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my home-made indoor bike storage(29 posts)

my home-made indoor bike storagemattcrout
May 6, 2003 12:21 PM
Well between my fiancee and myself, we're starting to get a number of bikes, so i had to figure out a way to start to store them since i don't have a garage or extra bedroom. We have a little storage room that we have our mountain bikes in but it's annoying to put everyday bikes in there.
so i've seen the freestanding indoor bike storage racks and figured it can't be too hard to make. so i sat down and did some measuring and did some drawings. The next day i went and bought some wood and screws and starting sawing. at first i didn't have any supports for the arms, and they drooped when i put the bike on, so i had to add a couple extra pieces. i used pine too because i'm on a budget and it was cheap. if i were to make another one, i'd probably use oak. here it is:
the feet close upmattcrout
May 6, 2003 12:26 PM
this took a little work. i originally wanted to do just 45 degree angles out, but that would have put it in the way, and i would have kicked it over. The arms go out 13 inches with the top tube resting 11 inches from the wall. so the feet go out about 17 inches. it's really stable. you'd really have to pull the top out really really far for it to fall over. but i also cut the main side pieces about 8 inches to short, so i had to be a little creative in how i did the legs. it turned out great though!
the armsmattcrout
May 6, 2003 12:29 PM
to cut the half circles, i clamped two arms against eachother, and used a 3 inch hole cutter on the drill. And like i said earlier, the arms were a bit "droopy" without the 45's for support.
finished product with bikes!mattcrout
May 6, 2003 12:31 PM
and finally with some bike on it! there are closer pics of the bottom bike, a recent SS build, on the retro forum.
you most probably fix your own bikes.NMtoronto-rider
May 6, 2003 12:28 PM
Behold the power of D.I.Y.Akirasho
May 6, 2003 12:44 PM
... most excellent...

I was gonna try the same deal with a floor to ceiling (adjustable arms would have been the hard part) unit made out of soft pine (as a prototype... then transferred to oak if it worked out) until Performance put their aluminium version on sale and I punked out...

Good job.

Be the bike.
Since we're sharing...feathers mcgraw
May 6, 2003 1:03 PM
Here's mine. The crossbars are auto-poles, standard expansion poles for photographic and retail use, plus some s-hooks and zip ties. The whole thing came down with a sickening crash one night (no major damage), so I added some bolts and washers to the undersides of the rubber feet to keep the crossbars from sliding down again.
Since we're sharing... mine 10 bucksallezrider
May 6, 2003 1:23 PM
2 bike hangers from home depot and 1 2 x 6 and thats it..... can't beat 10 bucks
oh yeah, cost.....mattcrout
May 6, 2003 1:04 PM
With wood and screws, i think the total came to about 30 bucks. i used more expensive pine from home depot that had less knots and stuff. not worth the extra money though, becuase the angle pieces are from cheap pine, and you can't tell the difference in looks. and it was like $2 a board verses like $6. it took 4 1/2 boards (8' x 3" x 1"). The screws are 1 1/4 deck screws. normal wood screws split the pine cause the threads didn't go all the way to the head. and it took about 2-3 hours all told. Lot of fun! try it yourself!!

(crew is my true calling, I bike for fun!)
Nice Work!chipnseal
May 6, 2003 1:10 PM
...if I may suggest painting to match the white wood trim and perhaps some red or green felt for the arm "cradles"...sheets of felt .50 cents each at the hobby store, plus some hot glue from a glue gun...

white/yellow pine= easy to work with
oak= more difficult to keep from splitting

hmmmm...may have to use POWER tools!
yours is far more clever than mineFrith
May 6, 2003 1:12 PM
2 industrial strenth shelving brackets from Home depot --$20
1 length of pipe insulation --$1.50
high ceilings --priceless
i needed a free standing/removable rackmattcrout
May 6, 2003 1:40 PM
I'm renting the upstairs of a house, and can't go drilling huge holes in the wall, and hanging stuff up. plus it's mostly all plaster walls, not drywall, so it makes a mess. so i had to go with the "freestanding" version. But now that means i can take it to our next house/apt/whatever!
From the size of those head tubes...PdxMark
May 6, 2003 2:14 PM
I bet you can reach that upper bike, too. Nice job!
From the size of those head tubes...mattcrout
May 6, 2003 2:31 PM
Yeah, it's not too hard to reach up there for me. i proabably could have lowered the top by 6 inches or so if i wanted to. With normal ceilings, the rack is only a couple inches away, which could create a problem the top bike hitting ceiling. but since i put it together with screws, it will make it easier to take off and relocate the top arms if i need to.
Hey that looks like mine..TimA
May 6, 2003 3:11 PM
Made a couple similar racks for my apartment. You can easily add some hooks or shelves to store some of your equipment as well.
That's a great shot!! Bikes, Bikes, Bikes! (nm)jtferraro
May 7, 2003 8:19 AM
Here's mineAllUpHill
May 6, 2003 3:11 PM
It's nice to see people using a little craftwork and creativity rather than buying a rack from a catalogue. This one's my own design and construction. Installs anywhere, made for ceiling heights from 7.5 to 11 ft, and doesn't leave visible damage or marks after removal. I made several different attachments so the bike arrangement can be configured.

Since you showed yours...merckx56
May 6, 2003 3:24 PM
Sorry to rub it in, but I have a whole room! I'm actually getting evicted by the landlord(wife) and just got a stand alone, 12x16 building constructed. Power and cable lines have already been run to it. Insulation and drywall will be going in shortly, as well as Quick-Step flooring.
pic 2...merckx56
May 6, 2003 3:25 PM
Since you showed yours...AFrizzledFry
May 6, 2003 3:32 PM
neat setup, but it looks like those hooks would damage the spokes???
Since you showed yours...DougSloan
May 6, 2003 4:06 PM
Can anyone "out-clutter" this:

BTW, if you think that hurts the spokes, you don't want to see what goes on in stress-relieving during the build.

Since you showed yours...AFrizzledFry
May 6, 2003 4:49 PM
it just seems like the way he hung his bikes on the wall, the spokes would be pushed from the side, and this could lead to *possible* bending. hanging from the ceiling seems safer! i don't really know though- this is just speculation...
the spokes never touch anything...merckx56
May 6, 2003 6:48 PM
the bikes are hanging from the rim itself. The back tire actually makes contact with the bottom of the 2x6 too, and the the front/back(depends where the bike is in the line) tire rests on the lower portion of the wall. All in all, the is very little stress on the wheel. I've been doing it like this for 10 years and never had a single problem with a wheel. Personally, I think this is safer because I don't have to go over head to get a bike down, and if one should, fo some odd reason, slip out of my hands, it's only gonna fall two or three feet, and not crack me in the skull or face.
was that a crescent wrench I saw?Steve_0
May 7, 2003 7:27 AM
3 of 'em actually...merckx56
May 7, 2003 12:35 PM
torque wrenches are for sissies! There woould be a 20oz framing hammer on the board too, but it's too heavy!
More detail on the wheel rack, please? [nm]speedisgood
May 7, 2003 6:47 AM
It's a Vittoria tire display from a store I managed(nm)merckx56
May 7, 2003 12:36 PM
you guys must not be marriedtarwheel
May 7, 2003 5:24 AM
My wife would have a hissy fit if I tried to install something like that in our house. Nice jobs, though. I hope the sconce near the top of your rack doesn't have a halogen lightbulb -- the heat could easily destroy the paint if not the tubing on your frame.
Hey Merckx56!!! I'd like to get some more details on that room.ATLien
May 7, 2003 7:01 AM
What are you using to stack those wheels like that? Did you just use a 6x2 anchored into the wall with hooks for the bikes?

I'm trying to convert a spare room in my house to a bike shop similar to yours (no wife luckily!)

Your shop is exactly what I'm trying to create. Do you have any other pics or info I could use?

You can email me directly at kmillar76@yahoo if you'd prefer.