If you want to do a fun weekend DIY project or just to save some money buying a bike repair stand, then you may want to make one yourself with items around your house.
First off, we should say that there are so many ways to make your own bike repair stand. There are hundreds of creative designs you could try out.
However, many of those designs follow three basic componentry: the base, the column, and the carrying arm.
With that said, we will focus on those and give you lots of ideas to make your own creation today! Let’s go!
Step 1: Make The Base Of The Stand
For this part of the stand, you’d want to make sure you get something strong and sturdy. Ideally, we’d want a wide base that provides good balance for our overall stand.
You can try getting a 16×24 piece of plywood that is around 3 ¼ inches thick. The thickness makes sure your base won’t flex when you hang your bike on.
Another idea you can try is making a tripod as the base. A tripod will create a smooth plain surface with good balance for you to work easily on your bike.
You can build this structure using just some plumbing pipes. If you don’t have the pipes available at home, you can just go grab some at your local hardware stores. They are sold for very cheap and are easy to work with.
Step 2: Choose The Column
Next step, you will build the column that hang your bike. Getting the right column height is important. You don’t want a column too high that makes it difficult to work on the bike.
You also don’t want a post that is too short because it makes you hunch too much and might hurt your back.
We recommend making an eye-level tall post or just a bit lower. This is the sweet spot that makes messing with your bikes easy.
The material you should get for this part is steel. A plumbing steel pipe is fine.You can either get a long one or just shorter ones and connect them together. If the pipe is too high, consider chopping it down using a chainsaw.
That’s basically all there is to it in this second step. After that, we will connect our column with our base.
Step 3: Connect The Base & Column
Okay, so now we have the base and the column. What you can do is connect them using a flange.
Drill some holes on your base. Then, use the bolts to screw the pipe on the base. If you get a 1 ¼ pipe, you should get a flange of the similar size so everything fits nicely together.
Your job for step 3 is pretty much done. When you’re ready, we can move onto the next step of making the carrying arm.
Step 4: Make The Carrying Arm
Making the clamp or carrying arm is the most difficult part of all. What we should keep in mind is to use some protective layers so when we hook the bike up, the pressure won’t crush our frame.
So, what you can do is this. Use a short piece of T pipe, cut the horizontal part up in half, then connect each half with each other using hinges. Imagine that’s like a jaw that can open and close.
We’re going to make some type of closure on our jaw. We’ll mount a latch system onto our T pipe.
One part of the latch will be mounted onto the vertical I part and the other part will be hooked onto the horizontal _ part.
We know it might be confusing. We hope it makes some sense for you right now.
After creating the closing/opening jaw, you will need to place something soft like pipe insulation or some towels so the stand won’t damage our bike. Just glue the piece in and you’re done!
Step 5: Connect The Carrying Arm & The Column
We’ll use the 90-degree pipe to connect our column with the carrying arm. Along with that, you may want to add a piece of steel pipe to make the carrying arm slightly longer for you.
And now, we’re proud to tell you that the basic structure of your DIY bike stand tool is very much complete.
You can now test it by putting your bike on. If anything doesn’t feel right, you can do a bit of tweaking here and there until everything is secure in its place.
List Of Components We Used
Here is the list of the components you should have in order to make your own bike repair stand:
- pipe insulation or towel
- hose clamp or PVC glue
- 16×24 piece of wood
- steel plumbing pipes
- plumbing flange
- nuts and bolts
- PVC T pipe
Video: How To Build Your Own Cheap DIY Bike Repair Stand
Watch this video if you want to see the whole process in action.
Other Cool DIY Bike Repair Stand Ideas
Wooden Bicycle Stand With Dual Mounting
If you have a lot of wood in your garage or around your house, you can use them to make a wood bike stand.
Layout the base of your stand like a square or rectangle. Then, build up two vertical posts. Next, you connect the two wooden carrying arms onto the column.
Don’t forget to put some soft layer on to protect your bike.
Wall Mount Bike Stand
Make sure you get the heavy-duty type of pipe for this stand to work. Hook a pipe onto the wall and secure it with some bolts.
Here are the components you’ll need:
We recommend this tutorial if you’re interested in this type of space-saving stand:
Ceiling Mount Bike Work Stand
If you want something stationery to work with, then how about checking out this awesome ceiling mount bike work stand that you can make your own.
The things you need are basically pipes, nuts, bolts, and clamps. You can get these at the plumbing section at your hardware stores or just order them online.
For a more detailed look, we recommend checking out this video right here:
In under 30 minutes, you’ll build your own bike stand that’s simple, cheap, and functional.
As you can see, there are many ways to make your own bike repair stand. If you like something strong and simple, you can try the 3-part stand that we showed you earlier.
You can also make your own wooden stand. If you want to save floor space, wall-mounted work sand is also a great option.
Finally, remember you can also use your ceiling to hook your bike stand. With that said, hope you found some value out of this post & have fun messing with your bikes!