How to Build an Outdoor Bike Storage Rack

How to Build an Outdoor Bike Storage Rack
Without an easy-to-use bike storage rack, bikes tend to end up leaned against your house or lying in your yard. Although this isn't bad for the bikes, unless they are thrown down, having bikes everywhere creates chaos. If you have basic woodworking skills, constructing an outdoor bike storage rack should take only an afternoon. This rack will help keep your yard organized. And it's portable, so you can take it along on your next trip.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2-by-4 boards 1-by-4 boards Saw Deck screws Paint Sandpaper
  • 2-by-4 boards
  • 1-by-4 boards
  • Saw
  • Deck screws
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper
 
Step 1
Cut two 2-by-4 boards to length based on the number of bikes you want to rack. Each adult bike requires 18 inches of space, and kid's bikes require 14 inches. These 2-by-4s are the front and back pieces of the rack, lying flat on the ground.
Step 2
If you'd like an especially nice-looking rack, use a table saw to cut a 45-degree bevel along the long edge of each board.
Step 3
Cut twice as many 24-inch spacers out of 2-by-4s as the number of bikes you want to rack. Two of these spacers will make a set that, when screwed to the front and back pieces, sandwiches the bike's front tire to hold the bike upright.
Step 4
Arrange the long front and back pieces parallel to each other roughly 24 inches apart on their narrow edge. Starting at one end of the long 2-by-4s, lay a set of spacers perpendicularly and on their narrow edge between the the long 2-by-4s. The distance between the two spacers of each set should be a little wider than your widest bike tire.
Step 5
Repeat step 4 for each set of spacers, accounting for the distance between bikes that you determined earlier. The final set of spacers should end flush with the side opposite from your starting point.
Step 6
Using deck screws, fasten each set of spacers to the front and back pieces of the rack. When all spacers are screwed, the rack should look ladder-like.
Step 7
Sand the rack with 80 or 120 grit sandpaper.
Step 8
Clean the sawdust off, and then paint the rack to increase its life.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
To help secure your bikes against theft, consider pouring a slab of concrete and anchoring the rack to the cement using concrete anchors. Once the rack is secure, locking bikes to the rack will deter theft.
 
Follow safety precautions when using power tools.

Article Written By Bryan Hansel

Bryan Hansel is a freelance photographer and kayaking guide who began writing in 1993. His outdoors articles appear on various websites. Hansel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and religion from the University of Iowa.

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