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“Where’s the Kickstand”?


April 2014

Overheard at the bike shop while my wife was getting her new cycling shoes dialed in, asked by a customer taking delivery of his new $600 hybrid:

“Where’s the kickstand”?

I tried so hard to stay out of it but the junior mechanic replied, “I don’t know”!

After he went into the back I explained to the poor old fella that they’re not cool on real bikes anymore. He had them put one on.


  1. fastk9dad says:

    LOL. Unfortunately that poor bike will probably spend more time on that kickstand than being ridden.

  2. I saw a kickstand on a Cervelo S3. It looked so stupid.

  3. Runbug Jones says:

    When my husband bought his road bike a few years back, we did have a kickstand installed. The alternative was that the bike would end up laying flat on the floor of our storage space.

    I just bought my first bike that didn’t come with a kickstand. Or pedals. I have no idea how to store it!

    • bgddyjim says:

      See, there’s the problem right there…and it’s not that the bikes need kickstands! Bikes aren’t stores in the garage or the storage space! They’re leaned against the wall in the bedroom.

      I’m serious, in a really funny way. 😄

      • Runbug Jones says:

        Yeah, the wall in the bedroom is where my knitting yarn lives. Priorities!

      • bgddyjim says:

        Dear God in Heaven! You realize you married a saint right?! The group I ride with is as laid back as they come… Don’t shave your legs? No problem. Jersey doesn’t match the shorts? It’s alright, just expect to hear about it a little. There are two unbreakable rules: no kickstands, no reflectors.

      • Runbug Jones says:

        Wait. .. No reflectors, too? What have I gotten myself into?

      • bgddyjim says:

        LOL! Welcome to the club Runbug Jones! Woohoo!

        The correct answer you your problem is this: buy a floor stand for the, gulp, storage space and forego the kickstand forever. You lean said bike against an object in a way that will completely support said bike when it’s away from the home.

        Reflectors are not needed when your clothes and shoes have reflective accents all over them AND you ride at night with lights.

      • bgddyjim says:

        All in good fun, BTW. I take a few things seriously, as do all of my friends and much of the cycling community, but cycling is a lot like high school. You’ve got the cool kids and we stick to certain rules. Then you have the anti-cool kids who purposely do the opposite of the cool kids to show how stupid their rules are. Then you have the noobs who don’t know where they want to fit in… There are a dozen others but I’m sure you get it. In the end, just ride your bike and enjoy it. That’s all that really matters.

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