April 2, 2010
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WHAT IS IT? It’s a bike stand that you ride onto. It lifts the bike when you step off (as long as you step on the lever arm).

WHAT’S IT COST? $124.95.


WHAT’S IT DO? MXA test riders have seen every stand ever made. We’ve tested lifting platforms, leverage stands, several types of stands that you ride into and an unlimited number of milk crate replacements. The rarest of all stands combines riding and lifting together. Sadly, we have seen prototypes that were too complicated, too large or too dangerous to ever see the light of day. That is why we were so surprised when Mark Beal sent us his Ride On MX Lift Stand. Mark engineered a relatively simple design and then spent months in China coordinating the manufacturing process in an effort to get high quality at a low cost.

As a rule, heaving your bike onto a stand after a hard-fought moto is tough. It can be next to impossible for the weak, vertically challenged or exhausted. The Ride On MX Lift offers hope to riders who hate hoisting their 225-pound bikes with muscle power.

WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Ride On MX Lift Stand.

(1) Lifting. The Ride On stand works by stepping on a lever arm that rotates the linkage mechanism upward. When the top of the stand reaches the height of the frame cradle, mechanical advantage lets you lift the bike with minimal effort.

(2) Stability. To lower the Ride On stand, you place your toe under the lever arm and trip the mechanism. Accidentally knocking the bike down seems very unlikely. If you’re still worried, Ride On provides a pin that can be inserted to keep the lever arm locked in place. The Ride On stand remains stable on uneven terrain, and its
rubber feet keep it from sliding on slick shop floors.

(3) Materials. The Ride On stand is powder-coated steel with stainless steel hardware, rubber pads on top and rubber feet.

(4) Assembly. With four nuts and bolts to install, assembly is easy and only takes a few minutes.

(5) Learning curve. There are two skills required to master the Ride On stand. The first is keeping up your momentum when you roll the bike over the stand (which you do when you enter or exit the pits). When collapsed to its lowest height, the Ride On stand still mimics an eight-inch-high whoop. The second skill is learning
exactly where to stop the bike so that the platform of the stand moves up and rearward in exactly the correct spot. Too far forward or back can make the bike wobbly.

(6) Transportation. The Ride On stand weighs 18.75 pounds. Like all lifting stands, the Ride On is awkward to carry around by hand. In the back of a truck, we found it best to put the collapsed stand directly under the engine of the bike (where it doesn’t take up any extra room). The lever arm can be removed if space is at a premium.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have three minor complaints.

The little plastic plugs on the stand’s tubing fell out. We put them back in with silicone seal to keep them in place.

Some test riders picked up the skill needed to get the bike positioned perfectly over the stand, but others never got it right.

On bikes with sloping lower frame rails, it’s difficult to get both wheels off the ground. We had to stick a wrench under the front of some frames if we wanted to spin the front wheel.

We thought we would hate it, but in the end it worked very well. You just ride on, step on the lever and the bike is on the stand. No grunting required.

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