There’s a lot of choices these days with bike repair stands. The various options and varieties you may or may not want will depend on what kind of biker you are, how often you plan to be playing doctor on your bike and of course your own personal preferences. For the average Joe looking to do some home repair and/or cleaning, a good all around stand is the Park Tool PCS-10 Home Mechanic bike repair stand. There’s a lot of good reviews out there from people who feel it is one of the better stands for the average home repair guy or gal. Here are a few reasons why it is holding up so well:
1. Good Brand
Park Tool is a well known brand. According to their website, they have been making bicycle tools since 1963. I’d like to know how someone decides to make bicycle tools in 1963, but it’s worked for them, and they’ve built up a good reputation for making quality products. You really can’t go too wrong with their tools and their products are known to be great quality and to last a long time.
2. It’s Portable
Portability is something I would look for in any bike repair stand I was buying. Granted this is because space for me is an issue where I live, and my wife doesn’t allow me to leave my tools…or anything sitting around for that matter (help me). If you have a room or garage that you can dedicate to your tinkering, then you’ll probably want to just set it up and leave it there. But it’s still pretty useful to be able to fold it up and put it completely away when you need to or to easily take it with you when you move around.
3. It’s All About the Clamp
Many people prefer to have a clamp to hold your bicycle in place. It is a bit simpler than the screw option that some bike repair stands offer. I’ve read reviews of people who prefer the clamp, and those that like the screw. But I’d still say for the average Joe, the clamp is generally the standard way people go. Clamping pressure is adjustable and jaw covers are replaceable with the PCS-10 Home Mechanic repair stand, which is important for the long term.
4. Stable and Durable
You get what you pay for and the cheap bike stands are usually not very stable. Unless you run a bike repair shop you don’t need to buy a heavy duty park-em-in-one-space-for-life stands. The PCS-10 is a good stable bike stand at a reasonable price, which is probably the biggest reason it will continue do well in the markets for some time.