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Flickstand, pt. 2

May 28th, 2011 [print] Go to comments

If you recall, I did a post on a vintage bike part a couple months back, called the Flickstand, made by now-defunct Rhode Gear USA.  Well, I’m happy to say, I’m now the owner of one.

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They’re pretty difficult to come across nowadays, but I was fortunate enough to find one for sale on Craigslist the other day for $10.  It’ll go on my singlespeed if it fits, but since that bike is awaiting me in NYC at the moment, I’ll have to wait a few days to see if it fits.  Even if I’m not able to use it, it’s something I’ll definitely hold on to because I love rare parts.

Edit:  It fits.

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  1. April 26th, 2012 at 16:06 | #1

    Wow – a year later, I just happened to be asking the same question on Reddit, and somebody linked to a Google search of the Flickstand. That link brought me here.

    I can’t imagine why nobody makes these anymore. Yes, you could strap down a brake handle, but that’s kludgy compared to this.

  2. Aaron
    April 26th, 2012 at 16:09 | #2

    Yeah, it really bugs me that nobody makes them. At this point, I think any design patents would probably be expired, so anyone could manufacture it. Obviously, the biggest thing holding it back is the size and shape of carbon and aluminum down tubes, since those make up the majority of frames these days. Still, owners of steel frames would probably buy them if they still existed on the market.

  3. Dennis Kennedy
    June 8th, 2012 at 02:59 | #3

    I ‘m interested in purchasing a flickstand, I had one back in the mid seventies and I still have the bike, a Mercian touring bicycle, so I know it will work on it. I got use to not using a kickstand and the flickstand was light weight and easy to use. I’ve been looking for it and I’m glad that they’re still available.

  4. Aaron
    June 8th, 2012 at 03:15 | #4

    You can still find them on eBay, so check there first. Just keep in mind, they’re very rare, no longer made, and in high demand, so they don’t go cheap.

  5. August 28th, 2012 at 20:42 | #5

    I found a Flickstand in a box of old bike parts that somebody had given to me. It didn’t fit the wider downtube on my old Cannondale, so I cut it and pieced in some plastic. It works great. I still can’t imagine why nobody else is making these anymore, especially since nobody wants to put kickstands on the newer aluminum and carbon frames.

  6. Aaron
    August 28th, 2012 at 20:51 | #6

    The problem is, the newer frames have enormous downtube diameters, and their shapes are all over the place, too; carbon downtubes are rarely even round. If they still made Flickstands, they’d probably still only be able to reasonably fit them to standard steel frame tubing sizes.

  7. August 29th, 2012 at 12:21 | #7

    Good point.

    That’s why I had to modify mine – it was made for a 1″ steel tube, and I have a 1-1/4″ aluminum. I can’t imagine a good way to make them fit the formed/shaped tubes that many bikes are using now.

  8. Ned Levine
    December 1st, 2012 at 12:10 | #8

    As the co-inventor of the Flickstand and the CEO of the company Rhode Gear that was started in 1979 with the Flickstand as the only product, I am pleased and flattered to happen upon this dialog.
    The Flickstand was a great little product (Made in America!) that taught us so much about design, production, business, and marketing. We were recent graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design who were committed to launch and operate a design/manufacturing business (although all we had were ideas and a capacity for work – no capital). Throughout the life of the product we produced and sold hundreds of thousands of Flickstands – they are now rare but when I see one I admitted that I get quite excited. It is like finding a message in a bottle.

  9. Aaron
    December 1st, 2012 at 12:17 | #9

    Thanks for the input, Ned.

    Just so you know, anytime the subject of the Flickstand comes up on message boards (including Reddit), lots of new people are introduced to it, and just about everyone wants one. I think if you went back into production, you’d continue selling them like crazy.

    Perhaps the only thing you need to do is develop some sort of universal sizing clamp, so they can be used on larger downtubes. Seriously, there’s still money to be made with this product.

  10. Ned Levine
    December 1st, 2012 at 13:20 | #10

    Thanks for the thoughts.

    I have serious need for a rare item for my Rhode Gear archives. Where should i post photos and put out the word that I am eager to buy a certain piece of Rhode Gear retail display?

  11. Aaron
    December 1st, 2012 at 16:58 | #11

    I’d post to reddit.com/r/bicycling, as well as the General Discussion board on RoadBikeReview.com.

    Which part are you looking for specifically?

  12. BOB
    December 24th, 2012 at 21:14 | #12

    Hi, can anyone tell me if the flickstand had a spring in it, is that what held it in place on the wheels and out of place against the frame when not is use? I’m thinking to fashion one as it seems useful but I’ve never actually seen one in the flesh.

  13. Aaron
    December 24th, 2012 at 21:17 | #13

    No spring. The sides of the Flickstand each have a small metal tab with 2 nubs in them. Those are what hold the moveable part in place in both positions.

  14. BOB
    December 25th, 2012 at 17:13 | #14

    Ah I see it now, thanks very much!

  15. Philip
    September 12th, 2014 at 17:40 | #15

    @Aaron
    Hi Ned, I just wanted to tell you that you guys developed an excellent product. The Flickstand was just so very clever, lightweight and useful. I agree with the rest of the crowd that something similar is needed, especially now that biked no longer have any sort of kickstand!

    In the meantime, I think I will just bolt a strap of velcro to my downtube to wrap through the front wheel or something…..

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