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.

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
  • Pipe cutter
  • 4" Angle grinder with grinding, cut-off and flap wheels
  • Welder
  • Files
  • Hammer, pliers, miscellaneous hand tools
<p>I think your use of that clamp is clever</p>
<p>hya </p><p>obvious question maybe but how far up the main shaft do the legs connected.i made a varient of this but think i messed up as when i load a bike on it it tips forward </p>
<p>Great design, loving the new stand!</p>
<p>I was thinking today of trying to build a bike stand. My first thought was to build it out of wood since I have a friend that did it that way. Then I thought of pipe, but wasn't sure what I'd do for some parts. I figured I'd find something on Instructables and this did not disappoint. Thanks for the design and ideas. I may have to build one someday.</p>
<p>what would we do without the internet?</p><p>Such a simple yet effective design, thanks!</p>
You're right. Breakdown would be better
<p>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!</p>
<p>how do you have it swiveled? i dont see that you could turn it 180 deg only horizntal at all times it seems.</p>
<p>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. </p>
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. <br>Thanks again for a great project.
Great idea
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
What kind of frame is that?
What do you mean? Which frame?
The red one in the bike stand.
That is a 1988 Raleigh Edge
A 26 &amp; 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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