DIY Home Bicycle Repair Stand

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Introduction: DIY Home Bicycle Repair Stand

easy sturdy home bicycle repair stand.

What you need:

black plumbing pipes:

(for top of stand)
1 - 2" piece
2 - 3" pieces
2 - 4" pieces
3 - 3/4" elbows
1 - 3/4" T-joint

(center of stand)
1 - 36" pipe

(Bottom of stand)
4 - 10" pieces of pipe
2 - 12" pieces of pipe
1 - 3/4" T-joint
4 - 3/4" pipe clamps
2 - 32" pieces 2x4

5 velcro straps

Step 1: Connecting the Pipes

Assemble all the pipes as you see in the pic. The 12" pipes go on the bottom to support the weight of the bike. It's important to tighten the pipes as much as possible. Use white pipe threat tape if needed. You dont want any movement in the pipes once tightened. Alternativley you use liquid thread sealer if you dont plan on disassembling it.

Step 2: Attaching the Base

Use the 3/4" clamps to secure the pipe base to the 2x4s as shown

Step 3: Padding the Contact Points

protect your frame from scratching against the pipe by rolling pieces of foam mat, the kind used in kitchen cabinets, around the top pipes. Secure with electrical tape.

Step 4: Padding the Contact Points

Do the same to the center of the stand. Mount the bike on the stand to see where the bike's downtube makes contact with the pipe and wrap the tube as before

Step 5: Mount Bike

Mount your bike on the stand as shown

Step 6: Mount Bike

Attach the bike's downtube to the center stand using a rope. I later updated this by using a velcro strap,works much better!

Step 7: Mount Bike

As you can see the bikes top tube rests on the pipes as shown. Use velcro straps on each of the 3 point where the bike makes contact with the pipe.

Step 8: UPDATE!

You can turn adjust the top part of the stand to position the bike on an angle. You can velcro strap the front wheel where it meets the bottom pipe as shown. Great for working on derailers bottom brakets, etc.

Step 9: Tilted Angle...

holds position firmly!

Step 10: Work on Your Bike!

And there you have it. A very simple very sturdy bike repair stand that can hold virtually any bike. I worked on my 30lb mountain bike without a hitch. You can experiment with longer pipes lengths on the bottom if you need more stability but I found this setup to be ideal. Total cost: $30. Now use the money you saved and buy yourself some good bike equipment!

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62 Discussions

Pizz, I made a very similar workstand in the early 90's because I couldn't afford a retail stand, and it still get's heavy use to this day, 20 something years later.

My base is a little different, and the area that I "hang" the bike is also slightly different.

I think your base is more stable than mine, though mine may be easier to store in the car hole. My design has just two "feet" that come out at 45 degrees from the bike angle.

I think my hanger area is a little more versatile regarding different frame designs (and/or small bikes, like my kids 12ers and 16ers).

I have one area that I want to improve.. I "padded" the pipe contact area by wrapping it with a lot of electrical tape, but unfortunately, the tape shrinks over time, and leaves behind a gluey mess that gets on the frame tubing. I need a better padding solution.

hello, what about the 'y frame' type bike like this mtb: any idea? pretty interested to build this, but currently i own this type of bike...quite similar :)

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If you can, find an overhead beam of some sort (garages often have them, sturdy overhead plumbing is an option as well), and just hang the bike a few inches of the ground by the seat and stem.

just noticed this post and don't know if you still use this site, but the easiest way to service this style of bike is to simply clamp the seatpost.

don' t know if your still around to read this but for the Y type bikes.
Maybe make this stand without all the extra parts on top. 

I have tried to give you a drawing example that should give you the idea of what I'm saying.
Also if you don't have other bikes what will need the extra support as show in the first page.  Then remove other ends it will have a less width, but may also need it to keep it stable.

Other way you can maybe get it to work is have the top section as above but wider.  Instead of having a width of 10inches make it wider so it will grab the end of seat and end of handlebar.  But will be hard this way unless you can get something to keep the handlebar from moving.  You will also have to come up out about 5 inchs more, so nothing hits the middle pipe.

I don't have a full suspention MTB so I'm not sure but i'm certain you can make adjutments to this build that would work. The stand does hold a road bike well with the bike on an angle as you see in the last step so i'm sure womens bike would work just fine

If you use a close nipple instead on the tee and turn the arms the opposite direction, (2 suport points instead of 3) then perhaps you can support it just above the rear shock and just behind the front fork. Maybe even eliminate that nipple and elbow, screwing the tee into the vertical pipe. Depending on dimensions, it may tilt the front of the bike down some, but should work well enough.

just as I was hitting post, I had a related thought. How well do girls' bikes fit on this stand?

Thank you! Now I don't have to figure out ridiculous ways to balance the bike. :D

Thanks for the great instructable! This is the best DIY stand I've found.

A couple questions. When you turn the arms (the T-joint), how does it stay in place? It seems like your tightening the t-joint by turning it clockwise, but any chance it might slip back (counter-clockwise)? Or do your just tighten it until the point where it can't slip back?

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I used rubber plumbers tape around the threads. That gives a very tight fit. I tighten it clockwise. The pressure is good to hold the bike in place. If you want you can also strap the front wheel where the wheel makes contact with the base tube. (see comment in the pic above)

Cool. That makes sense. Must have missed it the first time. Thanks!

Nice way to keep a road bike off the floor to fix it. But this isn't the way to go for those mountain bike frames out there with some curve in the top tube.

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This would work fine as long as the top tube was long enough. You might just have to adjust the angle. The same goes for step-through frames, actually, which would perhaps be more of a problem (though not if you lashed the top tube to the stand, which I might do if I built this, since I'm into knots and such anyway.

Just a heads up, the bottom requires three t's rather than just one as listed in the "What you need:" section. I should have paid more attention, but when I went to build, I only had the two total t's that I bought and needed to hit up the store again to buy two more.

Thanks for the plan though. Should be perfect.

Would be a little better if you add a elbow with a 1 inch pipe at the top part so the bike will not come off in a angle.  Also instead of the big 
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at the bottom why not use a 5 gallon bucket half full of cement with a 1 inch pipe in the center.

Then drill holes on each pipe end to use a bolt or a automotive cod pin think thats how you call it.  You may need to use a reducer to attach both pipes and you can just remove the pin to store away.  As the way it is hard to place anywhere in home or garage.

But lots of pipe insulation is needed, and maybe use pvc pipe at the top section where I mentioned above so the bike will not tilt over.  

I do like this alot but cost to much to build when I can get a bike repair stand that will work with all bikes.  As someone stated above it won't work for there bike because of suspension.  But for 40 bucks on ebay they have a repair stand that is portable and easy to store.

But another note this may be used to do exercise work outs.

First off great design. I put mine together and I love it. I did make a couple of tweaks but mainly just window dressings. Thank you for a easy bike stand that works like a charm.

Parts cost: $60 Lowes

Parts List:
black plumbing pipes:

(for top of stand)
1 - 2" piece (removed)
2 - 3" pieces (added one more 3")
2 - 4" pieces
3 - 3/4" elbows
1 - 3/4" T-joint
2 - end caps (added)

(center of stand)
1 - 36" pipe (changed to 48")

(Bottom of stand)
4 - 10" pieces of pipe
2 - 12" pieces of pipe
1 - 3/4" T-joint (added two more)
4 - 3/4" pipe clamps (not needed)
2 - 32" pieces 2x4 (not needed)
1 - roll black electrical tape (added)
1 - piece pipe insulation (added)
4 - end caps (added)
1 - hand clamp (added)

I basically used the same assembly. I am assuming that you didn't need the two inch piece because in your tagged photos you show only 3. I took the pipe tubing to protect the bike from the rack and wrapped them all in black tape. Instead of the 2x4's with clamps I put the tubing on the legs and wrapped those as well. It allowed for a more stable balance without the use of the wood. I used the clamp and the clearance is perfect and really locks the bike in place. Thanks again for this.

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You know I was thinking on this version, I like it! I have a Mongoose XR75 and the rear shock split frame makes it difficult for this type of stand to work. Now just to add input I would buy an extension pipe (about 6" X .5) to put a Pipe Vise for other models of Bikes. I will build this first to see if there is an easier cheaper method.

Another Idea... Use velcro straps to go around the frame to hold the bike in place!?! Awesome Instructable though, I just joined and think I am going to build one.