Portable Trike Stand

Gary Bunting constructed a portable trike stand for use on overland trike journeys, and he brought it along on the Coast to Cactus Tricycle Expedition in 2011. Several folks have requested the basics about the stand, so Gary has submitted the following photos and text that demonstrates how to make one of these nifty little widgets yourself. Mr. Bunting rides a 2010 Catrike Road, which he has named Yellow Beast. Here is a photo of Gary on his trike, followed by specs on his trike stand:

Gary on Day Three of the 2011 expedition

His trike stand in use on Day Eight of the expedition

PORTABLE TRIKE JACK STAND COMPONENTS

SMALL EXTENSION FRAME SUPPORT INSTALLED INTO PORTABLE TRIKE JACK STAND

REAR FRAME SUPPORT EXTENSION INSTALLED INTO PORTABLE TRIKE JACK STAND

(NOTE: Small Extension and Fits Into Rear Frame Support)

 

PORTABLE TRIKE JACK STAND BASE WITH CENTER SECTION FOLDED DOWN FOR TRANSPORT IN TRIKE TOURING BAG

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Gary’s Specification Paper:

MATERIALS FOR PORTABLE TRIKE JACK STAND

BASE AND EXTENSIONS:

½-Inch Schedule ‘40’ PVC Sprinkler Line (Approximately 22 Inches Total Length Required);

BASE:

½-Inch Schedule ‘40’ PVC Tees (Three each (3) Required);

½-Inch Schedule ‘40’ PVC 90º Elbows (Four each (4) Required);

SMALL EXTENSION:

½-Inch Schedule ‘40’ PVC Threaded Adapter (One (1) Required);

½-Inch x 1 ½-Inch Schedule ‘40’ PVC Threaded Tee (One (1) Required – ‘T’ Portion cut sectionally to accommodate frame tube diameter);

Pad Made from 1/8-Inch Thick Neoprene (Glued to Cut-Down ‘T’ Using Marine Contact Adhesive and Sealant – ‘Amazing GOOP’);

REAR FRAME SUPPORT EXTENSION:

½-Inch Schedule ‘40’ PVC Non-Threaded Coupling (One (1) Required);

ADHESIVES:

Oatley Regular Clear PVC Cement (One (1) 8 FL. OZ. Can);

Amazing GOOP Marine Contact Adhesive and Sealant (One (1) 3.7 Fl. OZ. Tube).

NOTES:

1. Before using Trike Jack Stand, ensure that all brakes on the trike are engaged and locked fully and securely using whatever method works for your trike (I use a Velcro strap on each brake handle);

2. After all components for BASE are cut to proper lengths to achieve a 5 ½ -Inch square platform (on pipe centers), glue up all pieces EXCEPT center ‘T’ component that is the receiver for the EXTENSIONS. This ‘T’ must be able to swivel (albeit with some resistance to maintain position when trike is supported on jack stand) to allow stowage in touring bag;

3. The EXTENSIONS are cut at equal lengths – one plugged into the other using the coupler glued to the REAR FRAME SUPPORT EXTENSION.

4. When using the jack stand, be sure to position the center ‘T’ so that the trike cannot move forward or backward if the ‘T’ should swivel unintentionally;

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2 Responses to Portable Trike Stand

  1. Frank says:

    Steve and Gary,

    Thank you very much for the specifics on the building a portable trike jack stand.

    Frank

  2. Gary W. Bunting says:

    You’re very welcome, Frank

    BTW, I just purchased a new 2014 Shiney Mango Catrike 700 and used this stand to jack up the rear of the 700 to run through the gears (30) to make sure all was adjusted properly. I’m happy to report that the stand works just as well on the 700 as it does on the ROAD. Glad I don’t have to make two of these. Relief.

    Gary

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