Bike Repair Stand and Maintenance


August 3, 2013 by IowaTriBob

As I continue to bike more and more this summer I’ve started taking bike maintenance more serious. When I first got my Felt Z-100 I was doing a good job if I checked the tire pressure every few weeks. I now realize that keeping your bike in top condition can be some of the best time spent before a long ride or high intesity bike workout.

However, one of the challenges I found was how to keep the bike in place when doing even the most routine maintenance tasks. Unfortunately just tipping the bike upside down isn’t an option for me because of the installed aero bars. The aero bars make the bike even more unstable and harder to work with so this won’t work for me. Also who wants to crouch down to floor level all the time? I finally decided to invest in a bike repair stand.

In doing some research, including a stop at my LBS, I found that bike repair stands can range in price from $30 to $300. There are even some commercial grade models running well above the $300 range.

I opted for a lower end personal stand – Halter Home Mechanic Repair Bike Stand – With Work Tray And Handlebar Holder ($59.99 from

Halter Home Mechanic Repair Bike Stand

I have a sprint triathlon race this weekend with the primary focus on the bike leg, so when the stand arrived I couldn’t wait to get it setup so the maintenance session could begin.  Luckily the setup couldn’t have been easier.  Most of the stand comes pre-assembled with very few pieces left.

Halter Home Bike Repair Stand Contents

In less than 5 minutes I had the stand setup, the work tray installed, and was ready to clamp my bike on.  Although this part took a little getting used too, mainly how to position the Halter Home Mechanic Repair Bike Stand for various holds, I was able to clamp on to the frame as well as seat post without any problems.

Bike Repair Stand frame clamp Bike Repair Stand seat clamp

I was very suprised how sturdy the Halter bike repair stand was.  After positioning my bike and tightening the clamps, there was very little play or wobble noticed.  My bike stayed in place through a complete chain, gear, and derailleur cleaning without any problems. Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rock solid or perfect by any means, but it was definitely sturdier than I expected and I never had any thoughts of it tipping while working on it.

Heck, while I had my bike up I even got out the bike polish and gave it a good shine from top to bottom.  I enjoyed it so much that when I was done I tried looking for some more things to do.  It was really nice having the stand do all the holding instead of trying to use one arm to hold and the other to do the work.  The Halter bike repair stand even comes with a front wheel holder to keep the entire bike in line.

My only concern with the Halter Home bike repair stand is it’s overall longevity.  The clamps are made out of plastic and I just wonder how much stress they’ll be able to take over time.  Given my focus on keeping my bike in top shape, I guess I’ll know the answer to this sooner vs. later.

If you plan on doing a lot of your own bike maintenance, I’d definitely recommend looking into a bike repair stand…


5 thoughts on “Bike Repair Stand and Maintenance

  1. Thanks for sharing! I think I need one of these. I don’t do much bike maintenance, but it would help even when lubing the chain and cleaning it. If it lasts one year for that price, it’s paid for itself.

    • IowaTriBob says:

      If you’ve got the room I’d say go for it. I figure even if I use it ever other week for some cleanup, it will be well worth it and I look forward to learning more about bike repair this off-season where I’m sure it will really come in handy.

  2. Lou Molinari says:

    do you know where to get parts for the Halter Home Mechanic Repair Bike Stand

  3. Houston guy says:

    How has this stand been holding up over the past 6+ months you’ve had it?

    • IowaTriBob says:

      Its actually been holding up quite well. To be honest I use it more as a bike stand to hang my bike after rides. I probably use it to do some type of maintenance a couple of times a month and still find it holds both my bikes in place very well, nothings is slipping or has come loose yet, and its been nice to have. Not sure I’d recommend it for a repair shop or someone that is constantly working on their bike but overall it’s been a good investment for me.

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