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Homemade floor-to-ceiling rack -- inexpensive & works well(13 posts)

Homemade floor-to-ceiling rack -- inexpensive & works wellAllUpHill
Jun 24, 2002 8:18 AM
Just in case anyone's ever thought about building one of these, it's not all that difficult (and I'm not some kind of master carpenter). I wasn't about to shell out some $70 to CC or Performance for something I knew I could possibly build myself. Been using it for about a month -- it works nicely and the materials cost no more than $20.

At the moment I have it set up as shown, one bike above the other, but I initially tried it with them both up at the height of the trek, head to tail and on opposite sides of the rack. Clears up more room on the floor, but you have to set the rack out considerably further from the wall, and even so, it's cumbersome to get the rear bike out.

The pictures probably tell all you need to know if you're inclined to design & build your own. You'll be better off if you have a table saw and drill press, but I got by OK without them.
re: Homemade floor-to-ceiling rackAllUpHill
Jun 24, 2002 8:29 AM
Here's the mechanism to expand it tightly between floor and ceiling. Those are 12" threaded rods and run several inches down into the end of the 2x4. The ominous looking drywall screws aren't really fastened into the ceiling ... their sharp tips stick out only a millimeter or two from the wood block just to give it a secure grip -- leaves no visible trace in the ceiling when you remove the rack, yet it's very solid and trustworthy. I fastened two layers of old sliced-open mtb tubes on the bottom end to give it some grip on the floor.
Good job.elviento
Jun 24, 2002 8:39 AM
How long does it take to build it? including the time spent preparing materials, designing, measuring and tools?

Purely financially, though, I'd still go with a mailorder rack. The rack in this attached photo cost $39.95, from a catalog that sells fake Foreman grills, $199 full suspension bikes, consumer electronics, etc.
Good job.Fausto
Jun 24, 2002 9:33 AM
What's the name of the company or web address for this 39.95 rack?

Thanks in advance
Sorry can't rememberelviento
Jun 24, 2002 12:41 PM
Got the rack 3 years ago. It was a catalog they stuffed in my mailbox...
Good job.AllUpHill
Jun 24, 2002 3:14 PM
Hmm. I suppose I spent about a week, from concept to finished product. No idea how many hours, but it was quite a few. Would have been far less if I were more experienced with this sort of thing and had some better shop equipment, but the time wasn't an object. Now that I've got the kinks and details figured out I could probably make another one in under 5 hours including a trip to the store for more parts.
Nice about listing parts & some instructions :)kapalua
Jun 24, 2002 8:44 AM
Nice work - suggestion thoughmuncher
Jun 24, 2002 9:12 AM
I had the same "space from the wall issue" - if you do a bit of modification and make the top rack a two-pronged one, you can put the two bikes nose-to-tail on the same (room) side - that way they are still well clear of the floor, near to the wall, and easy to get on/off.

I rigged up my car boot carrier into a top rack, if that helps.

you have a car carrier for your boots?mr_spin
Jun 24, 2002 11:18 AM
must be some boots! :)

P.S. No explanation required, I realize you are British....
Nice work - suggestion thoughAllUpHill
Jun 24, 2002 2:52 PM
Yeah I've given thought to building just such an attachment for them. I got tired of all the carpentry after I did this much and decided to give it a rest. Only drawback is, to get to the inner bike, you have to take the front one off first, right?
Pretty much...muncher
Jun 25, 2002 12:37 AM
Though if you get a folder on the inside, you should be able to get it out through the triangle of the outer bike, especially if you fit rubber bars :-)
Now that the bikes are out of the way...biknben
Jun 24, 2002 9:32 AM
How bout you clean up the rest of that room, you slob.

Just kiddin :-)
Nice Work.PhatMatt
Jun 25, 2002 5:05 AM
I like it. Why buy I like the wood look better than the metal.