Stand4Cure – Road Bike “KwikStands” with a Touch of Philanthropy
No, it’s not the first road bike kickstand, and it probably won’t be the last. The latest support for the skinny tire crowd comes from Stand4Cure, a company started by Tom Jensen. After battling prostate cancer, Tom looked to his trusty Orbea road bike to begin the road to recovery. After wishing he had a way to prop up his bike without needing to modify or add anything to the frame, Tom approached his brother Reg who is an engineer and inventor.
The thought was to develop a stand that attached to the crank bolt or preload bolts of standard road cranks that could easily be installed and removed. The friction fit meant nothing had to be added to the bike, and the extendable leg allowed for adjusting the lean angle of the bike. After the initial round of prototypes were developed, the final design was approved and Tom started selling the Kwikstands. During his battle with cancer Tom found the importance of research, education, and community connections, so he vowed to donate $3 from the sale of each stand – $1 to each of the areas of support. Stand4Cure was born.
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To attach the Kwikstand, simply dismount, pull the stand from your jersey pocket or saddle bag, extend, and plug into the crank bolt hole. As long as the front wheel is turned, Tom says the bike won’t move making it simple yet effective. Kwikstands are offered in 4 standards – Shimano compatible (Star shaped), 8mm bolt, 10mm bolt (many SRAM GXP cranks), and 10mm bolts with deep sockets like found on Campy cranks.
The complete stand weighs 2.50z (70.8g) and measures 6.5″ collapsed, and 11.5″ fully extended. Pricing starts at $27.98 in red, blue, black, pink, or silver with a silver rod. Upgrades include custom inscriptions for $10, and $5 for an anodized internal rod.