How To Make a Bike Rack

Does your bicycle in your apartment fall over if you look at it wrong? Are the kids' bikes leaving scratches on your car every other day? Kickstands don't really work, and many of the more expensive bicycle models simply don't have them. But there's no need to resign yourself to being woken in the middle of the night by crashes, or a new paint job for your car every year. With some ¾-inch schedule 40 PVC pipe, and a little time, you can make a lightweight bike rack that will help keep your bike upright and out of the way. 

You'll need:

  • 2 - 22 ¾-inch pieces of pipe for the wheel uprights
  • 2 - 12 ½-inch pieces of pipe for the wheel base
  • 4 - 7-inch pieces of pipe for the base
  • 5 - 1 ¼-inch pieces of pipe
  • 6 - 90 degree PVC pipe elbows
  • 6 - PVC pipe tees
  • PVC glue/cement

TIPS: To assemble, use PVC glue/cement before attaching pieces. If cutting pipe yourself, be sure to wear safety goggles. 

  1. Attach pipe elbow to one end of each of the 22 ¾-inch upright pipes
  2. Attach pipe elbow to one end of each of the 7-inch base pieces
  3. Glue tee to opposite end of each of the 7-inch base pieces, like this_|_  _______. 
  4. Use a 1 ¼-inch piece of pipe to join the tees of two base pieces, creating one long piece that looks like this_______|_|________ . Repeat this step to join the other two base pieces.  
  5. Join the elbows of the two 22 ¾-inch upright pieces using another 1 ¼-inch pipe, so that it forms a square U
  6. Glue tees to the ends of this U, so that the middle pipe is attached to the long upright pipe. If you hold this end of the U up, it should look like two letter T's facing each other. 
  7. Using two 1 ¼-inch pieces, attach the tees of the U to the tees of the base piece.  
  8. On the opposite end of the upright pipe tee, connect the 12 ½-inch wheel base pipe
  9. Attach the tees of the other base piece that you created in Step 4 to the 12 ½-inch pipes to complete the bike rack

Once you're done, your bike rack should look like this:

Overall, this is a super easy project, and can be easily modified to fit your needs. For two bikes, consider attaching another wheel upright on the opposite side, or leave the upright unglued for portability. Either way, your bike will finally have a new home, and you will have the satisfaction of a quick, inexpensive solution.


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