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Old 02-08-09, 02:13 PM   #1
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Home-Made Workstand Version 2

Here is the new and improved version of my workstand. I can just drop the bike on it and clean the chain without clamping it, and without the bike bucking back and forth.

I made it by clamping some 2x4s together, and drilling a 1 inch hole through the interface between the 2x4s, then separating them. The rubber bands keep it from scratching the top tube.





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Old 02-08-09, 02:26 PM   #2
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When clamping is needed, it seems you could repeat the process with a second set of two by fours and use some 1/4 20 hardware (bolts, washers, wing nuts or even t nut inserts in lower board) inserted through pre drilled holes to make a clamp.
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Cool. I have a cheapo bike hanger that I bought for around ten bucks that I use for a "work stand." It folds up when I am not using it. So far it has served me very well and I can use the money I saved on bike parts!
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When clamping is needed, it seems you could repeat the process with a second set of two by fours and use some 1/4 20 hardware (bolts, washers, wing nuts or even t nut inserts in lower board) inserted through pre drilled holes to make a clamp.
If I need to clamp (as I did today with the fork removed), I use some quick grip clamps like this:



(the one in the middle). That is, one side of the clamp is on the top tube, the other under the 2x4. I don't clamp it hard.
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you know those bike trainers that you attach to your rear wheel ?

i bought one from a thrift shop for $7 and removed the roller

it makes good bike workstand
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Simple and effective! I like it.
Personally i like to work with the bike a bit higher, something to consider perhaps.
Is there enough space to turn the cranks well?
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Good job. Simple and effective, especially for those who are indoors-oriented. Think I'll build one out like yours for the shop.

Here's one I tricked out of 2x4s. It conforms to my own preference to be outside for minor repair and maintenance, but mostly for post-ride clean up and re-lubrication. The front wheel is removed and the bike is 'bungeed' to the rack, thus. . .

http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/q...ikeRack3-1.jpg

Here's how the bottom bracket shell is stabilized.

http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/q...ketNotch-1.jpg
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Simple and effective! I like it.
Personally i like to work with the bike a bit higher
One of our local mechanics uses a piece of 1 inch steel tubing with a sort of "hook" at the end to suspend all his repair work. It extends a good 18 inches from the bench but the wheels are barely off the ground! He squats down to do all the repairs! He has been doing this for the last 40 years and can't imagine changing his routine! Works for him!
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Simple and effective! I like it.
Personally i like to work with the bike a bit higher, something to consider perhaps.
Is there enough space to turn the cranks well?
Yes, version 3 will raise it up more. Yes, there's plenty of room for turning the cranks.
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Here is the new and improved version of my workstand. I can just drop the bike on it and clean the chain without clamping it, and without the bike bucking back and forth.

I made it by clamping some 2x4s together, and drilling a 1 inch hole through the interface between the 2x4s, then separating them. The rubber bands keep it from scratching the top tube.
Nice. You could also use some stick-on foam or grippy shelf rubber stuff to use instead of the rubber bands if they turn out to be unreliable. Available in any hardware store, cheap.
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Very Nice, my hat's off to your creativity .... About 12 years ago I made something using threaded pipes. It worked very much like your's only it was free standing. Made washing the bike a lot easier too. I was inspired by seeing a friend working on his bike using a car mounted rack. About 10 years ago I just bit the bullet and invested in a Trek model stand. I have not regretted that choice either. I am still using that stand.

I wish I had taken a pic of the first stand.
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