I've used cheap bike workstands forever. Mostly of the tripod variety. They work OK, but there's always one compromise or another.
Recently I've had several simultaneous bike projects going on, and constantly swapping bikes has become a bit of a hassle, so with the need to pick up another bike stand anyway, I figured I may as well finally get a Park Tool stand. The PCS-10, to be precise.
The PCS-10 comes moderately disassembled. I guess they figure that assembling the stand is a skill filter. Anyone who can't do that probably shouldn't be working on their bike anyway.
|OMG! What do I do with all these parts???
One of the real advantages of a Park stand over a cheapo Forte or something is the seat-tube clamp. The PCS-10 clamp has a nice cam action to quickly clasp and release the seatpost, and a little round thingy that enables 360-degree rotation.
|If you had two of these you could be a lobster for Halloween.
Inserting a bike is about what you'd expect.
|Why yes, yes those are Schwalbe Ultremos on a fixie.
The stand is surprisingly sturdy. I didn't expect much, but the moment-arm is long enough and the tube angle steep enough that there is really no inclination for the bike to tip. Quite refreshing after my tripod stand which seems always ready to tip over.
While I was at it I also got the Park Tool 106 accessory tray. To be honest $30 seems a little expensive for some molded plastic and bent metal, but it would cost me a lot more than $30 for a far inferior solution if I were to try to make my own.
|Accessory tray. For all my accessories.
Assembling it was even easier than the workstand.
The accessory tray integrates directly into the quick release collar on the PCS-10 for a sturdy nut-/bolt-/tool-storage location.
|Plenty of room for lubes, tools, rags, and even a scale to weigh parts before they go on...
My verdict on the PCS-10 is unabashedly positive. Yes, there are cheaper repair stands. I've had three, and they all worked, but none were as stable or as well built as this one. There are also more expensive repair stands (many of them from Park Tool in fact!). When I get a larger garage, I'll probably get one. But the PCS-10 is a solid mid-range workstand that I can imagine lasting for many years.
Before I forget, though, there was one problem. The repair stand did not come with the required nuts to hold the legs in place!
Now that's a pretty minor problem. I'm sure I can find them at Home Depot. Still, annoying that they're missing.