I was looking for a solution to store the bicycles that were building up in our
garage. They were laying everywhere and due to my "garbage collecting" habit, we had a lot of them.
I wanted something that could:
- Store 5 bikes.
- Be easily accessible for the kids without any lifting
- Be foldable to store away in the winter.
- Be low cost and very fast to build.
I found this great Instructable and modified it for our use. It is different in that it is a foldable version, includes a plan, a parts list and a how to build video.
The total cost was less than $40. if you have some of the parts already, it will cost less. The build time was about 1/2 an hour.
If you are concerned about the 2 top bikes falling off their 3.25" platforms, you can add a bungy cord to secure them. I have 2 racks like this and the upper bikes just don't fall off even if you bump them.
Step 1: Video to Show the Bike Rack
Step 2: Video to Show How to Build the Bike Rack
Step 3: The Plan
This is a rough plan laid out in Visio and displayed here in .pdf format for the bike rack. Click the .pdf file to download it.
Step 4: Parts List
Click for sources:
6 - 2' x 4' (x 8' long) From Home Depot @$3.42 each = $20.52
4 - 3" Angle A23Z 18GA ZMAX Galvanized Steel @$1.23 = $4.92
2 - Hinges 5/8" Radius Satin Brass @2.17 = $4.34
20" - parachute cord $3.98 (you can use any cord)
32 - 1 /14" x #6 screws
12 - 2 1/2" x #6 screws
- You may already have some of these items and can save $ by using them.
- The 2x4 lumber I bought at HD is the best stuff they have. You can save $ by getting lower grade wood but make sure each board is straight and not twisted.
- I have no connection to homedepot but I listed all the sources from one place for shopping ease.
Step 5: Cut Your 2x4's
Cut your 6 - 2x4's like this:
Four(4) - 7' lengths
Two(2) - 5' lengths
Two(2) - 18" lengths
Step 6: Attach Hinges
Lay out your 4 - 7' 2x4s on the ground. Attach one hinge to each pair of 2x4's using the screws included with the hinges. See video for details.
Step 7: Attach Bottom 18" Pieces
Attach the 2 bottom 18" pieces as shown in the plan. They are at different heights so when the bike rack is folded closed, they will not interfere with each other. Use 3 - #6 2 1/2" screws on each intersection.
Step 8: Attach the Right Angle Brackets
Attach the 4 right angle brackets at 4' off the bottoms of each 7' 2x4.
Use 4 - #6 1 1/4" screws at each intersection.
Step 9: Attach the Bike Supports
Attach the 2 bike support 5' 2x4 pieces to the right angle brackets.
Center them on one side of the folded members and attach with 4 - #6 1 1/4" screws at each intersection.
Flip it over and do the other side.
Step 10: Install Paracord Keeper
Stand the bike rack up.
Space the two 5' 2x4 bike wheel platforms at 12" separation.
Drill a 1/4" hole in each 5' 2x4 as shown in the video and pictures.
Melt one side of a 3 foot piece of para-cord to reduce fraying and insert it in the hole of one side of a 5' 2x4.
Tie a knot there to keep the cord from slipping through the hole.
Slip the cord through the other 5' 2x4.
Pull snug and Tie a knot underneath.
Melt to reduce fraying. Trim off excess.
Step 11: Done
That's it. The only thing I might change on this in the future is the right angle brackets. They seem to hold the bikes well but are made from a thin gauge steel. Some more solid short right angle brackets might be better for this.