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ETC folding bicycle repair and maintenance stand - review
If you're one for tinkering with your bike but don't have three or more arms, a bicycle repair and maintenance stand is a lifesaver. You know when you're trying to balance the bike against one of the kitchen units, steadying it with your left leg while lying on the floor trying to tighten up a bolt? Just me then!
A workstand takes away all of those hassles, acting like a giant pair of safe and secure hands that cradle your bike while you work away happily.
A workshop stand is also great if you're pregnant or have a bad back, and don't want to be bending over or kneeling for long periods. If the kids are around, a bike maintenance stand is a great way to show them what you're doing, or for them to take an active part with the bike securely mounted on the stand. Just take care they don't bang their heads on it!
The ETC folding bicycle repair and maintenance stand
I was sent the ETC bicycle repair and maintenance stand to review. It is a height adjustable affair, meaning you can raise the jaws up to a maximum of 1.55m and poke around underneath your bike if so required. It comes with a very handy tool tray so you don't lose your nuts and bolts, and is equipped with the soft jaws of a labrador retriever. Well not really, but the jaws are rubber lined to avoid causing any damage to bike frames.
A useful function of the ETC stand is that the jaws can be rotated so you can hold your bike either by the top tube, seat tube, or seatpost with the bike rotated to any given angle - handy!
Another great feature of this workshop stand is the ability to fold the legs up. In our house this is a boon, as it lives tucked away against the study wall, but without having the legs protruding precariously into the room! Seeing as the room is tiny, that would never do.
How easy is the ETC stand to construct?
The stand arrives boxed and ready for assembly complete with a pretty decent set of instructions. Take your time and follow the instructions and it's a straightforward process. I made a cup of tea, laid the pieces out on the floor and worked my way through it in about half an hour.
What's the ETC workshop stand like to use?
Since the ETC stand arrived for review it's been used in anger on a variety of bikes, including a 1970's Holdsworth touring bike, a 2013 children's Frog 55 bike, and it's also been tested to see if it could hold a teardrop-tubed mountain bike frame. It gets a thumbs up as it held all of them securely.
I've found it to be extremely useful, and it's been great for adjusting brakes, renovating frames and cleaning wheels as well as a whole host of other jobs that would be so much more difficult without a stand.
As for the frame itself, it feels solid in construction with a finish that should be able to take a fair few knocks. It's also reassuringly heavy, which means that when a bike is mounted, the ETC stand doesn't feel as though it's going to topple over.
ETC folding bicycle repair and maintenance stand review - the final verdict
The ETC stand is a good value folding bicycle repair and maintenance stand that feels solid and sturdy in use. Recommended.
The ETC bicycle repair and maintenance stand was provided to Cycle Sprog for review.
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