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What kickstand can I use with a Co-op Cycles ADV 3.1?



Could you please help me identify a stand that will work with an REI CO OP ADV 3.1 Bicycle? I bought one recently,  It was delivered last night.

This is the one:


I visited the CO op today and @ the Bike center, asking to buy a stand, and was told that there wasnt one that REI could sell and these bikes had to be without stands and that was the design.

Maybe I mis-understood, but i was led to understand that these bikes had to be left to be on the ground or hung from the ceiling…

I was also told that the normal kickstands like these:

Will NOT work because  because the cable routing was at the bottom, and would interfere with the brake system.

I looked on Amazon, and most of them have the rear disk brake system sitting on the back of the frame.  The way the REI one is mounted, it’s in the front of the wheel pushing out the ability to mount a stand.

See this for an idea of what I’m talking about.


I would appreciate any help. I asked about installing one of the above REI kickstands by gently moving the cable out of the way from the bike shop @ REI and they told me there wasn’t enough Play in the cable to allow that to happen..

I appreciate any inputs, because this doesnt seem kind of right... Maybe it's just my understanding.




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@sriv-1 Thanks for reaching out!

While the desire for a kickstand on a bike is pretty understandable for the ease of setting your bike upright, there are several important reasons cyclists and bike manufacturers often do not use them:

  • For a cyclist the logic is pretty straightforward: a bike laid down can't fall over. A kickstand is convenient, however, you run the risk of your bike toppling. There are any number of ways your bike can get damaged in this case. Personally, I've seen a loaded touring bike with a handlebar that was broken in two when the bike fell over.
  • Unless you are riding exclusively on roads, a kickstand can become even more risky with uneven, sloped, rough, rocky, sandy, or soft ground.
  • For a touring bike, such as the Co-op Cycles ADV 3.1, it can put a lot of force on a kickstand (and subsequently the frame of the bike) if the bike is fully loaded with racks and panniers.
  • From a design perspective, there is a lot of performance, weight savings, and cable routing that goes on in the rear stays of the bike. As they are designed specifically with strength to weight ratio and minimization of torsional flex, they often are not able to withstand the clamping forces applied when installing a kickstand. You run the risk of damaging the frame and rendering the bike unusable. Manufacturers could make the stays stronger, however, that would not only impact the performance and feel of the bike, but it is also making a major change to a bike for a feature that most cyclists may or may not use.

It is for this reason, among others, that many bikes are not designed to use a kickstand. If you'd like a couple of other options, you can look at the Pletscher Center Mounted Twin Kickstand, which you will still want to confirm with your bike tech that it will work with your bike. Additionally, you can try the Click Stand, which was brought to our attention by @HaveKidsWillTravel in her post DRT 1.2 and Thule Yepp Rack. It is a very popular option for cyclists with touring bikes like the Co-op Cycles ADV 3.1.

Hopefully this helps, thanks!

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