Well, give them the finger by spending your hard earned cash on making a functional repair stand by yourself. I have made two different kinds of repair stands, and both work phenomenally well. I just love to tinker and build things; it’s so fun.
I looked for weeks, and maybe months in my spare time figuring out how I could find a premade tripod or equivalent type of structure that could be used as a repair stand. I was very tempted in buying an outdoor construction worklight tripod off of craigslist or something, ditch or sell the lights, and work from there.
Luckily, I was able to find a post on a DIY blog that changed everything and simplified my ideas on how to create this DIY project. This idea was brewing in my head for maybe…. six months before I found this page; you wouldn’t understand how glad I was when I stumbled upon it.
All of the instructions on how to build this folding repair stand are included on his page. His photos detail the step by step plans on how to build it.
After everything, the repair stand costs about $40 to fabricate.
- $20 for the Speaker Tripod off of ebay
- $10 for the pony clamp/pipe clamp at a local hardware store
- $7-10 for the pieces of pipe and connecting parts required.
I am pretty satisfied with the results, and might even paint my folding repair stand in pretty colors like afajarito did.
Now for the part that you are all waiting for, the photos:
This repair stand can hold a bike from it’s seatlost or the top tube just like a typical repair stand could, it can also rotate and suspend the bike in wacky positions just like afajarito‘s blog shows. If you have a smaller sized bike, or mtb with a small opening in the front diamond, you may have problems holding the top tube correctly. With my 15.5″ Gary Fisher Cobia, I am able to clamp and hold the bike by the top tube, but it is not the easiest to hold the bike up to maneuver the clamp into position while lifting the bike in the air to do so. Do I have any hesitations or qualms about the design? Nope. Just make sure to get an iron tripod. My Aluminum one is very sturdy, but gives me the creeps on how the vertical supporting tube (1mm thick wall) sways a bit when the wind picks up.
Don’t be afraid of finding ways to build what you want or need. You may even enjoy it!