Best Double Leg Bicycle Kickstands
There are two types of bicycle kickstand:
1) The traditional one which uses a single piece of wood, or other hard material; and
2) The double-leg type which uses two pieces of wood, each with its own handlebar clamping it to the frame. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages.
The traditional wooden stand has been around since time immemorial. The advantage is that it’s simple and sturdy. The disadvantage is that the handlebars are not parallel to the ground when riding a bicycle. So if you’re going downhill at speed, your hands will get caught between the bars of the bike and they won’t be able to reach up to grab hold of something while descending.
On top of that, there may be some sharp edges on those handles so you’ll need to use extra care when using them.
A double-leg bicycle kickstand is a much better solution because it allows you to ride down the hill without having your hands trapped under the handlebars. However, it does require more skill than just putting your feet flat on the ground. You still need to keep both hands on the bars of the bike so that you can grab onto something. And since these bikes don’t come with pedals, you’ll have to pedal yourself up and over hills too!
(And sometimes even uphill! Yikes!)
From my personal experience with a double-leg kickstand, it’s much easier to get on and off your bike. The width of the two kickstand legs gives you an extra wide base and is less likely to tip over than a single-leg kickstand. It’s more stable so you’ll feel more confident taking your hands off the handlebars.
For transport on a car’s rack, a double-leg kickstand will fold up more compactly than a single-leg kickstand.
When it comes to price, both types of kickstands are equally priced (anywhere from $40-$80).
You may be wondering why anyone would ever use a single-leg kickstand if there are better options available. There are a few people who find them more convenient than double-leg kickstands because they store more easily on the bike. If you take your kickstand off when you park your bike, there’s no need to worry about finding somewhere to store those extra pair of legs. This convenience comes with a small price: a higher chance that your bike could fall over and get damaged if you don’t pay extra attention while parking it.
Sources & references used in this article:
Structure of motorcycle stand by CA Kuan – US Patent 5,067,739, 1991 – Google Patents
Bicycle kickstand installation adapter and double leg stand comprising same by D Kaise – US Patent 10,773,763, 2020 – freepatentsonline.com
Exercise machine by J Lundgren – US Patent 4,722,522, 1988 – Google Patents
Family Biking: The Parent’s Guide to Safe Cycling by R Hurst, C Hurst – 2015 – books.google.com