After the tripod is set up, the bike clamping head can then be brought up. The Secure-Lock clamp is not only rugged, but it is one of the easiest and most functional clamps I have ever used. On the backside of the clamp arm is a large knob, which you twirl to loosen or tighten, to either adjust the angle of the clamping jaw or bring the head up or down. To bring the head up, just twirl the knob until it stops, tilt the clamping arm up, rotate the jaws to the angle required, then twirl the knob until it locks down (give it a strong twist). To put the arm down, loosen the knob slightly, rotate the arm until the small slot faces down, twirl the knob until it stops, drop the head, and then twirl the knob until it locks. The back end of the clamping arm fits nicely into a strengthening slot that gives the clamp arm additional stability and strength.
To use the clamp, pop the release button to open the jaws, place the bike into the clamp jaws, push the clamp closed with its ratcheting action, and twirl the knob on the front of the clamp to lock it down. To take the bike back out, hit the release button and the jaws pop fully open, and your done. Simple! No more struggling with a bike trying to get the clamp to function properly. The height of the clamp arm is easy to adjust, just use the single upper quick release lever located at waist height, and raise or lower the clamp as needed. To adjust the angle of the jaws just loosen the back knob of the clamp head, change the angle and re-tighten. It is very sweet to just pop the release button to take the bike off the stand.
The legs give a nice stable platform, but the upright tubes have a slight flex to them. When the clamp arm is elevated the smaller diameter upper tube also adds even more flex to the system, it is noticeable, but it is not overtly so. The clamp head strengthening slot does help some, and makes it work better than its brethren.
The 14x10x3 inch Tool Tray is a nice optional item, and well worth the additional cost. It has several slots for tools, and several large compartments, one for a beverage (caffeine, alcohol, or water), and the largest has a drain hole with a stopper so you could use it to clean parts. It clamps on easily, so for portability it can easily be installed or removed. You just slip a small clasp onto the lower leg, and then the main tool tray slip onto it and the locks down, but it can still be rotated as needed. Having a tool tray is very handy. I am always needing a place to put parts (especially small ones) as I am working on a bike, and it is nice to have spots for tools instead of just dropping them on the ground or putting them in your pocket. Where did I put that bolt?
The optional Tote Bag (stand comes with or without tote bag) to carry the folded stand is not only beefy, but it is nicely padded to protect your investment from getting banged. I had a tote bag for my previous stand, and I highly recommend one. I have a truck, so I am always pitching it into the back of the bed, and things get dropped on it and the tote bag keeps it safe and secure, plus it gets a lot less dirty.
Another nice optional item is the Flop stop handlebar holder. It locks the handlebar in place to keep the front end from moving around while working on the bike. You just clamp one end to your seatpost with its rubber band, loosen the extension arm, extend the arm to the handlebar, clamp it to the handlebar, and then lock the extending arm.