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Thread: Kickstand for touring bike?

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    Default Kickstand for touring bike?

    Would anyone care to recommend a good kickstand for a bike used for fully-loaded touring? I assume it'll be a double-legged kickstand, as all the weight from panniers will likely render a single-legged kickstand useless. I know some will argue that a kickstand isn't worth using since you can just lay your bike down - but it seems like an easier way to stop and get something out of a pannier.

    My bike is a Surly Cross Check, in case compatibility matters.

    All leads are appreciated, especially if it can be ordered through a DC bike shop.

    Thanks!
    Crystal

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    I run a double legged one on my touring bike, but I can't remember the brand. I'll check later and let you know.

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    I have the ESGE/Pletscher Double Kickstand on my bike. I'm running a soma saga, which actually has a mounting plate for a kickstand.

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    I've got the pletscher also. Be warned, it's a boat anchor--about 1.5 pounds. On a tourer you probably won't care. It's a fairly ingenious solution, and does what you want it to do.

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    Well, back in the day, we didn't use no stinking kickstand. We used walls. If a wall wasn't available, we just put our bike (actually the pannier) on the ground and let the rear wheel spin freely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbb View Post
    Ouch. Good to know. I did a little more reading online and it looks like kickstands and Surlys don't like to play nice - without a mounting plate for a kickstand, it might be safer to forego it. Another said they bought the Pletscher kickstand but there wasn't enough space to mount it on the Cross-Check.

    I'll just keep an eye out for walls, for now. Thanks everyone!

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