On A Budget? Learn How To Make Your Own Bike Rack!

On A Budget? Learn How To Make Your Own Bike Rack!

Bike riding is not only a great way to get out and enjoy nature and a great source of exercise; it is an economical and eco-friendly mode of transportation, too.

The problem with having a bike (or multiple bikes for the family) is how to store them. While you could purchase a bike rack, you can save some money and learn how to make your own bike rack.

Bike on a bike rack.

One of the simplest ways to make a DIY bike rack is to use a wooden pallet and rest it against the wall at an angle. The slats on the pallet are spaced far enough to hold the tire of the bike and you can usually find them for free.

However, if you want a DIY garage bike rack that is actually DIY and not just finding a pallet and using it as is, then you’ll be happy to know there are numerous ways that you can make a homemade bike rack.

How To Make Your Own Bike Rack

Making a DIY bike hanger, all you really need is a hook or a chain attached to the ceiling or wall. However, for this brief tutorial, we are going to walk you through the steps on how to build a single DIY bike rack.

Step 1: Cut 4 x 4 Squares

Using a 2 x 4 beam, you will want to cut two 4 x 4 squares.

Step 2: Place Squares Under Tire

Next, you will want to slide the squares under the tire (front or back, it doesn’t matter). You will then want to measure the distance from the outer most edge on each square.

Measuring the distance.

Step 3: Cut Your Boards

Next, you will want to take that measurement and make two marks on the 2 x 4 beam. For example, if you measured 20”, you will want to make two 20” marks. Use a square to make sure that your line is straight.

Then you will want to cut two more boards that measure 19”. These boards will act as your base.

Now, you should have two 4 x 4 squares, two 20” boards, and two 119” boards.

Step 4: Measure, Mark, And Assemble

Measure the width of your tire and mark it on the center of your 19” base boards (this measurement will vary depending on your bike). Then place the two 20” boards upright on top of the marks you just made. The base boards should be at either end of the 20” boards.

Step 5: Flip And Secure

Now, you just have to flip everything over and use screws to secure the boards together. For extra support, cut the 4 x 4 squares on a diagonal. Place them in the corners where the base board and the 20” board connect. Secure them in place with screws.

Flip And Secure bike rack.

Once the bike rack is fully assembled, test it out! If your bike doesn’t fit, you may have to bring the upright boards a little closer for a proper fit.

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