Q & A

Answers to some common questions

What is the difference between an Upstand and a kickstand?

Unlike conventional kickstands that are heavy, ugly, permanent, and unusable by modern design, the Upstand™ is fully detachable, lightweight, and usable on most bicycles.

What size is my bike?

All road bikes will use the standard Upstand. All bikes with 29″ wheels (mountain bikes) will use the 29″ Wheel Upstand. All bikes with 20″ wheels, recumbents, folding bikes, etc will use the 20″ Wheel Upstand.

What tab size do I get?

Most all bikes have a standard quick release, which is our standard tab (chosen by default). A standard quick release is when you just flip open the lever and the wheel drops out of the bottom of your bike. That’s a standard quick release and what our standard tab size is for. This will be for most applications. Example:


For non-standard quick releases: If you need to use a wrench to unbolt your rear wheel, you will want a 10mm tab. Example: install-hub-kit3

Thru Axles: If you go to your rear axle, open the lever and the skewer (bar going through the wheel) is bigger than the diameter of a straw, you will need to order a 10 or 12mm tab. Not a standard. Other than that, it would be a standard tab. Example of a possible thru axle: thruaxle

How much does it weigh?

The tab on you bike weighs 15 grams and the stand itself weighs approximately 25 grams. The total weight is the same as a single gu packet.

What is it made of?

Carbon fiber.

How does it stay on?

Embedded in the carbon is a strong 6.5 pull pound axial magnet (rare earth magnet).

What do I do with it once I pull it off?

Simply fold the stand in half (shock cord ) and stow it in your seat bag or 3 panel jersey pocket. It is only 8.0″ long (standard model) and weighs less than an energy pack. Or you can use our Upclip and store your Upstand right on your bicycle! The Upclip simply installs on your existing water bottle bolts and gives you the option of quickly snapping your Upstand onto your bicycle! Check out the Upclip here.

Will I lose the use of my water bottle cage by installing the Upclip?

Not at all! The Upclip sits beneath your water bottle cage is nearly invisible when both are installed!

Is it hard to perform the initial install?

It will take less than 30 secs. Simply slide out the rear skewer, hang the 15 gram tab on the skewer, slide it back in and tighten. That’s it. Even in the event of a rear flat, the tab will stay there.

Do I need a brake clamp, etc?


So no more laying down, scratching my car with the brake levers, leaning on store windows or worse, being out of my line of site?


Are there Upstands available for 20″ wheels or recumbent bicycles?


What about thru-axles?

Also yes! Let us know in your order comments during checkout so we can ship the proper bored tab.

Can I get an extra tab? I have more than one bike.

Yes. If you would like to get an extra tab for your Upstand, it will only cost $5 at the time of your order! Simply select “Yes” in the dropdown for “With Discounted Extra Tab?” on our order pages.

If you would like to order an additional tab(s) sometime in the future, a standalone purchase costs $7 per tab (includes shipping in the US).

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