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Homemade bike repair stand

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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

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
Tools
  • Pipe cutter
  • 4" Angle grinder with grinding, cut-off and flap wheels
  • Welder
  • Files
  • Hammer, pliers, miscellaneous hand tools
heck yeah, that's great. The clamp could also be mounted on a wall, or even on a truck hitch.
flameunitech11 months ago
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)  flameunitech11 months ago
Great idea
pantarhei11 months ago
Thank you for your instructable. It is easy to follow. The pictures help a lot. Great work!
I would like to share some bike repair videos that can be helpful. http://bikerepairshops.net
beautiful , best i have seen. Proper clamping is everthing
+1 on the clamp.......awesome work
onrust onrust1 year ago
What kind of frame is that?
marple200 (author)  onrust1 year ago
What do you mean? Which frame?
The red one in the bike stand.
marple200 (author)  onrust1 year 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!
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