Not offended at all! Wish I knew how I could pull that off. Bikes are pretty heavy, and the smallest thing that I could have used to have it stand like it's on it's own would be a triangle stand that I could have photoshopped out, but even then then bike would be leaning at an angle. I was in a big rush because this was the first project I worked on solely by myself so I showed up early, which was apparently late at the same time to the rest of the media that was there. The rider that I was working with is a multi time champion (Tyler Bowers) and I'm just a hobbyist helping out an industry buddy. I didn't want to hold the rider up so I worked as fast as I could to get some static shots of the bike so he could get out and ride it. Thanks for the constructive criticism!
Here's one possible suggestion, though it would look kind of weird with the resulting image showing a floating bike. But nonetheless, it'll be stand-less.
Setup the bike on the stand, and take the photo with the camera on a tripod (that way the position/angle/distance doesn't change). Then remove the bike and stand and take a second image with the same exposure settings and you'll just have to composite them later in post. The stand looks like it would be relatively easy to paste out with minimal editing time in post.
I suppose if there was a slightly lower stand that at least allow the wheels to touch the ground slightly while still fully supporting the bike would be better. But elevating bikes aren't bad either.