How to Install A Bike Kick Stand

Written by matthew ferguson
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A kickstand serves the single purpose of keeping a bicycle upright when parked. Just before the bike is pedalled, the kickstand is "kicked" into a position parallel to the ground so that it cannot get in any way. A kickstand keeps its rider from having to find an object to lean the bicycle against when not in use, which risks marring the surface of the bicycle. While many bicycles come with kickstands, others do not. Aftermarket kickstands can be purchased and installed on these bicycles.

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  • Adjustable wrench

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  1. 1

    Lean the bicycle carefully against a wall. Position the bicycle so the side with the chain is against the wall.

  2. 2

    Locate the pair of tubes that form a "V" on the bicycle frame just behind the bottom bracket, which is the area where the pedal crank enters the frame. Just behind the bottom bracket, the bicycle frame forms a "V".

  3. 3

    Fit the bottom of the kickstand up through the "V" in the bicycle frame. The kickstand contains a lower clamp plate that should rest flat against the "V." Position the kickstand so that when the stand is in operation it folds back toward the rear of the bicycle.

  4. 4

    Fit the top clamp plate, included with the kickstand, onto the kickstand lower clamp plate, forming a sandwich around the "V" of the bicycle frame. The bolt attached to the upper clamp plate will pass through the centre of the lower clamp plate.

  5. 5

    Tighten the bolt by hand as much as possible. Turn the bolt clockwise to tighten.

  6. 6

    Attach an adjustable wrench to the bolt and tighten the bolt fully.

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