Does anyone have any suggestions for making a kick stand or pole to hold up a loaded touring bike? I've never had a bike without a kickstand before. I need to make something that holds a lot of weight because I will have a semi-big load.
hiking around and using them as semi-crutches. They seem to take a bit of weight well. My biggest complaint is that I messed up the locking mechanism and they don't collapse fully anymore. The next pair I get I will be looking for the lever-lock type and not the type that you have to turn to lock.
EDIT: Having the hiking pole would also serve dual purpose of being a kickstand and hiking pole.
I've already spent a lot of money on the bike and other gear. I'm trying not to spend much more. From what I've read, most typical kickstands can't handle the weight of a touring bike. I have seen collapsible pole versions online, but they are a little pricey, and I don't have time to wait for something to come in the mail. About a year ago, when I first started looking into touring, I saw a guide online about how to make a good one that doubled as a flag stand, but I haven't been able to find it again.
A good stick from the forest works for not only a kickstand but good self defense against numerous bad things...always try to double purpose your items that you must have with you (as in using a stick for a weapon, kickstand, cane if needed, prying or digging tool, a joust, flag holder for being seen easier by traffic, pole for holding up shelter like a tarp... Many uses... Trekking poles collapse small but are not as reliable as a straight piece of aluminum from an old tent pole or a piece of hardwood...
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. I ended up using a trekking pole, and it worked pretty well. More suggestions are welcome though because they could be useful to others and I might try something different on my next trip.
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