Introduction: DIY Bike Stand !
This instructable details how to make a simple, durable, and functional bicycle repair stand! This project cost me less then $30 dollars and is very easy to do with little materials. I purchased all my materials at The Home Depot. It took me less than two hours to do this and if you get the wood cut into the proper size at Home Depot it will take you a significantly less amount of time. The reason I wanted to do this is because bicycle repair stands can cost a fortune, and this little trick will help you spend less money at a bike shop and on a bike stand!
Step 1: Gather What You Need
What you will need
A - A bike rack piece (purchased at home depot in the garage storage section)
B- (4) 2' x 4' cut at exactly 2 ft. each. Make sure they are cut exactly 2 ft. to ensure an even balance (For those of you who do not have a saw, Home Depot can cut it for you if you purchase your wood at their store!)
C- Basic Drill
D- Basic buzz saw
E (1) 4' x 4' cut at 4 ft. (this may vary depending in bike size. If you have a larger frame you can add a foot or two.)
F- (10) three in. long nails.
G- A car and a partner if you think you need help putting materials in your truck.
Let's get started.
Step 2: Drill the Bike Rack On
After the wood is cut into the proper length, I started by drilling in the bike rack near the top of the 4' x 4' (again this will vary on bike size) so I would not have to do it when the stand was upright. I was able to measure this by simply putting my bike up to the 4' x 4' and doing the eye test. Remember, it is important to keep the bike tire off the ground so you can do those easy fixes by yourself and not have to take your bike to the shop. By doing this step first, it allowed me to use the ground as support to drill the holes in for the bike stand.
I have included two pictures of what Home Depot offers as far as bike stands. The racks include screws so there is no need to purchase extra screws.
Step 3: Prep the Base of the Stand
Simply have your 2 ft. 2' x 4's out and drill it to the opposite sides of the 4' x 4'. I used two 3 in. long nails in each piece to ensure the 2' x 4's stay in place and are snug to the 4' x 4'. By doing this on opposite ends like the last photo shows, I was able to put the stand up and test it for balance. This was also done because it will make life a lot easier when putting the other 2' x 4's on the next two sides.
*Make sure the 2' x 4's are even to the ground surface.
Step 4: Now Add the Final 2' X 4's Onto the Base
Now, drill the other 2' x 4's onto the base and whaaalaaa! This can be difficult to do because of of the angle you have to drill. I found it easier to get on the ground and drill to ensure the screws go in straight. Hope you enjoyed this DIY project and if you are looking for an inexpensive way to store and repair your bikes this is it!
*You can also add another rack to the other side of the 4' x 4' which I plan to do! Home Depot ran out the day I got my materials so I could only buy one. I will update with pictures soon!