How to Make a Bicycle Repair Stand

How to Make a Bicycle Repair Stand
Essential to any bike mechanic's toolkit is a good repair stand. Repair stands hold the bicycle upright at a comfortable working level and allow the mechanic to understand exactly how his/her maintenance performs in real time (good repair stands allow the bike to be pedaled while secured). However, good repair stands can be expensive and may require an inordinately large investment that is not necessary for the home mechanic. A cheap, sturdy repair stand can be built out of PVC piping in as little as an afternoon and with a very small overall monetary investment.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • PVC 4 way fittings
  • Foam pipe insulation
  • PVC cement
  • Hacksaw
  • PVC tubing
  • PVC T-fittings
  • 90 degree PVC elbows
 
Step 1
Cut four 15 inch long pieces of tubing and two 30 inch long pieces. Connect the 15 inch pieces with a three sided T-fitting and repeat for the two other 15 inch pieces. Connect the ends of the 15 inch frames to the 30 inch tubes with 90 degree elbows to form a square box for the base of your stand.
Step 2
Use the hacksaw to cut two 34 inch pieces of tubing and then connect them to the T-fittings on the square base. Connect the top of the two 34 inch pieces with a 4 way T-fitting and go back through all of your fittings and cement the connections with the PVC cement.
Step 3
Cut another 15 inch section of PVC and cement it into the end of the 4 way T-fitting extending horizontally away from one of the vertical support tubes. Glue another 4 way T-fitting at the top of this 15 inch tube. Use the hacksaw to cut a vertical notch in the 4 way T-fitting to allow your bike's bottom tube slide into it.
Step 4
Cut a 3 inch piece of pipe in half and then cement it perpendicular in the crook of the elbow of the lower 4 way T-fitting on the supports so the bike's bottom bracket may rest here. Glue foam pipe insulation in all of the areas that will contact the bike.
Step 5
Allow the cement to dry for 24 hours and then place your bike in the stand by sitting the bottom bracket on the bottom 4 way T-fitting support and your downtube in the upper 4 way T-fitting support.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
You can use small bungee cords to hold the bicycle in place to ensure that it does not fall off the stand while you are working on it.

Article Written By Nathaniel Miller

Nathaniel Miller is a technical writer for an environmental division of Microbac Laboratories, Inc. He has a Master of Science from Ohio University. With over eight years of technical writing experience, Miller has a diverse skill-set and enjoys a wide-ranging client base. He is widely published on numerous writing websites and runs a small writing business out of his home in Marietta, Ohio.

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