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Just as sacrilegious as leaning a bicycle against an automobile is putting a kickstand on said bicycle. One solution is Topeak's Flash Stand Slim — a small fold-out stand that securely holds a bicycle without marring the finish.
This allows you to gear up while the bicycle awaits, and it also props the rear tire off the ground for quick drivetrain adjustments and lubing. The Topeak Flash Stand Slim is constructed from aluminum and durable plastic and weighs just over one pound.
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Pretty, and pretty useless
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
As stated in an earlier review, this is a kickstand substitute. Period. The product blurb says it "props the rear tire off the ground for quick drivetrain adjustments and lubing" but that's misleading. When it's in use, there's no moving the pedals or the drivetrain or rear wheel. So there are no effective adjustments or lubing possible. It's a kickstand substitute, if you want to carry the weight and take up room in a pocket. Otherwise, pointless and useless on a real ride. Since the one I got is on its way back, Comp Cycle will have at least one back in stock pretty soon.
Just the thing for the coffee shop...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Note: CC had the wrong picture posted for this stand (the picture was of the FlashStand Work Stand). Picture is now correct. The FlashStand Slim is a small device that holds the bike upright using the left crank arm (that's what it shows on the instruction sheet but it should work on the chainwheel side as well). Anyhow, it's just the thing for displaying your bike outside the local Starbucks after the training ride while you sit inside sipping a latte pretending you're Chris Froome while passersby gaze at your bike with awe and envy. It will fit in a jersey pocket, fits cranks from 165mm to 175mm in length, 35mm wide and 14mm thick (according to the instructions--I did not test this). It's a pretty snug fit for Campy cranks, at least on the left side; the right crank arm (i.e., drive side) on Campy Chorus cranks was a much better fit than the left crank...slightly different crank arm shape, I guess, but it has to be fairly snug to work correctly. It comes with a cloth carry bag and a decent instruction sheet. All in all, a pretty clever device. It is not, however, stable enough to be a work stand; nor is it intended to be. Think of it as a high tech kick stand like on your olde Schwinn Varsity.
Will this fit a Sram X1 Carbon Eagle crank?