Lifeline is gaining a well-founded reputation for quality and value-for-money products, and its Home Mechanic Stand is no exception.
A bit of a hidden gem, the Lifeline Home Mechanic Stand provided stability and reliability no matter what bikes I loaded onto it.
It comes with a waterproof mat to go under the stand, protecting floor surfaces.
Lifeline Home Mechanic Stand specifications and details
The Lifeline workstand has a simple design, where the bike is suspended over a pair of wide supporting legs, with a maximum capacity of 25kg.
The working height can be adjusted from 102 to 154cm, while the clamp angle is easily altered via a lever at the back, enabling you to change the angles while the bike is in the stand.
The clamp jaws themselves open between 30 and 80mm, allowing the bike to be clamped easily at the seatpost or top tube. Made from lightweight aluminium, the stand folds to 100cm length.
Lifeline Home Mechanic Stand performance
This is a reliable mid-weight stand that proved itself with a range of bikes. Favouring functionality over style, the finish of the stand is clean, while the simplicity of the design means it works well every time.
Unfolding the stand, the wide legs push down and lock into place, while the head clamp unit lifts up and slots into the working position, where it’s secured with a quick-release lever.
The large matt-finished levers on the clamp unit and jaws are easy to use. To change the angle of the jaws, the lever at the back of the head unit unscrews, allowing the two parts to disengage. You can then change the angle and lock back in place by winding the lever clockwise.
The rubber jaws grip securely without leaving marks on the frame. The stand is stable and well-balanced, even when loaded with a heavy full-suspension mountain bike.
The Home Mechanic is marketed as a home workstand and the inclusion of a waterproof mat to go under the stand is a great idea. It’s especially useful if you’re working on bikes in a multi-use room and want to protect the floor from spills and knocks.
The stand doesn’t come with a carry case, although the accompanying floor mat does, but it folds neatly to a size that can be easily stored when not in use.
Lifeline Home Mechanic Stand bottom line
Lifeline’s Home Mechanic Stand does what it says on the box – it’s a strong but sufficiently light workstand that will cope with a variety of bikes.
When there’s an option on the market that’s designed this well and so easy to use, it’s hard to fathom why you’d pay more for a home workstand.