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similar note... anyone make a bike repair stand?(7 posts)

similar note... anyone make a bike repair stand?rockbender
Dec 10, 2002 11:32 AM
I've been bouncing back and forth between getting a real nice Park for 250+, or maybe just one of the Ultimate's at a more reasonable cost, but was thinking about actually just making one.

I have a few ideas in my head, but if anyone has a home-made jobber, I would appreciate any input!

re: similar note... anyone make a bike repair stand?eddie m
Dec 10, 2002 12:58 PM
I made one workstand that hung the bike by the seat and handlebars from a crossmember, but the best one was just 2 plastic covered hooks from the hardware store that I nailed into the leg of my workbench, at the right height to hook the chainstay and seat stay. The most portable one is just a ski pole. I adjust the rear quick release so that it draws up tight sticking out about 45 degrees. Then I loop the strap of the ski pole over the seat, and hook the quick release lever on the pole. Then I lean the whole thing up against my car. It works great or adjusting gears and rear brakes. The whole thing about making workstands is that you need to give up the idea of one workstand, and think in terms of how to hold the bike for each job you need to perform.
Rope and a rafter, or plastic-coated hooksSilverback
Dec 10, 2002 3:10 PM
If money's an issue, it's pretty hard to beat a rope. Just tie it to the stem, throw it over a rafter or tree limb, pull the bike up and tie the rope off to the seat.
When I drove a POS Neon, I left the crossbars on the Yakima rack long enough on one side to hang the bike from them when I needed to work on it at events, but I used to bump my head on them all the time and the bike would swing and tear up the paint. Didn't care then, but I do now that I have a new car.
I use one of those Performance stands now--I think it's called the Spin Doctor; looks like an upside-down Y, but the name has changed since I bought mine. It's not perfect, but it only cost $49.95. By the time you get decent materials, hardware and hinges and whatnot, I doubt you could build one for less.
Dec 10, 2002 7:13 PM
Money really isn't too much of an issue, but I think I could scavenge most of the parts from work, and have access to a welder, etc. and could build it for next to nothing.

Due to much procrastination, I think I will give the two red hooks in the workbench method a try - sounds good. I've done the rope method, but it isn't always ideal when fiddling with BB's and headsets.


If I build something silly that functions, I'll post a pic - you might have to wait until March, though!
re: similar note... anyone make a bike repair stand?ditcher
Dec 13, 2002 6:24 PM
yep I made a repair stand from the junk bin at work.took one of those adjustable light stands.There a tripod base filled the bottom legs with mortar mix for stability.I also had access to a welder(thanks al) which Al put a piece of black pipe into. cut a small piece of the pipe lenght ways you may have to bend this a little to fit your seat tube 3/4 worked for me. Weld it to a pair of old vise grips which Al provided .Weld vise grips to black pipe and your ready to wrench.It helps if you show Al a picture to work from. Good luck and happy scavenging.
re: similar note... anyone make a bike repair stand?ditcher
Dec 13, 2002 6:40 PM
Yep I made a repair stand from scrap. I took a tripod base from a light,filled the bottom legs with mortar for stability.Cut a short piece of black pipe lenght ways 3/4 worked for me you may have to bend it a tweak to fit your seat post.I had access to a welder (thanks Al)which Al welded the 2 halves to a old pair of vise grips which Al provided then weld the vise grips to another piece of pipe that fits your tripod.Happy wrenching and good luck scavenger hunting
re: similar note... anyone make a bike repair stand?Spoke Wrench
Dec 14, 2002 2:05 PM
I've bodged together two or three wood workstands. Only one turned out better than hanging the bike from its front wheel.

My best one looked kind of like a sawhorse. You can't do headset or front brake adjustments with it, but I've done just about everything else with it. It's way better than squating down on the floor for doing routine cleaning and derailleur adjustments.

The top horizontal member was a 2X4. A front axle and quick release along with a handful of washers held the bike's fork onto the sawhorse. The top member was sized so that the bottom bracket just rested on the end of the 2X4 and the rear wheel hung off in space. You have to be a little creative with the back legs so that you can turn the cranks but still retain stability in the workstand. Out of pocket cost was zero. I pieced it together from stuff that I had laying around the garage.