Introduction: Bike Rack DIY
Portable PVC bike rack for camping and toting your bikes in your truck bed.
Step 1: Measure and Purchase Supplies
Do some quick measuring to get a rough idea of the amount of pipe needed. My truck was 60 inches wide. Based on my design I figured I would need about 40 feet of pvc. I used 3/4 inch.
You may also want a pvc cutter to make things go a little faster.
You will also need pvc primer and cement.
For my design, you will need:
30 "t" connections
2 elbows (more for the optional modifications. Between 6 to 12 extra elbows)
4 end caps
Step 2: Measure, Cut and Assemble
For the basic design I needed the following lengths and quantities:
10" x 9
1.5" x 12
21" x 8
8" x 8
14.5" x 8
5" x 4
Assemble the pieces (dry fit) according to the diagram.
If it goes together correctly then prime and glue all joints together.
Step 3: Test
Test your bike and make sure it fits.
Step 4: Modifications for Disc Brakes
For my mountain bike, the disc brake was hitting the frame so I hade to make an adjustment to the design. I first just cut a grove in the pipe but then decided to make an additional bended section to allow clearance.
The new lengths needed are:
2.5" x 2
You will want two of these modified forks
The other two slots will accommodate the bikes backward and should have enough clearance (mine did)
Step 5: Modification for Skinny Wheels
Use foam pipe insulation to pad up the pipes. I used 7/8". It is pre sliced so that is handy. A pool noodle would also work nicely.
Step 6: Glue It Up and Have Fun
Glue your pieces all together. Apply primer then cement.
Get out and ride.