Introduction: Wall Bike Rack With Plants
I wanted to make a simple bike rack to rest my bike at angle so that almost all weight would be placed on bottom wheel. The idea was a rack that would allow easy come and go and space. The angle rack allows for one to use less movements and energy storing and retrieving the bike yet still making allowance for space. I used walnut but any type of wood can be used. As well I used screws to match the aesthetics of the bike. Any type of wood screw can be used though. I added hooks to accommodate my essentials for riding. As well as plants for no good reason other than they are plants.
Step 1: Supplies
Some things not included in photo are the hooks, plants and drill bits.
Step 2: Measure Wheel Set and Bike Height.
Measure wheel to where enough of the wheel will set into place in rack. My measurement was at 24 inches. Place bike up at an angle against wall where the weight of bike will still rest on back wheel but front wheel will be kept in place by rack and measure where on wheel it would rest on rack from floor. My measurement was 39 inches (for wall placement only)
Step 3: Cut Four Pieces of Wood at 30 Inches Each
Step 4: Cut 2 Pieces of Wood Closet Rod at 3 Inches
Step 5: Measurements
Make and mark measurements on wood. Width of support arms at 3 inches apart. Mark where support arms would be on back of face wall plate. Then do a dry fit. I like doing a dry fit to make sure all is going well and measured well. All pieces of wood against wood should be glued using wood glue. Since I am using walnut I am drilling pilot holes for each screw.
Step 6: Hooks
Using hooks of your choosing mark as applicable on wall face plate of shelf. I set mine at two even and one further apart to accommodate bike lock. Width of board is at 2 1/2", considering size of hook and such I set mine at an inch from bottom so that hand approach to hook object will have adequate room from shelf.
On back of face plate when drilling holes for screws be sure to drill with larger drill bit just enough to make heads of screws flush with wood as back of wood plate should be flush against wall.
Step 7: Tire Support
Using cut pieces of closet rod, drill holes in each on one side and in center. Then make holes centered at 1 1/4 all the way through on support arms. Where you make holes for supports can vary due to size of wheel and bike. I set mine at 5 inches from end of both wood support arms and then another at 24 inches from that hole. The hole further out from edge of wood will be closest from wall so that wheel does not scuff or rest against wall. I used some gold bling washers to match bike aesthetics. As well it will help disperse pressure and help not damage wood.
Step 8: Make Shelf
Now you should have four pieces of wood set to go. Now do a dry fit and plot screw so that you have at least four screws adhering top shelf to wall plate. Take top shelf and at end away from bike make holes if you would like to accommodate for air plants. I drilled mine a one inch. Then use a 2x4 to help keep top shelf flush as this is important to help keep rack flush against wall and secured. Drill holes. Then use wood glue and with scrape paper even out glue so that not too much excess will seep from edge. Now secure top with screws.
Step 9: Bike Notch
So that you have may have the option to hang the bike horizontally mark from the end of the arms where notch will rest. I set mine at 14 inches. Make sure to theses notches are not to close to end of support arms for good distribution of weight in relationship to rack structure. You want to make them closer to wall yet far enough to accommodate your handle bar as well. I made my notches approximately an inch and a quarter width notch at a 45 degree angle. This will allow for most road, cyclocross and mountain bikes width of tubes. Measure accordingly.
Step 10: Attach Arms
Now attach arms. Drill two holes at center of where end of arms will rest. I used extra long wood screws to help with structural support and grip. Disperse wood glue and screw into place.
Step 11: Attach Other Side of Arm to Closest Rod
Now that both arms are glued and screwed into place use an appropriate drill to screw a hole into other end of closet rod. Use the existing screw holes on the arm.
Step 12: Supports
Now cut two pieces of wood for the supports. I cut mine at 20 inches. cut both ends at a 45 degree angle. then from end that will be against wall measure 2 1/2 inches from top of 45 degree angle and mark. Cut these across so that it will fit flush against wall support.
Step 13: Cut Bottom Wall Support
Cut a piece at 4 1/2 inches by the existing 2 1/2 inches.
Step 14: Wrap Support.
To help with support, scoffing, tire care and aesthetics you may wrap your tire supports with bicycle bar tape. I used bicycle bar tape and orange electrical tape that I cut in half.
Step 15: Attach Bottom Wall Plate
Glue and screw into place. Making sure screw heads against wall are again flush.
Step 16: Attach Supports
Now lay both pieces on flat level surface. Now drill holes for bottom support to where they fall on bottom of support arms. Now glue and screw.
Step 17: Attach to Wall
Using a level on top of shelf screw against wall. Use at least two screws for top face plate and one for bottom. Use the appropriate screws for type of wall. Make sure to make as secure as possible.
Step 18: Green Thumb
Place air plants of choosing into place.
Step 19: Add Bike and Let It Not Rest on the Rack Too Long, RIDE!
Have fun and safe riding. Cheers.