Random ramblings about bicycles, and other random stuff
Friday, January 02, 2009
Hebie Two Legged Kickstand
Yesterday I installed the Hebie two legged kickstand on the Surly LHT. I was previously using the ESGE Pletscher two legged kickstand for almost 2 years.
Since so many people use the Pletscher on the LHT, and i've never heard of anybody talking about the Hebie, I thought I'd put together a quick post of my experiences with the two.
Pletscher: * Lighter: The Hebie weighs about two times the Pletscher * Prettier: It just looks good :) * Out of the way when folded up
* Cheaper. Half price here in Australia. * Immensely strong: definitely stronger than the Pletscher. I could sit on the bike with this kickstand (although my chainstays may not like it), but definitely could not with the Pletscher. * Better mount for LHT: the mount is wider, and slightly longer than the Pletscher. * Simpler system: Less likely to break, easier to clean and maintain.
To mount the kickstand, i put 3mm thick rubber on both mounting surfaces (see pics). This should protect the chainstays when i tighten the mounting bolt. When i first got my Pletscher, I mounted it without any rubber, and it left some ugly marks on my chainstays. I then applied some rust protectant paint, and remounted it with handlebar tape as padding. It chewed through that too though. I then mounted it with the 3mm thick rubber, and it seemed to hold up, so I've done the same with the Hebie.
My main concern with the Hebie was the reduced ground clearance. However this has since proved to not be a problem for regular riding. I can still go up a gutter, without any interference. It wouldn't be too good for technical offroad riding though.
I got the stand from Cheeky Transport in Newtown (Sydney, Australia for those from overseas).