Thank you Greg Heil from Singletracks.com for help with this!
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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.
Bike prep is one of the most important things you can do prior to a race or any big ride. Most people will do a last minute check over before any race or big ride, but when was the last time you did a post race check over?
Road Wet and Hung Up to Dry
When your done with that big ride, the last thought in the back of your mind was to clean up your bike. Now, this could be the worst thing you are doing for your bike. If you let your bike sit after a hard ride for days, it doesn’t matter if its dry or very wet, your chain, bearings and others are aching for attention.
Steps to Post Ride Bike Check Over
Today, I’ll be walking you through what I did after my cyclocross race on Saturday. Some of these steps may differ depending on what type of riding or conditions your in.
- Gently hose off the muddy bike. Using a soft scrub brush or rag to clean down the frame and rims. As you are wiping off the frame check for any new scratches, dents or damages, especially if you crashed.
- Wipe down chain and drip on your favorite lube, leave it soaking in as you do the rest of the checkover
- Check the brake pads and braking surface
- Spin wheels and make sure wheels are true, while spinning make sure there aren’t any new cuts or missing rubber from your tires
- Check shifting and brake tension
- Wipe off chain lube
The above check over should take 15 minutes after you get used to the process. Depending on the ride, like my race in the mud on Saturday, I may leave my lube to soak into the chain overnight. If you don’t have full sealed bearings you may need to soak lube into those as well.
Many people neglect their bike after a race. I’ve seen chains frozen solid or someone taking a bike for a ride after a race and not having any brake pads! Make this check over a normal part of your routine and you’re bike maintenance bill will go down and your parts will last longer. In additional you’ll be happier on the bike with a well maintained machine!