Instructables
This is a simple bike rack constructed from 3/4" PVC pipe.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Cut PVC parts to length

Parts List: All 3/4" Schedule 40 PVC
(2) Wheel Upright - 22 3/4"
(2) Wheel base - 12 1/2"
(4) Base - 7"
(5) Splices - 1 1/4"
(6) Elbows - 90 degree
(6) Tees
PVC Glue

Step 2: Assemble using PVC cement.


Step 3: Use the new bike rack instead of leaning the bike against the garage wall, tree, car, etc.


1-40 of 58Next »
idood6 years ago
Very nice. I took your design and the design of the other person who made the two bike holder, and came up with this:

All the details here.

Thanks for the inspiration.

imarunner2 (author)  idood2 years ago
Very nice!
fightnut idood4 years ago
I like this design a lot. Only things I might do differently would be add little 4-5" legs so the wheel sits down IN the rack, and the tire is slightly off the ground. My thinking is that the wheel being surrounded/braced more might reduce the leaning/flexing that is happening with this one.
And I might go with 1" pvc to also help reduce flex.
Very nice though! Thumbs up,
Check this person's bike rack for two.........Absolutely brilliant!!!!!
myates72 years ago
Great design. We modified it into a 5-bike setup with additional upside down "Ts" in between each upright wheel holder for extra support. Thanks again.
imarunner2 (author)  myates72 years ago
Post a pic. Would love to see your 5 bike version.
charliedogg11 months ago
hi i know this is old but can i get the pdf plans? i love it. thanks rick
The legs suggested for idood's 2-bike holder can be easily added by using 3-way corner fittings on the corners of the base instead of the usual two-way (90 degree) ones. As this would raise the rack up, you might want to use the slightly longer original dimensions for the wheel base and maybe the wheel upright, since it seems that a wider profile of the wheel would be in the rack. (Idood doesn't explain why he changed various dimensions in his design. The shorter base dimensions seem to push the bike wheel higher into the upright, which might make it more stable. But if you have a roadbike instead of a mountain, looking at idood's photo it might not fit. Legs probably would solve this problem, but then you would want to make sure that the base would be long enough. You will particularly want to check your dimensions if you add the longer legs suggested by fightnut.)
myates72 years ago
5-bike version. Thanks again.
mail-1.jpegmail.jpeg
Love this bike rack! We have three boys and too many bikes -- they are like clothing one has outgrown but the next child will need. I need to store at least 5 and this is the best solution I've seen. How much did this cost to build? Thanks!
imarunner2 (author)  myates72 years ago
That is sweet!
fmassa13 years ago
Thanks! I made it today! http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6130/5994418461_4764c25689_m_d.jpg
Why not use a kickstand?
Most bikes do not have kickstands. Great idea!
actully mast cheper ones do
The bikes we have do not have kickstands. We have 4 bikes by 3 different makers none have kickstands.
i have 3 bikes by three different makers and they all do but they are not like racing bikes
We have redline which ia a racing bike (BMX), specialized (a road racing bike and a cannondale. None of which has kick stands. I made two of these bike racks, they work really good and are cheap to make.
ok
Weird. I have never seen a bike without a kickstand. Where are you?
kickstands are usually pretty hevy(by necessity)
people who are serious about the performance of their bike and want to cut weight, or just don't like the way it looks often remove them.

as for me, i just took mine off because it got in the way and wouldn't hold my bike up well anyway. Plus a combination of the above mentioned

PS ride fixies, cuz they're fun(not cu z they're trendy) 
my road bike didn't have one when i got it but i wot one at walmart along with a baby trailer
They're added weight that stays on the bike all the time.
A kickstand by itself weighs more than a third of my racing bike's frame. Good idea for a frumpy cruiser, but not my gossamer baby.
dollardude5 years ago
great idea, you could also use not plumbing pipes but steel pipes if you wanted it alot stronger
The only problem with using steel pipes is the cost. You would be better off buying a metal stand like this,  it would be about the same cost.
sharlston4 years ago
cool ible im getting a bmx in a couple of days! :)
Krako5 years ago
Great thinking - I really like the modification to the original idea - this should do the trick for the rack that I need - it needs to be transportable & fairly lightweight. - Great design!! Thanks !
how stable is this
imarunner2 (author)  imthatguy11255 years ago
It's pretty stable. I think if I were to make any mods to make it more stable, I'd simply fill the base with concrete to make it heavier. But the base is wide enough and my bike is light enough that it has never tipped over on me.
jgodsey6 years ago
i wonder how i can mount that in my pick up truck?
use duct tape
badaboum8 years ago
You could make it a multi-bike rack by joining together other racks. Great invention!
That's what I did for my parents' cyclocross rigs-- just make two racks as imarunner2 described and replace two of the elbow feet with tees to attach them. Mom and Dad look adorable on their little red matching bikes, but the garage was becoming a cyclism disaster area.
i am gonna make one for three bikes
Amcain7 years ago
Make mine a double! A variation from the original to keep 2 bikes as close to the wall as possible (so my wife doesn’t hit them with her car) PDF drawing attached.
dsc00839.jpgdsc00849.jpg
Tez23 Amcain5 years ago
Do you have the dimensions for building the double?
SharkVol Amcain5 years ago
I like your version. How can I get the PDF?
imarunner2 (author)  Amcain7 years ago
Very nice!
Just made one of these for my apartment instead of leaning the bike against the wall and having it fall over in the middle of the night to scare the bejeezee's out of me. Very simple and cheap, cost me about $7 total. It is a little small for my mountain bike though. I have to squeeze the tire into the rack for stability. I might just make another with some longer splices and give this one to a friend. Great instructable.
1-40 of 58Next »