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How To Build Your Own Bike Stand

In this How-To I will show you how to build your very own bike stand. You don't have to copy exactly the same design but I am sure that you can use my build concept to create your own custom bike stand that fits your living space.

Recently my bike numbers have grown but my apartment size is not increasing with the number of bikes and this is becoming a problem for our house hold. I have a deal with the girl that I can have more bikes as long as they don't park on the floor or get in the way, simple. I just mount them all to the wall. Having put a few holes into the walls I quickly learnt that our apartment walls arn't exactly surface mount friendly. The wall is made out of besablock/concrete blocks then covered up with gyprock, the concrete blocks can support the weight without any issues but the gyprock on the top surface tends to cave in as you load up the weight.

Due to difficulties with my walls I decided to build a full bike stand that can support the bike weight on its own frame and legs, without needing any mounting to the wall. I was also running out of room in the apartment, the perfect space left is on top of the TV. This is risky, if my design fails, I could end up with a smashed TV and a broken bike. Once again my science and engineering background came to the rescue. I started to draw up some designs, making sure that I kept the bike's centre of gravity within the bike stand's legs. This should stop the bike from tipping over and knocking the TV down. Next I make sure that I have at least two support legs just to be sure that I don't have a single point of failure. With a bit of measuring of the bike height and the TV height, I set off to the hardware store to buy some wood!

I already had the support legs and pillars sorted out but I needed something for the bike to rack onto. After a few minutes of thinking and looking around in my spare parts section, I found the old handlebar from a bike that I recently fixed up, you can see in this article here. The handle bar will work perfectly as a hook to hold my bike to the stand.

For this build I used the following parts and tools

1 x Wood 60x20mm at 2.4m long (used for the main pillar)

1 x Wood 30x42mm at 1.2m long (used for the legs)

1 x Wood 90x20mm at 1.2m long (used for back support holding legs and pillers)

2 x L bracket

1 x Hand saw

1 x Hack saw

1 x Electric drill plus bits

1 x Liquid nail

1 x Screw driver

First I cut the 30x42mm pine wood in half, this will give me to two support legs. Its 1.2m long so I mark it at 60cm then use the hand saw to cut it in half.

I then cut the 60x20mm down to 200cm in length to give me the 2m in height to keep the bike clear of the TV. I used the off-cut from this piece as the extender arm where I will later mount the old handlebar as a hook for holding the bike.

The next step is to connect the legs to the back plane (90x20mm). The easy tip here is to place the leg on the back plane and make an outline, once you have the outline, just draw two diagonal lines from the corners to make a cross. This will give you a center point to drill your holes. Do the same on the legs and you will have a center point for your holes exactly the same as on the back plane.

Before drilling your holes for the screw, make sure you select a drill bit that is smaller than your screw, place the drill bit in front of your screw, making sure that your bit fits inside of the screw threads.

Another tip to make it easy for you to screw, is to screw in the screw on each of the wood pieces before you connect them together. This will cut some screw threads into the wood, making it easier for you to screw the two pieces together. 

Once the holes are drilled, just add some liquid nail, place the two pieces together and screw it down. 

Repeat the same procedure on the other leg and you'll have yourselves a base for your bike stand.

Next is to attach the main pillar or uprights. For this build I used the 60x20mm, which is not thick enough to support the bike weight hanging at 2 meters high. We will have to add another piece to add more strength later or use a thicker piece of wood, maybe a 60x50mm instead of the 60x20mm.

You will need at least four screws to hold the uprights to the base, so mark it out then get drilling. Be sure to use the correct size drill bit for your screw size.

Drill the same four holes on the uprights then screw in the screws to cut threads. Back the screw out just enough so that they remain on the wood, this will make it easier when you are connecting the uprights to the base.

Next, add some liquid nail and screw in all four screws.

Wait at least 20 minutes for the glue to set, rest your work on something stable. In my case the couch was perfect.

While the glue is drying we can work on the hook for the bike which is the old, bent handlebar. The handle bar is a bit too wide for the top tube of my bike frame so it will need to be trimmed down. For cutting the handlebar I used a hacksaw. First I cut the bar in half.

Once the bar is cut, I then trimmed a few sections off so that when I reconnect the bar together I have the width of my bike frame.

And one more trim. I know, I shouldn't be holding it by hand but since I don't have an anvil vice, the bare hands will have to do.

Next, drill a hole on each of the halved handlebars. Start with a small drill bit and work your way up to the larger bit, keep swapping up drill bits until your hole is large enough to fit the mounting screw.

When the bike is hanging on the stand it will need to be placed away from the wall, this distance is determine by the width of the handlebar on your bike. I use the cut-offs from my uprights with the added strength of L-bracket. This piece will attach to the uprights and where the hook (bent handlebar) will mount to.

Now mount the handlebar on with a few screws. I use a flat lock nut, these kind of lock nuts work well with round pipe types which is perfect for the round, aluminum handlebar.

Add some bar tape to protect your frame against scratches. 

Attach the last piece to the uprights and the bike stand can now stand on its own legs. I tired hanging the bike on it but the 60x20mm pine wood isn't strong enough to take all the weight so I will add another 30x40mm to help support the weight.

A quick trip back the hardware store for another piece of wood. I marked out a section where I cut out a slat so that it fits on top of the base. Normally you would use a wood chisel for this job but I used a handsaw and finished it off with a hacksaw around the tight corner. Not to give myself a pat on the back but the photo below shows not bad a cut from me.

The next step is to attach the 30x40mm to the base and uprights. My cut-out section fit perfectly to the base.

You will need to put some screws in to hold the two pieces of wood together. I drilled the holes from the back just to keep it nice and neat. Drilling from the front would be easier but I just don't want to see any screws on the front face of my bike stand. After drilling some holes in the uprights and the new 30x40mm, add some liquid nail. Since the glue will be on the inside, I started to write my name on it.

Not long before everyone in the house wanted to have a go too! Take care when placing the 30x40mm on the uprights, try not to move it about too much or your glue will come out the side and make a mess of your job. Screw in some screws then wait 24 hours for glue to completely dry off and we are done.