How to Install a Kickstand on Your Bicycle

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I'm handy, but not familiar with bicycles so much, and it took me several minutes to figure out how to install my new kickstand properly. In the interest of saving someone else those few minutes, here's how to do it. (Note that some bikes won't have the installation bracket, but these are likely to be a) VERY high end, or b) VERY antique and in either case you probably don't want to add a cheap kickstand anyway.)

The kickstand should come with a bolt and a kind of top bracket, which at first glance seems not to really fit with the stand part. The only tool you'll need is a wrench - my kickstand had a bolt that a 14mm wrench fit well. An adjustable wrench would also work.

The third pic is of the part of the bicycle frame that the kickstand will attach to.

Step 1: Attach the Bolt

This pic shows the order of the parts: above the two lower frame bars, place the second kickstand bracket. Below it, place the main kickstand part. Note that the bracket on the bike may have flanges to keep the kickstand positioned properly (see second pic). If you miss the flanges, your kickstand may interfere with the rear shift cable, which is not advised. It'll sit in easily enough if you know there's a bracket there.

Note also that the top kickstand bracket may want to interfere with the pedal gear shift cable! This is just bad design on my bike, but there's no reason not to simply rotate the bracket to avoid the cable. As long as there's enough bracket on the bar to hold the kickstand, you're fine.

Insert the bolt, from the top, through the top kickstand bracket, through the hole in the bike frame bracket, and into the main kickstand part. Screw it in.

Step 2: Lean Proudly.

And wash your hands, you've got bicycle grease all over them, ew.

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    RidwaanE

    1 year ago

    wow many thanks. bought a raleigh alloy kickstand which has no instructions and only says to visit a bike dealer to install. i couldnt figure out where to put it and 2 days later i find this article which saved me. many many thanks again.

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    tkjtkj

    2 years ago

    Good job ... We might expand a bot on the topic in a couple of ways:

    First, there really are reasons *not* to install one at all.. Note that very pricey bikes do not come with any kickstand... and the reasons include the *fact* that at some points in time, the bike WILL fall over .. Inconvenient or worse: its likely that the fall will damage the rear derailleur .. bending it out of alignment . The repair is gonna cost more then the price of the kickstand, usually involving the need for a special tool: a derailleur gauge , avail for about $70 USD.. (I once managed to fix a derailleur purely by hand and simple tools but it was a pAIN!!!

    Secondly, there are many types of kickstands: I prefer one of the cheaper models that incorporates two legs, raising the rear wheel when in use, so wheel is easy to work on and there's no interference with pedals hitting the kickstand ... (see pic!)

    and cost only $12 at Amazon. Very sturdy, and flipping it up for riding comes no where near the chain.

    Other types of stand attach to rear wheel nut but i've found those to be less secure in stabilizing the bike when engaged ...

    A 3rd type is a 'double leg' type which, when folded out of the way ., causes the chain-sided leg to flip out of the way, joining the non-chain side leg. These are more complex of course , and more expensive: $30 to maybe $90 bucks .. This type though doesnt raise rear wheel nor full rotation of pedals when in use.

    The pic is of my prime choice .. notice how rear wheel is off the ground and that pedals are not even close to the stand itself .. great for working on the bike ..

    Kickstand_fr_Amazon.jpg
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    Friedman1

    3 years ago

    Grate thanx
    Dose the peddle not get in the way?

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    chip.hewlett

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I tried to fit that kickstand every which way. I'm a guy!! Rode bikes all my life. Guess it's old age. But thank you so much. Saw the photo of the bolt hole and that's all I needed.

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    onestaff

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Good instructable. The only thing I would add is to use something, an old inner tube or some kind of electrical tape wrapped around the bottom of the frame where the kick stand brackets will attach. The bracket is knurled so that it "grips" the frame. This will eventually rub any unprotected paint and metal off. Using something to "pad" this area of the frame on both sides will eliminate future damage to the frame. The kick stand doesn't have to be super tight, just snugged down enough so it doesn't move...and you don't want to "deform" the tubular frame of teh bike!

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    myoung23

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Wow THANK YOU I too bought a stand for my son's bike and when I got it home was'nt sure how to put it on. Being a stubbon woman I was determined to figure it out. YEAH I did it - with your help so THANKS AGAIN!

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    aburke6

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you SO much.... I wish I would have just looked these instructions up in the first place before spending the better part of an hour trying to figure out how to install it myself (no instructions included with kickstand). At one point I began wondering whether or not I had to drill a hole in the FRAME! You saved one not-so-handy woman the expense of a new bike! :)

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    Janet

    8 years ago on Step 1

    Thank you SO MUCH. This was enormously helpful and saved me $13 to have my shop install it.

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    BtheBikeJanet

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    that sucks that a local bike shop would charge you for that . And 13 bucks??!! rip off i say

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    sharlston

    9 years ago on Introduction

    thanks very helpful ps. if you need any help with bikes just pm me -sharlston

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    twocvbloke

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I found a perfectly good kickstand at the base of a bush just off the pavement near where I live, nothing wrong with it, bolts and all included, I fitted it to my bike on the same day I picked it up... :D Kickstands are the best invention for those on the move, saves finding a tree, fence or wall to prop up your bike, and even then they're not guaranteed to stop your bike falling flat on the ground... :P

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    stickfigure

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hi this is not stickfigure but his wife. Thanks for the help. I had asked my husband to put my kickstand on but I ended up doing it myself. Very easy. I also had to rotate my top bracket to fit the cable so I am glad you added that part into the directions. Thanks again.

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    rachelremotephone

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It's some red & green LEDs I put on that are now broken and in fact I took them off shortly after I wrote this.

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    TheMoonMaster

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you! I have the exat same kickstand but it fell off a while ago and I didnt know excactly where to put it. Yay no more bike leaning for me!!

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    cheftank

    10 years ago on Step 2

    What is that on the spokes of your front wheel?

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    theRIAA

    10 years ago on Introduction

    iv'e tried those type kickstands, they just pierce into the dirt. laying your bike down is underrated.

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    racheltheRIAA

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Depends on your circumstances. When you've got pavement and traffic instead of open spaces with dirt or grass, laying the bike down can get it squashed, and there's no risk of sinking.