The differences in kickstands can be nuanced despite the large variety of bikes available. Kickstands efficacy depends on the terrain you ride on and the size, weight, and make of your bike.
If you need a quick rundown on the best options for a new kickstand, then hang on to your stokes, we have you covered. For the naysayers who currently lay their bike down on the ground, getting it dirty and worn, hopefully the following will change your mind and prop your bike upright.
Sataway Bike Kickstand Adjustable Center Mount Aluminum Alloy Bicycle Kickstand
- The adjustable length can make standing on uneven terrain more feasible.
- The non-slip foot can help prevent sinking into mud.
- Easy installation.
- Some bikes may have brake cables that run through where this kickstand needs to be installed. Make sure your bike is compatible before purchase.
This anti-rust aluminum kickstand with non-slip foot has the qualities of a solid all-around choice for the avid biker. With an adjustable length, Sataway’s kickstand can fit heights from 24 to 29 inches.
Lumintrail Center Mount Bike Kickstand
- Best for bikes with mounting plates, but includes an installation plate just in case.
- More affordable than many competitors.
- Allen wrench needed for installation not included.
This sturdy and adjustable kickstand targeted for lighter to midweight bikes has a reinforced non-slip plastic sole. It’s offered in either black or silver and a variety of mounting options.
Best on a Budget:
- Offers an “in retail packaging” option, which includes a rubber foot.
- More affordable than other basic options
- Easy and sturdy installation relative to its price.
- Non-adjustable, so may not be the best option for uneven surfaces.
This basic aluminum kickstand with bottom bracket mount comes in black or brushed aluminum. It has a length ruler on its side and can be cut to fit most light to midweight sized bikes.
Best for Mountain Bikes:
BV Bike Kickstand, Foldable Double Leg
- Stands the bike more vertically, which may save space in storage.
- May allow for easier rear wheel and gear service as the adjustable length can lift the rear of the bike.
- Customers may appreciate the stability of the kickstand when riding with a child in a kid-trailer or bicycle seat.
- A bit more expensive than other options on the market.
- Not compatible with E-bikes.
A double-leg foldable kickstand that can hold up heavier bikes or bikes with weight in tow. Each of the two legs is adjustable for uneven or soft surfaces.
Best for Dirt Bikes:
BV Adjustable Rear Mount Bicycle Bike Kickstand
- Simple installation for sturdy kickstand.
- More affordable than most heavy bike kickstand options.
- Installation bolts not included.
- Not compatible with bikes without mounting holes on the chain stay.
Adjustable alloy kickstand for chain stay installation focuses on heavy and hybrid bikes. Includes a “click” sound to signify locking into upright position before beginning a ride.
Adjustable or Not?
An adjustable kickstand has the benefit of adapting to different sized bikes and will often help for riders who traverse uneven or off-road terrains. For riders who mostly spend their time on asphalt or flat surfaces, it may not be worth the extra money for an adjustable kickstand if there is a comparable non-adjustable option.
Kickstands equipped with a non-slip foot can aid riders who spend time on grassy or muddy surfaces. Most non-slip stands help resist sinking in mud which can improve its longevity. For more casual neighborhood riders, the non-slip foot may not be as necessary.
Double or Single Leg
Double-leg kickstands are mostly going to benefit heavier bikes that tend to ride rougher terrains. Double-legs have the added feature of individually adjusting for rocky or unlevel surfaces. Single leg kickstands are usually more common and will do the job for bikes that don’t go off-road.
Almost every bike will be designed with a mounting plate on the frame near the rear wheel, holes in the chain stay, located on the bar attached to the bike chain, or both. There aren’t many advantages for one style of mounting over another aside from how easy the installation will be for your particular bike. Some kickstands offer an installation plate for bikes that don’t have a mounting plate. For bikes that don’t have holes in their chain stays, manufacturing specs might allow for modifications such as drilling holes to fit the desired kickstand.