I used to have a Park repair stand, which I consider the top tier. I should never have sold it since I bought it cheap on craigslist. But, I had to make room for more bikes and more projects.
What I have not seen on any homemade bike repair stands is the kind of quick-release clamping feature that you find on the Park stands as well as a clamping mechanism that can be rotated to hold onto a sloped or horizontal top tube as well as a (vertical) seat post. I also threw in height adjustment. The only thing it doesn't have is fold-ability. I could add that later by changing out the base.
So that was my task to investigate with this Instructable.
Step 1: Materials and tools
- 10' length of 1 1/2" EMT (electrical metallic tubing) - $12.45 from Home Depot electrical dept.
- +/- 3' length of 1 1/4" EMT - left over from previous project (a 10' length is $10.25)
- 1" x 12" black steel pipe, threaded both ends - $7.66 from Home Depot plumbing dept.
- 1" steel cap for above pipe - $2.84 from same
- (2) 3/8"-24 x 2" grade 5 bolts and nuts - $1.34 from Home Depot (I used the 24 thread bolts because I figured the shallower thread would give better torque when tightenng down for clamping)
- (2) 4" pieces of 1.25" x 1.25" x 1/8" steel angle- left over from previous project
- 11" swivel pad locking pliers - had them for welding clamps - currently on sale at Harbor Freight for $4.00, reg. $6.99
- (3) 1 1/4" PVC pipe caps - $0.86 each from Home Depot plumbing dept.
- 8" of 5/16" steel rod - had from previous projects
- Miscellaneous scraps of small steel plate
- Pipe cutter
- 4" Angle grinder with grinding, cut-off and flap wheels
- Hammer, pliers, miscellaneous hand tools