Basically it's up to each individual. Shortly after purchasing a new bike, you usually have the urge to put a stand on your bike so that it doesn't get scratched. That's absolutely fine, don't let yourself be fooled by the fact that "a stand has no place on a mountain bike" etc. It's up to each person to decide... HOWEVER, the shouts are not entirely wrong! I'm already over the handlebars because of my stand because it's jammed on a stone... (From now on, with every "stand" a shoot! :D (water or milk of course!)
A mountain bike stand can be potentially dangerous if not installed or used properly. However, there are situations in which a stand on a mountain bike can be useful.
A potential safety hazard is that the kickstand could fold down when driving on uneven terrain or become detached while driving. This could result in falls or injuries. It is therefore important to ensure that the stand is stable and properly attached to the bike.
Another risk is that the bike stand hits obstacles or uneven terrain while driving. This can affect the rider's balance and result in a fall. It is important to choose the stand position carefully and ensure that the stand will not interfere with your ride. The stand can also get caught in the terrain (see my example from above) and not only make you go over the handlebars, but also seriously damage the rear triangle!
It is also important to check the stand regularly to ensure it is firm and secure. A loose or damaged stand can cause unforeseen problems while driving.
If you decide to use a stand on your mountain bike, you should ensure that it is of good quality and suitable for off-road use. It is advisable to carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions and check the stand's functionality before each ride.
Ultimately, the safety of using a stand on a mountain bike depends on proper installation, regular inspection and responsible use. If you have concerns or are unsure, it's best to forego a stand and use alternative solutions such as leaning the bike against a stable surface.
But there are alternatives!
Great solutions from Topeak, for example a stand that you attach to the crank when you need it and take it off, fold it up and put it in your backpack when you continue riding! By the way, also a cool solution for taking pictures!
Our partner Bike-Components has cool solutions ready:
To safely reject your mountain bike, there are a few tried and tested methods:
Wall or fence: You can lean the bike against a sturdy wall or fence. Make sure the bike handlebars are facing the wall or fence to avoid tipping over. Leaning on the rear wheel also provides a lot of stability, but make sure not to lean on the derailleur hanger, but only the rear wheel!
Tree: If you are near a sturdy tree, you can carefully lean the bike against the tree. Make sure the bike is stable and not pressed against branches or obstacles.
Bicycle racks: There are special bicycle racks in many places, such as bicycle parks or rest areas. These are designed to store bicycles safely. Look for a sturdy and firmly anchored bike stand and make sure the bike sits securely on it.
Ground: If no other options are available, you can carefully place the mountain bike on the ground. Please not on the drive side! (The side with the gears, otherwise you could bend the derailleur hanger and your bike will no longer shift properly!)
Regardless of which method you choose, you should make sure that the bike is stable and cannot tip over easily. Always check that the bike is safely parked before leaving to avoid accidents or damage.