|A Greenfield Kickstand shows some leg|
Hands a blur of tools and fingers, BikemanforU was pulling off the battered original kickstand that came with this bike when it was purchased back in the ‘90s.
The black powder coating had given way to several blotches of rusted steel. “This thing is junk,” he said. “I bet your bike’s fallen over more than once.”
Actually, the commuter bike hadn’t fallen over at all. The squeaky old kickstand was only used when the bike was parked on the kitchen rug for cleaning. Even then, the bike was backed up close to the sink, just in case.
Prior testing, which consisted of parking and standing ready to catch the teetering bike, had further revealed the original kickstand was never to be trusted when the bike carried any weight in front or back. Without commuter gear or groceries, yes, old rusty steely could do the job.
This was the root of that doubt. If the old kickstand worked under limited conditions, and if those limitations were respected, then was a new kickstand necessary? The cyclist certainly wanted a springy new aluminum kickstand made in the
. But did she need one? The only way to find out was to ride this bike. USA
All doubt vanished this morning. The
kickstand is a need and a want. Not only does it spring into place securely, the Greenfield center mount kickstand stands up unconditionally to wet sand, even with the extra weight of commuter gear. Greenfield
Any thought of the old kickstand has disappeared, too, along with its limitations.
Because now a reluctant cyclist knows what the BikemanforU already knew. A well-made kickstand is an affordable accessory for the commuter bike, one that many would consider a necessity.