Here is a budget adjustable kick stand that I have decorated for a friend’s older bike that didn’t have one. The stand is the same type that I used on the restored Malvern Star bike featured earlier – it’s basic, but reasonable, for the $13 that it cost at a department store, provided that it is used on a firm surface and the bike is of moderate weight. I prefer these stands to the ones where you have to cut the one piece alloy leg to length, as you can’t make a mistake with this one !
The reason I decorated it this way is simply because I thought it looked too plain and shiny for an older bike. The method is to tape the leg section with double sided sticky tape, wrap it tightly with white twine and give it several coats of amber shellac until satisfied with the colour. The steel top plate and bolt were painted to blend in with the red bike that will be wearing it.