DIY Bike Repair Stand Ver 2.0

Introduction: DIY Bike Repair Stand Ver 2.0

I recently posted an "Instructable" for a cheap DIY Bicycle Repair Stand that you can mount on your deck or any sturdy work station. (You can find it here --> But after staring at it for an hour or so, I decided that I also wanted to build one that had a wheeled base so I can move it around.

So I took another trip to Home Depot to find materials to build the base. The nice thing is that you can use parts from the first build (we'll call this DIY Bike Repair Stand ver.** 1.0) and adapt it to this one. **ver. 2.0.

Parts you will need:

  • Pine Round piece - 1" x 23.75" - $6.00
  • 1/2" Round Flange - $4
  • 1/2" x 48" Black Pipe - $10
  • 1/2" Pipe Clips - $2
  • 1/4" x 2" Machine Screws - $1 (Make sure it comes with the nut)
  • 1/4" Flat Washers - $1
  • Wheels for the base - $? - I had some laying around, I actually used a broken tripod wheelie thing.
  • Black Spray Paint Flat - $3.50 (I used a Michaels coupon and got 50% off)
  • Koozie

Total Cost - $27.50

Step 1: Prep the Round Base

Take the Pine Round and measure it to center. After you find the center point, use a straight edge to draw guide lines. This will help with lining up the wheels later.

Since I was using some equipment that I had laying around, I started with taking apart the tripod wheelie cart thing. Took all the screws off and separated the arms from the housing.

Step 2: Mount the Wheels

Now take the wheels and attached them to the round piece of wood. I recommend placing the wheels as if it was on a triangle. This will help distribute the bikes weight later.

I recycled the metal plate from the Tripod Wheelie housing and placed it close to center. I traced it and drilled holes for the screws and arms.

After drilling the holes, I placed the arms into position and secured them to the board. I also used the 1/2" pipe clips to add additional security for the arms.

Step 3: Attach the Flange

Screw the Flange onto the pine board. I recommend putting it about 4 inches from the end and in line with one of the wheels. Once again, trying to set up the base to evenly distribute the weight of the bike later.

Step 4: Test Fit

Now you can test fit the 1/2" x 48" pipe. Make sure it fits correctly and even try pulling the pipe towards you to see if it will topple over. If it doesn't then you placed it in the appropriate position, if it does, you will have to re position the flange.

**At this point, you can take the clamp setup from version 1 and test fit it on the new setup.

Step 5: Paint the Base

After you test the fitting, remove the pipe and now you can spray paint the base with your desired color. I used the quick dry and a flat color. Nothing to fancy. I am also thinking about spraying a sealer on it. Just to weatherproof the stand. (Project for later)

Step 6: Putting It All Together

Now that the base is painted and dry, you can screw the 1/2" x 48" onto the base. Then connect the clamp setup to it.

Here is the link to the other build again:

Viola! now you have a rolling DIY Bike Repair Stand ver. 2.0. Just another option for building your own Bike Stand. I am going to be using both setups. It gives me the ability to work both on my bike and my wife's bike at the same time. Win Win!

Step 7: Bonus!

One thing that I wanted to improve was the padding for the bike frame when it is mounted onto the clamp. I had a few koozies laying around so I started experimenting with them. And it works flawlessly.

I took the koozie, flipped it inside out and positioned it on the clamp. I placed a smalled dab of super glue on the felt and placed the koozie on it. After it dried, it was secure and I like it because it is flexible. Allowing you to adjust the clamps to the appropriate frame size and still give it the protection it needs.

I hope you enjoyed this "Instructable". Good luck and happy Building!

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    7 years ago

    I made a similar stand a few years ago as well and used it a lot. I liked it but there are a few ares that could use improvement.

    - I really wish there was a way to reinforce the thing vertically. The verical pipe is not quite strong enough to keep the bike steady and it has this tight wobble motion to it whenever you let it go. Perhaps a couple of t's in the long verical that branch off and connect back to the base?
    - Grabbing the top tube with clamps was always tricky. I put some used bike tubes in there so that the clamp wouldn't crush my top tube, which helped but I was still concerned about clamping too hard. The main problem is the weight distribution. You put your bike in this thing so that the clamp is centered on the bikes balance point and then you take a wheel off (which most repairs seem to warrant) and the bike wants to tip instantly. This must be why most of the professional bike stands grab the seat post and clamp so that there is vertical rigidity.

    Just a couple of thoughts! Nice ibble! The wheels are definitely key.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The wheels are a nice touch. I made a similar one a few years ago. I'd suggest spray painting the vertical pipe and the 90 degree elbow to prevent them from rusting over time. Some light, all purpose oil will keep the horizontal pipe from rusting and the clamp moving smooth. Happy repairs!


    7 years ago

    Nice! I once used a koozie to insulate a spark plug wire on a VW Cabby 16.