Why Don’t Bikes Come With Kickstands Anymore?

Kickstand or no kickstand. Once a staple component of any new bike, they rarely get shipped in the box these days. Let's look at why.

Bike With Kickstand

If you recently purchased a bike, it might not have a kickstand for you to prop it against. While leisure bikes are more likely to have a kickstand, it is quite uncommon for mountain bikes and road bikes to have a kickstand accessory.

It is true that bikes are not easy to store due to their large size, and many people believe kickstands are convenient for resting the bike instead of against a wall. However, there are many reasons that companies choose not to employ kickstands on their bicycles.

Reasons to not have a bikestand

Weight

The kickstand accessory adds a slight amount of weight to the bike, and most customers expect a lightweight bike to transport them from one place to the next. To be more scientific, the kickstand effects a bike’s aerodynamics, and some riders feel that welded kickstands get weakened by heat stress while they ride the bike, making it unsafe.

Safety

The bulkiness of a kickstand can make it tricky to fit on the slim frame of a mountain bike or road bike, and the rider has to avoid knocking it with their foot when boarding. As well, resting the bike on a kickstand creates a safety issue if the bike were to fall to it’s unstable resting mount.

The small tip of the kickstand could easily sink into soft ground, and a brisk wind could easily tip the bike over. Kickstands are almost always placed on the left side, and if the bike falls over, it will fall to the right.

As a result, derailleur hangers, chain rings, and derailleurs may be damaged. However, if you still prefer having a kickstand onto your bike, placing a golf ball or tennis ball to the tip could prevent the kickstand from sticking into the ground.

Preference

Many professional bike riders discourage having a kickstand due to personal preference. Some may not like the added weight while others believe it is safer to place to the bike lying down to prevent damage.

As well, not installing a kickstand reduces production time in the factory by up to 45 seconds. As a result, the factory has more time to assemble more bikes a day.

Alternatives to a kickstand

Resting the bike on the ground is seen as a safer way to ensure the frame doesn’t get damaged as there is no opportunity for it to fall. However, this takes up a considerably larger amount of space, and you may want to consider an easy alternative to a pre-installed kickstand to rest your bike upon.

The Click-Stand

Strong bike kickstand

The Click-Stand is a portable attachment that you can place on your bike’s frame that allows for the bike to rest upright. The device is a small, fold-able pole that you can easily carry in your backpack and attach to the back bike spoke when you need to take a rest. The Click-Stand attaches to the back of a bike frame via a rubber cradle making it easy to remove.

Made of adjustable aluminum pole links, the other end of the Click-Stand has a rubber end that grips to the ground for stability. Thus, your bike is less likely to fall over, and the device can be easily put on and off the bike. The removable pole lets you enjoy the wonders of a kickstand while remaining to have lightweight ride.

The Click-Stand comes in two different diameters that hold more or less weight: The Mini is suitable for typical lightweight bikes, and the Maxi can hold more weight for heavier bikes.

Each Click-Stand is custom-made for the frame of your bike, and you have the choice of four to six links to rest your bike upon.

Both weigh under 100 grams, with the Mini-stand weighing around 60 grams, and the Maxi about 100 grams.

The Upstand

Similar to the Click-Stand, the Upstand is made of several links that attach to the back part of your bike frame. However, the links for the Upstand are made of carbon fiber, and a magnet attaches the links to your bike. As well, it contains a rubber end to place on the ground for increased stability and grip.

It’s one of the best removable kickstands around.

While the Upstand requires a little more installation due to the need for a magnet attachment placed next to the back wheel’s quick release skewer, the magnet makes the stand easy to add to the bike for resting.

It can be folded down to easily fit into your backpack, and the stand only weighs 25 grams. However, the magnet that you need to install onto the bike adds 15 grams to your bike even without the stand attached.