Install a kickstand on a mountain bike

Install a kickstand on a mountain bike

You can't ride a mountain bike all the time, but propping it up against a wall or tree just isn't safe. So what should you do? Install a kickstand!.

Installing a kickstand on a mountain bike is a straightforward job that any home mechanic should be able to complete on their own. In this advice guide, we break down how to install a kickstand on a mountain bike and how to test it.

Spanners at the ready, and let's begin.

Why install a kickstand on a mountain bike?

If you're a hardcore mountain biker who charges up mountains and hammers back down them, then a kickstand probably isn't right for you.

However, if you're one of the many riders that use their mountain bike for commuting, touring end everyday riding, then a kickstand could be.

A kickstand is a simple stand that you can operate with your foot. Climb off your bike and kick it out and you can safely prop your bike up wherever you are.

When you're ready to start riding again, give it a swift kick, and it will spring safely back into place.

Kickstands can be used to safely store your bike, protecting it against scratches and damage. Remember, if you leave it propped up outside a shop or outside of your view, to fit a lock too!

How to install a kickstand on a mountain bike

Before we get into how to fit your new mountain bike kickstand, here's what you'll need:

  • A new kickstand
  • Adjustable wrench

Step 1: Clean your bike

Give your bike a good clean before attempting to fit your new kickstand. Working on a dirty bike isn't much fun, and the bottom of the frame where the kickstand attaches is by far the dirtiest part.

Our video on how to clean a bike is an excellent place to start.

Don't just use a sponge and soapy water as you could damage your mountain bike's vital components. Instead, only use specialist bike cleaning products.

Step 2: Identify the right place for the kickstand

Fit your bike to a stand, kneel down next to it or flip it over and rest it on the saddle and take a look at where the kickstand should be positioned.

The kickstand bolts to the frame in the chainstay (the two bars that lead from the bottom bracket).

When in place, the kickstand must be low enough on the frame to support the bike when it's opened up, but it mustn't interfere with, or rub against, the rear wheel or tyre.

When you're happy with the position of the kickstand make a light mark with a pencil (or something else that will rub off) after you fit it.

Step 3: Connect the kickstand bolt to your mountain bike

Start by connecting the kickstand bracket. Loosen the bolt on the top of the kickstand and slide it into place. Work it gently into the correct position.

Tighten the bolts with your fingers at first. Now, if the bolt is done up tightly enough, you can test its' positioning – most importantly, whether it touches the rear wheel or tyre when it's closed.

When you're happy with its position, using an adjustable wrench, or the correct sized spanner, do up the bolt to tension.

Step 4: Test the kickstand

Stand the bike upright and test the kickstand. Rest the bike on it and ensure the weight of the best rests securely on the stand.

Next, kick the stand open and closed a few times. Once you've tested it a few times, check it's still securely in place.

If all is well, you're ready for adventure!