Introduction: Very Cheap Bike Wall Mount
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.
-Old Wooden Pallet
-2 Utility Hooks (B&Q)
-Good quality screws and plugs
-2 small corner reinforcers
Step 1: Chose Your Materials
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
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
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.
Step 4: Mounting Part a to Part B
I knew this joint would probably be the most important in the entire project so I decided to attach the two pieces together using a few techniques.
Firstly I inserted some very long screw directly through the back of the 1x4 piece of wood. I probably should have used some washers for extra strength at this point. These screws will hold the majority of the weight.
Next I added a few corner reinforcers underneath the 2x4 piece in order to act as additional strengthening.
Step 5: Mounting Points
It's really important to find some good screws and plugs at this point. The ones I am using are intended to support 20kg of weight EACH. My bike only weighs 11kg so that should be more than enough.
At this point I decided to use some washers to reinforce this mounting points.
Step 6: Wall Mounting
If you've ever hung a shelf this bit won't need explaining. Mark holes, drill holes, insert plugs, insert screws. EASY!
Don't forget to check the rating of your screws and plugs against the material of your Walls. My wall is solid brick so it shouldn't be any trouble holding the weight.
I'll let you know if it falls down!!!
Step 7: Another Bike Mount!
I was given an old (and very very rusty) 1967 folding Bianchi bike by a friend. After refurbishing it for my girlfriend I realised that it was time to make another wall mount. I used the remaining wood from the original pallet project and a couple of similar rubber coated hooks.
I have changed the design slightly because the bike weighs Over 20kgs! It also doesn't have a straight crossbar so I decided to hang it by the wheels. The screws and plugs are rated to hold about 60kg each so 8 should happily hold this little bike.