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    Bike Repair Stand

    Has anyone made a homemade bike repair stand? If so..how did you do it?

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    My friend didn't want to spend the money on a bike stand, so he uses the bike rack on his car. He has the kind of rack that you can take on and off a hatch back. It kills two birds with one stone and seems to work well.

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    i made one from scrap i had lying around. spent about a buck for a bolt and wingnut.

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    I hang my recumbent, and my wifes hybrid from 2 ratcheted cargo tie down straps (with plastic coated hooks) and 2 hooks that slide over the garage rafters. A bungee cord from the chainstay to an eye set in the floor steadies the whole thing. Cost; less than $30.00. It has some sway to it, but it doesn't present any problems. I used it when I replaced the BB and upgraded the rear derailleur, as well as regular cleaning/maintenance. It's cheap, it works, and it handles a LWB recimbent easily. bk

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    Check out Instructables.com, here are two that I found with a quick search, but there are probably more:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-...-Repair-Stand/

    http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-...-Repair-Stand/

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    Kind of funky but functional enough...

    I have one of these old Black & Decker Workmate portable workbenches - kind of like this.
    http://www.blackanddecker.com/Produc...ProductID=2657

    took a couple of pieces of 2x4, one about 5 ft long, one about 1 ft long, and attached them in the form of an upside down L, added a plastic-coated bike hook at the end of the short piece. For stiffness, I used a couple of angle irons where the two pieces of 2x4 join together. I stand up the upside-down L, clamp it into the workbench, and hang the bike by the seat on the hook. Part cost, less than $8, not counting the workbench.

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    I've used a jack stand under the bottom bracket and bungied the front wheel to the downtube to keep it straight for minor work.

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    Awesome! I like the idea of the car bike rack because I have one of those sitting around but I think I will attempt at the PVC pipe one once I get the funds.

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    I made one out of a few pieces of steel pipe, a Pony pipe clamp, and a couple blocks of wood, contoured to fit the seatpost. I clamp it in my bench vise when I need to use it, and it works great. If you don't have a bench vise, you could mount a pipe flange to your workbench. If you don't have a workbench, you could use the same principle to make a floor model. If someone is both interested and confused, I can shoot a picture.

    For simple procedures like oiling a chain or a quick der. adjustment, I often just stick the saddle nose through a loop of nylon webbing hanging from a garage joist.

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    I am interested and confused. Lol. If it's not too much troble do you think you could get a picture of that?

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    Another option if you have a good wall for it is a wall hanger. You can find them for around 10 bucks.
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    I pretend to like sex to get women in bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bravozulu View Post

    I built a similar repair stand from 1-1/2" steel pipe and a pipe clamp but made the upright on mine long enough so it could stand on the floor. I bolted a floor flange to a 24" square piece of doubled up 1/2" plywood as a base. I could unscrew the upright from the base for storage.

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    BZ's stand is better than this one, but it's super simple:

    http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive...air_stand.html

    ... but I'm copying BZ's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bravozulu View Post

    You have a metal lathe and a drill press - I expect something more complex than a few pipe fittings!

    (but it is a nice idea ...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brett_beddow View Post
    I am interested and confused. Lol. If it's not too much troble do you think you could get a picture of that?
    I'm a bit short on time right now; anyway BZ's device is similar enough, especially the business end. Mine just has a couple elbows and makes a double 'L' so I clamp the bottom leg in my bench vise.

    What intrigues me more are BZ's handcuffs. Never considered them an essential ride tool, but maybe it depends on the ride.

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    When I lived in an apartment, I used my wife's ironing board.

    Hang the bike off the pointed end.

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    Hey, BZ, I've just replicated a floor-standing version of what you've got there. Is that delrin in the jaws?
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    Hey bz, you handcuff your bike to lock it up?

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    He's such a tease!
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    Has anyone built the PVC pipe bench mounted one that was linked earlier? Any tips or improvements you made? I got the pipe and joints off the parts list but wanted to ask before getting started.

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    pics/

    here are some pics
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    Last edited by lechat; 11-04-07 at 08:59 PM.

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    not seeing any pics lechat

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    I've got a home made bike repair stand I've used for 55 years and it came with every bike I bought! It's called flipping it upside down on to the bar and seat if standing upright didn't work-it works great and I repair all my bikes this way; in fact it's the way all of us did it years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freako View Post
    I've got a home made bike repair stand I've used for 55 years and it came with every bike I bought! It's called flipping it upside down on to the bar and seat if standing upright didn't work-it works great and I repair all my bikes this way; in fact it's the way all of us did it years ago.
    I did it that way when I was a kid. I much prefer a stand now.
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