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Clamping bike in workshop stand

mudmunchermudmuncher Posts: 8
edited March 2012 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi,

Just wondering the best way to clamp my bike in a workshop stand?

When I clamp on the seat post and have the bike horizontal there is quite a large twisting force on the post due to the center of gravity being further forward, I was concerned it might bend the post or damage the frame where the seatpost goes in. The twisting force goes away if I drop the front wheel down, but not so handy for working on the front of the bike.

The other option is to clamp the top tube in the middle but I have been told this isn't a good idea.

Thanks in advance for your comments!

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    you are doing it correctly.

    Seat post.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • benpinnickbenpinnick Posts: 4,148
    Yeah, don't worry about the force - nothing compared to what you put through the post when you land heavily on it.
    A Flock of Birds
    + some other bikes.
  • baznav73baznav73 Posts: 111
    Yes a lot more stress on that area when yous sat on it.
  • Like this.

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  • DodgeTDodgeT Posts: 2,255
    When mine has been in the lbs for work, they always clamp it on the post, but angle the front down as you mention. makes sense to me that it should hang down a bit, as opposed to forcing it horizontal, again as you say.

    Thats how I have it too, on the post and dropping at the front.

    edit to say, like frosticles. Nice bike that too BTW :)
  • Thanks for the comments - I'll stick with the seat post.
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