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Old 08-15-08, 01:50 PM
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Jury rigged repair stand?

I keep looking for a deal on Craigslist for a repair stand, but it ain't happening. Got to thinking. We have a black and decker workmate similiar to this:



Think I could make that into some kind of useful bike repair stand with some clamps or something?
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No, forget that.
Just have her hold it while you tighten nuts and stuff.
I had to go there, didn't I?
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While I hate to perpetuate your cheapness (go ahead, spring for a repair stand), I did the same thing before I got my newer bike. Unfortunately, the picture doesn't shoe it real well. I used a 3' 2X4, with a shorter 2X4 (9"?) perpendicular at one end. I nailed to pieces of moulding to make a groove in which the top tube could rest. (I cushioned it with a rag). I then used a bungee cord to fasten the bike to the apparatus. Clamp the entire thingie into the Work Mate. I found that I needed to raise the bench a bit to get the wheels off the ground.

See? Buying a real repair stand is so much easier.

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^^ Did it snow in Lincoln today too?
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Old 08-15-08, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
Think I could make that into some kind of useful bike repair stand with some clamps or something?
You have an excellent base. With some PVC pipe, and a can of cleaner/glue you can custom make a stand better than anything on the market, if you trade your bike in for a trike.
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How bad can it be? For the longest time I used a couple of two by fours with notches in them, and they were nailed to a wood beam in the basement. Now I have a cheapo stand from Nashbar, but I still miss my old two by fours.
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Old 08-15-08, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by gcottay View Post
You have an excellent base. With some PVC pipe, and a can of cleaner/glue you can custom make a stand better than anything on the market, if you trade your bike in for a trike.
I don't follow. That happens more often these days, too.
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Originally Posted by Mojo Slim View Post
Buying a real repair stand is so much easier.
+1

A good repair stand is one of life's little luxuries.

Easier to work on your bikes and *much* easier to keep them clean. I pull my stand out on the driveway, put my bike up, take the wheels off, grab a bucket of water and car wash and a couple of brushes, and get all the grit and grime off after riding on winter roads.

Oh. I forget - no grit or grime in sunny San Diego...well, in the "real" world, it's worth it...
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My cheapie repair stand. Got the idea from some place called bikeforums.net . Pipe clamps (Pony brand?). I clamp the top tube; many using these clamp the seatpost (why isn't it called a "saddlepost"?? ) A Workmate is probably too low (and might tip over unless you held down the other end).
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Old 08-15-08, 06:33 PM
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I did a lot of bike tuning and repair with my bike hanging vertically from its front wheel before I got my first repair stand.
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Originally Posted by Terrierman View Post
^^ Did it snow in Lincoln today too?
It has probably never snowed here. 107 today. Got in 40 miles anyway.
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Old 08-15-08, 06:48 PM
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The workstand is probably at the wrong height to make an easy workstand. Instead, you could use two ropes in a basement or garage.

For example, from this thread:
Ritehsedad:

My bike stand consists of 2 pieces of rope attached to one of the beams in my garage with a carabiner on each end. I loop one around the saddle & one around the handlebars. Took a little experimentation to figure out the best rope length.

Works for me.
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Before I had a stand I got some 1/8" steel rod and slid some rubber hose onto it. Then I bent it into S hooks about 18" long. I used them to suspend the bike from my garage door rails.
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I've tried the ropes from the ceiling- bike moved about too much. Tried just raising the rear wheel with one of the stands and got a crick in the back from bending.

Have had a "Proper" bike stand for about 10 years. Worked fine till I got fat DownTubes and then the clamp didn't work. Last year I got a beter stand and found that it was not too stable.

And the work mate----Tried looking but there is a workstand that bolts into it. Have to take the front wheel off but it works.

Attachment of my "Old" stand and you can see the bungie on the down tube on the OCR- I do like to be able to walk round the bike when working on it. And this was only a $50 buy. (Still available if you look-and at that price.) May be cheap but it works.

And love the look of that B&D workmate- just how do you keep it so clean?
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Not for nothing but you can always trun the bike up side down and work
on it. It's not the most convenient, but it gets the job done....for free.
Until I bought a stand I used to flip all my bikes over with the wheels in the air,
Mtn Bikes, road bikes, even the tandem. A couple of pieces of wood under
the handle bar and a some ingenuity and you're getting down to business
with the repair.
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Bite the bullet and get a repair stand. If you have more than one bike to work,( and which of us has just one?), it's worth every penny.
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$5.48 at Lowes, mount on wall with a 2x4 (or more) spacer or extension to extend it out a bit. It even flips out of the way when not in use.

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two hooks in the rafters and two tie down straps.

Hang bike on straps.

Makes working on your bike easy. I actually prefer this method than using my Park bike stand. Instead of lifting the entire bike at once to place it in the stand clamp I can pick up and hang one end of the bike and then the other. The tie down ratchets allow me to raise or lower the height of the bike.
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I use the car hitch rack.
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Before I had a repair stand, I used one of these little stands that fit under your bottom bracket. It holds the bike stead, and holds the bike wheel up in the air so you can adjust derailleurs, remove the rear wheel, etc.

http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=de...=30&SKU=DS0012

...but a repair stand is still worth it...
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This works pretty well for me. There's a channel cut in the 2x4 -- I clamped two together and drilled through them with a 1 inch spade bit.



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Seeing a heavy-duty pipe clamp fixed to (very thin) bicycle tubing makes my hair stand on end.

I guess you all are old enough to be careful, but don't come running to me if you dent your tubes (or put someone's eye out with that...).
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Originally Posted by cooker View Post
I use the car hitch rack.
Same here.
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