Intro: Make a Quick and Easy Bicycle Rack for Repairs
Anyone with a bike sooner or later will need to do some repairs/maintenance on the bike. It's real awkward to work on them even if they have a kick stand. You need to be able to get it off the ground and use both hands to do your work. Being frugal as usual, I came up with a way to do that with my bikes, and, while not very fancy, it does work for it's purpose. It certainly makes changing tires, cleaning chains and wheels, working on brakes, shifters and derailluers a lot easier, and do-able!
Step 1: Parts Needed
I had all the parts necessary in one form or another, so just used them to make my stand.
1. Galvanized pipe piece, about 16 inches long.*
2. Galvanized pipe flance, to fit pipe, above. I think it is a 3/4 inch rated pipe.
3. Two straight pieces of PVC pipe, about 8 inches long.*
4. Two elbows, PVC, to fit on ends of straight pieces.
5. One "T fitting", with threads on t part, to screw onto galvanized pipe.
6. Piece of wood, about 2in. by 19in. or so.*
7. Velcro strip, about 12 inches long, or some other belt, clamp or strapping to used as a hold down for the bike while on the stand.
*All dimensions are variable, i.e., can be changed to fit what you have on hand, and or fit the bicycle you have.
Step 2: Attach Flange to Solid Suface
I had a shelf in the garage that is faced with a 2 by 4, and it was in an area that I could use easily. The flange could be attached to a piece of dimensional lumber that has been bolted to studs as well.
Step 3: Drill Holes to Size Needed
I cut two holes in the piece of lumber I had chosen. These will fit over the end caps or elbows on the stand. This way, the bike cross piece can rest on the board, and be lashed down to secure it in position.
Step 4: Assemble All Parts and Attach to Wall or Bench With Flange
Using PVC cement, weld parts together. Have the drilled piece of wood in hand so that you can check the alignment of the holes to the wood. It's easy to be off on this step, and if so, the board won't fit! I use a pipe wrench so that I can make bike stand level and make sure the stand doesn't move one way or another.
Step 5: Use the Velcro Strap Here
I had this piece of Velcro on hand, so decided to use it. An old belt, a flexible pipe strap, or a ratcheting hold down strap can be used as well.
Step 6: Add Stop Block to Secure Front Wheel.
Simply, two pieces of wood with 3/8 in. hole drilled through both pieces. A 4 inch 5/16in. bolt is inserted through the pieces, and when tightened down with a wrench, holds the front wheel immobile.
Step 7: Go to Work on Suspended Bike!
Bike is secure and accessible!