Regardless of how you feel towards kickstands on a road bike, judging by the number of questions I used to get in the bike shop about them, there are people out there that want one. Case in point? The carbon fiber, collapsible Upstand. First spotted about a year ago, the Upstand has been upgraded and offers the bike propping ability for bicycles without a kickstand mount. Got a 20″ wheeled folding or recumbent bike? There’s an Upstand for that. There are also sizes for 26″/700c and 29″ wheels as well.
Created by the same folks behind 2×2 Cycles, Upstand is building the kickstands in the US and is looking for some support.
Built sort of like a collapsing tent pole, the Upstand uses an axial magnet to connect to a steel tab mounted under the quick release. When not in use the Upstand is simply disconnected from the tab and stored in your jersey pocket, seat bag, or in the new UpClip – a bracket that mounts under your water bottle cage.
Already a good portion of the way there with 10 days to go, the Upstand is being offered through a Kickstarter to provide funding for continued production in the US.
Upstands start at $39, which includes the UpClip to store the Upstand on your frame.