The two guys behind Road Holland are good peeps. You don’t hear me saying that too often, so believe me it is a compliment. While we have talked about them in the past, I have limited it mainly due to the fact they are two guys in the bike industry.
While so much of the world may see cyclists as neon spandex clad ants that take up too much of the road, the reality is that there are so many wonderful people involved in our sport.
To highlight them, Road Holland is kicking off a film series entitled “Good People In Cycling.” In each episode we’ll take a look at people who are doing extraordinary but often unsung work to help others.
Episode I features Craig Dodson of the Richmond Cycling Corp from Richmond, VA. Craig founded RCC as a way to give back all that he got out of cycling to kids who might otherwise never get on two wheels. In the process, he’s changing lives.
I believe that bikes can solve many of the worlds problems if we put enough energy behind it to do so. I know I am happier on the bike than most anywhere else in the world. In honor of May being National Bike Month the fine folks at People for Bikes have created a short film.
I believe in bikes, and I believe that we can find ourselves out there on them.
As a mechanic you become very territorial and particular with your tools. Once you find something you like, and that doesn’t let you down – you stick with it until it does. Ultimate Repair Stands which became Feedback Sports a few years ago is one of those things. They make repair stands, and scales that I would recommend to everyone and anyone. When I was given the opportunity to upgrade from my old and well used Ultimate repair stand to the Feedback Sports Pro Elite Repair Stand, I bit the chance hard!
Specifications of the Pro Elite Stand
Key specs that I like to point out of this stand are the following
Weight : 12.6 lbs. It makes it easy to take with you on the road and for smaller women to manipulate around
Transportable. Tie the weight with the ease of collapsing down the the stand into a relatively compact package
Stable. This is where the importance for a mechanic comes in. I want to be able to do a complete rebuild, full service and do it all on the road. Everything I’ve thrown at this stand, it has taken. This is thanks to the 54″ tripod base system. As long as you position the bike correctly on the legs, you won’t have it tipping over on you, no matter the bike.
Quick Release Clamp. One of my favorite parts of this stand is the quick release button. All repair stands need this, more importantly all stands need this feature with it lasting as long as Feedback Sports release last. If you work on bikes often, you’ll love this one hand use clamp.
More on the Pro Elite Stand
As the testing continues, bikes get heavier, clamps get used more, and so on there are a few other notes to mention that aren’t above. This stand can come with or without a tote bag, I like the tote bag but if you plan on transporting it once a year save your money. MSRP : Between $220-240 depending where/when and if you want the tote bag
Until I’m finished my review, take a look at Road Bike Review’s video of Feedback Sports 2011 line up:
Disclaimber : This product was given to me at no charge for reviewing. I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.