im looking at getting a bike stand to work on the bike. and thought it cant be that hard to make, and if i thought it its probably been done by a bunch of people already. so if you made your own stand...
1) where did you get your material
2) about what did it cost
3) what tools did you have to use to construct it (mainly specialty tools)
4) how long did it take to set up to be usable
5) what materials did you end up using (parts list)
6) do you have any photos of the build and/or the finished product
7) what would you do different if you were building a new one
Here are a few repair stands. I think you are looking for a repair stand and not just a bike stand. If you just want a bike stand, they are easy to make from PVC. However, I decided that I could buy a much more compact bike stand for $20.00. A repair stand is another story, I paid $180 for my Ultimate Elite stand, but it was worth every penny I paid for it. It folds up and goes into a small bag which a home made one will not do. Space in at a premium in my garage.
Probably use a wood clamp to hold that on with, so it's adjustable. I'm expecting to pay about 40 dollars total.
Originally, I was thinking I'd make it out of PVC pipe, but then I realized it wouldn't be heavy enough to be stable with the bike on it. So now, I'm thinking pressure-treated wood for the base. I won't need it to be portable, so it's not a problem if it's heavy.
There are some home-made workbench mounted workstands made from PVC pipe out there if you google it, but the clamps on those looked a bit flimsy to me, and also it would annoy me to have the workbench blocked by the bike while you're working.
I'll post pictures if I get it built any time soon...
Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
How about a sawhorse with a quick release bicycle front axle at one end?
Size your 2 X 4 to match your bike's fork dropout to bottom bracket dimension. The only real trick is to design the legs so they don't interfere with turning the crank. I built one like that out of scraps I had laying around the garage so the cost was zero.
Someone managed to mess up our web hosting account so I can't show photos but I did almost exactly what was suggested in by squidroadie except that instead of a flat part up top that the bike just rests on, I used a Pony Clamp ($4.99 at Harbor Freight) which is designed to work with 3/4" threaded pipe - and it does so perfectly. Put some rubber around the ends do they don't mar up the bike and viola, repair stand.
Total cost was about $25 and I didn't need any specialty tools, just a drill for mounting the 3/4" pipe flange and maybe a pipe wrench to tighten all of the fittings.
1x 48x3/4" threaded pipe
1x 3/4" T
1x 12x3/4" threaded pipe
1x 3/4" pipe flange
1x Pony clamp
and a board to mount the flange to.
If you have a garage with exposed rafters, you can hang the bike with 2 ratcheting cargo tie downs and 2rafter hooks. Cost, about $25.00. If you really want it nice, borrow a hammer drill & masonry bit and set an eye in the floor. A bungee from the eye to a chain stay will steady the whole thing.
While this set up may sway a little, it's not enough to interfere with any work. I have replaced; derailleurs, BB's, cables, cassettes, chains, chainrings, cranks and cleaned/regreased headsets without any problems. The advantages are you have free and open access to both sides of the bike, and it sits at a height that is comfortable to work from a lawn chair. Works well on by LWB recumbent, too. bk