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I've been using my ceiling mounted bike lift to hold my bike when doing minor repairs or adjustments. I just lower the bike close to ground, it kinda works, but it's not portable and it's a little wobbly and not stable when you are cranking the wheels. After reading several post from a bike forum on how to built your own bike stand, I decided to make my own. I wanted it to be portable and able to adjust the angle of the clamp to accommodate different bike geometry and able to tilt the bike at a certain angle.

To make it portable, I decided to use a PA tripod speaker stand as a base. I found a good deal from Craiglist. New ones from Amazon will cost you around $20 to over hundred dollars for the fancy ones. My goal is to keep it all under $50....and Craiglist is a life saver. The tripod is the key part for this built; if your getting one make sure that the tripod top tube can accommodate a 1" diameter pipe. Also, the pipe wall thickness is crucial for the design to work, the 3/4" diameter pipe should be able to fit inside the 1" diameter pipe (if you look at the pictures below you'll see what I mean). I got black pipes from Home Depot and it is a perfect fit.

Materials and Tools you need:
PA tripod speaker stand
3/4" Pony clamp
2= 1" diameter , 6" long black pipe. (threaded each end)
1= 3/4" diameter, 21 inch long black pipe (threaded on one end)
1=1" diameter Galvanized Tee fitting
Red permanent loctite
34.9 mm QR seatpost clamp
Paint (optional)
2x4 block of wood, 12 inches long
Old mouse pad with rubber padding
Contact Cement

Tools you need:
Chop saw or hacksaw
Drill with drill bits
Pipe wrench and a table mounted vise comes handy
Rivet setter/revits or metal screws.

Pictured below is the finished bike repair stand:

 
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JDP329015 days ago
how does the 3/4 fit in the 1" x6". I've got all the same parts, was a "bore the 1 pipe" step left out?
MRFACES8 months ago

this seemed like a great design, until I realized the 3/4 pipe does not fit inside the 1inch. I have spent several hours fiddling with this to no avail. I now have some spare plumbing parts and a speaker stand. A heads up on that little detail would j\have been nice.

Zinked MRFACES6 months ago

page 2 i believe it shows a 1" pipe cut off inside the tee. The inner diameter of the pipe is 3/4. (for future readers)

neodymium9 months ago

For anyone who is wondering, the pony clamp he is using is from harbor freight. It comes with the holes for mounting the wood pre-drilled.

cachu7771 year ago
The pony clamp to the left. how to you prevent it from sliding through the 3/3 pipe. I had one before and it would yous slide and I was never able to tighten it up.
ptacnik1 year ago
make sure you remove the fabric from the mouse pad, if it has fabric!!
triziggy2 years ago
the pony clamp is what's used to hold the bike and you have the scooter clamp help with adjusting the clamp angle. but you have them installed on opposite ends of the pipe. how do you use the scooter clamp to help with the clamp angle?
halfmumi2 years ago
Flawless! loved it!
Hey, I'm wondering if you completed this project? I'm confused about fitting the 3/4" x 21" long piece inside the 1" Tee - I don't think the 3/4" pipe fits inside 1" pipe because they're essentially the same size. Did this work for you?

Thanks!
elic2 years ago
Very good idea. I thought to use a Locking Plier to hold the bike, after welding to it two halfs of cutting 1" pipe.
3.14152 years ago
Best homemade bikestand I've seen yet! It's even better than my storebought one.
By far one of the best stands here on Instructables.....had part is finding a tripod liek that..
This is what I used. Excellent stand.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000E0PPG0/ref=pe_175190_21431760_M2C_ST1_3p_dp_1
Very nice Stand. I made mine close to your instructions made a few changes.
I used a adjustable stand from garage sale $1.00 Instead of wood I bolted 2 11/4" angle iron to clamps It took a while to get the 3/4" pipe to run freely in the 1" pipe I used a wheel cylinder hone in the 1" pipe and sanded the 3/4" down. All works Great !!! thanks for the great idea.
I got a friend with a lathe in his garage to bore out the 1" pipe. I tried the grinding route, but it was going to take too long since I had 4 to do.

Thanks to Harvey, my car racing friend, with the great tools.
ns.robert2 years ago
This is a drop dead gorgeous design. I built 4 stands with a wood base, 3/4" pipe and a pony clamp (thank you Bicycling magazine - Nov or Dec 2009) and will be revising all or some of them re the slots & clamp to adjust the clamp angle.

A second guy built two. We're volunteers with Bikes for Kids - we refurbish old bikes and give them away to local kids.
rportillo13 years ago
I made this with a few changes:
Used an old Directv dish stand as tripod
instead of the Pony Clamp, I have used a Rotozip hold fast with a piece of angle steel beam.
I had to sand/file the 3/4" pipe because it fit pretty tight in the 1" pipe.
I had a look at those fashion signs at stores like JCP which have clamps like the pro bike repair stands, and I'm wonderin where I can nab one
DoDo7293 years ago
Great stand, I really like the clamp and am going to use it on mine, What a great idea. Love the site and thanks for sharing.
WVvan3 years ago
Double plus good.
tdrum3 years ago
What type of pipe clamp did you use? I assume you found one with some type of hole already in it so that the 2x4 wood piece could be attached.
NIce. Very professional looking.