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Stop sign bicycle mount

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I've got this gorgeous '73 Motobecane 10-speed bicycle that I've been lazily working on over the winter.

It needed a decent place to rest indoors, away from my dusty garage workshop.

It was begging for a unique and different kind of wall mount, and this is what I came up with. It was actually very easy to make. Hopefully, you'll make one too.

Any thoughts or questions are always welcome. Thanks for taking a look!
 
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Step 1: Get a sign, lay it out

The bicycle mount is made by basically folding out two aluminum flaps from the center of a stop sign, and attaching wooden rails to the flaps that have little cradles for holding the bike's top tube. Very simple!

Start with an old stop sign. I got a few from the city road department where I live, just by asking the right people. If needed, you may need to offer to buy some for the going aluminum recycling rate, since most cities eventually recycle their old unusable signs. However, just ask around and be polite and you'll most likely end up with a few signs for free.

To lay out marks for where to cut, the magic number is 1 1/4". Use a straight edge and marker to make this layout as explained in the photo 2 note.

Step 2: Drill and cut

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It should go without saying, but put on your safety goggles for this. If you don't have any, then go out and get some!

Drill a series of 3/16" holes along the vertical lines as shown, which will make it possible to bend out the aluminum flaps. Space the holes about 3/4" apart, and make sure to create a hole at the very top and bottom of each line.

Drill an additional 3/8" hole in the upper outside corner of each flap layout. Starting at this hole, use a jig saw with a metal cutting blade to cut through the remaining lines. Just don't cut through the vertical line with the holes in it.
sunshiine1 month ago

This is great! I love it.

sunshiine

That is very nice.

DJnaSTYnuTS2 months ago

I find it funny its a Stop Sign yet your bike has no brakes.....

or Chain. but now I'm getting picky.

seamster (author)  DJnaSTYnuTS2 months ago
It's a work in progress. I've got all the parts, but the snow outside tells me I'm in no rush to put it all together!
zieak2 months ago

I have a couple of stop signs waiting for a good project. Thanks for the great idea!

marcusfuk2 months ago
"Get a Sign"

Where does one get a stop sign?
seamster (author)  marcusfuk2 months ago

As I wrote in step 1:

"I got a few from the city road department where I live, just by asking the right people. If needed, you may need to offer to buy some for the going aluminum recycling rate, since most cities eventually recycle their old unusable signs. However, just ask around and be polite and you'll most likely end up with a few signs for free."

AngryRedhead2 months ago

So cool!!! It's functional wall art! :D

seamster (author)  AngryRedhead2 months ago

That is the best kind of art. Thanks!

So, so true!

And now I want you to do a Yield Sign functional wall art! :D

seamster (author)  AngryRedhead2 months ago

Alright, I've got a yield sign ready to go. What should I make out of it? I'm up for a challenge!

Bathroom towel hook/rack because "HALT! You need to be dry to proceed!" :P

And that would be a really cool thing in a bathroom. :)

But it needs to hold at least 4 towels/robes.

Or maybe a really cute art shelf where you bend the bottom bit at a 90 degree angle and place candles or whatever on it.

Or maybe a combination of the two? Cute shelf and towel/robe hook?

Petergottm2 months ago
Awesome!
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