[Note: this is #18 of a series of 20]
Team Russia truing stands have aroused some interest. I wrote about Bill Woodul’s and asked for information. We learned how the Russian Cycling Federation was in the same building as their Space Program.
Still, no one seems to know how many or for how long this stand was made. A fully titanium model is owned by American mechanic, Brad Purfeest. Very similar but more modern looking than Bill’s.
Now, Australian Eric Bishop has sent us pictures of his. Yet another, fundamentally similar but absolutely different. It’s as if each era of team mechanic saw small changes. Perhaps there were only one dozen ever made and each one unique. If you want to buy Eric’s, write us and we’ll provide contact info.
Wheels today are too variable, especially the rims, for this type of stand to excel. We also fly a lot these days and weight limits make collapsible but substantial portable stands too large a burden. I guess the era of the space age Russian stand is past.
Today your best bet for portability is a self made stand. It’s simple to construct so I doubt anyone will commercialize the idea. Make your own! Here’s how: Read more →