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"BIKE BUCKET" - Bicycle Stand - Portable, Cheap, Lightweight

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A slotted plastic bucket becomes a surprisingly sturdy bike stand.

For National Bike Month, the local farmers market wanted our 'kinetic sculptures' on display. We needed some kind of racks or stands, quickly and on the cheap.

"THE RUSTBUCKET" sculpture ( 1ST PHOTO )

"THE SPIN-DOCTOR" sculpture ( 2ND PHOTO )

The "BIKE BUCKET" is a great solution for the garage, patio, or apartment.

[ shameless plug: this is entered in the BICYCLE CONTEST - please take the time/effort to VOTE for my innovation ]
 
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Step 1: - P R E P A R A T I O N

MATERIALS: 
a FIVE-GALLON bucket, also known as a PAIL - any old strong-rimmed pail will work

Our first few buckets were from a local soap maker, and still had gooey coconut oil on the insides. There are really strong-rimmed buckets available - mostly for chemicals or other specialty contents ( 2ND PHOTO )

TOOLS:
a carpenter's tri-square, with a steel rule
a pointed marker
a hand saw
( a coping saw or sabre saw, if you want to make curves )

DESIGN & LAYOUT:
Measure the width of your bicycle tire. A beach cruiser is typically the widest, and a 2-1/2" slot will accommodate any bicycle with ease. If you have a fixie or other road bike, a smaller slot is just fine.

Turn the bucket upside down, and mark a center line on the bottom. Then mark the slot, 1-1/4" on either side of the center line. To keep your bike balanced, it is very important that the slot is VERTICAL, so use the tri-square to mark all four vertical lines on the sides.

( ps: it would be easy to also mark the AXLE SLOT(S) at this time - read ahead to CONSTRUCTION, and come back here )
irishmail (author) 1 year ago
We just discovered that FOUR bikes fit into the back of an F-150 with these buckets - alternate forward/backward/forward/backward - add a few bungie cords to minimize the jigglies, and hit the road Jack!
irishmail (author) 1 year ago
Thanks everyone for your votes and comments. It IS entered in the "Bicycle Contest", so vote for your favorite(s).For apartments, dorms, hallways or garages, there is simply no better, more ecological, or cheaper way to store a bike, unless you just flip it onto its bars and saddle.

While I indeed am enjoying my 15 minutes of fame, what would really feel even better is receipt of your constructive ideas to improve/enhance the "BIKE BUCKET". Post YOUR Instructables with your ideas, and please include a link or title in these comments. Ride high, tall, and proud!!!
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l8nite1 year ago
that's a dynamite idea !
Chad.Kalas1 year ago
I'll be making two of these with empty Tidy Cats Litter buckets! Thank you!
You should enter this in the Bicycle Contest! http://www.instructables.com/contest/bicycle/
agraff1 year ago
very cool idea! i just made one today and am planning one making one for my brother as a christmas present!
irishmail (author)  agraff1 year ago
Thanks! Please do us all a BIG favor, and post images of them here in the comments section. Your extra effort serves to encourage readers to make their own, and to generally grow the Instructables community. -Irish M.
looks like this idea could be used to work on a bike upsidedown,for working on the gears and wheels. just cut a smaller gap in the bucket big enough to place the handlebars in so they wouldnt be on the ground. also could have another to place the seat on or just use the lid from the first bucket.
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