There are 2 general types:
1. Ones that hold the bike by the bottom bracket. Simple, elegant, functional, and cost effective. Nothing flashy here, just a workhorse. There is one fatal flaw. You can't turn the bike upside down. Now this might not be too much of an issue for some, but if you're cleaning a muddy mountain bike, flipping it just makes cleaning a whole lot easier. See 1st link
2. The Park clamp type. These essentially wrap to clam-shells around one of the tubes of the bike. You can adjust the angle of the clamp so you can grip a seatpost or a top tube. You can even rotate the bike 360 degrees and clean and access the whole of the bike.
Park is the choice of professionals. You'll see them in at least 9 out of 10 shops. They just work well. The clamp is the industry standard. And they make home versions too.
I've included a link to a Nashbar stand which is a less expensive knock off of the Park home units. I have the predecessor to this unit. The clamp is effective but klutzy by comparison. If you can put up with the quirks, this is the minimum that I'd own. If you like tools the to always work smoothly, save some extra cash and buy the Park. Wish I had.
While most clamps have vinyl pads, many people wrap the tube with a shop rag as well.
Worked in a shop, used all sorts of stands
· 9 years ago