Public Bike Tool Repair Stand




Introduction: Public Bike Tool Repair Stand

This Instructable will show how to build a public bike tool repair station that secures the bike tools using cables and other bike components.

Everyone who rides a bike needs to make repairs from time to time. But bike tools are expensive and often specialized. As a manager of a community bike shop I wanted to give riders in the community access to tools without having to worry about them getting misplaced or walking away in pockets. As a solution, I built a bike tool repair stand made from the old bike parts I had available.

Step 1: Get the Parts

To construct this you will need:

- Heavy duty pliers, Channel Locks, or Vice Grips

- Chain tool

- Length of old bike chain

- Old brake or shifter cables

- Old spoke nipples

- Something to attach the tools to this can be a railing, bike frame attached to a wall or almost anything firmly held down that you can string a cable through.

The old bike chain, cables and spoke nipples can all be gotten from scavenging off of old junk bikes you might have around or from a bike shop. If you are getting your parts from a shop, you may want to go in ahead of time and ask them to save any of these materials that they would otherwise throw out.

Step 2: Breakdown the Bike Chain

Bike chain is made of a number of different components, we want the parts that look like an 8. You can get these by using a chain tool to push the pin part of the chain all the way through, separating the chain into all of its different parts. We only need the figure 8 part of the chain.

Step 3: Clamp the Parts Together

Start by determining what you will be using for a stand, then take a length of cable long enough to allow free and easy use of the tool once it is tied down. You may need to use cable cutters to cut down the cable to the length you want.

Next, we need to construct a way to hold onto the tool using the rest of our materials. Start by taking one of the spoke nipples and slide it onto the cable almost all the way to the end. Take the pliers and firmly squash the spoke nipple so that it grabs onto the cable and secures one end. Don't over squash it! The spoke nipples are made of brass and if squashed too hard they will crack and break.

Next, thread on one of the figure 8's that you got from the chain in the last step.

Step 4: Locking Down the Tool

If your tool has a hole in in that you can use to attach it, thread the loose end of the cable through now. Next, take the loose end of the cable, and thread it through the other hole in the figure 8. Thread another spoke nipple on to the loose end of the cable.

If the tool has no useable holes (like a wrench) slide it through the loop at the thinnest part and pull the cable tight. When you are sure you have the tool in a secure configuration then squash the remaining spoke nipple to lock everything in together.

Now you have a tool attached to a cable. All that is left now is to attach the other end to the stand. Do this in generally the reverse order of the previous steps.

Thread on a spoke nipple then on of the figure 8s, wrap the loose end around or through the stand and then back through the other hole in the figure 8. Put another spoke nipple on the end and squash it. Then pull the cable, figure 8, and remaining spoke nipple tight around the stand and squash this remaining spoke nipple.

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    5 Discussions

    Bryce Nesbitt
    Bryce Nesbitt

    3 years ago

    If it's public, consider putting the location on a public map. Open Street Map has thousands of these mapped worldwide.


    5 years ago

    my school had a bunch of these on campus with park tools connected to them that is until local kids just rode up and snipped the cables and stole the tools if you do this don't use expensive tools grab some cheap ones and just replace when they break not when there stolen everyday


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Good suggestion on the cheap tools. We used this primarily as part of a stand which we took in every night at the community bike shop. We usually had a mechanic on staff but this way they could focus attention on other matters rather than keeping track of tools.

    Don't include cable cutters among the tools! You are just asking for trouble with that one. :'D


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea I saw something like this at a nature center once it had very basic tools but I thought it was the best thing ever bravo