How to Make Bike Stands for Indoor Riding

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How to Make Bike Stands for Indoor Riding
Building your own bike stand is cost efficient and allows you to take your training indoors. (Exercise bike image by Vilnis from

Creating your own bike stand at home is an effective way to stick to a cycling regime without worrying about weather conditions or missing your favourite show. A bike stand is composed of three core pieces: the base, an upright stand and axle rests. The axle rests support the wheels of the bike and elevate them to sit above the ground. A homemade version of the bike stand allows you to customise it so that it fits your bike's dimensions precisely.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Black marker
  • 1-inch diameter steel tubing
  • Hacksaw
  • Tubing bender
  • Welding equipment
  • 1 1/2-inch by 1/8-inch steel plate
  • Bench vice
  • Pliers
  • Flat file

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  1. 1

    Measure the distance between the floor and the front and rear wheel axles. Using the hacksaw, cut four pieces of the steel tubing. These pieces will be used for the upright stands, which will form the shape of an equilateral triangle. The height of the triangle to the midpoint of the base should be equivalent to the distance between the axles and the floor. This will determine the length of the triangular sides.

  2. 2

    Use a tubing bender to bend each steel tube piece into the shape of a triangle. Carefully weld the ends together to form a triangle.

  3. 3

    Create the base frame of the bike stand by cutting two pieces of steel tubing that measure 80 inches long. Use the tubing bender to form the two pieces into a rectangular shape. The length should measure 24 inches while the width measures 12 inches. Weld the edges together.

  4. 4

    Measure the width of the front and rear forks of the bike. Add an additional 1/2 inch to this measurement and this will determine the correct width of the front and rear wheel uprights.

  5. 5

    Position the rectangular shaped base frame on a sturdy flat surface. With a black marker, mark the centre on each 24-inch length. Place two of the upright pieces on the frame with the base of the triangles spanning the width of the base frame.

  6. 6

    Place the remaining two triangular uprights on the centre mark along the long side of the base frame. Secure the uprights into place by welding them to the base frame.

  7. 7

    Make the axle rests by cutting four pieces of the steel plate that measures 2 1/2 inches. Place one of the cut steel plate pieces in the bench vice. Make sure that 1 inch of the steel plate extends past the top portion of the vice jaws.

  8. 8

    Measure the front wheel axle's diameter. Determine the axle rest width by adding 1/8 inch to this measurement. Cut two vertical lines, each measure 3/4 inch long, in the 1/8 inch plate. This will serve as the sides of the slot. Use the pliers to bend down the section that you cut. Cut this bent section off using a hacksaw. Smooth the edges with a flat file. Repeat this process for the opposite side of the wheel.

  9. 9

    Repeat Step 8 to make the axle rests for the rear axle.

  10. 10

    Weld the axle rests to the front and rear upright pieces. Make sure the slots are positioned upwards so that the bike's axle will fit appropriately.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice caution when working with sharp objects and welding equipment.

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