Step 3: Building the Base - Step 2

That's it! There's your completed stand!

Just kidding. That'd be lame. That would also mean each piece cost about ten dollars. A bit of a ripoff if you ask me.

Grab the two (2) 18" lengths of pipe and two (2) 90 degree elbows. Thread and hand tighten an elbow onto the end of one of the lengths of pipe. Once joined, set that contraption to the side and do the same thing to the other elbow and pipe. These can now be used as sweet weapons. No, put them down. NO, don't hit the cat! Jeez.
Thanks so much, mr. Bologna. By the way, gorgeous bike!
Does anyone know the make and model of the bike in the photos...??
K2 proflex 3000 circa 1997-1998.
<p>Really informative post. Your pics are awesome. I hope to visit again. Thanks</p>
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I am building mine but instead of using galvanized piping i am to make it out of PVC, If it works i will let everybody know right away.
I just finished building my stand made out of PVC Pipe and i gotta tell you it looks great, I tested the hold with my sons bicycle which is heavy and no problems whatsoever.
<p>What did you use to clamp the bike?</p>
This was great, I did use a slightly modified version of this stand, and just built it last night (August 2012). <br> <br>I do have to say that I spent a little over $85 for everything I needed, including a Pony Clamp. It's still cheaper than most stands out there, but I had to really think about whether I wanted to just spring for the extra bucks to get an actual stand, but wound up sticking with mine. It was a breeze to put together, super fast. <br>My modification to this was pretty simple, but very useful, imo. <br> <br>I used 1/2&quot; black pipe for everything, however instead of using a 90 degree elbow on the long vertical pipe, I used a 3/4&quot; Tee that just slips over the pipe. <br>I did this so that it can slide up and down and adjust the height for working on your bike. <br>I then just used a rubber band as an &quot;O ring&quot; The weight of the clamp will actually keep the Tee from sliding down, but the rubber band helps. <br> <br>That and the clamp really help out with making small adjustments in the position of the bike. <br> <br>So good luck to all those out there who are thinking about doing this, <br>Happy cycling! <br>
Mr. B, thanks for a simple, cheap instructable. I made one last week, and at today's (June 2012) prices it came to $41.59 for the pipe @ Home Depot, and $5.19 for the Pony Clamp @ Harbor Freight. I used 1/2&quot; black pipe, and the only caution is this stuff comes covered with an oily residue from manufacturing. Your hands will get nasty if you don't clean it with a degreaser of some sort. I used tee connectors on the legs instead of corners, in case I found it needed support to the rear, but haven't found it necessary to add any. I also didn't put end caps on the feet, just left the plastic caps on the threaded ends, it's on my concrete garage floor anyway. I drilled a 2X4 for the seat post and attached it to the pony clamp, but haven't welded or drilled anything into a fixed position yet. I have to say this stand has made a world of difference in making my repairs easier. I was either working on my bikes turned upside down on their handlebars and seat, or just standing with the kickstand. This is so much better for derailleur adjustments, re-cabling, etc. <br>Thanks, and patch to you, my friend.
Good job on instructions: clear but with enough flexibility to be modified. <br> <br>I made one ($75 @ an Alaskan Home Depot) with 3/4&quot; pipe, with an H-frame base, 48&quot; height, and a two-pipe support for the bike with some pipe insulation for padding. My bike easily sits right on the two support pipes, doesn't slide around, and is protected with the insulation over the pipes. <br> <br>Still beats the $190 version from REI as far as price goes, and mine is deconstructable to a series of pipes for when I move in the future. <br> <br>I'll post a picture of it soon. <br> <br>Thanks for the inspiration &amp; proof of concept!
Haha, cool! I live in Anchorage. <br> <br>I made another version a while ago for Make Magazine: http://makeprojects.com/Project/Bike-Repair-Stand/902/1 <br> <br>Little different, little more stable. Thanks for the comment. Looking forward to seeing the pics of yours.
I'm in anchorage too... how did you make this for $30?
I built it 5 years ago...
Hi <br> <br>I used your design as well with just a couple mods including the pony clamp. I also added a couple 45s at the base to a 2&quot; flange with a magnetic hardware tray. Works pretty well and stays out of the way. I also welded the connection points at the base so the stand will never roll forward which I experienced early on. Warning: welding galvanized pipe creates a toxic fume so do it out doors and wear a respirator. Works like a charm now.
love it! going to start building one this afternoon!!!
you can get non<a href="http://www.world4baby.ru/">,</a> galvanized pipe and get it welded or weld it at home
Just did this exactly as described and it turned out great! This is sturdy enough for doing adjustments, cleaning, etc. I wanted to make a 48&quot; high one so I could work on a bike sitting in a chair, but all they had was a 60&quot;. It is actually easier do work on one while standing anyways.<br><br>This is ideal for me because a) I live in an apartment and don't really have power tools and b) it was cheap!<br><br>Note however that now in 2011, these parts cost a bit more. I was sticker shocked at the local hardware stores (for example, $2.50 for just one 1/2&quot; cap), but Home Depot was the savior here, and all of the parts cost me $45 total, not including the screwdriver. Still a hell of a lot better than $150 for the cheapest bike repair stand I saw at the local bike shop.
Hi Bologna, Your stand looks great but here in Scotland we can only get the pipe in 6.5 metre lengths and we'd have to thread it ourselves. Does anyone think this could be done in 15mm copper with compression fittings and then fill with sand to add rigidity?
just go to a hardwere store and buy a Workforce Twin Head 1,000-Watt Halogen Telescoping Work Light and add the clamp. here in the USA it's just $31 and is portable and space saver. good luck, God bless. <br> <br>
What about a wooden dowel pushed in with some epoxy? That would certainly stiffen the copper.<br>
you can get non galvanized pipe and get it welded or weld it at home
Copper is a pretty soft metal and I wouldn't personally trust it to hold up my bike. I would suggest that you just make you stand a little shorter or purchase a coupler that would allow you to connect two lengths of pipe together. As for the threading, I would look around and see if there are any plumbing stores that might be willing to do it for you. If all else fails you can either thread your own pipe or recreate this in wood.
Thanks for this instructable mr.bologna. I made my own over the weekend using many of the ideas here. I used 3/4 pipe all around.<br>
forgot the pics
Mr. Bologna, Thanks so much for this instructable, I used it to create my own stand, with a couple changes. My home repair store was out of 1/2&quot; pipe in the lengths I wanted, so I ended up using 3/4&quot;, but that was no big deal.&nbsp;<br> <br> A couple things I did notice. First, it could be difficult to hold the clamp open with one hand and hoist the bike up with the other, especially while trying to find the balance point. Sliding the bike back and forth would usually make the rag protecting the frame slip off and cause the clamp to scratch the paint.<br> <br> My solution to this, use a 3/4&quot; Pipe Clamp Fixture (they also sell this in 1/2&quot;). This takes care of both issues as you can use both hands to balance the bike on the pipe, then tighten the clamp. I also haven't had one issue with the stand scratching the paint anymore!&nbsp; Another benefit is that the clamping pressure comes from the sides, where there is rarely cables running.<br> <br> <br>
Well, reading through the replies it seems that I am not even close to the first person to think of this!!
I used the pony clamp too. I made wood blocks with a &quot;V&quot; groove cut in them and then put 2 layers of old bike inner tube on with contact cement. I also used a 1 1/2&quot; pipe base with adapter to the 1&quot; X 48&quot; post pipe to give it a larger flange at the bottom for stability. Works very well. It's even close to Park Tool blue!
One thing that I did instead of using the spring clamp, is to add a 90 degree elbow to the end of the arm. Then add in a PVC plug, coupled with a PVC Tee joint. (I don't know the measurement exactly, but it is about the diameter of my road bike top tube.) I then took a hacksaw along the length of it so it was a semi-cylinder. I use that to rest the bike on. Then I use the hose clamps to clamp the bike into the fixture.
like the idea but might modify it to use one of those heavy cast-iron bases you get with garden umbrellas? Also would like to find a stronger clamp than the spring clamp you are using, perhaps something that screws down. Great article tho' cheers!
I used a pony clamp, which worked really well. You just need to add some sort of cushion to keep the metal clamp from scratching your bike seat (if that's important to you).
<p>Another bike stand design idea from this site, check it out.<br /> <a href="http://afajarito.blogspot.com/2010/01/diy-portable-bike-repair-stand.html" rel="nofollow">afajarito.blogspot.com/2010/01/diy-portable-bike-repair-stand.html</a></p>
I would consider this comment to be self-promoting spam that neither relates to the build on this Instructables page (other than that it's another bike stand) or provides any sort of useful feedback. It's just a link to someone else's (yours?) blog.<br /> <br /> If you'd like, please feel free to create your own Instructable and post your content there, but please don't link spam someone else's projects.<br /> <br /> Thanks for the understanding.<br />
<p>It's not my blog, just found that site from a bike forum link. Others have posted their built here, so&nbsp;i thought sharing the link here might be a good idea for others to see, im mistaken. I do apologize...Can you just delete my previous comment? again i'm sorry. :) peace.</p>
&nbsp;No problem. Thanks for the reply and the explanation.
I&nbsp;made one, as with a lot of other people, it cost me slightly more, by about 15 bucks.&nbsp; I used a spring clamp on the side of the top pipe becuase i have a curved frame on my mountain bike, so I attach it on the stem that the seat goes into. It works, BUT I wish there was more support, it kind of slides down the pipe a little and puts my bike at an awkward angle.&nbsp; I may upgrade it to pipe clamp, secure it to the top with the clamps hanging over the edge if my design limits what i can do.&nbsp; Thank for the great idea, and it works great!<br />
Glad to hear you made one of these. I did change the design a little for its publication in Make Magazine. I think it was Vol. 18.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I did away with the spring clamp and instead attached a 1x2 to the top horizontal post and put a few of those screw in bike hooks to set the bike in. I also put in a few braces on the bottom to keep things steady and changed from a five foot vertical to a four foot like many people here did.<br /> <br /> Got flamed pretty hard by the &quot;why waste time making when you could buy a premade one&quot; type people...in any case, I'm not an engineer. I came up with a solution that worked for me and put it out there for you to change it to work for you. So I'm glad to see that you're considering making it better. Thanks for the feedback.<br />
Using the center of gravity of the bike, I just moved the spring clamp around the pipe until it would sit on there at a reasonable angle.&nbsp; Another modification I made since the pipe wasn't supporting the spring clamp as much as your original design did, was at a third hose clamp - Two on the handle, and one on the inside of the clamp part.&nbsp; At a height of five feet i find it comfortable to move around and under, I feel like four feet would cramp me below it if was needed that perspective. <br /> <br /> As far as &quot;wasting time&quot;... it took barely 10 minutes to put together, and the majority of that time was tightening the connections so it was a solid piece.<br /> <br /> Thanks again for the design - less than half the price and just as versatile. <br />
I made a version too. I love the pipe clamp idea that others have done here, but I made the base to be like the ParkTool PCS-9 stand - it has two legs coming 90 degrees from each other directly from the vertical rod. My version might not be quite as stable as some others but it uses fewer parts and it can be "folded" into 2-D by swinging one of the legs in it's tee fitting for easier storage (I live in a small apartment). I used 1/2 inch pipe, and I could only get a 60" length, which I feel is strong enough but I agree that 48" would be best.
So I went out to the Home Depot and acquired all the necessary parts. It cost a little more, but my local store is a rip off. The good news is that the stand works brilliantly! The only changes I made were to use black pipe instead of galvanized, and I used a 48" pipe rather than the suggested 60". Thanks for the great solution!
Wonderful Instructable-I can use this! Actually, i've downloaded about a hundred various Instructables so far (ALL quite wonderful) but this is one I can actually afford to try out...Recession, y'know. I'm only going to make one slight modification-a $4 tube of JB Cold Weld. It's a Godsend for those of us with no access to welding tools, and mine won't be leaving the barn.
If you ever read Make Magazine (as you should be if you're a fan of building things...), you should definitely take a look at the issue they have coming out in May. I made a few stability modifications and the new version is going to be featured in that issue. The new build is a lot more stable than the one in this Instructable.
Looks like the hooks in your Make version would work well--does the bike sway at all? I was wondering about that since the pipe is smooth and the plastic pipe hangers might not have a lot of grip.
way cool idea about the house pipes but my wife said NO!! SO I`LL FOLLOW YOU OTHER STEPS.THANKS
I just built this thanks to your step by step. I'm very pleased with the results. Like many others, I used a 48" vertical instead of the 60", which is perfect for me because I'm short. I also clamped the spring clamp to the bottom of the 10" piece, such that the end slides "into" the handle of the spring clamp to avoid any potential scratching. Otherwise I made no other changes because I'm lazy and this build was awesomely simple. Thanks!
It's very cool to see the different solutions that have come out of this project. There are a ton of different variations, most of which I would gladly use over my own design. Thanks for all the input so far and I'm glad you've all taken the time to check out this project.
Ok, so no one has commented on this for over a year. However, I used freshfish's idea with the clamp and the four feet for support. However, after using the clamp like freshfish did, I found that my bike might just be too heavy to be held securely (my bike has a burly frame at over 30 lbs). So, I just padded the clamp edges and let the top-tube rest on it. I used generous amounts of foam to protect the (already big-time scratched) frame. In this way, you can still use the clamp to get a more solid hold. Of course, just be a bit more careful as you are clamping the frame and you certainly do NOT want to overdo it! Taking it on and off is just as easy. I really can't see any negative side-effects to how I have it mounted. Any thoughts? Attached are pictures. Just mind the dirty and scratched bike. It's going through upgrades right now.
Bologna, Thanks for the inspiration to build a bike repair stand. I took your idea and made a couple of changes that work well for me. I put a support at a 45 degree angle at the front to support the weight of the bike and reduce the chance the weight of the bike will unscrew the bottom links. I also bought a $7 bike rack that's designed to hang on a wall, drilled a couple holes in the upright pipe and attached it with a bolt and wingnut. The spring clamp was the part I liked the least about the original design so I was really excited when I came across the bike rack. I can use velcro strips to attach the bike if I want to tie it down to the stand.

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