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economical quick prop

I am leaving on a cross continent trip next week and needed a quick and easy solution to lubing the chain (much as I would like a scott oiler it is not in the budget right now). I had a piece of square steel stock leftover from another project, a couple quick cuts, some sanding and black paint resulted in this:

it is cut to slip over the spool on my lower swingarm


I may build another out of aluminum but this will do the trick for this trip. I've added a piece of velcro to lock the front brake during use.

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I did the same thing with PVC pipe. A tee fitting on the top end cut out to accept the bobbin. Very light weight and compact.
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I do the same thing with a piece of dowel rod from a closet project. I've got a v-cut in one end. It works great for me on the road. Done it for years.

For all the nay-sayers that wring their hands every time this comes up and say it's a , I'd like to see how you carry your track stand with you on the road...

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My take on it.





I never got round to getting sliders, so I use a 10mm bolt.

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I have one almost exactly identical to Machog's.... infact, I stole the idea from him!

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There's a commercial prop like this that has two legs and a little lever to set it up. I'm cheap enough to use a concretor's wooden smoothing float, just the right height if I sit it on a piece of paving offcut. :-)

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Machog,

Would you please give us the exact specs on the 10 mm bolt? I was over at my local hardware store today and got a 10 mm bolt, but it doesn't seem to fit in the hole in the swingarm.

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I think you need 10mm threads, not head.
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This is what I use, slides together only about 10 inches long when in shortest position.

I made it , but copied some one else's design.


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Thanks, Guys for the Excellent ideas.

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mlablan, its 10mm fine thread bolt (there are two thread counts on metric stuff, fine and coarse). Most hardware stores carry them, probably in stainless or chrome.

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A 1" piece of square tubing works fine and is lighter than most of the ones shown. It fits over the little downward dimple on the swingarm.
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Machog,

Thanks for the info - I will be heading back to the hardware store in a day or so.

Thanks again.
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