I love taking photos of Basil and his sidekick Argyll. Sometimes it’s tricky to find something to lean them against, though, and sometimes I get a little bored with the uright folded pose, with the Brompton rear wheels tucked under.
So I was intrigued when I ran across the Click-Stand, a portable kickstand meant for bikes without integral stands. Our Bromptons don’t need them to remain upright, but I thought this might be a good tool for photos.
It’s basically a rod that lets a bike “stand” without requiring any hardware. It looks like a promising solution for a lot of bikes, but I was a little dubious about how this would work for a Brompton, so I sent a question along to the company.
Tom sent back a picture showing a Click-Stand in use on a Brompton, but set in the middle of the cross bar. The bike’s frame slips into the cradle, and then geometry does the rest. (It’s critical to put the foot on solid ground; Click-Stand offers a bigger food for mushier situations.)
I use ours in the underseat triangle, though, to minimize the chance of slipping.
Getting the angle right is crucial, too, for good support. That’s Basil, above, standing tall using the Click-Stand, and Argyll, below, ditto.
The Click-Stand is available in custom sizes (instructions on the website), and folds up compactly for carrying on a bike or in a bag. Following the website instructions, I ordered the Mini-4 with a contact height of 19.25 inches and the x-large cradle size. (These measurements may be different if the Click-Stand is used elsewhere on the Brompton frame.)
The Click-Stand comes with restraints to hold brakes in place while using the device. That’s critical; if the bike rolls with the Click-Stand in place, over it goes! The loops supplied weren’t long enough to go over Basil’s Ergons and across the brake levers, so I improvised my own, which were not as powerful as the ones that came with the Click-Stand.
My improvisation was a huge fail; the brakes slipped and Basil . . . well, let’s just say I hope he’s forgiven me.
Now I use a vinyl-wrapped wire cable tie, and wrap it well around the brake lever and the grip. Works a treat.
The Click-Stand is a little fiddly, and does require some careful placement on the ground, but it’s light and sleek, and I like the options it offers for photos.
(Incidentally, Click-Stand’s Tom is responsible for Argyll’s color scheme: It’s the same one as in the Brompton photo Tom sent to us. We hadn’t seen that combination before, and Dr. Diarist liked it a lot. After hours on the Configurator, it was amusing to have found Argyll’s colors in this most unexpected way!)