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The Phantom Kickstand… How to Stand Your Bike when it doesn’t have a Kickstand… or a Place to Lean.

While not recommended on a windy day, when you’re down on places to prop your bike, look for a curb:

That’s not a magic trick.

The key is proper use of the pedals:

The bike is resting solely on the pedal, so it’s tough to get this right. Use the weight of the bike and the position in the pedal stroke to hold the bike up… Looking at the crank, I’ve got the pedal at about 6:30 – 7:00. If you were to set the pedal at 4:30-5:00 this wouldn’t work as the freewheel would simply allow the crank to spin backwards.

I’ve also seen a helmet used in lieu of a curb in a pinch.

Just do yourself a favor and practice this before you use it. This isn’t a very stable way to stand your bike up – and it’s always better to opt for leaning it against something. In a pinch, though, this will do.


  1. ericritter65 says:

    Practice is key, much like a quick track stand at a busy stop sign!

  2. tischcaylor says:

    That is one cool trick!

  3. theandyclark says:

    Ok, time for a noob question. is there a problem with flipping it?

    • bgddyjim says:

      Flipping the bike the other way? No. Just make sure the pedal facing the curb is in the proper position so it’ll take the bike’s weight. Flipping the pedal the other way, absolutely. Try it, just hold on to the bike do it doesn’t fall when the freewheel spins… 😱

      • theandyclark says:

        Flipping the bike upside down. I have kickstand. When I travel with Boy Scouts they tend to flip the bike upside down, which I do for maintenance on the road (actually the easiest way to get tires back on too).

      • bgddyjim says:

        Oh, that’s a tough one. I would never flip my bike upside down in lieu of a place to lean it. In a pinch that works, yes, but that’s an invitation to damage… and when your handlebar runs about $300, it’s not recommended.

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