Our rating: 8/10
Our Thorn Nomads didn’t come equipped with a built in bike stand, and if we’d added one, we’d have invalidated the frame’s warranty. So we were left looking for other options, rather than throwing our shiny, new bikes to the ground each time we stopped.
Online, we stumbled across an American company, owned by cycling enthusiast Tom, producing the Clickstand. This is a long stand, made of similar tubing to a tent pole, which folds down into several pieces connected by elastic and will fit neatly into your handlebar bag. At one end is a fat rubber foot to stop the pole slipping, and at the other a piece of curved plastic that supports the top tube of your bike frame.
The pole is made to the specific measurements of your bike, which you must provide on ordering. When it arrived in the post we were dubious about how the lightweight pole would hold up our fully laden bikes, but we have been amazed by its effectiveness.
- Quick to assemble: It takes a matter of seconds to have the Clickstand in position. To expand the pole to its full length requires no effort, it really does click into shape as soon as it’s taken out of the bag.
- Lightweight and small: The folded stand fits perfectly into our Ortlieb handlebar bags and is incredibly light, so doesn’t add weight to the bike.
- Great service: Although based in the US, our clickstands arrived quickly. Tom is very friendly and helpful, quick to get back on email and genuinely supportive and interested in cycle touring.
- Brake bands: Supplied with the clickstands are strong elastic bands that fit over the handlebars to hold the brakes. On unsteady surfaces with the stands, we put these on to hold the bike completely still. Actually though, we use them even when we don’t have the clickstands up.
- It works: It really doesn’t look like it should, but it does!
- Cheap: From $30 they are a good-priced option for a bike stand.
- Sensitive: In soft and sandy conditions we have had problems with the stands holding the bikes, and Paddy’s pole is a little bent as a result. This is a recognised issue by Tom, who introduced the fat-feet to help. However, it’s important when setting up the stand to pay attention to the ground and wind to make the bike as sturdy as possible.
We would definitely recommend the Clickstand to other cyclists. If not at least for the wonder of bystanders as we set it up!