Around the shop #12: Combination of hobbies

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Blog entry by dsb1829 posted 03-19-2009 08:29 PM 1473 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, last weekend I borrowed a stand from a friend to put together my latest bicycle. I think I have finally graduated from the stage in life where I am okay working on the floor or on a bike hanging from the rafters. I t was bugging me not having a place to work on the bike. Well, Erin would have my head if I went out and purchased a new stand. So I thought about it for a couple of minutes. Light goes on upstairs. Hey, I could make something cheap and sturdy pretty snappy. I could also use that 300lb work bench as my base.

One benefit of being off the bike and taking up a new hobby, woodworking, is that I can fairly quickly do crude work now. Something like a bike workstand becomes very simple. I am not going to claim I busted this out in 30 minutes, but it took less than 2 hours from brainfart to bike holding

Construction materials:
1 – 2×4x12ft
1 – 3/8in T-nut
1 – 3/8in eye bolt
20+/- – wood screws
2sqft – scrap mdf 3/4in
3 – Washers
1 – 3/4in oak dowel approx 8in (for leverage on eye bolt)
3” – 3/8in steel rod for alignment (so the jaw can’t rotate)

Build is simple. Double up the 2×4, or just start with 4×4. Use the mdf to make corner braces. I then used a scrap of poplar to create the clamp jaw. I use an eye bolt and T-nut to create the clamp pressure and a 3/8in steel rod to keep it from rotating. I mounted that up and then drilled through the middle of the clamp joint with a 1in drill bit. After drilling I relieved the outer sides to make getting the bike in and out quicker.

Now of course you have to have a vise that is strong enough to hold the stand. I suppose you could build this stand off of a wall stud or clamp/screw it to something as well. I have a twin screw wood vise on my bench. I can raise and lower the stand in the vise. I can also angle it in the vise to rotate the front wheel up if needed.

And a shot of the whole bench set up in bike wrenching mode:

Then of course there is Zoe, shop helper. She is cool with bikes and likes to hang out in the garage.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#1 posted 03-19-2009 09:26 PM

Nice idea! Great Bike! Is that a superlight or Heckler?

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#2 posted 03-20-2009 12:21 AM

Looks to me like it’s a dirt(y) bike.

Any reason not to make it to hold the bike on the cross bar? I don’t know squat about it so I’m trying to learn. I’ve had a bike sitting in my basement for 2 years that I need to get working.
I don’t keep the seat that high.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 03-20-2009 03:17 AM

This is a nice design. You mentioned the floor and the dangle from the rafter methods; I’ve tried them and have moved on. I have been using the bike rack that I put on the back of the car, but that has some limitations as well. This might be something to build in the future. I will need some mods because I use a recumbent bike, but you have me thinking.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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Dan Lyke

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#4 posted 03-20-2009 03:20 AM

I’ll be scarfing your idea shortly! Currently I work on one of those little “holds the rear wheel up just enough by the rear triangle” Bike Nashbar $14 stands, and my mountain bike needs enough of a drive train revamp that I have to have it well supported.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#5 posted 03-20-2009 03:57 AM

It’s a heckler, I am not quite svelte enough to ride anything lighter. And yes, it is dirty. Not much point to keeping it prestine this time of year. Each ride has puddles and mud.

The main reason for the seatpost clamp is that it is gauranteed to be round and robust enough to be clamped. More and more in the bicycle industry the tubing is hydroformed and much harder to get clamped without damage. Another reason to avoid the top tube is that some bikes route the cables down that part of the frame. Obviously if you clamp on the cables it becomes hard to adjust the brake and shift mechanisms.

Recumbents? All bets are off. They are heavy, have odd weight distribuition, and don’t always have a good place to grab them. Might be better to do some sort of a cradle vs. this clamp type of stand.

Dan, for that $14 you can pretty much get all the materials used here. Only variation would be if you wanted it freestanding. I just figured that my vise would make for a very sturdy configuration. It ended up pretty robust.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 03-20-2009 04:35 AM

Yeah, my mountain bike is heavy and dirty, and I’d feel comfortable clamping it pretty much anywhere, but my road bike is exotic and squeeky clean and made of composites materials heretofore heard of only in conjunction with super secret military R&D. It also only weighs 16 lbs, so it doesn’t have to be clamped hard.

I don’t have the room for free-standing unless it’s outside, in which case I’ll cantilever it off the shed or something like that.

Thanks for the inspiration! And I’ve probably got most of what I need lying around in scraps, if I don’t mind making it out of maple and massaranduba….

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 03-20-2009 03:35 PM

looks nice, nice little puppy.

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#8 posted 07-06-2012 10:08 PM

love how the shop in bike wrenching mode includes a bench pic with triflow and a bottle of beer. gotta love straightforward and simple design that works. nice job!

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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