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Workstand Building/Buying?(10 posts)

Workstand Building/Buying?TheDuser
Dec 7, 2001 8:00 AM
Does anyone have any insight or plans on how to build an effective bicycle workstand? I'm looking to build one rather than buy one from park tool. I'm thinking I'll need to at least buy the clamp but everything else I was hoping to do myself. What's the best way to go about it? What's the best material to do the construction with? I was thinking wood would be easier to work with. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance, Mike
re: Workstand Building/Buying?tcr01
Dec 7, 2001 9:33 AM
It probably won't be worth the effort to try to design and build one. The good clamp from Park isn't that much cheaper than a whole stand plus it is designed to fit onto a Park base. Park also makes a bench mount which is another alternative. Also, wood may be easier to work with for you but is not as good as metal. The connections will be a problem in regards to strength and durability. It will be worth the money the buy a complete stand from Park or Ultimate.
re: Workstand Building/Buying?grzy
Dec 7, 2001 10:46 AM
Wood is not going to offer the stiffness required - sure you could use hurricane brackets and 4x4 construction, but I doubt this is what you had in mind. A very good affordable solution is to get the bench mounted Ultimate unit for about $70. I bolted one of these to my semi-beefy bench, but also have an Ultimate portable for multi-wrenching.

Most people that build their own stands end up welding something together and using something like a manhole cover for a base. By the time you get done you will be money ahed just buying one. I strongly advise going with the Ultimate stand - it's totally portable and you can get a carrying case and a cool toolbox - the truing stand is so-so, good for a protable unit. The flexibilty afforded and the quality of the build is un-paralleled. You can use it in your shop, out side when washing bikes, then take the thing on a trip. Can't say enough good things about this fine peice of engineering.

Stop by a LBS and check out what they use - talk to the wrenches and get their thoughts.
Who sells the 'Ultimate' workstand?theduser
Dec 7, 2001 11:12 AM
Who sells the 'Ultimate' workstand? What the price of one?
Who sells the 'Ultimate' workstand?Frankl
Dec 7, 2001 12:26 PM
Performance bike
i picked up a ultimate pro for $159 some time ago
Who sells the 'Ultimate' workstand?grzy
Dec 7, 2001 12:44 PM
Any quality outfit should have it. Maybe not if they don't carry Wrench Force stuff or their rep doesn't handle the product line. You should be able to get it from dozens of online etailers.
improvise ?slomo
Dec 7, 2001 6:32 PM
The cheapest alternative is 2 bungee cords 2ft. long suspended from the ceiling, one hooked to the seat and the other to the stem. It's simple and easy to store.
exactlyWoof the dog
Dec 7, 2001 10:58 PM
I have a pipe on which I put a bike chain lock and then put a normal electrical extension cord through and made a couple of loops around and tied it real well. Now, whats left is to stick your saddle into the loop of the cord and you are all set. You could also add a second suspended cord to suppor the front end so that your bike wouldn't rotate all over. I think this setup is the best, unless you got money to burn. Do what I told you and go out and treat yourself to a nice saddle or lots of cool colorful sox(check the sock market instead of expensive cycling stuff ;-)

Peace

Woof.
Home made workstandnee Spoke Wrench
Dec 8, 2001 7:50 PM
Over the years I've tried a variety of things including a couple of different home made work stands and just hanging the bike vertically from the front wheel while I tuned it.

The best home made workstand I've made looked kind of like a saw horse with a fork mount on one end. It was sized so that the rear wheel just hung out in space. The cranks would just clear the 2X4 that I used for a top rail. I could do just about anything on that stand except, of course, adjust the front brake.

It wasn't quite as nice as the Park workstands that I use today, but I imagine I could build one like it for about $25.00 or $30.00 and the bike doesn't swing while you are trying to adjust your derailleur.
Car rack - got one?Crankist
Dec 9, 2001 8:53 AM
I have a 3-bike Rhode Gear car rack which attaches to a 1.25" square trailer hitch receiver. With a
matching receiver in a sturdy base which I made this then doubles as an excellent indoor storage rack and work stand. Here's how: I bought a 20 ft. length of 1.50" square steel tubing X .120" wall; this fits the carrier.
I had a work buddy/roadie weld a simple fabrication which supports this (8" off the floor) using 1 vertical riser
supported by 1 gusset and welded to a forked base about 30" long, all made from the same mat'l. This is extremely sturdy - the bike can be fastened to the stand same as when it's used as a car rack, so I can crank the pedals or do anything else without worry of the bike falling off - oh - and it's portable. Mat'l. cost is about $25.00 + paint. A weld shop with a chop saw can push one out in an hour or so. It should outlive all manner of cockroach.
Mike