Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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Not necessary to lock the front brake if you are on level ground. The kickstand is pointed forward, the bike is not going to roll up and over the point where the kickstand retracts. You also don't need the fancy brace: a block of 2x4 will do the job. It's a bit bulky to take on a trip, which is why I made one out of a maple 1x2. The main thing is to try it: stand on the left side of the bike, grab the right passenger handle and pull the bike towards you, bringing the back wheel off the ground. Once you get a feel for the balance point then you can do the same procedure from the right side of the bike while jamming a piece of wood under the spool. JMO
Edit: Not trying to dis anyone's decision to buy the cool brace. I totally get the allure of shiny things.