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Old 01-03-05, 01:35 PM   #1
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Homemade bike rack for the garage?

My garage has very little room between the cars and the walls but a lot of room between the cars. Instead of leaning the bikes against the walls, I'm thinking of just putting a small standup bike rack in the spot between the cars.

There are some 4 and 6 bike racks available and they're pretty cheap ($40-$80) but I'm wondering if anyone's seen plans or has some good ideas for building a home made version.

I think a simple a-frame design with 2x4's would work. Any better ideas?
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Being a bike-aholic storing bikes is always a problem for me.

I now have 8 bikes, and a couple of my friends bikes as well.

Over the years I've done several things. A very effective thing to do is to make a rear wheel rack out of PVC pipe and fittings. You can make two side by side U-Shaped racks and drop the rear wheel in each with the front wheels going in opposite directions. Takes up little space and hold the bikes securely. Think 3 squares connected together. This makes two slots.

I've used 1-1/2" pipe and it was overkill. 1" or 1-1/4" will work, just use the heavier gauge pipe (schedule 40 - I think).

Another option is to hang a galvanized pipe from the ceiling and hang your bike from the saddles. You just slide the front of the saddle over the pipe. Since the saddle is toward the back of the bike, the bike will hang with the front lower than the rear keeping the bike secure merely from the weight.

You can also use hooks and hang the bike from the front tire.

You can use a pair of hooks side by side and hang the bike from the handlebars.

Or you can use the double hooks for the handlebars and a third hook to catch the seat and hang the bike horizontally.

Can be done very economically.

I would avoid using wood. I've built several racks out of wood and they are really heavy! Sure you can design it in almost any shape, but wood just gets too heavy.
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As psyklnut mentioned, you can do amazing, cheap projects with light but strong sched 40 PVC pipe and fittings. I hang four bikes from my garage roof right over my vehicles with inexpensive vinyl-clad hangers screwed into the roof joists(? - whatever boards run horizontal across the ceiling). But I have made a nifty floor rack from PVC, too.
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Thanks guys, great advice. Any pictures of the floor racks?

Unfortunately, I can't hang anything from the roof. It's way too high and there are already some hanging racks for skis, kayak paddles, and the like in the one spot I could hang a bike.

Edited: Found one pic here: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/bikerack/makerack.htm

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I was taking a pic of my bike, but you can make out the rack.

I built this to drop into the back of my truck and I have threaded ends so I can tighten it once inside the bed. When I remove it from the truck, I can flip it over and can hold up to 7 bikes in alternate directions.
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That's what I want!

I bought the PVC today at lunch. I'm going with 3/4 because even 1" looked really, really big and the rack itself will be pretty small.

Total cost from Home Depot, including a can of PVC cement was $14.

Thanks for the pic, I'm building it tonight!
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take pics when your done (even during!) and show it off tomorrow.
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Change of plans.

I built the rack with vertical supports but in order to avoid hitting the rear derailleur, I had to make the supports very short; like 5" tall. With supports that short, any bike with a tire narrower than 2" fell over.

Since I'm using this rack for my MTB, my wife's MTB, and her road bike, I decided to go with the design linked above. I built it, unglued, last night and think it will work the best.

I'll post a pic when it's done.
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