I believe that this is a Canadian thing . This is the type of stand that I grew up with . This was always the first accessory you would get for your bike . The stand not only folds up but it also scissors in and out of the way . I don't believe that they make them like this any more but I did pick this one up as NOS at a bicycle shop . They came in all sizes . I was happy to find this fairly rare one . It is for a bike with 28" wheels . These stands are still widely available here at garage sales for a couple of dollars each . The first time I saw a US bike with a side stand I wondered why anybody would do it that way . I guess it's just what you are used to . ...... D.J.