The best single and double leg bicycle kickstands for touring bicycles, mountain bikes, cargo bikes, E-bikes, road bikes, city bikes, and recumbent.
Compared and reviewed in detail
Of course, there’s no such thing as a single best bicycle kickstand, we put together this blog post to help you choose the right kickstand for your needs, type of bike, and load, comparing the 10 best bike kickstands in different categories.
Why you need a bike kickstand
Well, you don’t necessarily do need one, you can always find a place to lay your bike one, whether it will be a wall, a tree, the ground or whatever. Maybe you use your bicycle mainly for commuting and park it always at the same public stall.
While a kickstand on a road bike might sound weird and overkill, there are certain types of bike that really benefit from having a stand.
When riding two-wheel cargo bikes, bikes with a child seat, e-bikes, and loaded touring bikes a kickstand is, in my humble opinion, a great add-on worth that few ozs more.
There isn’t always a place nearby where to lay your bike, besides the ground, meaning that sometimes you need to park it away from your sight – when out in the wild with your mountain bike you might want to stop and take a picture, a kickstand would be really helpful in these kinds of situations.
Bicycle Touring with a kickstand
A fully loaded touring bike is often hard to lay somewhere, if you put it on the ground you might inadvertently have a pannier detach, your dry bag to loos its position on the rack, the whole rig getting dirty.
A kickstand makes it also much easier to load and unload your bags, stop wherever you want to take a photo or whatever, clean the bike, or do small repairs and adjustments.
The best choice for touring bikes is of course double-leg kickstands, which are sturdier and more stable.
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Double Leg VS Single Leg Kickstands
Single leg kickstands are enough for most of us, road bikes, mountain bikes, and daily commuting bikes will be easily held up by a decent single leg kickstand.
If you ride a heavy bike tough, loaded touring, delivery, cargo, electric or motorized, you’ll need a stronger kickstand. In this list, you’ll find basically all the best double leg kickstands available on the market, which we reviewed and compared.
The Lumintrail Rear Mount Kickstand BS-616-37 is a perfect choice for bikes that don’t accept a center mount stand. Mounting securely on the seat and chainstays, it features an easy push-button latch design to adjust the length of the kickstand and allow for on the go adaptability. Adjust the kickstand to rest at any angle without tools, anytime, anywhere.
The KA76 kickstand is a unique patented design that features a hidden adjustability latch. The spring-loaded latch lifts up, allowing the foot to smoothly glide along with the kickstand and lock into place when the latch is closed, no tools needed. A steel hexagonal bolt prevents the foot from sliding off completely and deters vandals.
Made of aluminum alloy, the kickstand is designed to fit most lightweight, midweight and cruiser bicycles 24″ to 29″ and easily installs with a bottom bracket mount that fits on a bike’s chainstay neck.
Riders can adjust their bikes to rest at any angle, which is great for balancing bikes in places where the ground is uneven. The reinforced plastic foot has a non-slip sole to prevent slipping on wet surfaces and sinking in mud.
Lumintrail Center Mount Double Leg Adjustable Kickstand
Best bicycle kickstand for city bike
The LuminTrail Double Leg Center Mount Kickstand is a good budget choice for supporting heavier bikes or loads.
It holds the bike upright in a vertical orientation, useful to perform repairs and maintenance. With an easy push-button latch design to adjust the length of the kickstand and allow for on-the-go adaptability, you can adjust the kickstand height without tools.
Moreover, the independently adjustable legs (accomplished by pushing in a release button and sliding the leg in or out) accommodate uneven ground. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fold to 90°, legs stick out and might rub the chain or touch your heels.
Pletscher Double Leg Bottom Bracket Mount Bicycle Kickstand
Best kickstand for MTB
One of the most popular touring bicycle kickstands, the Pletscher Double Leg sure is a decent stand, but it won’t be my first choice. When deployed the two-legged kickstand doesn’t create a wide enough platform to provide a really stable surface, strong wind or uneven loading might bake your bike trip. This kickstand is not the strongest nor the lightest (1.4 lbs), it’s not adjustable and not really cheap. Another problem is the lack of rubber feet, that must be purchased separately.
SUITABLE FOR: mountain bikes, city bikes, loaded touring bikes
PROS: both legs fold on one side, elegant, not bulky
CONS: a bit heavy, not the strongest, not adjustable, no included rubber feet, not very stable.
Best bike kickstand for commuting and light touring
The lightest double-leg kickstand in this list is surprisingly a steel one. Less thick than others here it is not intended to support the weight of a motorized bicycle but it’s still a great kickstand for light cycle touring.
It features wide rubber feet which keeps it stable but there are a few issues with it, especially bad is the short ground clearance: when riding the stand only sits at less than 2″ from the ground, pair this with the wide legs and you might have it touch the ground while turning. It also can pivot from its axis making it even more dangerous.
Very stylish, sturdy, and adjustable. The mechanism is smooth and whippy. Like the other best double-leg kickstands listed here, both legs fold on the same side. Mounted with only a bolt from above might suffer small pivoting problems if not tightened for a while, especially after riding bumpy roads.
The Velo Orange Copenhagen is our choice for a bicycle touring kickstand.
SUITABLE FOR: gravel bikes, commuting, loaded touring bikes, cargo bikes, bikes with a child seat, electric bikes
Together with the URSUS jumbo, the Soma Fabrication Double Leg is the strongest kickstand available on the market, and the best choice for ultra-loaded touring, e-bikes, and cargo bikes. The difference between this and the URSUS is that here both legs flip up to the non-drive side of the bike, avoiding the legs to catch the chain.
Includes 2 different length mounting bolts, plus the bolt comes out from below the plate, allowing for an extra nut to keep it from swaying.
SUITABLE FOR: mountain bikes, commuting, road bikes, loaded touring bikes, bikes with a child seat
PROS: super sturdy, no side swaying, folds on one side
This innovative kickstand is probably the lightest option available, with a total weight of only 40g (25g for the leg and 15g for the tab), with two lengths available it fits basically every bike model, including recumbent.
The UpStand installs in less than 1 minute. Simply release the rear skewer on your bike, draw the skewer out, hang the 15g magnetic tab on the skewer, then slide the quick release back in and tighten. It detaches quickly from the bike and folds up (like a tent pole) for easy storage in your 3-panel pocket or gear bag. The standard model fits 700c and 26″ wheels. It includes Velcro strap for folding/storing the stand and a single tab. My pick as a road bike or mountain bike kickstand.
Last but not least, an honorable mention is deserved by the Clickstand, similar to the Upstand but longer, it is suited also for touring bikes. Unfortunately, it is not available outside the US right now.
What kickstand do you use? What’s your opinion about kickstands for bike touring? Contribute to the comments section and help other readers out!