This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pletscher Zoom Kick Stand

We've all had a relationships with kick stands.  We hate them for being heavy, not working right, scratching the paint on our chainstays,slipping, hitting the crank and there's probably a hundred more complaints I've forgotten.  But the convenience of standing the bike up by itself  is hard to ignore. 
The best has always been made by Pletscher,
who also make the famous mousetrap rear rack.
They remind me of my first night in Zurich Switzerland after a week in Italy.  It is just plain shocking to see a place where every thing is perfectly clean and functions, well, like a Swiss watch.   Pletscher's products, as humble as they are, do that.  But the kick stand, although never failing to function, would still fail to work sometimes.  It's little narrow alloy rod still sinks  into soft ground, 
 or doesn't provide stability on a windy day or uneven pavement.
They reinvented it!
The new Zoom kickstand has an adjustable plastic foot,
which has a wider profile and much larger base than "ole unreliable."
The new model comes with the proper hardware to install it on bikes with or without a kickstand plate.
The mechanism is the same that always functions into eternity, but the arm itself is a much lighter L-channel design with holes to adjust the height of the foot.
As you can see the foot places at  least 4 times the area on ground as the old models, and the foot bulges out in a big ellipse which will prevent it from sinking into the ground.
It has some welcome and happy improvements to the old design
and even looks better with a very shiny clearcoat over the alloy.
It's a welcome improvement and I'm glad I took the chance to order one for my Hillborne.

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