The Best Bike Stand

Updated on 1st February 2022

After 10 hours of comparing 24 bike stands and testing 7 of them, we have concluded that the BV KA76 side stand currently offers the best value for money.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best high-end

BV KA76

With its quick and easy height adjustment mechanism and easy installation on most bikes, it is ergonomic, versatile, efficient and above all very enjoyable to use.

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BV KA76

This side stand has a tight spring-loaded latch. It is very easy to install and remove and only requires a wrench to loosen/tighten the bolt. It is made of durable and strong aluminium, but it remains still quite light and discreet on a bike. Although its foot is a little bit narrow, it ensures excellent stability on many types of grounds and bikes thanks to its non-slip sole. Moreover, it is compatible with any bike with wheels from 24″ to 29″. When we tested it, we particularly liked the simple height adjustment mechanism which, unlike most of the models we tested, is quick and tool-free.

 

 

Best budget

B’Twin 500 Base

Easy to install and with good potential in terms of compatibility, this model offers good value for money. It ensures the stability of a traditional bike with its wide aluminium stand.

£ 12.99 on Decathlon

B’Twin-500-Base

This side stand has a wide, solid aluminium foot that provided good stability when we tested it. The manufacturer claims that it can support a maximum load of 25 kg and, in our opinion, it holds up well on electric bikes. With the simple diagram on the box, we found it easy to place and remove with a wrench. It is fixed at the base of the bike and is therefore compatible with many bikes, but it is not suitable for bikes under 24″. The height adjustment is also quite simple, but it cannot be done without a proper Allen key.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best high-endBest budget
BV KA76 B’Twin 500 Base
With its quick and easy height adjustment mechanism and easy installation on most bikes, it is ergonomic, versatile, efficient and above all very enjoyable to use. Easy to install and with good potential in terms of compatibility, this model offers good value for money. It ensures the stability of a traditional bike with its wide aluminium stand.
£ 20.16 on Amazon £ 12.99 on Decathlon

 

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How did we do the testing?

We began by installing each stand on different bikes to check their compatibility and ease of fixing. Of course, we carefully checked the height adjustment and the general ergonomics of each model.

To judge the stability, we used different kinds of bikes (electric, mountain and city bikes with or without equipment) as well as the type of ground (flat, steep, uneven, etc.). Finally, we focused on solidity with the quality of the materials, ease of use and weight.

 

How to choose your bike stand?

Very useful to stabilise the bike when stopping frequently, the stand is an essential accessory, just as lights, the tail light, the computer, the anti-theft or the seat.

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Before looking at the different elements that must be taken into account in order to choose the most suitable model, it is important to differentiate between the different types of stand:

  • The side stands: light, simple, not too bulky and often popular because of its low price, it consists of a single foot and can be placed in different places on the bike. It is often used with city bikes or hybrid bikes, which are also generally lighter models (maximum 25 kg). However, it is less effective in supporting a heavier bike. It is usually recommended to place the stand where there is the most load.
  • The double centre stand: positioned under the pedal, it offers a very good balance to the heaviest bikes thanks to its two feet. Although it is more solid and windproof, it is also heavier, which adds weight to your bike. It is more recommended for highly equipped bikes, as long as the weight is properly distributed.

Having identified the stand, here is a list of criteria to consider before purchasing:

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  • The type of fixing: The front rack stand is a supplement to another stand. It keeps the handlebar steady despite heavy loads. The fixing under the pedal is undoubtedly the most interesting because it is less inconvenient and very easy to use in all situations. Easier to install, the seat stay stand is the most compatible (screws, hose clamp, mounting plate, etc.) with many bikes available on the market. It all depends on the fixings integrated into the frame. In case of incompatibility, it is possible to install a mounting plate.

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  • Compatibility: choose your stand according to the size of your bike. If you want to be able to use it on different equipment, we advise you to choose one that can be adjusted because it is also suitable for all types of ground.
  • Maximum load-bearing capacity: you should of course take into account the weight of the bike, but also the additional accessories and, above all, the items you wish to carry on it (groceries, child seat, etc.).

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  • Material: most stands are made of solid metal, such as aluminium or stainless steel, to withstand outdoor environments. Similarly, the wider the feet, the better the support.

 

Other bike stand we recommend 

Ursus Jumbo (£42.55 when published): Specially designed for heavier bikes, electric bikes or heavily equipped bikes. Made of corrosion-resistant aluminium, this two-legged centre stand is solid and stable and, according to the manufacturer, can hold up to 100 kg. However, its significant weight (1,3 kg) makes the bike considerably heavier. It must be fixed under the pedal, but despite the diagram on the box, its size makes it quite difficult to assemble and install. Available in 2 lengths for 26″ and 28″ bikes, it is not really universal, and the feet cannot be adjusted.

 

Other bike stand we tested 

B’Twin 300 centrale (£7.99 when published): An affordable option, but tends to bend. This side model is very compatible (except for bikes smaller than 24″). We easily fixed it thanks to the simple diagram on the box. Moreover, its height is adjustable, but you will need an Allen key. Nevertheless, its light and thin steel design is not as strong and is not sufficient to hold slightly more equipped bikes or to stabilise bikes on slopes.

 

Translated by Laura Wautier

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