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Trike Work Stand

Retired aerospace engineer Gary Bunting of southern California has invented a nifty portable trike stand for roadside repairs on picnic tables. Leave it to an engineer’s mind to figure this stuff out. Well, it works, and here is the proof. He was just itching for a chance to use it on our cross country trip, and got that chance when he swore he could hear his left front disc brake rubbing (I couldn’t hear a thing). So, he whips out his trusty plastic marvel, with some sort of a rubber liner to keep his gorgeous yellow Catrike paint unscathed, and shows me how it quickly assembles and raises the trike so the front tire could be rotated. We never successfully tracked down the offending noise or cause, but hey, we got to finally use the stand. Mission accomplished … at least the important part.

10 responses

  1. Glen Aldridge

    WoW! That is pretty cool! Especially with the adjustable height & lock.

    June 4, 2012 at 7:45 am

  2. Brown Daniel

    Checked out that carbon fiber trike made in Germany. Only weighs in at 25 pounds. That’s the lightest trike on the market. My tadpole is about 30 pounds. Believe it would be a lot cheaper for me to loose 5 pounds than buy one of those.

    June 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

  3. The heaviest single item is the organic engine of the trike, in other words, the trike’s pilot. I’ve heard riders complain about a pound here and a pound there, wanting to save weight so their trike is as light as can be, and yet some of these folks are 30 pounds overweight themselves. What good is saving 5 pounds with ultra light carbon fiber components if 20 pounds are added with unhealthy bodyfat? Sure enough Daniel, it’s one heck of a lot cheaper and more efficient in the long run to get one’s body in excellent physical condition first, and THEN begin to contemplate how to shave a few ounces and pounds off the trike itself.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

  4. Alonzo Savage (Alphonsodondoogleberry)

    Very neat and portable. From pictures I saw on the net a while ago I constructed, from plastic water pipe, a similar arrangement that holds the whole trike off the ground to a height convenient for me to work on.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

  5. Frank Dean

    Steve, that looks like a really handy stand. I have been using a cardboard box to suspend the rear wheel off the ground when cleaning my chain. I constructed a full size work stand from PVC pipe with plans off the Internet, but it doesn’t work for cleaning the chain. I do not want to get it dirty or deal with the spray and drips from 4 feet high off the ground.
    I wonder if your friend would be so kind as to give us pipe size and length etc. so your loyal readers could construct their own stands? This one even looks like it is size adjustable, pretty clever.

    Great website!

    Frank

    June 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  6. Okay Gary, they want to know about the stand’s specific construction details. Can you supply that information? (in case he doesn’t read this and reply anytime soon, I’ll email him too Frank).

    June 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  7. Alonzo Savage (Alphonsodondoogleberry)

    Try this website: http://www.williambenedict.com/bikes/trike-stand.html

    June 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

  8. Glen Aldridge

    Man, That’s way too complex for a simple work stand. Space Shuttle or Formula One teams excepted. For a simple Work Stand just follow these plans & adjust the PVC supports to fit your Boom & Main Tube. Total cost less than $40. http://www.utahtrikes.com/ARTICLE-47.html

    June 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

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