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Lifting the rear wheel

What do you guys use to lift the rear wheel for tire removal, chain maintenance, etc? Any certain type of rear wheel lift stand?
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I use a Pitbull stand with Pitbull spools.
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paddock stands should come with any bike that doesn't have a center stand
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Whichever stand you get you'll need 10mm spools for your swingarm for the stand to catch on.


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I have a Harbor-Freight in BC, and a T-Rex in AZ. I also have a T-Rex front stand W/ the front triple-tree adaptor in BOTH BC and AZ.

There's NO question in my mind that the T-Rex is the "class" of the two.


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I use a Pitbull stand with Pitbull spools.
+1. They are rock solid and will outlive me and all my bikes.
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For cleaning the rims and chain, I use a Rollastand. http://www.hardlineproducts.com/prod...ollastand.html
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3/8 cold roll rod about 13" and a half circle welded on the end to fit around bolt. Lock front brake, kick stand down, and lift swing arm, put rod from ground to bolt!

Five seconds and done!

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Trail jack.
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As with typical forum responses... each response is the only one you should do.

It all depends on where you are going to do the maintenance.
Side of the road - trail jack
Garage - Rear Paddock Stand - get a sturdy one, not a cheap Chinese built one from ebay.
Cheaper ones tend to move a bit and twist under the weight.
I bought an Anderson Stand - Aussie Built and love the 100mm rollerblade wheels - very smooth to roll the bike around.

Get rear spools/bobbins for lifting, some are chunky and also act as frame sliders protecting your swing arm in a slide.
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As with typical forum responses... each response is the only one you should do.

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It all depends on where you are going to do the maintenance.
Side of the road - trail jack
Garage - Rear Paddock Stand - get a sturdy one, not a cheap Chinese built one from ebay.
Cheaper ones tend to move a bit and twist under the weight.
I bought an Anderson Stand - Aussie Built and love the 100mm rollerblade wheels - very smooth to roll the bike around.

Get rear spools/bobbins for lifting, some are chunky and also act as frame sliders protecting your swing arm in a slide.
I've used Pitbull stands (they ARE nice, and probably worth the money considering you'll probably never have to buy another rear stand) but I own a Cyclgear stand (I got mine for $34.99 on sale) and it's never been a problem. Come to think about it, I doubt I'll ever have to replace this one either.
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Thanks for all the responses!
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My bike came with spools and I bought a Pitbull stand. They're excellent.
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Spools are nice, but not necessary. You can buy stands that lift under the swingarm.

My Redline stand has attachments for spool & for swingarm.

Like when I bought it, I have one bike with spools and one without--different bikes now though.

The most convenient is a centerstand. Not an easy option for our bikes though.
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As stated before a paddock stand is ideal in your garage, I have a Pack Jack for roadside repairs and chain lubing.


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As stated before a paddock stand is ideal in your garage, I have a (home-made) Pack Jack for roadside repairs and chain lubing.
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What do you guys use to lift the rear wheel for tire removal, chain maintenance, etc? Any certain type of rear wheel lift stand?
I would avoid the cheapest stand you can find. My first purchase was this one and it bent out of shape after some use. It also was frequently going out of width adjustment. Look for a heavily constructed stand and the bike will be more secure on it and it will last. PitBull stands are really well made but over priced. Lots of cheaper alternatives that are still robust.

Type to avoid....
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Spools are nice, but not necessary. You can buy stands that lift under the swingarm.

My Redline stand has attachments for spool & for swingarm.

Like when I bought it, I have one bike with spools and one without--different bikes now though.

The most convenient is a centerstand. Not an easy option for our bikes though.
If you have ABS you HAVE to use spools, as the ABS sensor cable goes under the swing arm on the RHS. The cable is in the way and will be crushed if you use a pad lift.
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