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Need Plans for a Bike Storage Rack(6 posts)

Need Plans for a Bike Storage RackMariowannabe
Apr 16, 2003 9:38 AM
I'm planning to build a floor rack for my garage to hold 8 bicycles (only four are mine). Similar to a basic playground rack - 4 bikes would enter from each side. I want to make it simple and cheap, but sturdy enough to last a few years.

Does anyone have or know of plans to build such a thing out of wood (and possibly other materials. - no PVC, thank you.)

Any advice appreciated.
Couple of ideas.Spoke Wrench
Apr 16, 2003 10:19 AM
If they're all road bikes, you can somehow suspend a piece of steel tubeing, closet rod or whatever about 4' above the floor. The bikes hang by their brake levers.

Years ago I built one using 1X4 lumber. Make a wooden rectangle about 16" wide and as long as you want. Space additional 1X4s the short way across the rectangle spaced just far enough apart to hold a bicycle tire snugly. Spacing for road bikes will be closer than spacing for mountain bikes. Bikes stand up better when you put the rear wheel into this type of rack.
Apr 16, 2003 3:51 PM
Since only a few of the bikes are road bikes, I'll have to forego the brake lever hanging idea - its a good one though. I am toying with the idea of building a rectangle of 2x4s with dowels or 1" copper tubing - whichever is cheaper - as the verticles to hold the tire. As you say, it does make more sense to store the bikes rear wheel first. That'll let me space the bikes less than 18" apart - more like 14".

I may try to make the rack with some hinged parts so that it can fold up in the winter. (I live in a small house with a one car garage which must store an Alfa Romeo in the winter months.)
re: Need Plans for a Bike Storage Racktoomanybikes
Apr 16, 2003 6:54 PM
I have a mix of road / mountain and young people's bikes stored on mine.

A piece of 1 x 4 screwed onto the wall of the garage, lagbolts into the studs, then rubber coated hooks set into that ( buy them at revy or home depot $1 each) , I think they are a little over 18 inches apart, I hang bike 1 by the front wheel, bike 2 by the back wheel, bike 3 by the front, etc...............

The bike's other wheel rests on the garage wall and the whole thing stands out from the wall the length of your tallest seat tube.

All in all, pretty compact and works well.

Let me know if you want a picture or drawing.
Apr 17, 2003 4:28 AM
This is a good idea, and is a lot like the system used at the LBS to store bikes in for repairs. This might work well for some of the bikers in my family (me), but I've got three kids who have kind of lazy habits. I think they'd just throw their bikes in the garage anyway!

I'll check it out though. I could put this together in under an hour for not a lot of $. Sounds like the best use of sq footage, too.

use these PVC plans with different materialsJS Haiku Shop
Apr 17, 2003 5:59 AM

good luck.