Quick and dirty bike stand

Over the years we’ve started to acquire a few too many bikes, and figuring out a good way to store them in the garage can be a challenge. Not because there isn’t a good way to do it, but because there are 100 ways to do it. From expensive systems that hang from your ceiling and lower your bikes down for you with motors, to simple metal stands, to wall mounted hooks, there’s dozens of methods for keeping your bikes stored safely. We were running out of available walls to lean bikes against, and had resorted to leaning bikes against each other, which is never a great option for paint jobs.

Since this was meant to be a cheap and simple solution I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in this, so I decided on a simple wood stand to hold the rear wheels and keep the bikes lined up side by side. It’s a simple method that only requires some 2×4’s and screws. After spending $25 at Home Depot I had what I needed to get started.

I cut a couple of the 2×4’s into 21″ lengths to serve as the supports for each bike, and then used two 2x4x84 planks as the base. I measured the width of each of our tires and custom mounted each 2×4 for each bike. I used 3″ screws to secure the support 2x4s in place, but I probably could have gone 3.5″ or 4″ as well.

I built as I went and fit the distance between each portion of the stand to fit each individual bike. After about an hour of messing around it was done, and now the bikes stand up nice and straight in the garage and are nice and easy to get to. I’ll probably come up with something different in the future, but for now this fits the need just fine, and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Plus, I even have one 2×4 left over to use somewhere else.


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