- The plastic feet on the bottom of the Kickback wear out really fast, and soon your bike is being held upright by a pair of aluminum tubes, which can scratch the heck out of whatever you are parking on.
2. The Kickback makes really annoying clunking / clacking noises when you hit a bump, jump a curb, or try to do "fun things" with your cargobike.
This is a bit bigger problem. For some reason Xtracycle didn't use a spring design like most motorcycle centerstands or regular bicycle kickstands- they just used a regular extension spring encased in a nylon bag. As a result, when the Kickback is retracted, the spring force holding the kickstand in place is pretty low, allowing it to flop around and bang into your bike's frame.
I've been looking at some other spring options and possibly even designing some sort of over-center mechanism, but haven't finished anything that is ready for road use. However, there is a simple fix to drastically reduce the amount of noise the Kickback makes when it flops around.
Simply mount a rubber bumper to the underside of where the factory kickstand mounts. It seems to work pretty well. You can still hear it banging around after a curb drop, but it is much, much quieter. Another option might be to put one of the rubber chair feet onto the steel stub on the kickback.
- Rubber foot with thru-hole, appropriate size
- Screw, nut, and washer of appropriate size to fit through rubber foot
- Threadlocking compound
|Rubber foot mounted, Kickback down|
|Rubber Foot Mounted, Kickback up|