I was wondering what you folks use for a stand when working on your TWs. Now bear in mind I'm the only one doing all the work on the bike (no one to hold it steady...pick up one end or the other, etc.). In fact, I can't even pick up either end myself! So I guess I'm looking for some type of foot powered setup but I don't want to break the bank either.
As always thanks in advance.....Joe
(The old forum site had much discussion about this topic.) For what it's worth, (and because we're still not back to a recovered economy - I'm the original "recession rack" guy) I had a Craftsman garage jack or floor jack I wasn't using much. My jack's "contact plate" had a large protruding stud at the bottom, which fitted through a hole in the plate below and was fastened by a simple spring clip. I simply removed the clip, lifted off the contact plate, and installed a scrap piece of 2 X 12 with a countersunk 3/8" hex head bolt and nut. (Credit to Babaganoush for the original idea.)
Works great! I go on Medicare this year, but I can easily position the floor jack under the bike so it will raise either end of the bike, without help from anyone. And with the proper size chunk of 2 x 12 lumber under the skid plate, the bike is very stable - the lumber is relatively soft, so it "gives" a little, and the protruding metal bike parts sink into the wood just enough to help hold the bike firmly in place. Unbelievable how easy it is to lube the chain when the back end's off the ground. And really easy to observe the overall chain condition, see whether there are any "tight" sections of chain, etc. Others have devised ways to "tie down" or stabilize the bike while on their jack, but I haven't needed to do so in the more than two years I've used this jack on my T-dub. Really good idea!
- - - - Jim