Northern Industrial Bike Repair Stand
Does the job, barely
The overall design of this stand is just straight cheaply made, like others have said it is very heavy, the clamping mechanism is poorly designed, and it takes up a lot of room.
First off it is made of steel so you know that it will be strong, but that is at the cost of weight. This thing is heavy, so if your planning on keeping it in one place you should have no problem with that.
Next the clamping system is very poorly designed. I have gone through two of these stands due to a failed clamping mechanisms. On the first one the actual clamping lever just snapped straight off. Now on the second stand, the reason I felt the need to write this review, the bolt for the clamping mechanism bent under the weight of my bike and is no longer adjustable. Also the rubber on the clamp is cheap, fell off and put a nice scratch on my bike. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for now I can buy a real stand, I no longer have the warranty to get a third one.
Finally this thing take up a lot of room so if your bind for space find a different stand.
This stand seemed like a great deal at first and started off as one, but now after two failed clapping mechanisms and a scratch in my bike I'm thinking differently about that. It does the job at holding your bike up, but barely. Save yourself the time and spend a few more $ on an actual bike stand.
March 28, 2013
Not The Best Choice
Will hold a bike
Huge foot print.
Clamping system is basic and difficult to use.
Jaws may scratch your frame.
Plastic end caps break and fall out (not that you need them)
Overall this was a total waste of money for me, the stand is not user friendly and is extremely cumbersome to use, besides taking up lots of room with its huge footprint.
The Jaws are made of some sort of metal with no cushion to protect your frame.
The clamping mechanism is just a threaded bolt spring and plastic handle that is really poorly designed.
The bolt in my frame was bent so it was almost imposable to clamp the bike.
I have a full carbon bike but trying to engage the jaws with one hand while holding the bike was nearly imposable.
It is nice to look and figure this is a inexpensive bike stand compaired to others on the market but then when you actually try to use it you think I just wasted my money.
I ended up buying a Feedback Sports Pro Elite for way more but it is worth it.
Bottom line you will get what you pay for and buying a cheap bike stand did not work for me.
I ended up donating this stand to my local charity shop.
October 9, 2012
After years of struggling to repair and maintain bicycles on the floor of the garage, I bought this bicycle stand. Wow! Well built and reasonably priced and my back appreciates it greatly. Now I look forward to working on everybody's bike.
August 13, 2012
Great extra set of "Hands"
I build bicycles with small engines as a hobby. Simply clamp the frame to the stand in any workable position as its 100% adjustable. It makes the buiild effortless. It dont work as well after the build is complete bc the bike weighs twice as much. But then again, it wasnt designed to be for this use. However, it still works fine as designed and highly recommended for ppl who dont like to work bending over..Also, it can be used for a variety of 3rd hand uses..ThanX ! Good product...
August 13, 2012
Northern Bike Repair Stand.
Good value,tool tray is a nice feature already included.Perfect for light repairs such as lubing chain,or adjusting gears.The clamp is weak and not sturdy at all.
For the money it is good addition to the occasional home mechanic's tool arsenal.
May 7, 2012
Good for bikes under 30 lb
This stand works pretty well, although it does take a little time to get used to the way you need to fiddle with the clamp to get it to hold onto the bicycle.
There are also some bikes that the stand will not work well with, although if you have a fancy new bike it probably won't be a problem. I have an extremely heavy (think 45 pounds) bike with a large top tube that doesn't do so well with this rack, but your average light road or mountain bike is going to work fine with this. The tool holder is cool, although it is best used with a magnetic parts dish.
January 16, 2012
Excellent Price So So performance
When looking for a resonably pirced stand I was excited to find this at Northern. I have gotten many excelent products there in the past. When I got the stand it was easy to assemble but when I mountetd the first bike I found it aukward because the clamp jaws were rather floppy. On the third bike mount the cam lever for the rotation adjustment broke. I replaced it with a simple T-Handle that is working well. I will continue to use this stand but will likely replace it with a more sturdy unit in the future.
January 9, 2012
A great stand at a great price
I had always wanted a bike stand but most are very pricey and I could not justify spending so much for a stand, I then came across this one on sale for a great deal. I read some other reviews and decided to go for it. The pictures do not do the stand justice, the arm that holds the bike is very strong and easy to clamp. The stand is as good as the more pricey ones. Also if anybody is wondering... the pictures do not show it but you can clamp to the seat post as I wanted to do, it will clamp to a very small diameter tube. Thanks Northern Tool for a great product!
December 28, 2011
Nice workstand for a home repairman
I researched other new and several used work stands before I purchased this one. It arrived very quickly and was simple to put together (however, I do agree with the shoddy assembly instructions. You're better off looking at the box to see how it goes together). The only other issue I had was the bottom jaw was getting wedged under the bracket that holds both jaws when the weight of a bike was placed on it. I remedied this by simply running a screw clear through the bottom jaw and the above mentioned bracket effectively immobilizing the bottom jaw and fixing the problem. The bottom jaw doesn't need to move anyway. For the price, it's a great deal. Highly recommended (with the jaw fix)!
November 1, 2011
Worth it for the price!
The assembly was not that hard. Did not even bother with the instruction. This is a good quality stand for the price.
Using it, I was able to disassemble and assemble my bike with new components easily. I'm just your typical DIY'er and does not need the professional type stand.
Besides how often do you really need this?! When I was done, disassembled and put on the shelf. Space saved.
October 17, 2011