Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    13
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Thoughts on DIY Ikea bike rack?

    Looking for a bike rack with a minimal footprint, low cost, and non-damaging to my apt walls, and came across this:


    (from http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/...bike-rack.html)

    It's built from some Ikea parts (a Stolmen pole and some hooks, specifically) and some minimal DIY.

    Looks similar to other other bike racks , but with bonus (well, depending on your taste) of a clean, Ikea style. Cost wise, ~$50, so probably a wash compared to the cheapest similar products.



    (hmm, thinking about it more, you could further DIY it with a scaffold screw jack and some steel pipe, which, with the appropriate fittings, would probably be stable enough to use a repair stand as well, at the expense of the ikea shininess)


  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    2,043
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wouldnt trust it, cheap ikea steel tubing.... have clothing rack from them that bent out of shape over time from the weight of ... clothes.

    The jack with some good steel pipe sounds good, but be careful about what material your apt ceiling is made of, you don't want to punch a hole in what turns out to thin fiberglass with hollow space behind it. Might want to get a studfinder and make sure the top of your pole pushes against a solid spot.

  3. #3
    tilt head to right Alpha52's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    on your left
    My Bikes
    Trek, Specialized, Atala, Kona
    Posts
    145
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Are you familiar with Ikea products? Nice to look at, but don't use them much or they will deteriorate quickly.

  4. #4
    Biker, Lover, Fighter
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    The LBC, CA
    My Bikes
    My own hand built frames
    Posts
    414
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I looked at similar racks but wasn't fond of the idea of it pressing against the ceiling. It might out of your price range, but I ended up getting one of these:

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=6600

    It works great, I store 4 bikes on it in my 1 bedroom apartment with no problems. I'm no shill for Performance, but my LBS just didn't have anything comparable.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Socal, duh
    My Bikes
    Raleigh Venture 3.0
    Posts
    67
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd get a fence pole and some long u-bolts from home depot. Use a three way elbow on the bottom, and a nylon strap attached to the wall or ceiling at the top, and you're set.



    Wrap those threads in tape to keep them from scratching your paint job. They make double clamps, and you can always put a self-tapping screw through that clamp into the pipe if you're worried it's going to slip. This set up will be cheaper and likely stronger than anything else you can find.
    "I am. How you say? Russian guy-o-vitch. I am exchange henchman from Russian supervillain."

  6. #6
    Senior Member badmother's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    2,941
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha52 View Post
    Are you familiar with Ikea products? Nice to look at, but don't use them much or they will deteriorate quickly.
    This is not my opinion. You get what you pay for both at IKEA and in other shops. I use it alot, also for DIY projects.

    I am more worryed about who is paying the price for the cheap products we buy (cheap labour in eastern europe + third world, less strict rules for polution and so on).

    I am looking for a way to store bikes in my carport and like the ide alot. Do not know why I did not think about it myself.

    I am going there later this week, if I do it I`ll post pix.

  7. #7
    gridlock junky jgrant75's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles
    My Bikes
    1944 JC Higgens Cruiser, 1988 Univega Aero Speed, 1993 GT Ricochet, 2005 Electra Cruiser, 2006 Cervelo Dual, 2007 IRO Mark V
    Posts
    201
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Last edited by jgrant75; 12-01-08 at 11:13 PM. Reason: link edit
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    ride
    Bikes.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •