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post #1 of 27 Old 03-20-2019, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Lubing the chain without a center stand

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I was trying to figure out how to easily lube the chain when on the road since I don't have a center stand. Then I came across this video that shows a cheap and clever way to do it. I thought it might be of interest to others.

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Supporting the bike without a proper stand probably works well enough, until it doesn't. I wouldn't risk it. Spray as much as you can, roll the bike a few feet, spray the rest.
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Supporting the bike without a proper stand probably works well enough, until it doesn't. I wouldn't risk it. Spray as much as you can, roll the bike a few feet, spray the rest.
That video shows the wheel being lifted further off the ground than was necessary to let it spin freely. If that supporting column was made just long enough to clear the tire, the bike could probably take coming down off of that support without going horizontal. Still, I would verify this the first time, while standing with hands ready to steady the bike, before crouching down to do the lube. I would also be sure to angle the support so that the bike would not come down by moving forward, which could move the kickstand with just a little bike momentum. To me, what is dicey about this method is that there is little to keep the bike from pivoting around the kickstand foot. That support won't do it. The front wheel will be at an angle close to allowing that pivot. So I would be blocking the front wheel.
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I've been doing the same thing for almost 50 years with nary a mishap. I only lift the rear tire about 1/2" off the ground, tho. His setup seems a tad extreme.
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I think I'd spend the hundred bucks and get a centerstand. You can change spark plugs when the engine is running too but why?
I haven't had a bike yet with no center stand although the 2 Wee's have different aftermarket stands.
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I would also be sure to angle the support so that the bike would not come down by moving forward, which could move the kickstand with just a little bike momentum. To me, what is dicey about this method is that there is little to keep the bike from pivoting around the kickstand foot. That support won't do it. The front wheel will be at an angle close to allowing that pivot. So I would be blocking the front wheel.
I agree that there is a danger of the bike falling forward and the kickstand disengaging. I think a potential solution would be to park the bike with the front tire against a tree or wall and using a bungee cord to engage the front brake lever.
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Supporting the bike without a proper stand probably works well enough, until it doesn't. I wouldn't risk it. Spray as much as you can, roll the bike a few feet, spray the rest.

No need to roll the bike.

Kickstand down, stand on the left side. Reach over to the right side and grab the passenger rail. Pulling towards you lifts the back wheel.

Rotate the wheel with your foot. Uh... Bike in neutral of course!

Lube a section of chain and repeat. Takes 3-4 times to lube the entire chain.

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Cool hack. Being as I am entering my seventh decade, I would be more concerned with pulling the bike over on top of me trying to hold the bike and lube the chain more than I would having it propped up on an axle nut. It seemed surprisingly stable when he was spinning the wheel and wiping down the chain.
Right now, I just remove the chain guard and get as much lube on both runs that I can, If I don't already have the bike on my lift doing other work.

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I have seen a few commercial versions of this. Some are just straight and some are articulated in the middle so that it locks when pushed over center. Some egs.

Enduro Star / Trail Stand

https://fortnine.ca/en/bikemaster-liftstick

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tirox-snapjack-v2
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I found, before I had a centre stand and swingarm stand, the key still is to tie up the front brake lever aka front brake applied. As an additional measure handle bar to full lock. The bike can't roll anywhere after that. If on gravel, place a brick / block to prevent movement and you can lift the off side towards the side stand with a reasonable deal of safety.
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