A kid’s bicycle. It seems without question a kickstand engenders that mindset in the minds of adult males as it relates to a recumbent bike, or perhaps and bike, be it mountain bike, road bike, but maybe not a cruiser bike.
Experience on the other hand will make a good case for a kickstand. Just try propping your recumbent bike up at anyplace you happen to stop on a ride. Sure, as long as a wall, tree, or some other object is near it’s possible. However a LWB is a bit of a package to prop up anywhere, especially if other bikes are near.
Now some may have no problem simply laying it down. However, if your’s is a factory version at say $1200, that may not be the way you want to handle that sort of investment. It’s just not cool. So what to do?
Just suppose yours is a cobbled together homebuilt model, valued at maybe $300 or less. Do you feel any different about how to treat it when riding in an event, or stopping at a local coffee shop in downtown Sarasota, Florida, or Indianapolis, Indiana? It’s doubtful.
What if your bike were the one that was knocked over…?
There is nothing more discouraging than propping up your ‘bent to have it fall over, even causing others to topple at the same time. Embarrassing! How many different ways can you think of to apologize? What if your bike were the one that was knocked over by another? Ahh…that may hit home a little more. Been there…done that…made the weak apology.
If this were not important, imagine having an Easy Racers Ti Rush titanium recumbent at $5995.00! Yup, that’s a dollar sign for this titanium beauty. So imagine propping this up somewhere safe. Right? Not very likely that you would leave it to chance that this bike would fall over. So how do you prevent that? Exactly…with a kickstand.
Kickstands range $15 to $40 depending on the bike they need to fit.
It’s really funny how many resist this inexpensive add-on, but will spend big bucks adding panniers, racks, expensive computers that cost more than a kickstand, but do nothing to protect the bike.
Kickstands range from $15 to $40, depending on the bike they need to fit. If you have a near $6000 recumbent bike, would you really want to chance having it fall over, even once? Paint could get scratched, nicks, broken mirrors, or any number of what might be minor dings, but who wants those?
So just like you would not be likely to go without a rear-view mirror on your bike, which is a key safety feature, why avoid using a kickstand? Does this seem like harping on something that is insignificant? Well, it’s your bike, and if treating it like a department store Huffy is fine by you, well then a kickstand likely won’t matter.
You can tell a lot about a recumbent bike owner by something as simple as that. If you were considering buying that bike, it might give you an idea of just how well it’s been taken care of and maintained. Some cause for concern. Such a simple thing that can tell a story. What’s your story?