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Self Standing Bicycle Repair Stand With Optional Tool/Parts Tray

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I have been a professional bicycle mechanic for 14 years and although a professional stand is nice, I just couldn't justify the cost, so I built one myself.  I used 3/4" gas pipe.  Not only is this a very sturdy stand, but it breaks down for easy storage and transport.  I also built a box for that purpose.  I also built a bench model stand.  You can see both of these on my website at:

www.there-cycleshop.com

This stand does require some welding.


Materials List:
All pipe is 3/4 inch gas pipe.
8 - 6 inch pieces of pipe2 - 2 foot pieces of pipe
1 - 4 foot pipe1 - 2 inch pipe
1 - 1 inch pipe1 - 12 inch pipe
2 - 90 degree connectors4 - T type connectors
4 - End caps
3 - Straight through connectors
1 - Pipe clamp2 - Pieces of 2X2 wood
1 - T-nut and bolt
1 - Plastic or metal tray.

Home Made Repair Stand

Want to do some of your own repairs, but don't have a way of holding your bike? Well here are some plans and photos of a very inexpensive bicycle repair stand you can build yourself. It does require some welding.

I have built a few of these for my various shops. They are simple and work great. A professional repair stand can cost over $400.00. These can be made for about $20.00 to $30.00



Parts List:

Bench Stand - 2 - 6" lengths of 3/4" gas line threaded pipe
1 - 3" length of 3/4" gas line threaded pipe
2 - 90 degree 3/4 " gas line threaded joints
1 - 4" C-clamp
1 - 3/4" threaded base plate
2 - 2" pieces of 90 degree angle iron

Instructions:

Mount the base plate on the front of your bench, using four substantial wood screws. Thread in one of the 6" pipes into the base plate. Thread on a 90 degree joint on the other end of the 6" pipe. Now thread in the other 6" pipe into the 90 degree joint. Next thread on the other 90 degree joint and thread in the 3" piece of pipe into this 90 degree joint. Once all of the pieces are put together, tighten them all as tight as you can get them. The assembly should be straight out from your bench and should be straight up and down. Once you are satisfied with the placement of the stand, remove the assembled pipes from the base plate and weld the pipes and joints so they don't move. Once it is welded, grind out a slot at the end of the 3" piece of pipe. This slot will be for the C-clamp. Weld one of the pieces of angle iron on the fixed end of the C-clamp so it is straight up and down. (see the photos below). Now weld the other piece of angle iron to the screw end of the C-clamp so that it matches up with the fixed end. Once the angle iron is welded onto the C-clamp, insert the C-clamp and weld it to the pipe. Make sure that it is nice and straight. I used a quick release type of C-clamp. If you don't have a welder or know how to weld, you can take it to a welding shop. Once the assembly is all welded up, thread it into the base plate on your bench and you have a great repair stand. You can use the round pipe foam on the bike when you clamp it into the stand to prevent scratching.














Self Standing Bicycle Repair Stand


I just finished building a self standing repair stand for about $60.00. Most professional bike stands are $200.00 to $300.00. This does require a little welding. It works extremely well for about 1/4 the cost.



Materials List:

All pipe is 3/4 inch gas pipe.

8 - 6 inch pieces of pipe
2 - 2 foot pieces of pipe
1 - 4 foot pipe
1 - 2 inch pipe
1 - 1 inch pipe
1 - 12 inch pipe
2 - 90 degree connectors
4 - T type connectors
4 - End caps
3 - Straight through connectors
1 - Pipe clamp
2 - Pieces of 2X2 wood




Assembly Instructions:

Start by laying out the base. Screw two of the 6 inch pieces together using a straight through connector. Assemble two of these. Now connect these two assemblies using the T-type connector in the middle. The T-type connector should be pointing up. Now on each end, screw in another T-type connector. In the end T connectors screw in two 6 inch pieces on one end of each T. On the other end, screw in a 2 foot piece on each side. Now use the 4 end caps on the 6 inch and 2 foot pieces. 

As you can see there are 8 welding points. These just need to be tacked to prevent the crossbar from moving when you clamp in the bike. Next you screw on a T-connector to the 4 foot piece of pipe.

Once you install the the 4 foot pipe onto the base, line up the T-connector so the threaded openings face the front and the back of the stand. Once you have it where you want, tack weld the T-connector to the pipe. This will prevent the stand from moving side to side when the bike is clamped in. Now you can assemble the bike clamp.


To assemble the bike clamp, screw in the 2" pipe to a straight connector and on the other end screw in the 12" pipe. Then screw on the pipe clamp to the 12" pipe. To hold the bike in the clamp, I took two pieces of 2X2 wood, clamped them in a vice and drilled a 1" hole in the middle between the two pieces. I then chipped the corners where the hole is to accomadate a varity of seat post sizes. Once this is assembled, screw the assembly into the T-connector on the 4 foot piece of pipe. Once every thing is lined up, tack weld the two pieces of pipe, the 2" and the 12" to the straight connector. I also tacked the pipe clamp, the threaded portion to the 12" pipe. Once I had this all assembled, I put a bike in the stand and the weight of the bike twisted the clamp assembly so the front wheel of the bike was on the ground. To prevent this from happening, have someone hold the bike where you are comfortable working on it. I then ground down the edge of the straight connector, the one facing the front of the stand, until it was flat. I then drilled a hole through the connector and the back of the 12" pipe. Put a small bolt in the hole and this will prevent the clamp assembly from moving and keep the bike where you want it.

Your stand is now complete. Simple to assemble and dis-assemble. For my stand I built a tool and parts tray that goes on the back of the T-connector on the 4 foot piece of pipe. This is optional.

For the tool and parts tray screw in a piece of 2" pipe into a 90 degree connector and a 6" piece of pipe into the other end of the 90 degree connector as shown above. This assembly should come straight back from the T- connector on the 4 foot piece of pipe. On the other end of the 6" piece of pipe, screw in another 90 degree connector so that it points straight up. Once you have this assembled, screw the assembly into the T-connector on the 4 foot piece of pipe. Once it is lined up where you want it, tack weld the connections as shown above. Now what I did to attach my tray, which I just used a plastic serving dish that you can buy at any dollar store. I used a threaded T-Nut, flattened it out in a vice and put in on the top of the 90 degree connector that faces up. I tacked the T-Nut into place, drilled a hole in the center of the tray and attach it with a bolt, this is done for easy install and removal.

For my stand I built a box to store and transport the stand. To build the box is extremely simple. I used 3 1X6" planks and one 1X8" plank. Cut the pieces to size, in my case it is 52 inches long. I then glued and screwed together a box. I added three hinges, a handle and to keep my box closed, I used an Ikea type fastener. You can use whatever you need to keep it closed. It works perfect 

This is a very simple yet very effective stand. The entire stand cost me around $60.00 and the box was about $20.00. You can leave everything raw or if you so choose or you can paint it all. If you do not weld, get everything lined up the way you want it and take it in to a welding shop and have them tack it together. If you have any questions at all about the stand, please don't hesitate to email me. I will be happy to help you understand the assembly and answer any questions.
spokes729@shaw.ca
Thanks for looking.
dszekeres1 year ago
Hi DoDo,

I like this one so much I decided to build it. However i have a question regarding pipe sizes.
I don't know the standard measurement procedure: are the thread lenghts calculated in the pipe lenghts or do I have to add them to the sizes you have listed in your project?
For the longer pipes it doesn't change the scales too much, but for the shorter ones it may be a (more-or-less) significant difference.

I like fiddling with neglected bikes, bringing them up, and have very limited storage space at the moment. That's why I have choosen to do your project.
Good one!

David
Greetings from Hungary!
DoDo729 (author)  dszekeres1 year ago
Hi David, Thanks for looking and commenting. It was a fun project to build. The threads are included in the length of the pipe, at least they are over here. Hope this helps a have fun with your project. Would love to see some photos when you are done. Thanks again.
Fraser
digimancer2 years ago
Hey great instructable! I have been thinking of making my own stand as well, however I was thinking of using 2x4's. I don't need it to be easily disassembled though. I will probably use your setup here as the basis for my own, so thank you for the information!
rcampbell12 years ago
Is there any reason you can't use a tap and die kit to thread the pipes and t-joints and just screw all of the pieces together?
DoDo729 (author)  rcampbell12 years ago
Hi, thanks for looking,
All the pipes, connecters, and joints are threaded. The reason you have to weld a few pieces is to keep the stand rigid. The weight of the bike will twist the connections. You can tighten the pieces together, but would need a large pipe wrench and this would make assembly and dis-assembly a large pain. The idea is to be able to hand tighten and loosen the stand. As suggested in an earlier comment, you could try a quality thread locker. I prefer to weld because there is no movement at all. Thanks for the comments and if you have any further question, please do not hesitate to email me or ask here.
Ah, of course. I wasn't thinking about the stand actively resisting all of the work that goes into..., well, working on a bike. I can see where things might quickly get wobbly.

Great 'ible. it's going into the "keepers" file until I get out and make one for myself.

DoDo729 (author)  rcampbell12 years ago
Thanks, so glad you liked it. Hope yours turns out well.
kill-a-watt3 years ago
nice and simple.

As far as I can tell, all you need the welder for is to tack some pipe parts together. I can see someone brazing or even using threadlocker in place of the welder.
DoDo729 (author)  kill-a-watt3 years ago
Thank you, a thread locker would probably do the trick, I have never tried that, but it is a great idea if you don't have access to a welder. Got love this site for ideas. Thanks for looking and commenting.
I use to braze whenever possible because I was such an awful hack with the oxy-acetylene torch. Braze being at a lower temp and also much closer to soldering, I was able to get the job done without burning holes through the base peice.

Now I have a MIG :-)
DoDo729 (author)  kill-a-watt2 years ago
You're right, you can use whatever it takes to make it sturdy. I use a small mig welder because that is what I am comfortable with. It works for me. Thanks for looking and commenting.
Or maybe drill and bolts / screws...
DoDo729 (author)  przem3 years ago
Thanks for looking, you bet bolts and screws will work if you don't have a welder, as long as the stand is ridged. I had to use a hole and bolt on the pipe clamp section to keep the bike from spinning down. Thanks for the comments.
'99 Marin Wolf Ridge with a lefty and air rear... interesting, I like it. Nice instructable too :D
DoDo729 (author)  skaterqwertyuiop2 years ago
Thank you, it is a nice bike and thanks on the stand as well. Thank you for looking and commenting.
Thank you so much. This is another one of those "Things" I needed. My son is just starting to learn bike repair,and now I have a project we can not only build together,but build ON together. TY
DoDo729 (author)  watchingunow2 years ago
Thank you. It is a fun project and bike repair is also a lot of fun and can be quite lucrative. Enjoy your project and treasure the time with your son. Thanks for looking and commenting.
njedmonds3 years ago
Awesome stand! I'm definitely gonna make one, but does your bike only have one fork??
DoDo729 (author)  njedmonds3 years ago
Thank you, it works very well, good luck in your project, any question, just email. Yes it only has one fork, works great. Thanks for looking and commenting.
richardsalt3 years ago
Masterful. Many thanks for sharing :)
DoDo729 (author)  richardsalt3 years ago
Thank you, and your welcome, love to share. Thanks for looking and commenting.
Darn fine stand, now I would build one just like it if I didn't have a friend who was an awesome bike mechanic. He definitely needs to keep busy so I will leave the repairs to him. Great instructable. T
DoDo729 (author)  rykermitchell3 years ago
Thank you very much, glad to see other mechanics keeping busy. Thanks for looking and commenting.