Wood Bike Rack for 5 Bikes, Fast and Low Cost Build




Introduction: Wood Bike Rack for 5 Bikes, Fast and Low Cost Build

About: I'm an Electrical Engineer with "engineer disease." I need to always be making, fixing or learning about something.

I was looking for a solution to store the bicycles that were building up in our
garage. They were laying everywhere and due to my "garbage collecting" habit, we had a lot of them.

I wanted something that could:

  • Store 5 bikes.
  • Be easily accessible for the kids without any lifting
  • Be foldable to store away in the winter.
  • Be low cost and very fast to build.

I found this great Instructable and modified it for our use. It is different in that it is a foldable version, includes a plan, a parts list and a how to build video.

The total cost was less than $40. if you have some of the parts already, it will cost less. The build time was about 1/2 an hour.

If you are concerned about the 2 top bikes falling off their 3.25" platforms, you can add a bungy cord to secure them. I have 2 racks like this and the upper bikes just don't fall off even if you bump them.

Step 1: Video to Show the Bike Rack

Step 2: Video to Show How to Build the Bike Rack

Step 3: The Plan

This is a rough plan laid out in Visio and displayed here in .pdf format for the bike rack. Click the .pdf file to download it.

Step 4: Parts List

Click for sources:

6 - 2' x 4' (x 8' long) From Home Depot @$3.42 each = $20.52

4 - 3" Angle A23Z 18GA ZMAX Galvanized Steel @$1.23 = $4.92

2 - Hinges 5/8" Radius Satin Brass @2.17 = $4.34

20" - parachute cord $3.98 (you can use any cord)

32 - 1 /14" x #6 screws

12 - 2 1/2" x #6 screws


  1. You may already have some of these items and can save $ by using them.
  2. The 2x4 lumber I bought at HD is the best stuff they have. You can save $ by getting lower grade wood but make sure each board is straight and not twisted.
  3. I have no connection to homedepot but I listed all the sources from one place for shopping ease.

Step 5: Cut Your 2x4's

Cut your 6 - 2x4's like this:

Four(4) - 7' lengths

Two(2) - 5' lengths

Two(2) - 18" lengths

Step 6: Attach Hinges

Lay out your 4 - 7' 2x4s on the ground. Attach one hinge to each pair of 2x4's using the screws included with the hinges. See video for details.

Step 7: Attach Bottom 18" Pieces

Attach the 2 bottom 18" pieces as shown in the plan. They are at different heights so when the bike rack is folded closed, they will not interfere with each other. Use 3 - #6 2 1/2" screws on each intersection.

Step 8: Attach the Right Angle Brackets

Attach the 4 right angle brackets at 4' off the bottoms of each 7' 2x4.

Use 4 - #6 1 1/4" screws at each intersection.

Step 9: Attach the Bike Supports

Attach the 2 bike support 5' 2x4 pieces to the right angle brackets.

Center them on one side of the folded members and attach with 4 - #6 1 1/4" screws at each intersection.

Flip it over and do the other side.

Step 10: Install Paracord Keeper

Stand the bike rack up.

Space the two 5' 2x4 bike wheel platforms at 12" separation.

Drill a 1/4" hole in each 5' 2x4 as shown in the video and pictures.

Melt one side of a 3 foot piece of para-cord to reduce fraying and insert it in the hole of one side of a 5' 2x4.

Tie a knot there to keep the cord from slipping through the hole.

Slip the cord through the other 5' 2x4.

Pull snug and Tie a knot underneath.

Melt to reduce fraying. Trim off excess.

Step 11: Done

That's it. The only thing I might change on this in the future is the right angle brackets. They seem to hold the bikes well but are made from a thin gauge steel. Some more solid short right angle brackets might be better for this.

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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago

    I like it I'll think about it and sence I have a bike repair shop


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I like it a lot! I wish we had something like this in the bike storage of my building... The only thing I don't really like is that the bikes in the upper level can easily fall down. I would add some strong strips with a snap hook, to secure them.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Tizizna,

    Thanks for your note! I added the following text to the Instrucatble:

    "If you are concerned about the 2 top bikes falling off their 3.25"
    platforms, you can add a bungy cord to secure them. I have 2 racks like
    this and the upper bikes just don't fall off even if you bump them."

    It seems that it would take a fair amount of time to "park" the bike, as it requires carefully setting the bike on the rails and then tying it down.

    As an upgrade, if you can get some time on a table saw, here's a quick photo of my "bike tray". The wheel chocks are just short pieces of the section of wood which was cut out to make the groove, screwed down so they don't go anywhere.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Eh, on reflection, I remembered incorrectly: the triangular-section wheel chocks in the above photo were actually cut to be flush with the top of the 2x4 they are attached to. This, of course, requires that they be cut from a separate piece of wood, since the kerf of the saw makes the removed section smaller than the groove.

    (It would probably work to just use the removed triangular section of wood to make the wheel chocks... but why? Spend the extra $0.25 and 2 minutes, and make it pretty...)

    (Also, ignore the notches in the side of the 2x4. They do nothing; they are just artifacts from the history of the piece of scrap I used to make the bike tray.)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    brilliant! I think this is a great and quick solution to minimize clutter and increase floor space!