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mello yello
04-27-2017, 09:36 AM
I got a tip from Bike Forums, and I just picked up a work stand from Aldi, the grocery store chain. It's apparently gotten some pretty good reviews. It's no park stand, but for $30 it only has to last 1/6th as long.

I walked into a store yesterday and thought, no way is there anything other than food in here, and left. Then I took the virtual tour and discovered that yes, actually, the center aisle has all the "deals". I think it's on for another week - they stock what they think they can sell in a week, then clear it for another item. Maybe after next week they'll be discounted in the back corner.

https://www.aldi.us/en/weekly-specials/aldi-finds-for-april-26/april-26-detail/ps/p/bikemate-bike-work-stand-1/

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KLizotte
04-27-2017, 09:49 AM
I have a park stand and my biggest gripe about it is how unstable it is. It has three legs and has a tendency to tip towards the bike side due to the weight imbalance. The one pictured above looks like it wouldn't have that problem though one will have to be mindful not to trip on the legs.

mello yello
04-27-2017, 09:51 AM
one will have to be mindful not to trip on the legs.

Yeah, I think that's the biggest complaint. It's not for people who will be spending all day around it working on bikes. I envision setting this up in the alley outside the garage so I have plenty of space to walk around.

LeprosyStudyGroup
04-27-2017, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the tip I'll have to check out the aldi near me on the way home, getting a collapsible stand has been on my -these things are too expensive for how often I'd use them- list for a long time.

drevil
04-27-2017, 10:59 AM
I have a park stand and my biggest gripe about it is how unstable it is. It has three legs and has a tendency to want to tip towards the side with the bike on it due to the weight imbalance. The one pictured above looks like it wouldn't have that problem though one will have to be mindful not to trip on the legs.

If I have a particularly heavy bike on my three-legged Feedback workstand (https://www.feedbacksports.com/shop/pro-elite-work-stand/), I'll position the clamp directly above one of the legs to prevent what you describe above. I just have to mind the leg jutting out when I'm maneuvering around. Is this possible on your Park, and have you already tried it... or is this me right now? :)

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KLizotte
04-27-2017, 11:36 AM
^^ That's a good idea. I'll have to check the next time I use the stand.

LeprosyStudyGroup
04-27-2017, 04:59 PM
No stands at the del Ray Aldi which may be for the best because I didn't think too hard on how I'd get it that last mile or two home :confused:

mello yello
04-28-2017, 07:01 AM
There were probably a dozen in Cheverly, out 50... it's a drive for sure.

Emm
04-28-2017, 07:07 AM
ohh I'll have to check out the Route 1 Aldi by my house on my way home today. Maybe they'll have one left. Thanks for the tip!

Birru
04-28-2017, 08:02 AM
No stands at the del Ray Aldi which may be for the best because I didn't think too hard on how I'd get it that last mile or two home :confused:

I saw SteveO haul a unicycle on his rack and climb steep hills like a mountain goat. I'm sure you'd figure something out.

LeprosyStudyGroup
04-28-2017, 08:39 AM
I saw SteveO haul a unicycle on his rack and climb steep hills like a mountain goat. I'm sure you'd figure something out.

I probably would have assembled it outside the store and mounted the bike on it and carried it all home like a battle standard to let those cars know how the war is going.

Steve O
04-28-2017, 11:27 AM
I saw SteveO haul a unicycle on his rack and climb steep hills like a mountain goat.


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Vicegrip
04-28-2017, 01:50 PM
You never know where a thread is going to go......

Emm
04-28-2017, 07:01 PM
As of 7pm there are 6 left at the Aldi in S. Alexandria on Route 1. There were 7 there but now one is living in my garage, destined to be a bike wash stand.

They're kinda hidden and not really obvious unless you're looking for them, but they're there in the middle like mello yellow said...along with some other seriously weird stuff.





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ejmstump
04-30-2017, 08:45 AM
I bought one on Friday at the Aldi's on Duke St in Alexandria. They had several left. I showed it to a friend yesterday and he planned to go buy one as well. Thanks for posting this!

JustinW
05-01-2017, 12:31 PM
@ 7-ish remain at the Aldi near Seminary & 395 in (West) Alexandria.

And yes, what a strange store....

mello yello
05-01-2017, 12:42 PM
I probably would have assembled it outside the store and mounted the bike on it and carried it all home like a battle standard to let those cars know how the war is going.

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bobco85
05-02-2017, 07:58 PM
@ 7-ish remain at the Aldi near Seminary & 395 in (West) Alexandria.

And yes, what a strange store....

Picked one up at the Seminary/Kenmore/Van Dorn Aldi this evening (now there are 3 left). It's heavier than expected, but I managed to get it home by resting one part of the box on my handlebars and another part on my left knee/arm, switching between the two whether I had to brake/steer or pedal. Luckily I live only a mile from that Aldi.

Built it, and I'm surprised by the solid and decent quality ($30 is a steal). Pics of the setup follow (mind the mess; that part of my apartment is next on the list for spring cleaning).

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