Re: what ride stands are you using?
A double braced Pearl stand.
I have Frankenstein hardware but I made sure all of the cymbal stands are double braced when I got them (second hand). Any other of my cymbal stands would work for the ride, too, but somehow I got used to picking the Pearl for the ride cymbal. I think the legs on the Pearl stand can be set into a lower setting than on the other stands so the feet would cover more ground which gives me more confidence when using heavy cymbals, and the ride is the heaviest I have (20'' Byzance Dry Ride).