Welcome to the how-to on building a bike repair stand, including tools, for about $65. I'll provide a list of tools & parts needed to fabricate a custom stand that your trail goers will appreciate and will stand the test of time. It takes about 30 minutes to build and another hour to paint.
1st things first, you'll need the following equipment:
- Welder (I used my mig)
- Welding mask, of course
- Hack saw
- Grinder with 4 1/2" x 1/4" disc
...then go to your local hardware store and pick up the following bits and pieces:
- 3" x 12" threaded steel pipe (uncoated; you will need to weld this piece)
- 3" threaded coupling mount
- 1" x 8" threaded steel pipe (you guessed it; uncoated)
- (2) 1" caps
- A can of Plastic Dip paint
- A used inner tube (will provide padding on the 1" pipe to prevent damage to the seat post)
- (4) plastic zip ties
- 50' of coated stranded wire
- (8) Wire clamps (2 for each tool that will be mounted)
- #2 Phillips head screw driver
- #2 flat head screw driver
- An adjustable wrench
- Metric Allen wrench set
- 4" x 6" x 8' treated lumber (Stand will mount to it)
- Can optionally be replaced by a threaded 3" x 7' steel pipe. If you choose to use the pipe, replace the 3" coupling mount with a 90 degree threaded elbow
- 3/8" x 3" coarse threaded bolts
- Using the 3" diameter pipe, cut the threads off of one end (you will weld the 2 1" pieces to this end).
- Using the 1" diameter pipe, do the following:
- Cut it into 2 equal 4" lengths
- Using the grinder, make a 1" long slot (slightly off centered) on each length 4" length. The slotted end will be mounted to non-threaded end of the 3" pipe.
- You may need to slightly widen the slot during the mounting process
- Slide each the 1" slotted pipes onto the non-threaded end of the 3" pipe.
- Adjust the slotted pipes on the rim of the 3" pipe to create a ~2" gap between them. The bike seat post will go between them.
- Make sure that the slotted pipes are parallel with the 3" pipe. I laid the 3" pipe on the table and placed a 1" board under the 1" slotted pipe.
- Spot weld each of the slotted pipes and re-check the gap and alignment. If wrong, use the grinder to cut the weld and correct the issue.
- Finish welding the joints. Teenagers will inevitably hang from this, so it needs to be solid.
- Thread the caps onto the 1" pipes.
- Spot weld the caps into position.
- Grind the caps sides, where the seat post will slide through, down to create a 1/8" 'bump' to prevent the bike from potentially sliding off of the pipe when they are working on the bike.
- Thread the 3" pipe onto the mount.
- Spot weld the joint. Some teenager will un-thread it if you don't.
- Apply, at a minimum, of 3 coats of very thick paint (I used Plastic Dip for durability) the fabricated repair stand.
- Once dry, cut the used inner tube into 2 lengths to fit on the section of exposed 1" pipe (between the cap and the 3" pipe). This will prevent damage to the seat post.
- Slide the tubes into place folding the tube over itself on the outside of the pipe.
- Zip tie the tubes to the pipe.
- Finally, drill a 1/2" hole through the center of the steel pipe approximately 3" from base mount (will be used to connect the tools to the stand).
- Use your post hole digger, to create an 8" hole that is, at least, 3' deep.
- Drop the 4" x 6" post into the hole with the 6" side in the direction that you want to mount the stand.
- Using the tamping bar, pack the dirt around the post while keeping the post level.
- Using a marker, hold the stand mount 4' above the ground on the post and mark the 4 mounting holes.
- Using a 3/8" drill bit, drill the marked holes for mounting the stand.
- Using the 3/8" x 3" coarse threaded bolts, mount the stand to a wooden post.
- You can optionally replace the wooden post with a 3" x 7' steel post. The ends will need to be threaded.
- Instead of using the 3" base to mount to the wooden post, you would replace it with a 90 degree 3" elbow.
Adding the tools
- Cut 4 (one cable for each tool) 6' lengths from the coated stranded cable for securing each tool to the stand.
- Slide one end of the cable through the 1/2" hole that you drilled in the stand.
- Using a clamp, secure the cable to itself.
- Slide the other end of the cable through the hole on tool (Most tools already have one).
- Using a clamp, secure the cable to itself.
- Perform steps #2-5 for each of the 4 tools.
Excellent - you just created a bike repair stand that will be durable and help riders in need. If you like this article, please share it on social media and give us a thumbs up. Thank you.