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)
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.
ok, looking more closely at that page I think I see where the terminological confusion is. They are trying to use "sheet bend" to differentiate the direction in which the antiparallel bight tied around the standing is made, to leave to free end to one side or the other.
The problem with using the term "sheet bend" here is that the only thing that gives directionality is the loop. For a true bend without a loop, there's no reference point.
Here they are tying a single length around a carabiner.
They call it a bend, but that's not a bend, it's a hitch!
In safety, there are a few considerations. One is whether or not you want the knot to slip.
A bowline is meant not to slip under load. One way of guarding against this is to tie the free end to the loop near its end.
Another is how well you can loosen the knot after it has been put under load.
Finally, whether the knot unties entirely, whether it "spills".
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