Picture of Indoor Bike Parking Rack
Like most houses in Portland, we have a lot of bicycles, and we are always coming and going on them, often changing out bikes several times a day. Not satisfied with outdoor parking, or stacks of bicycles in the workshop, I decided to build some indoor bike parking. It allows for both front or rear wheel parking, and fits eight bikes comfortably.

In principal, this rack is just a railing. The bikes are held in place by their wheels resting against the wood, with the tires keeping them from rolling. I was concerned that this design might put too much torque on the rims, and that a triangular two-touch system would be better, but this design works great, even with road race wheels.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials
This project was done with 100% scrap wood, so don't feel like you have to use good lumber for it.

For the dimensions of the structure, I worked around a particular room where I wanted the parking to go. It is generally recommended that slot-type bike parking has 24" of space between each bike, from tire to tire. I wanted eight bikes to fit into a 144" space, so I narrowed it down to 17" from tire to tire. There is some handlebar overlap, but because of the generous vertical dimensions of the assemblies, you can easily lift your handlebars over other bikes that might be in your way.

Here are some general measurements to help you to customize the bike rack for your specific needs.

Each parking assembly: two posts of 1"x2"x27" (wood)
Parking base: 2"x4" (wood)
Parking top: 2"x4" (wood)
Screws: 8x 4" wood screw per assembly

Each assembly should have a gap of 2.5" between posts for the tire. If you are a downhiller and have wider tires, give yourself a little more room. From assembly to assembly, have at least a 12" space.

To fit in a 144" room, I chose a top and a base of 124", and eight parking assemblies. For the remainder of this instructable, I will be writing specifically to my project, but hopefully you can easily retrofit the design for your own needs!

General tools:
Tape measure
3375372 years ago
calorie, your design is simple and elegant. thank you. my goodness, jamestb13, if you have no need or a bike rack move on. I don't think anyone should have to defend their lifestyle, living arrangements or the number of bikes they have just for sharing a great idea.
Wasagi3 years ago
Great Idea! This would make my life far easier, I want to try it once I clean my space up a bit.
hey man, where do you guys play polo in portland?
dollywild5 years ago
The second set of photos did the trick- for some reason I was having trouble seeing what was making the bike stand stay standing- I think now that it is the other bikes themselves. This is brilliant, because that makes the bike rack very easy to move out of the way if you need the room. The rack itself can just lean against the wall. Thanks for a great instructable!
lamoix (author)  dollywild5 years ago
Glad to hear it! My original plans called for stabilizing legs on the stand, but when I built up a proof-of-concept, I realized that it was actually pretty stable on its own. The larger the piece of wood you use for the base of the stand, the sturdier it will be. The bikes mainly exert a side-to-side pressure on the stand, and don't get inserted far into it, so there is no danger of tipping.
dollywild5 years ago
Very nice looking- I admire the use of all the scrap wood. It stained up much nicer than I thought it would. Would you consider posting a photo of just one or two bikes on the rack? I a having trouble visualizing the finished product, and we desperately need something like this. Thanks!
lamoix (author)  dollywild5 years ago
Let me know if the second set of photos on Step 5 and Step 6 are enough to give you an idea of what the finished product looks like - if not, I'll post some more!
Great idea, clear instructions, good pictures and enough of them. I like how you reclaimed the wood, too. Portland sounds a lot more bike-friendly than a lot of places. We all have a lot to learn from your city. Thanks for posting this.
mickryobe5 years ago
It would be very helpful if there were an uncluttered picture of the completed rack so we could see the finished product and get an idea what we were striving for. It looks like a great project though.
lamoix (author)  mickryobe5 years ago
Thanks for pointing that out - see the final step, picture two.
maselval5 years ago
it's practically a triathlon's transition bike rack!! cool
lalalaux5 years ago
Wish I had room for something like this, very nice!
cbleslie5 years ago
... I see a bike polo bike! :)
To explain bike-polo to the uninitiated... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bike_polo
marbleman5 years ago
Must be a lot of hard work. Whoever stay in there, hope they start using it
k-twizel5 years ago
who get to clean up after dirty tire prints...
lamoix (author)  k-twizel5 years ago
That will be a downside, especially in the winter. I'll probably get a heavy-duty rug to put underneath it to soak up any mud. At least with this design it is the floor getting dirty and not the walls!
ilkejav5 years ago
bike polo yeah! nice instructable. I just wish my appartment was big enough.