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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)

Materials
• 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)

Tools/Equipment
• 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
 
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Step 1: Cut Material to Size

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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.
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Miabellasmom8 months ago

awesome! Looks slick and I love it..... much better than the gravity rack in our living room :)

vincent75208 months ago

Very nice job ! …

I'll keep it in mind when I make my own ! …

Thanks for posting.

amekdala8 months ago

amazing,

u have very precise hands to run the router

pop888 months ago
Very creative work
jneugebauer8 months ago
super nice work....easy simple and maximum useful....respect...
Antonio Herrera (author)  jneugebauer8 months ago

Awesome, glad you like it!

Did you use any screws to assemble it? Besides the hinges and the wall mount.

Or did you just use glue to asemble the body?

robin.croen2 months ago

Very nicely done! Do you have an approximate weight limit for the rack, assuming you anchor it through drywall into a stud?

Aquanot7 months ago

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.

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Antonio Herrera (author)  Aquanot7 months ago

That's looking really good, nice work!

finaly mounted. thks for your instructions!

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Antonio Herrera (author)  Aquanot7 months ago

Looks great! I actually wish my apartment had exposed brick walls, unfortunately it's not very common in the Bay Area.

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)

adamcrombie made it!7 months ago

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!

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Antonio Herrera (author)  adamcrombie7 months ago
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?
Antonio Herrera (author)  toby-wan-kenobe7 months ago

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.

does this scuff the toptube at all? if so any ideas on preventing it?

Antonio Herrera (author)  toby-wan-kenobe7 months ago
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)
Aquanot7 months ago

i realy like your bike mount. Will try to make my own

Eh Lie Us!7 months ago

Wow. This is one of those Instructables that always surprises me. I think that i'll be *&^% but then it comes out GREAT! Way to go.

ltnemo20008 months ago

your bike fit is in need of help.
here's a basic how to until i get my 'ible finished:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrZBjOloChg

Antonio Herrera (author)  ltnemo20007 months ago

Haha, thanks. I'm actually just way too big for my frame now. I got my
bike back in high school (2005), I was significantly shorter then. I'm
6'3" now. (just don't have the extra 1500 to throw into a bike right now

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!
bkrawlings8 months ago
What program did you use to test the stress?
Antonio Herrera (author)  bkrawlings8 months ago

Solidworks Simulation

alec120psi8 months ago
Great piece. Thanks for posting. The "issue" with staining could be eased by staining the parts preassembly.
Antonio Herrera (author)  alec120psi8 months ago

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.

cowcrusher8 months ago
do you need a router at all if you were to cut out the "U" shape of the side boards first then glue them together? Great project by the way!!
Antonio Herrera (author)  cowcrusher8 months ago

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!

wjvanderm8 months ago

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.

Antonio Herrera (author)  wjvanderm8 months ago

Use the tools you have available to you my friend.

子不语8 months ago
Very creative works, it is very practical.
lidapao 子不语8 months ago
hello,are you chinese?Which province are you from?
lidapao8 months ago

what does it use for? I didn't catch it.......

Antonio Herrera (author)  lidapao8 months ago

This is simply an esthetically pleasing way to store your bicycle, and free up floor space in the process.

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?

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.

Antonio Herrera (author)  King of Clubs8 months ago

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)

jharuni8 months ago

Beautiful, nice idea for an apartment. I like the wax paper idea. You should make a matching wall bumper for the pedal.

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