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I've seen a lot of homemade bike stand and bike repair stands on Instructables as well as other places on the internet over the years and have tried my hand at a few.

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.
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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Materials include the following:
  • 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
  • Welder
  • Files
  • Hammer, pliers, miscellaneous hand tools
mpiechowski1 month ago

what would we do without the internet?

Such a simple yet effective design, thanks!

marple200 (author) 1 month ago
You're right. Breakdown would be better
SheldonC11 month ago

Sweet build. I've seen a lot of designs and wasn't too impressed with any of them until now. I'm going to duplicate yours with the exception of the legs. I'll weld on 2 sockets for them to fit into with pins, so I can break it down completely. Thanks for the inspiration man!

ToreR5 months ago

how do you have it swiveled? i dont see that you could turn it 180 deg only horizntal at all times it seems.

savageeuge10 months ago

Great clamp design! I'm going to make one for work. I've been looking for a simple bike stand to make but all of the other designs have crude and difficult clamps to make. The feet could be different they look like you would trip over them a lot. Maybe a triangle with a shorter single brace.

heck yeah, that's great. The clamp could also be mounted on a wall, or even on a truck hitch.
Great stand! I made one myself from your design, the one upgrade was a used commercial speaker stand I found for cheap ($15) that I'm using as my tripod stand.
Thanks again for a great project.
marple200 (author)  flameunitech1 year ago
Great idea
pantarhei1 year ago
Thank you for your instructable. It is easy to follow. The pictures help a lot. Great work!
almillermtz2 years ago
I would like to share some bike repair videos that can be helpful.
beautiful , best i have seen. Proper clamping is everthing
+1 on the clamp.......awesome work
onrust onrust2 years ago
What kind of frame is that?
marple200 (author)  onrust2 years ago
What do you mean? Which frame?
The red one in the bike stand.
marple200 (author)  onrust2 years ago
That is a 1988 Raleigh Edge
A 26 & 24 inch tire. Very interesting bike. I looked (a little) online and only saw the one color. I imagine that is a very sought after bike. Nice ride!