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Old 03-13-17, 05:47 PM
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DIY all steel removable bike repair stand

So I wanted to build my own bike stand. I didn't have the space for a large tripod setup or the ability to store a fold up stand. So I built one that fit the job. It's pretty simple but I thought I would share. It's not perfect but it far exceeded my expectations.

Many have done the pipe clamp with wood blocks and that works fine but I never liked the aesthetic. I always thought it looked a little janky. So then I found this clamp jaw on the net and it has worked out pretty well. It clamps rock solid with the wheels off the ground and the bike doesn't move at all. I can clamp to the sepost vertically or horizontally to the top tube.

Here is what you need:

Pittsburg pipe clamp - comes pre drilled for $12 I got this at harbor freight.

18" 3/4" pipe - $5 - HD

3/4" floor flange -$5 - HD

Tapcon concrete screws and 7/32 screws and nuts - $5 - HD

Feedback sports clamp jaws - $12.50 + shipping

Getting the pilot holes into concrete was no joke and you will definitely need a hammer drill but you could do this into a stud or ceiling joist as well. The spacing is off a little on the jaws to the clamp but I can always drill or glue but they are on prettty tight with one screw and nut and the torque is non existent even with the albeit limited wrenching I have attempted so far.

Apologies for the inverted pics. It's on a wall not ceiling if that isn't clear.
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Old 03-13-17, 05:55 PM
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Cool, looks like a great idea. I'm thinking I will give it a try in my basement, where space is definitely limited.
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Old 03-13-17, 05:57 PM
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wow nice empty basement! jealous. are both wheels off the ground? is that bolted into the foundation wall? excellent use of inexpensive parts!
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Old 03-13-17, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
wow nice empty basement! jealous. are both wheels off the ground? is that bolted into the foundation wall? excellent use of inexpensive parts!
Yes both wheels are off the ground. I drilled pilot holes directly into the concrete a little smaller than the tapcon screws and then the screws actually cut into the holes. I could theoretically remove the screws and put them back in and it would still hold but I'm not going to mess with it. It's on there really good. I could hang from it I'm pretty sure.
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Originally Posted by ufbeans View Post
the tapcon screws
fascinating. I used to work at home depot lumber & building materials dept. often had to help customers choose screws like that. big variety of sizes. got a pic of the box you used?
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Old 03-13-17, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
fascinating. I used to work at home depot lumber & building materials dept. often had to help customers choose screws like that. big variety of sizes. got a pic of the box you used?

Tapcon 1/4 in. x 2-3/4 in. Hex-Washer-Head Concrete Anchors (75-Pack) 24330 at The Home Depot - Mobile
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Thanks for showing this to us! I'm planning on a diy stand and the jaws are just what I need for the same reason.
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Old 03-14-17, 09:47 AM
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I saw those jaws at Home depot, but I know myself---with that big crank end sticking out, I would leave lots of forehead flesh there as i reached down to work and forgot to dodge. I might do it anyway, because like yourself, I am underwhelmed by all the stop-gap and improvised clamp solutions.
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Great idea ! I love seeing things like this that save money and actually work. I don't have any open wall I could mount it to, but I'm sure with a little thought I could make a "stand" for the pipe clamp.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
I saw those jaws at Home depot, but I know myself---with that big crank end sticking out, I would leave lots of forehead flesh there as i reached down to work and forgot to dodge. I might do it anyway, because like yourself, I am underwhelmed by all the stop-gap and improvised clamp solutions.
The crank is not sharp and is actually well made cast iron or something. Sure you could cut yourself on this thing. But really it's not very likely if you place it at the right height.

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Looks simple and functional but is it always in place when not in use, ready to walk into? Or, can it be easily unscrewed from the wall fitting?
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He could unscrew the tube from the wall fitting, and leave the tapcons in the concrete ... I am pretty sure, no matter what the theory may be, that unscrewing the tapcons would weaken the concrete. But he could unthread the pipe from the wall fittting.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
He could unscrew the tube from the wall fitting, and leave the tapcons in the concrete ... I am pretty sure, no matter what the theory may be, that unscrewing the tapcons would weaken the concrete. But he could unthread the pipe from the wall fittting.
Yep, 99% of the time it's just the flat floor flange on the wall. The pipe only gets screwed in if I want to work on the bike. It takes all of 10 seconds to setup. I put a little bike grease in there to keep it lubed a well. Also if you are replicating this project outdoors I highly recommend the galvanized version of the flange to avoid rust issues.
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I like the concept. Just knowing that those clamp jaws are available is a great find, because I already have a couple of the clamps in my garage, and rarely use them for woodworking.
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Nice and simple. I like it...

How exactly are the jaws mounted to the clamp? Is there a hole already drilled in the metal part of the clamp? Could you take a pic for clarity? Thanks...
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Originally Posted by RockiesDad View Post
How exactly are the jaws mounted to the clamp? Is there a hole already drilled in the metal part of the clamp? Could you take a pic for clarity? Thanks...
So the feedback jaws are pre-drilled about 1.5" apart. The predrilled holes on the clamp are 1" apart. My temporary solution was to just screw on a wing nut onto a 7/32" bolt in one hole. That gets it pretty darn tight. There is enough space to drill an additional hole into the jaw to make it 1" spaces so that I could get another bolt on there. I'm just lazy for now plus I'm not sure I have a good enough drill bit for the job. Not to mention its cold and snowy outside. I borrowed a hammer drill and I don't have that now either.

Anybody who can take a look at the pic and offer some thoughts on drilling into the jaw? I think the spacing works. Drilling into the clamp is a no go as it's only about an inch and a quarter wide.

Ultimately I think a metal glue might be the way to go to avoid the whole drilling to close to the existing hole issue and drilling into metal altogether.

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Be careful - those walls bear weight which can exacerbate microfractures caused during drilling. Keep an eye out of visible cracks and leaks. A better way to do this is just to attach the apparatus to a wood frame.
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Thanks for the details. Hummm... I wonder if one could add a spacer between the clamp and the jaw. Let's say you add a 3/4" piece of wood between both parts. You could use a 1" or so flat head wood screw (sheet rock screw) from the clamp into the wood and jaw into the wood. The spacing between the wall and pedals might need to be checked. Pipe might need to be lengthened if needed. Just a thought...
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Originally Posted by jfowler85 View Post
Be careful - those walls bear weight which can exacerbate microfractures caused during drilling. Keep an eye out of visible cracks and leaks. A better way to do this is just to attach the apparatus to a wood frame.
Or just clamp it to a vice. Of course if you need the vice while working on the bike...
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Or just clamp it to a vice. Of course if you need the vice while working on the bike...
Well yes it is already in a vise so to speak haha. It's on their snug and adding wood while technically the right thing to do would defeat my goal of a non janky looking diy stand. I think I'm going to epoxy it down as the back is partly uncovered steel. So that combined with a single bolt should more than handle any wrenching torque.

I found the guerilla brand epoxy for use on metal for $4.50 on amazon.
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