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I've just moved into a new flat that had an ideal space for hanging my bike. I really like the slightly utilitarian/industrial look of wall mounted bikes. I think it can look quite stylish and especially suites nice simple bikes such as my three speed.

Although you can buy some really cheap wall mounts on eBay I thought it would be more fan to make my own. I had also just bought a workbench so this seemed as good a time as any to start using it.

Ingredients:
-Old Wooden Pallet
-2 Utility Hooks (B&Q)
-Good quality screws and plugs
-2 small corner reinforcers

 
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Step 1: Chose Your Materials

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I picked up a very very cheap work bench and whilst walking home with it I stumbled across a brilliant little pallet.

If you want to do this all properly you could just use some large pieces of 2x4 & 1x4 timber.

Step 2: Cutting & Shaping

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Carefully select the best pieces of wood from your pallet and gently pry it apart. These things split really easily so be careful. Wear some gloves if you have them.

I wanted the bike to hang slightly away from the wall to avoid the pedals scratching the paintwork. In order to achieve this it was necessary to measure the distance from the stem to the end of the handlebars. In order to achieve this distance I decided to mount the 2x4 on its edge (like a small shelf).

I used a set square to give the edges of a 2x4 a slight angle.

Step 3: Utility Hooks

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The utility hooks that I have chosen come in a large set of rubber covered hooks. If you're in England you can buy these in B&Q. You can also pick them up cheaply on eBay, some other DIY shops charge silly money for them. Luckily I had them already.

Using the work bench I drilled a pilot hole at a very slight angle. You can see in the image that they are angled outwards. I also slightly angled them upwards to allow for some flex when under load.

You can use some washing up liquid to help you screw these things in.
alcurb6 months ago

Great work. I added it to my LoTek collection and voted.

I went to the B&Q web site and did not find the hooks you used. I noticed that the hooks you used are about 5 inches in length. Is that correct? I found a larger set in the US in The Home Depot home-improvement chain stores.

Note about wall mounting holes: rather than depending on the weak drywall to hold up the hooks and bike, I suggest to locate two adjacent studs behind the drywall and mount the assembly over the wall studs. You will end up with a sturdy mount that will not wear out from frequent use. Cheers.

Mr Chutney (author)  alcurb6 months ago

Hello Alcurb,
Thanks very much for your message! Excellent advice concerning the dry wall mounting.

The length of the hooks (not including the threaded section) is 6 1/2 inches. Perhaps these particular ones aren't as common in the US. They are sometimes referred to as ladder hooks... I have found some on ebay although they are located in the U.K....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STORAGE-HOOKS-SCREWS-HOM...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Large-Heavy-Duty-Ladder-...

Oh wait! Here we go...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-RUBBER-COATED-UTILITY-HO...

Hope that helps!

rmunroe16 months ago
How about drilling two big holes and using a dowel instead of the brackets. Might be a cleaner finish. Great project, thanks for sharing.
Mr Chutney (author)  rmunroe16 months ago
Hello there,
Yes I expect that'd look good. It doesn't even really need the brackets to be honest, the screws at the back hold all the weight.
Cheers
sptaillefer6 months ago

nice one. Straight forward, simple and inexpensive. Thanks for posting.

andrea biffi6 months ago

nice! I just made a bike support for my bike too, but I bought a black iron pipe already curved to the right shape.

Mr Chutney (author)  andrea biffi6 months ago

Hi there,
I've just had a look through your instruct able page and it's brilliant! What a fantastic selection of instructables! Well done!

Thanks! :^)
martonthenagy6 months ago

It would be nice if We could see a closeup picture of the finished project.

Mr Chutney (author)  martonthenagy6 months ago

Hi there martonthenagy,
Check the second picture in step 6.
Cheers,

Oh, sorry. For some unknown reason I only see only the frist picture of every picture group, and there is a gap under it. It may be because of Chrome browser?

Now I realized, when I click that white space, the image shows up.

It is a nice project. I will have to bulid it for my sister :)

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vary nice, space efficient. I love it!

Mr Chutney (author)  xCOLONEL DIRTYx6 months ago

Thanks very much indeed Colonel!

Great.

Attaching part A to part B could be easier and cleaner if you use wood glue.

Thank you for your work, and showing us how you did it.

Mr Chutney (author)  Ricardo Furioso6 months ago

Hello Ricardo,
I think you are right, wood glue is amazingly strong but I wanted to go for the whole 'belt and braces' to make sure it would hold the weight.

Cheers