Picture of Bike Book Holder
I got this idea from reading about another project on Instructables using spare bike stem to create a BIKE ON A TRAINER. Expanding on that idea and having experience with PVC pipe I created another version for a road bike mounted on a TRAINER for about $20.00 and a few hours work. This would be alternative for winter riding your road/mountain bike indoors on a trainer when the roads covered with snow and ice as where I live.
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Step 1: Parts List

Picture of Parts List
26" X 3/4" PVC pipe:(cut into 4 pieces, 2 each of 9" and 3 3/4" sections) - (lowes $1.13 for 5')
1 1/2" x 1" PVC pipe ( cut in half) - (lowes $1.20 for 5')
1- 1" PVC Tee ( lowes $0.40)
1 - 1" 90 degree PVC elbow ( lowes $0.48)
1 - 3/4" PVC Tee ( lowes $0.40)
2 - 3/4" 90 degree PVC elbow (lowes $0.30 each)
1 - 13/16" to 1 3/4" hose clamp (size may vary dependine on size of stem on bike) (lowes $0.90)
2 - small rubber blocks - used from old parts I had in shop
1 piece of rubber intertube 4" x4" (this is optional I used a piece of pond liner) - used for free
1 plexi glass bike book holder - got mine from amazon web page from affordables for $10.99

Patented5 years ago
Hey thats a nice idea, and very good instructables with nice pics, but who read while riding his bike ? LOL that could be kind of very very very dangerous !
I read while riding my bike! Don't you?
I actually read while riding a bike back and to class. I've stopped recently because I didn't want to win a Darwin Award or receive a ticket. Plus the wind flips the pages and changing the page while riding is sort of a pain in the butt.

I guess I'll just stick with walking a reading.

Nice idea, I'm more interested in the stationary bike idea but maybe I'm done building it I'll try this project too. Thanks though :D.
I read on my bike with an Amazon Kindle. No pages = no flipping paper.
The instructable that this idea came from specifically mentioned it was for a stationary bike (actually a regular bike on a trainer unit), the author of this one needs to go back and edit the intro to mention the same more clearly as not everyone is familiar with what a "trainer" is when mentioned in passing like this.

Though neat, my first thought was: "Why both riding a bike and enjoy the ride if you're uninterested and want to read?"

You should mention the apparatus this is intended for, a stationary bike. If intended for a commuter/leisure bike, I question why you'd even bother.

Neat idea, and far better than spinning watching the television!

Actually, it would be useful for holding maps and cue sheets on a road bike. I would just make the angle a bit flatter (to avoid blocking the view of the road), and I might use narrower pipe since I wouldn't be carrying a heavy book.  In any case, I like this project as-is, because I do sometimes use the trainer in my attic.
true ! but would be great for a Bicycle in a gym !
Tren5094 years ago
Now we just need an instructable teaching how to sweat-proof it!
tevers945 years ago
Yea so i was riding my bike home reading "catcher in the rye", and i crashed into a guard rail.  What am i doing wrong...
LOL, I was getting ready to say "Shouldn't you be watching where you're going when riding a bike!?"  Then, of course, I actually read the article. LOL  Great Idea!
This is such a neat idea.

As it is now, the handle bars on my trainer move in such a way during exercise that paperbacks are knocked out of my hand.

I am going to obtain another bike so that the handlebars are stationary.

That way I will be able to complete assignments at the same time I am enjoying my workout.

This is very helpful, and you know I will be back to this site.

I may even in time wish to get more involved in making your profitable.

Proof of the pudding and all that.


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EnigmaMax5 years ago
a future Darwin Award awaits...
godofal5 years ago
i think this is at its best on a home trainer, u dont have to look where ul be going then.
nice afternoon project :)
Holden_vy_s5 years ago
Just ride no handed?
kissiltur5 years ago
that's a grand idea, but I sweat far too heavily on the bike to risk a book being drenched!