A free bike stand idea for heavy touring bikes!

Normal bike stands can't hold the weight, I saw "click stands" but they cost money and are shipped from USA, I was happy re-using a walking stick for a while ...

... but the ultimate cheap DIY version is just a stick plus some cord (I used a sheet bend to create a loop, and a prusik knot to attach it to the stick).

(finding a way to carry the stick on the bike is trickier though)

@nicksellen

Cool!

I'm not very adept with knots, but its' something I've been working on during confinement to redeem the time.

That said, I *think* if you make a loop with a sheet bend then that's more commonly called a bowline?

@deejoe I love playing with knots! When I was learning them I carried around a short length of cord I could sit and play with until they got more embedded into my brain.

Good point about the sheet bend / bowline relationship. I just tried it and the knot ends up basically the same, just with the bit that is a loose end in the sheet bend is part of the loop in the bowline version, but I think it's stable that way too.

@deejoe and just read about bowline / sheet bend at overtheedgerescue.com/canyonin - there is a safety implication if you have a human dependent on it, I guess it depends on whether you need a loop that you can pull on (bowline), or a loop that can have force "expanding" the loop (sheet bend)?

@nicksellen

I think the key difference is what you already said. In the bowline, the free end is passed back up through through the initial bight, taken around the standing end, and then is brought back down through the inital bight, to form a loop.

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@nicksellen

The term "bend" on the other hand refers specifically to bringing together 2 free ends.

In the sheet bend, the free end of one piece passes through a bight made in the other, and is tied around the other's standing end.

Which direction you go I guess depends on how you tie the knot. In one half of the knot, the bight brings the free end & standing end antiparallel. In the other, they cross each other.

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