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Why Do Road Bikes Not Have Kickstands

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You go to your local bike shop to buy a new road bike but are surprised when you don’t see any kickstands included. But the simple truth is that road cyclists don’t need kickstands because they are not as helpful or wanted on these bikes.

Mountain and hybrid bikes have different needs than road bikes, so that’s why manufacturers include kickstands on these types of bikes ( or at least add a place to put one ).

An S-Works high-end road bike without a kickstand

But what’s the real reason why road bikes do not have kickstands. Let’s find out.

Why do road bikes not have kickstands?

Road bikes are made for speed, so manufacturers do not want to add any weight or drag. The lack of kickstands makes it easier to keep road bikes clean and free from debris.

Another common reason is that road bikes look much better without a kickstand. Pro cyclists don’t have kickstands, so amateurs worldwide want to look precisely like pros and don’t install one.

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What are the benefits of kickstands?

The manufacturers of road bikes say that nothing makes them want to include a kickstand with their bikes. However, there are some benefits to having one on your bike, even if it’s not necessary.

You’re out for a ride, and you get tired, but you don’t want to stop and leave your bike just lying on the ground. This has happened to all of us – we stop for a break and can’t find anything to lean our bike against so it doesn’t fall over. Plus, if you need to leave your bike locked up for a while, a kickstand will keep it upright and stable.

Kickstands are the perfect tool for holding your bike up when you’re not riding it. They can be handy if there’s nothing nearby to lean against or lock bikes. A less flashy but still important use would just involve being able to put away your ride wherever you please without worrying about it.

Road bikes are easily scratchable. If you’re not careful, your road bike can get scratched easily. This is one of the biggest reasons to have a kickstand on your road bike.

Is it not cool to put a kickstand on a road bike?

You can’t put a kickstand on any bike and think it looks fantastic. Even though you don’t see them as often, they exist for road bikes. However, they aren’t as popular as they are with mountain or hybrid bikes because the manufacturers focus more on speed and weight than the convenience of riders. But the truth is you could look cool with a road bike with a kickstand.

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Can I add a kickstand to my road bike?

Yes, if you feel the need to add a kickstand. Keep in mind that most serious cyclists would never add a kickstand to a decent road or gravel bike. Some expensive models don’t even have a place for a kickstand. But on a serious note, you should do what you feel like doing.

Can I put a kickstand on a carbon fiber bike?

Yes, it is possible to put a kickstand on some carbon bikes. However, it would help if you made sure the stand was made specifically for your bike, which means you will have to get help from someone who knows what they are doing.

Your kickstand might damage the carbon fiber frame and create a lot of headaches. Besides carbon fiber, road bikes are made to be ridden, not stood. It doesn’t make sense to buy a super lightweight carbon fiber beast and put a 200-300 gram kickstand on it. Most cyclists with carbon bikes don’t use their kickstand enough to justify the added bulk.

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About Alek Asaduryan

Alek Asaduryan is the founder of YesCycling and has been riding bikes and in the cycling industry since 1991. Since then, his mission is to make cycling more accessible to everyone. And each year, he continues to help more people to achieve that. When he's not out riding his beloved fitness bike, Alek reports on news, gear, guides, and all things cycling related.

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