Do It Yourself — Simple Bike Stand
Have you ever needed something to keep your bike upright and a full sized bike repair stand just feels too cumbersome? Then this bike stand might be just for you.
Just to show you that it can be done out of scrap wood in less than an hour.
This project can be done with very little tools, but I must admit it’s much easier and quicker with some extra tools. The absolute minimum tools are:
- Wood saw
- Power drill
But I also highly recommend a power saw, I used a jigsaw. The cuts can be quite long, so with a handsaw, it’s going to take a while, but it’s doable.
For making this project you need a piece of appropriate size PVC pipe, more about the sizing later. You also need some wood for the base plate. Can be any kind, although I recommend some thicker plywood, I used 20 mm plywood. In the first prototype version I used 9 mm plywood which I had to strengthen later on as there was too much flex on it, so go thicker than that. The base can be made out of any material that is stiff and durable enough, why not some thick plastic if you have got some?
If you want to use the measurements that I used, check out the PDF file. There’s absolutely no need to make it exactly like mine, the bigger you make it the more stable it will be!
To make sure it fits your bike I recommend taking these two measurements:
The width of your crank determines what diameter PVC pipe you should use. Try to get the inner diameter of the pipe to match the crank width as closely as possible, but it doesn’t need to be a perfect fit. I went with 5 cm outer diameter PVC pipe with around 4.4 cm inner diameter. A bit wide, but works fine.
Next, rotate the crank to its lowest point and measure how high off the ground the pedal axle is. This is for the cut in the PVC pipe. Make sure to add a centimeter or two to the height since it’s handy to have the rear wheel off the ground.
Building the bike stand
Trace the base plate to the piece of wood (or plastic, metal, anything really) and cut it out.
Make a mark for the PVC pipe screws and drill the holes. You can use files or sandpaper for smoothing out the edges.
Since I took the PVC part from the prototype version I don’t have good pictures of it. Just make sure the lowest point of the groove is higher than the lowest point of the pedal axle will ever be. This way the rear wheel will be off the ground which is surprisingly handy. In my design, the width of the groove is 2 cm, but you may need to go wider if your pedals have got very thick axles.
Since we need something for the screws to drive into we need to ram a piece of wood into the PVC pipe. Any kind of wood should work, make sure it’s at least 5 cm into the pipe. Using a small screw to fix the wooden piece in place from the side is not a bad idea either. I recommend making the cut straight to make sure the PVC pipe is at 90-degree angle compared to the base plate. I made it slightly angled and while it works, I’d prefer to have the bike slightly more upright.
Next simply attach the base plate and the PVC pipe together with some screws. For a cleaner look, you can use a countersink tool to hide the screw heads. Once you have attached the two parts together just give it a custom paint job and you’re finished!
Make sure you got the groove on the right side. Don’t be like me and post pictures online without realizing it’s the wrong way around, oops.
Finished bike stand
Price: PVC pipe is cheap and a piece of scrap wood can be found for free
Time spent: From less than an hour to a few hours depending on how much attention you pay to details.