. Delivery took a matter of days rather than weeks and the customs form allowed the package to arrive in the UK without attracting any further duties or handling charges.  A very welcome thing. With postage, by Click-Stand purchase came to $52.00. Not cheap, but compared to any other quality bike stand, very competitive – and you get a much better stand when considered by concept and design.

I am looking forward to many successful journeys with my Click-Stand – and an order has been placed for one for Jacqui’s bike of course!

UPDATE October 2013: We used the Click-Stand on our recent trip to Holland and one wee issue arose. If you have a heavy bar bag fitted, as we both did, then you have to turn the handlebars at right angles to the rest of the bike to get things stable.  Otherwise any slope or high winds will result in a failure.  But this was a small matter and easily resolved.

Tom Nostrant’s (Click-Stand inventor and maker) story from the Daily World

Accessories: Click-Stand – the folding kickstand – looks great!

I have been keen to add a kickstand to our Ravens for some time, but not sure which might be suitable.  Tonight researching the Thorn Forums I came across this little number.

The Amazing Click-Stand

Seems an odd concept – you think it would fall over if the bike rolled forward or back, but owners seem to swear by them.  So worth a thought I guess.  The sellers suggest these features:

  • Handmade & custom cut to fit your bike.
  • $31 to $42  +  Shipping  +  Tax if shipped to WA.
  • Two models of Click-Stands support all types of bikes, from loaded tandems to racing bikes.
  • Made from expedition/aircraft grade 7000 series aluminum tubing.
  • The Mini’s tubing is .374″ (9.5mm) in diameter.
  • The Max’s tubing is .433″ (11mm) in diameter.
  • Supports your bicycle above its center of gravity, which makes it stronger and more stable than a traditional kickstand.
  • Weighs approximately 75 grams. A Mini can weigh less than 60, and a Max up to 90 grams.
  • Supports fully-loaded touring bicycles, even loaded tandems pulling a Bob! Tour tested
  • Paint friendly rubber coated cradle.
  •  Non-slip rubber foot.Lean your bike to either side.
  • Works up, down or side hill just as well as on flat ground.
  • International shipping for $10; to Canada for $6.
  • Satisfaction guaranteed.
Tourer with Click-Stand
They seem to be made by a one-man-band company in the States ( Aberdeen WA, would you believe!) and are very reasonably priced, given that each is hand made to length once you provide the measurements of your bike.  I am well impressed and think I might take a punt at one.
Details are on the Click-Stand web site.
UPDATE: It gets a positive review from Paddy and Laura, of ‘Pedalling About’ fame.