Bicycle Stand




Don't want to fork out a couple of hundred bucks for a bicycle stand? This easy to make stand will not mar wall, ceilings or floors. You can probably have up to four bikes on it, if you're creative. The photo below shows one way to mount a bike on the rack.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Parts List

You'll need a 4x4 for the base, some scraps for the pad block and legs, a piece of all thread (I recommend 1/2"), two nuts and a washer and four wood screws. I also recommend that you use wood that's as dry as possible or cedar for the base, as wet wood can split when drying. I had used pressure treated wood for a couple but have replaced them due to concern for chemicals used as preservatives. If you wanted to use pressure treated wood for a garage setup, that may be okay, just be careful to clean up the sawdust and wear a mask when doing the work. The schematic shows the general principle of how to put together the business end, the "pressing mechanism".

Step 2: Assembly

Cut the 4x4 long enough to leave enough room for all the parts shown in the schematic. Drill a hole long enough to mount the all-thread, leaving a couple of inches sticking out. The 4x4 plus the all thread should just be shorter than the floor to ceiling distance. Don't leave too much all-thread showing, particularly if you use smaller guage rod as it can bend.

Force fit the allthread, thread on two nuts, followed by a washer and the pad. The pad is simply a scrap of wood with a hold drilled through to admit the end of the all-thread. You can pad it further with a piece of carpet if you want.

Step 3: Assembly Continued

The all thread should just be below the level of the pad.

Step 4: Legs

I'd recommend putting some legs at the base of the stand. This is just some scraps, trimmed and screwed on, flush with the base of the stand.

Step 5: Setting It Up

Place the 4x4 upright and thread the nut towards the ceiling. The second nut acts as a lock-nut. ****Important**** if your wood is wet, and it likely will be, tighten this periodically as the wood will shrink as it dries. This is not good if you've got the stand loaded.

Step 6: Bicycles Can Be Hung Cross Ways, Vertically or Whatever You Like

The pic below shows one of my bikes hung vertically. You can see the stand in this picture has a fairly thick block. That's because I made the all thread portion too long and it was flexing. Use proper 1/2" all thread rather than the end of a carriage bolt that I used here.

I've also hung bikes cross ways, put hooks on the stand for helmet and other gear. This method can be adapted to lots of other things (plant stand etc.). You could use the same technique with metal pipe and threaded pipe ends. Yes, you can figure that one out :-)

Hope this helps someone.

Be the First to Share


    • Made with Math Contest

      Made with Math Contest
    • Multi-Discipline Contest

      Multi-Discipline Contest
    • Skateboard Contest

      Skateboard Contest

    17 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 2

    I may be a bit dim here. How do you "force fit" the all thread? I just can't get my head around how to do it.

    2 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Step 2

    You drill the hole in the post slightly smaller than the allthread diameter you're using and tamp it in. Use a block on the end of the all-thread to avoid ruining the threads.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Ciaran

    By force fit, drill a hole that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the all-thread. Then just pound it in to the support 4x4. When you tighten it, the axial compression will hold it in but if you drill a hole too large, you may end up with some play in it.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks. I stopped using this and have cross levers mounted now. I tend to ride on the flats and getting to the brake when cut off by a fool in a car was awkward. You can also get levers that fit in the end of the bullhorns. This is just a standard drop bar lever reversed on the bar.


    9 years ago on Step 5

    Its probably a good idea to aim for a joist or some sort of structure.  If you miss and you're cranking on it, you could crack the drywall.

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    This and the comment below are important to consider for placing these things, which is essentially a home made  jackstand. I live in apartments and the ceiling construction is robust and typically concrete.  That said, the large pad at the top distributes the pressure over a fairly large area and you don't have to reef these things down super tight.  Try to place one at a joist and take your time when you tighten it up.


    10 years ago on Introduction
    So, after searching for a good storage/work stand for my bicycles, I decided to make a hybrid of this one and two others (see links). I even added some extras to it to make it super useful (like some old carpet wrapped around the bottom as a scratch post for our cat and some better lighting to help in toeing-in brake pads). You'll notice in the photos that I added a coupler (I think that's what it's called) to the clamping mechanism. This coupler allows me to spin the clamp and angle the bike at any direction I need while working on it. The extra prong-thing on the clamp adds the extra strength I lose I by using a PVC clamp. All in all, the materials were super cheap, maybe $35 total, I don't remember. Even the vertical bike hook was only like $7 at Lowe's. It works great for storage and maintenance.

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Very sweet! An elegant merger of storage and functionality. And for those who are concerned about marks, I recently moved after having two of these up for nearly three years - nary a mark.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Before you position and tighten the rack, be sure you're centered on a cieling joist, not between them. Sheetrock is not a strong material to be bracing against, many people have stepped through it by stepping between the joists in their attic (some seen on ABC's AFV).


    12 years ago

    this is a great idea. thanks.


    13 years ago

    reiterating westernorbits comments, recheck often, particularly if the rack is loaded assymetrically. The wood will take a long time to dry unless you're using kiln dried wood :D. Doug, there's a couple options for horizontal mounts. The challenge is to find something that will support a wide enough area so the bike isn't balancing precariously. I'd used two rods embedded in the 4x4 and covered with innertube at one point, but found that it could be a bit of a balancing act if I wasn't careful. Two arms mounted on the sides would work like this. You could use the half circle or, probably easier, a v-notch. You could also fabricate a v-shaped trough that would fit in and extend laterally for extra stability. I also nipped down to the local dollar store and got some hooks for my helmet , hip bag etc.


    13 years ago

    i like your plans. especially considering that the wood stand at my bike shop costs 160! i'm considering doing this in my apartment. i can buy a nice cedar (4x4) for around 10-15 bucks. i have 2 bikes and would need to mount them horizontally. it would seem that some arms would need to be made to cradle the top tube. do you have any suggestions for this? thanks again! doug from 100 degree austin texas


    13 years ago

    Do be sure to re-check the tightness after a little while. I bought a similar ‘jack’ style floor to wall stand and had it almost fed a chainring to my girlfriend. It seems the weight of the two bikes had caused it to compress the carpet a tad, allowing the top plate to slip away from the wall/ceiling. I made a few improvements after all that excitement. I added some no-slip drawer liner to the top piece. This also lessened the marking on the ceiling. I also placed the base on a piece of plywood. This made the carpet less of an issue. I also checked the tightness of the whole setup every afternoon. Props for the homebrew rack!


    13 years ago

    Sweet! Great idea.


    13 years ago

    I've never had a problem with it. If you pad the top piece with a piece of old carpet, for example, there shouldn't be any problems. If your ceiling is textured (like with a stipple gun), I can't say for sure that it wouldn't leave a mark of some kind. Just be very sure to check the tightness after you've fist set it up.


    13 years ago

    I've been trying to figure out something to do for the three bikes I have in my apartment. I think I'm going to give this a try. One question... You really don't have any issues with marks left behind after removing the stand?