Last updated: August 9, 2021

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Welcome to our big bike repair stand test 2021. Here we present all the bike repair stands that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best bike repair stand for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying a bike repair stand.




Summary

  • Bicycle repair stands are suitable for smaller and larger repair work as well as for cleaning your bicycle.
  • A basic distinction is made between tripod stands, wall mounts and mounting arms. The different types are available in different sizes and price ranges.
  • Tripod stands allow you to work flexibly on your bike, wall brackets and mounting arms ensure that your bike cannot tip over.

The Best Bicycle Repair Stand: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying your bike repair stand

When do I need a bike repair stand?

A bike repair stand is useful for you if you regularly carry out various smaller and larger jobs on your bike. With the help of a repair stand you can, for example, change your coat without having to turn your bike upside down and you can quickly oil your chain afterwards.

Bicycle repair stands make it easier to maintain and clean bicycles. (Image source: 123rf.com / 91299311)

Thanks to various clamps on a repair stand, your bike hangs securely in the air and you can carry out your work without having to contort yourself. In addition to repair work, a repair stand also makes it easier for you to maintain and clean your bike and will therefore be used regularly. Some models are also suitable for storing your bike in a space-saving way.

How much do bike repair stands cost?

The prices for bicycle repair stands vary greatly depending on the type, material and size. Particularly inexpensive models are available for less than 20 euros, while high-quality models can cost up to 400 euros.

Type of repair stand price range
Tripod stands approx. 20-400 euros
Wall mounts approx. 15-200 euros
Mounting arms approx. 20-290 euros

Tripod stands are the most commonly used and start at a price of 20 euros. Lightweight stands made of aluminium that hardly take up any space when folded cost up to 400 euros. Wall mounts are not only suitable for maintaining your bike, but also for storage.

The cheapest models cost 15 euros, the most expensive wall mounts cost around 200 euros. Mounting arms are usually firmly screwed to a workbench and cost between 20 and 290 euros.

Can I use a bicycle repair stand for any bicycle?

Bicycles come in a wide variety of designs for many different uses. Ladies' bikes andlarge-framed mountain bikes in particular have a particularly thick frame. In principle, the clamps of the repair stands can be adapted to almost all frame thicknesses, but you should check the exact specifications of the manufacturer before buying.

The weight of the bike is also of particular importance. E-bikes are among the heaviest bikes and usually weigh between 20 and 30 kilograms. Not every assembly stand has such a load-bearing capacity, so it would not make sense to buy one.

What alternatives are there to bike repair stands?

Anyone who has ever had to change a coat on the road knows that repairs are also possible without an assembly stand. The cheapest alternative would therefore be to do without a repair stand altogether.

Another alternative is a simple bike stand that holds a bike in place. However, these are more suitable for storage than for repairing and maintaining your bike. The same applies to bicycle lifts or ceiling suspensions. The bicycle is pulled up to the ceiling by means of ropes and hooks.

Decision: What types of bicycle assembly stands are there and which is the right one for you?

Bicycle assembly stands are available in different designs. There are different alternatives depending on whether you want to screw the assembly stand firmly in place or store it in a space-saving way after use. In general, you can distinguish between three types:

  • Tripod stands
  • Wall mounts
  • Mounting arms

In the following section, we would like to introduce you to the different types and discuss their respective advantages and disadvantages.

What are the characteristics of tripod stands and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

When looking for a suitable bicycle repair stand, you will most often come across tripod stands. They usually consist of two to four legs, a centre column and at least one clamp to hold your bike. Depending on the model, there is also a telescopic arm to fix the handlebar. This makes it easier to work on the front wheel.

Advantages
  • Individually adjustable working height
  • Flexible working thanks to rotatable clamp(s)
  • Space-saving stowage
  • Can be used anywhere
Disadvantages
  • Not always suitable for e-bikes
  • Poorly manufactured clamps lead to material damage to the bicycle
  • Free space required for working

With a tripod stand you can work on your bike relatively independently of location. After use, the stand can be folded up and stowed away to save space. The height-adjustable centre column also allows you to adjust the bike to the ideal working height.

However, with tripod stands there is a certain risk of the repair stand tipping over together with the bike. This can happen especially if the stand is incorrectly mounted or too heavily loaded. Tripod stands must have a special load capacity, especially for e-bikes. Therefore, not every stand is suitable in these cases.

What distinguishes wall mounts and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

A space-saving alternative to the tripod stand is the wall mount. This is a bicycle holder that is firmly screwed to the wall and can also be used to store your bicycle. Due to the screwed installation of these repair stands, there is no danger of your bike tipping over.

Most wall mounts are retractable, so they are extremely small and space-saving. They are also much lighter than tripod stands and often weigh just one kilo. However, you should make sure that you buy a wall mount with a clamp. Only then can your bike be moved flexibly and repairs are possible.

Advantages
  • The bike cannot tip over
  • Suitable for repair work and storage
  • Particularly light and space-saving
Disadvantages
  • Fixed mounting necessary
  • Less freedom of movement when working
  • Only difficult to use for bike cleaning

However, because it is screwed to the wall, you won't be able to reach all parts of your bike easily. In addition, the clamp cannot be swivelled freely on every model. Since the wall bracket is screwed into the wall, a sufficiently stable wall is essential.

What distinguishes mounting arms and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

A third alternative, which is particularly interesting for cyclists with their own workspace, are the so-called mounting arms. These are similar to wall mounts, but are not screwed to the wall but to a workbench.

This makes them just as space-saving as the wall mounts and they have a large load-bearing capacity. Because they are screwed to the workbench, working with a mounting arm is somewhat more flexible than with a wall mount. With a workbench, the tools needed for repairs are usually always within reach and do not have to be carried around. It is also possible to clean the bike attached to the mounting arm.

Advantages
  • Workbench offers more flexibility than wall mounting
  • Tools can be placed on workbench
  • Cleaning of bike possible
Disadvantages
  • Workbench absolutely necessary
  • Working height not adjustable
  • Work surface is lost when storing the bicycle

An assembly arm is only an option for you if you have your own workbench. If the workbench is not height-adjustable, you are limited to a certain working height. This makes certain work on your bike much more difficult.

Purchase criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate bicycle repair stands

In the following section, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate bicycle repair stands. These are the following aspects:

  • Material
  • Maximum load capacity
  • Number and characteristics of clamps
  • Size and weight
  • Accessories
  • Mounting

In the following we will explain what the individual purchase criteria are.

Material

The higher the quality of the bicycle, the higher the quality of the materials used for the repair stand. Particularly inexpensive entry-level models are usually made of plastic. However, this not only reduces the maximum load-bearing capacity, there is also the risk of rapid material fatigue. In the worst case, your repair stand can break and your bike will fall off.

Bicycle repair stands made of powder-coated steel, metal or aluminium offer better stability. Combinations of different materials are also possible. It is particularly important that the clamp used to hold the bicycle is coated with plastic or rubber. Only then can you be sure that your bicycle will not be scratched.

Maximum load capacity

As already mentioned, the maximum load capacity of your repair stand is of great importance. For most repair stands this is between 15 and 50 kilograms. How high the load capacity of the repair stand should be depends on the bicycles you want to mount on the stand. Almost all models are suitable for light bicycles such as racing bikes, mountain bikes and children's bikes.

However, for e-bikes, which are significantly heavier due to the permanently installed motor, the load capacity of the repair stand must be higher. Another complicating factor is that some models do not have the motor installed centrally. This shifts the centre of gravity of the bicycle and makes mounting on the repair stand more difficult.

As a rule, you should always use a repair stand with a maximum load capacity that is greater than the weight of your bicycle.

Number and characteristics of the clamps

The clamps on the repair stands are very important. They form the connection between the repair stand and the bicycle. The properties of the clamps are therefore important. Most bicycle repair stands have a single clamp with which the frame of the bicycle is fixed. In the case of selected tripod stands, the handlebars can also be fixed by means of a second clamp.

This improves the stability of the bicycle. In order to be able to work flexibly on your bike, your clamp should be able to rotate 360 degrees. In this way, you can bring the bike into any conceivable position.

The clamp should be able to rotate 360 degrees so that you can work more flexibly on your bike. (Image source: 123rf.com / 81837981)

The size of the clamp is also important. It determines the maximum thickness of the frame of a mounted bicycle. For this purpose, most retaining clamps can be adjusted to different sizes by means of quick-releases.

Size and weight

The size and weight of bicycle repair stands varies considerably depending on the type of stand. Tripod stands are relatively small when folded. However, they are significantly larger and heavier than wall brackets and mounting arms. Basically, repair stands for your bike weigh between 1 and 8 kilos.

Type of repair stand weight
Tripod stand 3-8 kg
Wall bracket 1-4 kg
Mounting arm 2-3 kg

Tripod stands allow you to work at a height between 105 and 200 cm. The length of the stands varies between 70 and 125 cm. Wall brackets are 10 to 35 cm wide. The distance of the clamp from the wall is in the range of 35 to 45 cm. Mounting arms are 15 to 30 cm high and project 25 to 30 cm above the workbench.

Accessories

The accessories supplied with your bike repair stand depend greatly on the type of stand. While wall mounts and mounting arms largely do without any accessories, most tripod stands come with an additional tool tray.

By mounting it on the centre column, your tools are always at hand. Since the trays are often magnetic, your tools always stay in place. In some cases, the tripod stand also comes with a carrying bag. This makes it even easier to store and transport the repair stand after use.

Assembly

Assembly also differs depending on the type of repair stand. Assembly arms are ready for use relatively quickly. They are usually already assembled and only need to be screwed to the workbench. Wall mounts are also ready-assembled in most cases, but holes have to be drilled in the wall for assembly, which costs extra tools and additional time.

Some tripod stands also arrive at your home fully assembled. However, many tripod stands need to be assembled by yourself. Depending on the number of parts and the complexity of the assembly, this can take between 10 and 60 minutes.

When buying, be sure to check whether the screws and tools needed to attach the stand are included in the delivery.

Facts worth knowing about bicycle repair stands

Can I build a bicycle repair stand myself?

With the right tools and the necessary craftsmanship, you can build a repair stand yourself. However, you can get repair stands for so little money that building them yourself hardly makes a difference in price. If you buy a repair stand, you can also be sure that it has a certain load-bearing capacity. In addition, DIY repair stands run the risk of scratching and damaging the frame of your bike.

If you still want to use the DIY brand, you should use the right materials to prevent accidents and damage to your bike.

What do I have to bear in mind when using the bicycle repair stand?

When using the bike repair stand, you should pay attention to a few points to prevent damage to you and your bike and to save time.

  1. Attach especially high-quality carbon bicycles to the seat post to prevent damage to the frame.
  2. If possible, adjust the height of your repair stand before each new step. This way you can work without damaging your back.
  3. Regularly check that your bike is firmly fixed in the clamp.
  4. Use a tool rack or the workbench to store your tools.
  5. Regularly check the bolts and quick-releases on your bike repair stand.
  6. After use, store or fold away your tools and the stand.

What tools do I need for bicycle repair?

There is little point in using a bike repair stand if you don't have the right tools. But don't worry, you don't need much to do the basic work on your bike. For repair and maintenance work on your bike you should have the following things:

  • Repair kit
  • Bicycle pump
  • Chain oil
  • Open-end and Allen wrenches
  • Screwdriver

You should also always have some old rags for cleaning your bike.

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