Bike Book Holder




I got this idea from reading about another project on Instructables using spare bike stem to create a BIKE ON A TRAINER. Expanding on that idea and having experience with PVC pipe I created another version for a road bike mounted on a TRAINER for about $20.00 and a few hours work. This would be alternative for winter riding your road/mountain bike indoors on a trainer when the roads covered with snow and ice as where I live.

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

26" X 3/4" PVC pipe:(cut into 4 pieces, 2 each of 9" and 3 3/4" sections) - (lowes $1.13 for 5')
1 1/2" x 1" PVC pipe ( cut in half) - (lowes $1.20 for 5')
1- 1" PVC Tee ( lowes $0.40)
1 - 1" 90 degree PVC elbow ( lowes $0.48)
1 - 3/4" PVC Tee ( lowes $0.40)
2 - 3/4" 90 degree PVC elbow (lowes $0.30 each)
1 - 13/16" to 1 3/4" hose clamp (size may vary dependine on size of stem on bike) (lowes $0.90)
2 - small rubber blocks - used from old parts I had in shop
1 piece of rubber intertube 4" x4" (this is optional I used a piece of pond liner) - used for free
1 plexi glass bike book holder - got mine from amazon web page from affordables for $10.99


Step 2: Making the Cuts

I used a miter saw to make all the straight cuts which made clean fast cuts. The most time consuming part is fabricating the 1" Tee, after cutting it in half, to fit the stem of the bike. I used a dremel tool with a sanding bit to cove out the bottom end to fit around the stem on the bike first. After this fit I cut down the upper end closest to the handlebar to fit lengthwise then took the dremel and rounded the edges to fit the around the lower curve of the handlebars. Make sure you off set the cuts so you leave enough pipe above (as I did) or below so it can be clamped to the stem with the hose clamp. This is where I cut the rubber intertube or pond liner to fit between the modified Tee and the stem to make it fit tighter and prevent slipping.

Step 3: Assembley

With all the parts cut the rest is like putting together a puzzle. Place 1/2 the short 1" pipe in the modified Tee you fabricated in step 2. Add the 1" 90 degree tee to the other half of the 1" pipe coming out of the modified tee and have it facing towards where the handle bars of your bike. Add the 3/4" tee in the open end of the 1" 90 degree elbow so it will be parallel to the handlebars. Add the 3/4" x 3 3/4" pvc pipe to the either end of the 3/4" tee. Add the 3/4" elbows to the other end of the 3 3/4" pipes. Add the 9" pvc pipes to the other end of the 3/4" elbows. I opted not to glue anything so it could be adjustable up or down depending on the rider.

Step 4: Finishing Up

The final steps are to Clamp the PVC holder to the bike with the hose clamp. I hot glued 2 small rubber pieces to the underside of the plexi glass holder to keep it from sliding off.

Be the First to Share


    • Made with Math Contest

      Made with Math Contest
    • Multi-Discipline Contest

      Multi-Discipline Contest
    • Skateboard Contest

      Skateboard Contest

    19 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hey thats a nice idea, and very good instructables with nice pics, but who read while riding his bike ? LOL that could be kind of very very very dangerous !

    8 replies

    I actually read while riding a bike back and to class. I've stopped recently because I didn't want to win a Darwin Award or receive a ticket. Plus the wind flips the pages and changing the page while riding is sort of a pain in the butt.

    I guess I'll just stick with walking a reading.

    Nice idea, I'm more interested in the stationary bike idea but maybe I'm done building it I'll try this project too. Thanks though :D.

    The instructable that this idea came from specifically mentioned it was for a stationary bike (actually a regular bike on a trainer unit), the author of this one needs to go back and edit the intro to mention the same more clearly as not everyone is familiar with what a "trainer" is when mentioned in passing like this.


    Though neat, my first thought was: "Why both riding a bike and enjoy the ride if you're uninterested and want to read?"

    You should mention the apparatus this is intended for, a stationary bike. If intended for a commuter/leisure bike, I question why you'd even bother.

    Neat idea, and far better than spinning watching the television!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, it would be useful for holding maps and cue sheets on a road bike. I would just make the angle a bit flatter (to avoid blocking the view of the road), and I might use narrower pipe since I wouldn't be carrying a heavy book.  In any case, I like this project as-is, because I do sometimes use the trainer in my attic.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Obviously due to the comments this idea should not have been placed on this web page, the bike trainer part is not understood. This converts your street bike too a static exercise bike in your home so you can continue your exercise during the winter months. If anyone thinks they place this on a bike off a trainer deserve what they get, a Darwin award.

    1 reply

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Some people obviously can't read!!
    I don't think I could stand reading whilst on a turbo trainer, I can barely get by with load music!!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Now we just need an instructable teaching how to sweat-proof it!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Yea so i was riding my bike home reading "catcher in the rye", and i crashed into a guard rail.  What am i doing wrong...

    LOL, I was getting ready to say "Shouldn't you be watching where you're going when riding a bike!?"  Then, of course, I actually read the article. LOL  Great Idea!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is such a neat idea.

    As it is now, the handle bars on my trainer move in such a way during exercise that paperbacks are knocked out of my hand.

    I am going to obtain another bike so that the handlebars are stationary.

    That way I will be able to complete assignments at the same time I am enjoying my workout.

    This is very helpful, and you know I will be back to this site.

    I may even in time wish to get more involved in making your profitable.

    Proof of the pudding and all that.


    ToysPeriod is a leading online shop specializing in <a href="">lego sets</a> and model railroad equipment.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    i think this is at its best on a home trainer, u dont have to look where ul be going then.
    nice afternoon project :)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    that's a grand idea, but I sweat far too heavily on the bike to risk a book being drenched!