Who knew that kickstands could be controversial and cause for a flame war?
I'm looking at two bikes, one with a kickstand and one without. The retailer for the no kickstand bike informed me that most high end bicycles do not have a kickstand ("*sniff* you peasant you"). So I did a googler and sure enough, there is strong disagreement on whether or not a bike should have a kickstand. Like, to the point where people were getting pissed and calling each other names.
Sorry, bike snobs, I'm a kickstand person. I don't want to lay my bike down on the ground or find something suitable to prop it against. I want to put the kickstand down like nature intended.
"Too much agreement kills a chat."
Je suis prest
Don't you have a person on staff to hold the bike for you wherever you stop?
"I aim to misbehave."
"High-End" bikes tend to be designed with racers in mind with emphasis on aerodynamics and weight. These folks take aero seriously, even to the point of shaving their legs. I'm thinking a kick-stand offers extra weight and aero drag...
In the case of mountain bikes, hell they're designed for the rough terrain, water, mud, etc., so who cares about dropping them on the ground...
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