Introduction: Bike Tree

I have a couple of reasonably expensive bikes, so I don't want to keep them in the shed or garage. I also use them regularly, so want to be able to get at them easily.

I used to keep them in the living room, behind the sofa. The problem with that is they take up too much room, and are easy to accidentally knock over.

This is where the bike tree comes in. An easy (to make and use) bike stand that stores the bikes vertically to take up less room. Plus it's completely free standing - you don't need to make any holes in the wall or ceiling, and can be moved at any time (though I'd take the bikes off it first and remove the ballast). :)

Step 1: Parts

Parts:

I bought all the following from a UK DIY superstore called B&Q; for under 35GBP.

2x square wood decking
1x 1.8m fence post
1x bolt down fence post support
2x bike hooks (bought from Halfords)
2x stone coping (ballast)
bag of bolts for the post support
bag of screws for the decking
2x bags of sticky back felt (to use as feet)

Tools:

1x electric drill and wood drill bits
good screwdriver that fits the screws you have bought
spanners or socket set for the bolts

Step 2: Decking and Post

Place one bit of decking upside down on the floor and place the other on top of it. Make sure to orient the decking so as to create two tunnels. This is where you are going to slide the ballast in later. Next line up where you want the fence post support to go. Make sure it overlaps two different bits of wood as the stress from the bikes may be too much for one bit of wood. We also put some extra screws into the decking to reinforce it. With the bikes hanging off the front of the fence post, there's going to be quite a lot of force focused on the support, so make sure it's nice and tight.

Step 3: Rear Wheel Support

To stop the bikes from hanging over the back of the base, we put a piece of wood across the back at rear wheel height.

Step 4: Hooks and Wheel Guides

Add the hooks to the top of the post. We had to put ours on diagonally to get a little extra height for my singlespeed. It's frame has slacker geometry than my racer, so has a longer wheelbase, so therefore is longer. To stop the bikes from moving about or hitting each other, we put in wheel guides on the decking.

Step 5: Feet

I have a wooden floor in my living room and don't want it scratched. As such we added felt pads into the corners of the base. Be sure to check for any protruding nails and hammer them in if you find any, as we did.

Step 6: Install

We carried the bike tree into the living room and then installed the ballast into the base.

Step 7: Add Bikes

The finished bike tree! :)

Special thanks to...

Labour and ideas:

(Unkie) Dave
Stu
Lee

Moral Support:

Caroline
Mary
Fiona

Comments

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aviolet3 made it! (author)2014-08-20

Hi - fantastic idea. Just wondered what sized fence post you used?

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zzpza made it! (author)zzpza2014-08-21

Thanks. The length will depend on the size of your bikes. The post needs to be longer than your longest bike, with an extra amount for the hanger, otherwise the back wheel isn't going to fit in the guide attached to the base. You have some adjustability with the angle of the hook, but you need to have a rough idea when you get the post.

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aviolet3 made it! (author)aviolet32014-08-21

Hi, I really appreciate your answer. I didn't phase my question very well though as I was also wanting to find out the section size of the post eg 50x50, 75x75 etc?

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bearonautica made it! (author)2011-08-18

Thanks for the awesome idea! I had been looking for a way to store my bike without having to cause too much damage to my walls or ceiling. I couldn't find any decking here in the States, so I ventured to Home Depot and set out to do an American version.

When looking at your photos, your decking looked a lot like a pallet. I searched around the store and asked if they sold pallets, but apparently they don't. They will however, give you a pallet with a $15 deposit. I then picked out two 2"x4"x8' boards and metal support for about $6. I would have gone for a 4"x4"x8" fence post, but those were going for almost $19. I found a couple of rubber coated utility hooks for just over $5 and two boxes of screws for $4.

I began by cutting 1/3 of the "Quickcrete" pallet off. I screwed the two 2"x4"s together and then cut two feet off it. I mounted the newly made 4"x4" to the pallet and used one of the leftover pieces of 2"x4" as a support after cutting two 45 degree angles off. I drilled a couple of guide holes and manually drove the utility hooks into the post and it was good to go.

The nice part about using a pallet was that the wheel fit snugly into the grooves between the boards, eliminating the guide boards as well as the back board.

Superb idea and again, thank you! For under thirty bucks and a couple of hours, I have some much needed free space.

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bearonautica made it! (author)bearonautica2011-08-18

I forgot to mention that I used some sample pieces of carpet on the bottom of my pallet. Home Depot gives away 4"x4" pieces for free. Also, since I used a pallet, there wasn't a need for ballast blocks. I'm glad I had a receipt!

Oh and I just noticed dclays comment below. All great ideas! Keep up the good work!

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dclays made it! (author)2009-09-04

Zzpza, I like the design _ In fact, I liked it enough to make a modified and cheaper version, now online at https://www.instructables.com/id/Bike-Tree-v20-for-10-or-less/. Thanks a bunch for your ideas!

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dshehane made it! (author)2009-03-09

Like the design a lot and I am going to build one...I am not familiar with the decking sections, so will have to build something similar. It looks to be about 2 feet square and maybe a 4 inch opening after you assemble the two parts. Does that sound close?

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reedz made it! (author)2008-10-27

This is really neat, I would worry about the weight of the bike bending the front rim though. Also in the first picture, it looks like one of the bikes is "charging"

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hammertong made it! (author)hammertong2008-11-21

The rim supports alot more wieght from riding than hanging, plus rims are extremely tough vertically, they are more likely to bend from sideways force, but they deal with that fine when turning.

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toekneebullard made it! (author)toekneebullard2008-10-28

I've heard plenty of bike mechanics say it's fine to hang bikes this way. I've been to plenty of shops where they keep them this way also.

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beerboyone made it! (author)beerboyone2008-10-28

From the looks of it the bike actually sits on the rear wheel so the hook in the front just holds it upright.

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zzpza made it! (author)zzpza2008-10-27

lol, that's the cable going through the wall to the satellite dish. :D no need to worry about the wheel, the red bike weighs 10kg and the blue one 13kg. when i'm riding them the wheel has to put up with a LOT more weight (the weight of the bike AND me). ;)

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blazeitup made it! (author)2008-10-29

Very smart sir.

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zzpza made it! (author)zzpza2008-10-29

thank you :D

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toekneebullard made it! (author)2008-10-28

Very cool design! You could even throw a little bamboo tree in between the bikes and it would fit right in. Very classy build!

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zzpza made it! (author)zzpza2008-10-29

thanks :) good idea too. i keep my track pump there at the moment...

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