We recently bought two bikes and instead of just throwing the bikes onto the bed of the truck and get them scratched, I build one using PVC pipes from the hardware store.

I made it at TechShop since it's a lot more spacious and they have all the tools available.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

- Four 10-ft 3/4" PVC pipes
- 6 3/4" elbows
- 18 3/4" Tees
- Chop Saw
- PVC glues
- mallet (optional)

<p>I built this today, making two changes from louislam's design: capped pipes on all three tire holders, and 3&quot; pieces where he has 2&quot;, to allow plenty of room for mountain bike tires. Very pleased except for the wretched barcode and price stickers on every flippin' piece of material. More work to rub them off than to build the rack.</p>
<p>The pix seem to show that each of the six vertical sections--the tire-grippers--are made of a twelve and a six, not a twelve and a ten. That makes the math come out right on the number of tens, six in the horizontal sections and six in the foot piece.</p>
<p>Your instructions need some tweeking. There is no mention of where to use the 6 inch pieces or making sure which end of the 10 &quot; &amp; 12&quot; pieces face when assembling the rack.</p>
<p>I've had PVC piping on my roof to supply water for solar water panels for my pool. They've been up there for 15 yrs and the sun hasn't affected the serviceability. I wouldn't paint them or worry about it.</p>
For those saying to paint it to protect from uv rays, i dont think this is meant to stay in the truck bed all the time. You put it in when you are traveling with the bikes then take it out and put it innthe garage to hold your bikes there.
<p>Great project. Good idea kept simple and functional.</p><p>Suggestion, paint it with an exterior grade paint. No only can you touch it up with a splash of color or make it match your bed, but also PVC doesn't hold its strength very long if its exposed to the sun all the time. Sadly, it tends to become brittle and you might only find out when your bikes fall over in a turn.</p>
Can you please post a picture of where you used the two capped pipes? Thanks!
Easy build, I added two capped pipes to the tire slots to stabilize the bike. works well so far.
Can you please post a pic of your bike rack showing where you used the two capped pipes? Thanks!
<p>easy , piece of cake.made the 3 bike rack. SWEET</p>
<p>Love this idea. We made a three bike rack.</p>
works great!
<p>Actually I made this and it turned out great. There is only 2 10' pieces of 3/4&quot; PVC needed not 4. This may save you some money as I took 2 back.</p>
Clever. Do you also strap the rear of the bikes? If not, you might want to consider it. That bike will likely go airborne if the front of your truck and something else decide to attempt to occupy the same space at the same time. It would probably take the bike rack with it . . . in pieces. <br> <br>Well done.
I think it will be fine because of the tie down straps it would hold the front end and the bike rack down
Could also use a second rack for the rear wheels, if space permits...
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Great idea! And can easily be adapted to many other trucks. My only suggestion would be to paint it because I don't think PVC will hold up to UV rays from the sun.
Great 'ible! I too love working with PVC. I've often called it &quot;lincoln logs for grown-ups&quot;.
Outstanding idea, Great job!
Great job!!
Outstanding job!!!
I've made the same rack myself and it works great. It keeps the bikes secure and protects the truck from scratches! I've made other projects from PVC pipe. It's one of my favorite supplies for being creative. Thanks for posting.
This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!
This came out great!

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