In this instructable I will illustrate how to make an eye catching bike mount for the self motivated urban apartment dweller. The idea for this project sprouted when I myself was in the market for an artistic, good quality mount. I came across the Fixa mount, currently available on Etsy. I really liked the design, but couldn't justify coughing over the $230 listing price, so I decided to make my own. Now having finished this project I'm very happy with the end result, and was able to incorporate my own design improvements along the way.

Approximate overall material cost for this project:
                     $45 (if you were to buy new high quality hardwood)
                     $10 (if you were to use reclaimed wood you had laying around)

• Approximately 3 square feet of 3/4 inch thick wood stock
• Two 3/8th x 3in bolts with associated washers
• Wood Glue
• High gloss clear coat (optional)
• Wax paper (optional)
• Two small hinges and associated hardware (optional)
• Wood stain (optional)

• Table saw (hand saw with a steady hand will also work)
• Router (optional)
• Hand Drill
• Palm Sander (sand paper)
• Adjustable Clamps
• Wrench and 9/16th socket
• Screwdriver

Step 1: Cut Material to Size

The first step is to plan out the overall geometry you would like your mount to be. This will be based on your esthetic preference as well as functional factors. Some things to consider are, protrusion length from the wall in order to give adequate clearance for your handlebars (widest point on most bikes). Another factor is the geometry of your cutout in order to properly accommodate your top tube. If you simply want to copy my layout, you're more than welcome. My initial sketch can be seen above (left clicking any image will enlarge the image to full size).

With your design in hand you can begin cutting the pieces which will make the body of your mount. I used an old closet shelf.
<p>awesome! Looks slick and I love it..... much better than the gravity rack in our living room :)</p>
<p>Very nice job ! &hellip;</p><p>I'll keep it in mind when I make my own ! &hellip;</p><p>Thanks for posting.</p>
<p>amazing,</p><p>u have very precise hands to run the router</p>
Very creative work
super nice work....easy simple and maximum useful....respect...
<p>Awesome, glad you like it!</p>
<p>Amazing work and i really like it as it's a good finish</p><p>Keep it champ, you changed my mind tor a top rack storage and i will try to do the one it's decorative, really a peice fo art</p>
<p>Amazing work and i really like it as it's a good finish</p><p>Keep it champ, you changed my mind tor a top rack storage and i will try to do the one it's decorative, really a peice fo art</p>
Your instructions were very helpful. I finished mine today. I added felt lining to the opening to help protect the paint from scratching. I also added a metal bracket to help support the weight of this older bike. I decided against the storage because it would be mounted too high to utilize. <br><br>Thanks again for the instructions.
<p>Did you use any screws to assemble it? Besides the hinges and the wall mount.</p><p>Or did you just use glue to asemble the body?</p>
<p>Very nicely done! Do you have an approximate weight limit for the rack, assuming you anchor it through drywall into a stud?</p>
<p>hey i habe followed your instructions with some little alterations in size and hinges. now the staining is curing in my little Workshop. i add some Fotos of it half finished. finish will be these days. will add a picture later.</p>
<p>That's looking really good, nice work! </p>
<p>finaly mounted. thks for your instructions!</p>
<p>Looks great! I actually wish my apartment had exposed brick walls, unfortunately it's not very common in the Bay Area. </p>
<p>well this is in my garage. The house i'm living in is ~140y old so all walls are made of brick :-) ( But mostly they are covered)</p>
<p>Here's my rendition! I added a French cleat and repurposed some IKEA hardware to make it slightly easier mounting it to the wall. This was also my first time working with wood stains, so I'm fairly happy with how this turned out. Great instructable!</p>
AWESOME! I'd love to see more pics when you get it installed. Congrats!
Do you think it would be possible to add side access instead of top access or would that compromise it structurally?
<p>In this design the side walls are major structural components. The mount would have to be redesigned from the ground up with side access in mind, but it's definitely doable.</p>
<p>does this scuff the toptube at all? if so any ideas on preventing it?</p>
That is a good question and something I debated. So far I have not had any issue with scuffing my frame. That being said you can surely line the opening with say a strip of leather or... felt if you wanted to be extra careful. (This was my plan, if I were to have found scuffing to be an issue)
<p>i realy like your bike mount. Will try to make my own</p>
<p>Wow. This is one of those Instructables that always surprises me. I think that i'll be *&amp;^% but then it comes out GREAT! Way to go. </p>
<p>your bike fit is in need of help.<br>here's a basic how to until i get my 'ible finished:<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrZBjOloChg" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrZBjOloChg</a></p>
<p>Haha, thanks. I'm actually just way too big for my frame now. I got my <br>bike back in high school (2005), I was significantly shorter then. I'm <br>6'3&quot; now. (just don't have the extra 1500 to throw into a bike right now</p>
The idea is awesome, the freezer paper is a great idea. The thing I'm most surprised about is the whole top portion of the mount is in tension, and wood glue is holding it together! I would have never guessed wood glue in a tension application! Hats off to making it happen!
What program did you use to test the stress?
<p>Solidworks Simulation </p>
Great piece. Thanks for posting. The &quot;issue&quot; with staining could be eased by staining the parts preassembly.
<p>Yes, if I had the tools to cut all my pieces to exact size this is what I would have done and recommend. Since I was using hand tools I knew this would not be the case and upon assembly there would be overhangs (excess material) that I would want to sand smooth which would remove the stain if I had stained prior to assembly. </p>
do you need a router at all if you were to cut out the &quot;U&quot; shape of the side boards first then glue them together? Great project by the way!!
<p>You can make this cut with a coping saw by hand. As for cutting the boards individually. The plywood I was using is quite thin (1/4in) I would be weary of snapping the board, but you're welcome to give it a try! </p>
<p>This is a very clean and repeatable design. Congratulations! But why the router? It seems a bit overkill. Why not simply drill two holes and use a jigsaw to make the cutout? Another usable technique would be to use a speed drill slightly larger than the frame diameter.</p>
<p>Use the tools you have available to you my friend.</p>
Very creative works, it is very practical.
hello,are you chinese?Which province are you from?
<p>what does it use for? I didn't catch it.......</p>
<p>This is simply an esthetically pleasing way to store your bicycle, and free up floor space in the process. </p>
I see. That is cool! I have an idea. Since it is hanging in the air,what about adding a small generator to produce eletricity when you riding at home as exercies?
<p>I don't think that the mount is strong enough to support a person AND a bike. Plus, you'd need more room for your feet, so the mount will have to be longer. This will cuase instability.</p>
<p>So I didn't design this mount to hold a person, but if I were to design a generator for my bike. I would likely adapt the resistance unit on the home trainer I have: (https://www.1upusa.com/product-trainer.html)</p>
<p>Beautiful, nice idea for an apartment. I like the wax paper idea. You should make a matching wall bumper for the pedal.</p>
<p>So far I haven't had an issue where the pedal hit the wall. You could definitely incorporate that into your design though. </p>

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