THE IN­SIDE STORY

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1 Mea­sur­ing up Abba take mea­sure­ments of ev­ery new bike’s swingarm pivot points and if nec­es­sary de­sign a new end to al­low the stand to fit. New ends cost un­der £25 and abba make over 150 vari­a­tions.

2 Ma­chin­ing The ends are CNC ma­chined be­fore be­ing zinc plated. They are made of mild steel so they don’t mark the bike.

3 Me­tal stock ERW (Elec­tric Re­sis­tance Welded) box-sec­tion steel is de­liv­ered pre-cut from a Bri­tish sup­plier.

4 Bend­ing and drilling Parts such as the stand’s feet are cut from 6mm steel and then bent us­ing a fly-press if re­quired. Any holes for fix­ings are cut and tapped with a thread.

5 Join­ing the dots One welder can make roughly 40 stands a day. Once welded the stands are ground to give them a smooth fin­ish.

6 Stand and de­liver Hav­ing been pow­der­coated red by a local firm, the stands are as­sem­bled.

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