Kickstands are always on the left, likely because gears occupy the righthand side. Has anyone had success with installing a kickstand on the right side?

After using my left-side pannier routinely for six years, I've noticed that my left leg might be a bit stronger (or at the very least, provides better balance in yoga). To switch it up, I now load up the right pannier. But without the kickstand to provide counter-balance, my bike inevitably topples over at every stop.

I ride a 1970s Schwinn Le Tour with a hefty touring rack.

  • The standard kickstand mounts just behind the bottom bracket. The chainring(s) on the right side would interfere with its deployment. Jan 15, 2013 at 4:50
  • The easy solution would be to switch the pannier to the other side when using the kickstand.
    – Kibbee
    Jan 15, 2013 at 15:49
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    You're always going to have one leg stronger than the other. I'm also sceptical about how much effect changing the panniers around will have.
    – alex
    Jan 15, 2013 at 22:08

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You should look into getting a folding double kickstand. They're great for loaded bikes. Both legs fold off to the left side, but when you kick it down one leg supports each side so the bike stays perfectly upright.

  • Pletscher, Greenfield, Velo Orange...all make very nice models. They're great!
    – WTHarper
    Jan 15, 2013 at 2:07
  • The other option here being a full double kickstand, either at the kickstand plate, or at the rear axle at the drop-out. Jan 15, 2013 at 3:06

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