Introduction: DIY Bike Stand

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I recently ran in a triathlon, and if your familiar with triathlon, you'll know that the event consists of three parts. First it starts with a swim, then you transition from the swim to the biking, and finally from the biking to the running. If your racing to win speed is everything, you want to perfect your swim to top speed, bike long distances quickly, and train to get your run down fast. When biking you want your bike to be very aerodynamic which means, sleek water bottles, skin tight bike suit, and no bike accessories that are unnecessary that will slow you down, like the kickstand. Without a kickstand the bikes don't stand up on their own, thus I get to build a bike stand. 

Step 1: Cut 4x4 Squares

First start by cutting two perfect squares, out of a 2x4 beam. The dimensions of the squares should be 3 7/16" x 3 7/16"

Step 2: Slide Them Under the Tire

Next slide the two squares under the front tire of the bike, and measure the distance from the far end of one square to the far end of the other, like in the picture. Mine measured 19 1/4", different wheel sizes will get different measurements. 

Step 3: Cut the Boards

Now with the measurement you just got, mark two 19 1/4" marks on a 2x4 beam, and cut them out. Use a square to make sure your line is straight. Then cut two more 19" boards for the base, once again cut it out of a 2x4. You should now have two 191/4" boards, two 37/16" x 3 7/16" squares, and two 19" boards. If you have all that, then move on to the next step!

Step 4: Measure and Mark

Measure the width of the bike tire, and mark it centered on the 19" base boards. My tire was an 11/4" , turns out later I had to shrink that measurement down a little bit. The width you come up with will vary depending on your bike. Also you can loosely assemble the pieces like in the picture. 19" boards are the base boards, and the longer ones are for up top.

Step 5: Flip Over

Now flip it over making sure everything is still lined up like it should be. Then screw the base boards to the upright boards.

Step 6: Supports

Now cut the both 4x4 squares in half diagonally, you'll be using these triangles as side supports. Put one triangle support on each side of the upright beams, and screw them in place.

Step 7: Finished!

Your finished! Try it and make sure your bike fits, and if not, bring the upright boards in a little more (I had to do this a few times till I got it right). Enjoy!
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