Vertical Bike Rack From 2x4s (single Bike)




I built a wooden freestanding bike rack for a single bike based off my dual-bike design.  I had some scrap 2x4s. but I needed to purchase a few new 2x4s for this rack.  The bike hook is hung at 63.5", which is perfect for one of my bikes.

Lengths to cut 2x4s:
1 - 65"
2 - 61 3/4"
2 - 36"
2 - 28.5"
1 - 24" or more
3 - 6"
2 - 3-6" (srap pieces are fine, size doesn't matter as long as a minumum of 3")

Screws: 2.5" wood screws

Bike Hooks:  Any bike hook system will do, but I picked up these from Home Depot.

Corner Brackets:  I used some for support but they might not be necessary.

Read this instructable.  It is important to see how they did the hooks.  One of my bikes rubbed the coating off one hook, so I repaired it with handlebar wrapping and electrical tape.

Step 1: Cut Your Wood!

Cut the following lengths of your 2x4s:
1 - 65"
2 - 61 3/4"
2 - 36"
2 - 28.5"
1 - 24" or more
3 - 6"
2 - 3-6" (srap pieces are fine, size doesn't matter as long as a minumum of 3")

The 36" lengths are the legs of the stand.  Cut a 1.5" x 1.5" corner on one side of each leg.

The 28.5" lengths are the crossbeams.  Cut 45 degree corners on both sides of the cross beams (i.e. measure the width of the 2x4 and make the cut extend to the same length of the width).

Step 2: Assemble the Base

Attach the 36" legs to the 65" vertical board.  Make sure to screw the legs into the shorter sides of the 2x4s in order to leave 3" of clearance for the bike wheels.

Attach both 61 3/4 side boards to each side of the 65" vertical board.

Attach two 6" pieces to bottom legs.

Attach both 28.5" crossbrams to the 36" legs and the 61 3/4" sideboards.

Step 3: Add Pieces to the Tower of the Structure

Attach 6" board to top of structure.

Predrill a 5/16" hole to hang the hook onto a 3-6" 2x4.  The hole should be 1 1/2" from the top.  I just used some scrap and didn't bother cutting it.  Attach that to the tower.

Attach another 3-6" piece of wood so that it is centered 12" below hook.

Screw in hook to predrilled hole.

Step 4: Stability!

I wasn't happy with the stability because the rack was kind of wobbly.  I just attached a piece of 2x4 to the rear of the structure that was at least 24" long.  It was scrap so I didn't bother cutting it.

I also used corner brackets for increased stability.

Step 5: Enjoy!

I plan on staining this, but for now it is another functional bike stand to hold all of my bikes.

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3 years ago on Step 5

I have a heavier mountain bike, will this tilt over?