How to Build a Bike Repair Stand

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How to Build a Bike Repair Stand
Bike stands make it easier to conduct service and maintenance procedures on your bike. (Bicycle, standing, focus on the rear wheel image by Vaidas Bucys from

If you are an avid bicyclist, then eventually you will likely want your own bicycle repair stand, which hoists your bike in the air for service and maintenance. Before building your own repair stand, do a price check on materials versus purchasing a used repair stand from classifieds or an auction site, as many times one can be obtained at a relatively inexpensive price. Most of the components for this do-it-yourself repair stand can be found in the plumbing section of your local hardware store.

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Things you need

  • Wood glue
  • 2 pieces of 3/4-inch thick plywood, cut to 18 x 26 inches
  • Pencil
  • 1/4-inch iron flange
  • Power drill
  • 1/4-inch bolts, washers and nuts
  • Wrench
  • 1/4-inch iron plumbing pipe, 54 inches long
  • 1/4-inch iron 90-degree elbow joint
  • 1/4-inch iron plumbing pipe, 8 inches long
  • Band saw
  • 1/4-inch T-section of PVC pipe
  • 2 hinges
  • 1/4-inch screws
  • Retracting latch
  • Foam pipe insulation
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Glue the plywood pieces (26 x 18 inches) together on top of each other so that they form a base that is 1 1/2 inches thick. Use a skill saw to cut the plywood to size if necessary.

  2. 2

    Trace the outline of the flange on the plywood once the glue has dried. The flange should be placed 1 inch from one of the 18-inch sides of plywood and about the same distance from the 26-inch side. Mark the holes where each of the flange bolts will pass through the plywood. Drill through the plywood where the bolt holes are marked. Using 1/4-inch bolts, washers and nuts, secure the flange on the top of the plywood base. The flange will serve as the mount for the pipe column that suspends the bike in the air.

  3. 3

    Screw the 54-inch pipe into the flange. Now screw the 90-degree elbow on the other end of the 54-inch pipe. Screw the 8-inch pipe section into the 90-degree elbow. The 8-inch pipe now is parallel to the plywood base.

  4. 4

    Cut off the top half of the crossbar portion of the T-section PVC pipe using a band saw. These pieces will be reassembled with hinges and a latch to serve as a clamp for holding the bike's frame. Mark and drill corresponding holes for the hinges onto these sections of PVC pipe so that top half can swing open and shut. Screw the hinges to these crossbar pieces. Depending on the size of the screws used for the hinges, you may need to use a rotary tool to remove the tips of the screws.

  5. 5

    Mark and drill holes for the latch into the T-section pieces. With screws, mount the latch, which will hold the top and bottom sections of the T together.

  6. 6

    Screw this T-section clamp assembly onto the 8-inch pipe section that serves as the arm for the bike stand.

  7. 7

    Glue foam insulation to cushion the inside of the clamp T-section.

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