How to build a wooden stationary bike stand

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How to build a wooden stationary bike stand
You can build a custom bike stand. (colourful bike stand image by Yali Shi from

There are many reasons to make a wooden stationary bike stand. One of the main reasons is to maintain organisation of your pedal-powered vehicles. Bicycles, scooters and such can be properly stored out of the way and free from damage rather than to be left in the driveway or out in the weather. There is no need to buy an expensive metal stand when you can create your own wooden stationary bike stand with as many slots as you desire.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Speed square or carpenter's square
  • Pencil
  • Six two-by-four boards
  • Two-inch wood Screws

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    Place one of the two-by-fours on its wider side. With the tape measure find the two-inch, four-inch and six-inch locations on the two-by-fours. Mark these with the pencil.

  2. 2

    Place two more two-by-fours parallel to and next to the marked two-by-four. Make sure all three ends are flush to each other. Place the square so it is across all three two-by-fours. At the two-inch, four-inch and six-inch marks, run a pencil line across all three two-by-fours to mark them.

  3. 3

    From the remaining two-by-four lumber cut 10 pieces, each 16 inches in length. Cut off a 45-degree corner at one end of each piece. The piece cut off should be roughly a one-inch by one-inch triangle. These will be the rack's feet.

  1. 1

    Place one of the marked two-by-fours on the wide side with the marks facing up. Place another marked two-by-four on its two-inch side and on top of the flat two-by-four. With the drill fasten them together with the wood screws. This will be the back of the rack.

  2. 2

    Place the third marked two-by-four flat and parallel to the two fastened two-by-fours, spaced about 16 inches apart. Make sure the marks are facing up. This single two-by-four will be the base front.

  3. 3

    Place one of the 16-inch pieces (feet) on each of the marks and at the ends so that they are perpendicular to the long two-by-fours. Make sure the end with the triangle cut off is facing toward the front, or single, flat two-by-four. Fasten each one of the rack feet to the bases using the wood screws.

  4. 4

    Place a 16-inch rack foot next to each of the fastened rack feet. These will be fastened to the base as well; however, each will need to be measured according to the bike or scooter you will place there.

  5. 5

    Place the tire of the bicycle that will go on the first rack foot next to the foot to measure. Place the loose rack foot on the other side of the tire. Leave about one-half inch of space on the tire side. Pencil mark next to the loose foot rack. Fasten the loose rack foot to the base with screws. Repeat this step for every rack slot and each bicycle or scooter.

Tips and warnings

  • If you plan to use the wooden stationary bike rack outside, use pressure-treated lumber so it will withstand the weather. Since each rack slot is customised to a particular bike, you might want to write the name of bike or scooter's owner on the front of the rack slot.
  • Remember: safety first when using power tools. Check the lumber for rough edges or splintering and remove any that may be found.

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