Bike Storage Stand Face-off

When I built upa secondbike recently I ran into a small problem: where was I going to put it? Between my two mountain bikes, my wife’s mountain bike, and my 1970ish RollFast, our garage was filling up. I already had a single bike stand, so I went shopping for a two bike stand, which I found at a national home improvement superstore – and it was cheaper than the single bike stand! Which one is better might surprise you.

ProStor stand on the left, Superstand on the right.

ProStor Two Bike Stand

I found this stand at Lowes. It holds two bikes and retails for only $26.64. What a deal I thought! So I brought one home and put it together. Assembly was easy and it even comes with the two tools you’ll need – an allen and box wrench. You can assemble it so both bikes are on the same side, or on the opposite sides. Since garage space is at a premium I set it up so both bikes were on the same side and it only took me about 10 minutes to put together.

The plan was to use this stand for my wife’s 26″-wheeled hardtailand one of my29er hardtails. As soon as I put my wife’s bike in the stand I found a problem: the brake rotor hits the stand. Hmm…interesting. It still holds the bike up fine, but I was worried about bending the rotor, so I pulled the wife’s bike out.

ProStor stand + 26″ wheels + disc brakes = inappropriate rotor contact.

In goes one ofthe 29ers – and it fits, sorta. The big wheels barely fit far enough in the stand so they won’t come rolling back out again, and it’s not a very secure hold. But at least the brake rotor doesn’t hit!

29er wheels keep the brake rotor off the stand, but they barely fit far enough into the stand to be secure.

Next I tried fitting both my29ers in the stand. And they did fit! Again, barely. Luckily one of my bikes is shorter than the other, so they just fit nestled in together…kinda looks like they’re cuddling with each other. It takes a little work to get them both in there, but once I figured it out I can do it pretty quickly. I tried making them face opposite directions, but the bars and seats interfered with one another. But hey, at least I was able to make it work!

Aren’t they cute together??

Willworx Superstand

I’ve had my Superstand for a few years now and I paid about $35 for it a local bike shop (they use a bunch of these themselves). I really like this stand. It’s so simple but there was obviously some thought put into its design because it works really well. It will hold any wheel size bike, 26″, 29″, and even 700c skinny-wheeled bikes. And it does so without hitting the brake rotors.

The Superstand will hold 26″ wheels without molesting the brake rotors. This is a good thing.

Another feature I like about the Superstand is that you can pull it apart easily and take with you. Stand on the base, give the vertical loop a tug, and off it comes. Toss it in the trunk and head off to the races. To put it back together you just push the loop back on. It’s bent “in” just enough to fit tight and stay when you want it to, but you can still pull it apart easily when you want. No tools necessary. According the Willworx website there are also some multi-bike Superstands available – wish I had known that before I bought the ProStor…

Even 29er wheels fit all the way into the Superstand for a very secure hold.

The one area I might complain about the Superstand is its width – big, wide tires are a tight fit. But you can make it work – I’vefit a 2.4″ Continental Mountain King and a2.55″ WTB Weirwolf LT in it. Makes it a little more difficult to pull the bike out, but at least it wont come out unexpectedly.

Want To Know More?

The ProStor stand kinda works okay for some bikes, the price is right, and it’s easy to get. If you’re interested in getting one head to your local Lowes or check it out on their website right here. If you like the portability and versatility of the Superstand then head over to the Willworx website for all the details.

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