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Too many bikes?  Build a simple rack.

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Page By: Koolbreez

Created/Edited: Nov 26, 2007 / Nov 30, 2007

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A good problem

I used to have only one bike, a mountain bike.
Then I bought a road bike and realized how it could complement my mountain biking and allowed me to ride when the trails were unridable, and then I had two bikes.
I then started hearing a lot about how great singlespeeding was, so I thought that I'd like to try that, and then I had three.
I soon realized that I didn't want to lock up any of these bikes at work or the bar or the grocery store, so a commuter/grocery bike made four.

My problem is small compared to some who feel that four bikes is a good starting point and I could probably ditch the singlespeed, but I keep thinking that this winter I'll ride it more.

So along with the rest of the bikes of my family, it was becoming a holy mess of jumbled bars, pedals in spokes and on deraillers, and chipped paint. And inevitably the bike I wanted to ride today was under the rest of the leaning bikes, and by now I'm beginning to think that I might as well just drive, for as long as it will take to dig the one I want out.
Before Rack Stack
The "before rack" stack


Something needed to be done. I'm no handyman and have a limited number of tools, but with careful planning this simple rack was an ease to build and install.

The Rack

 
Rack Plans
The Plan

This is a simple bike rack/shelf made with 2 x 4s and plywood, costing around $40 in materials and a couple of hours of assembly and hanging (less for most, probably). I chose a length of 8 feet, since those were a readily available length of lumber and I had the hardware store make all the cuts since I don't have a radial saw. An 8 foot length allows me to hang 6 bikes (or 5 bikes and one unicycle) and gives a good amount of storage space above.

I first nailed the shelf together with the 2 lengths and 3 crossbeams on the floor. Next nailing the plywood top on.
I measured the height based on the length of the longest bike and was able to balance the rack on a ladder plus a cooler that placed it at approximately the right height (it was a little sketchy, but worked.)
I then drilled pilot holes and screwed the rack to the wall in the studs with lag screws, while maintaining support with the ladder/cooler combo.
The next step was attaching the diagonal supports which I screwed to the wall and under the rack with 3 inch wood screws.
I added braces at the wall that I found at the hardware store that may not be necessary but give me peace of mind when I hang my bikes up.
Hooks were added to the front to hang the bikes from and a couple on the sides for spare tires or wheels.
Ready for bikes
Just needs hooks


Other notes:
It would be helpful to have a second set of hands while drilling and attaching the rack to the wall, but could be accomplished solo.
The diagonal supports can be undercut a bit and still will be able to snug in, but if they are too long will stick out and not look as neat.
Hanging Neatly
Nice Rack


Conclusion:
If your sick of stacked bikes and have the room on a wall for this rack, it's an easy solution that gets your bikes up off the ground and easily accessible.

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Before Rack StackReady for bikesHanging NeatlyRack Plans

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CedarInteresting

Cedar

Voted 10/10

Interesting article but I have but 1 bike. (at least now ;) )
Posted Nov 29, 2007 7:55 pm

KamazBrilliant

Kamaz

Hasn't voted

Yeah... good idea ;-) but i have the same problem like Cedar. One bike (too expensive).
"no bike, no life"
Posted Feb 17, 2008 4:19 am

nolen951nice rack

Hasn't voted

My question is will it hurt the moutain bike if it has front shocks for off road.
Posted Feb 4, 2009 11:43 pm

junodirtriderRe: nice rack

junodirtrider

Voted 10/10

No not at all. My version is dumbed down a bit as I just have a 2x6 nailed into wall studs with hooks spaced out every 18-20 inches. It works great and is real cheap.
Posted Aug 15, 2009 12:44 am

RayMondoNice Job

RayMondo

Voted 10/10

A good bit of lateral think by alternating bars up, bars down. Sometimes things are just so obvious that even with great intellect one just doesn't see it. A nice post. Thanks.

I guess the wall brackets are ready-made from the store?
Posted Sep 16, 2010 12:52 pm

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