Lately I've been eyeballing some repair stands and contemplating building my own. I don't have a real garage, just a carport with a small attached shop area. The shop area has a workbench, but there's just not much room to move. So I'm thinking of building a movable repair stand. Something that I can put up and take down quickly, but also something that can move around a bit. I've got a great covered area in my carport, but no easy hose access for washing. However, I do have 4x4 posts in both the carport and over near the hose.
So I'm thinking that this post-mounted repair stand (it is an old link, no more detailed pictures, sorry) might be just the thing for me. It's nice because it uses inexpensive standard hardware and the main body of the stand is easily moved from location to location, provided you've got mounts already installed.
As usual, Instructables has some nicely designed bike repair stands. This one is a really sweet looking bench mounted repair stand, made of PVC. The clamp is very similar to the first version, with a PVC 'T' cut in half and reassembled with hinges and a clasp. The overall design is super simple and ought to be just the thing if you've got a workbench with a little extra room.
Here's the second design from Instructables. It's a free standing PVC bike repair stand. This is a pretty clever design that uses no clamp to hold the bike in place. The bike's bottom bracket just rests on the stand. Be sure and read through the comments before beginning this build, since you may require a repair stand with a bit more stability.
This wooden bench mounted repair stand looks like a straightforward build. You'll need a workbench and some pipe clamps. This one uses a bit of plumbing polyurethane in place of the foam pipe insulation of the previous builds.
Now here's a serious project. This heavy duty bike repair stand is nothing to sneeze at, but if you've got the gear and the welding chops then get after it. This thing looks like a medieval torture device.
This fine looking pipe based bike repair stand uses simple and easily obtainable raw materials. The clamp looks a little overbuilt, though I bet you could use one of the PVC clamps from above without much ill effect. The base of the stand uses the same metal flange as used on the first repair stand in this post.
This next one is pretty interesting. I found reference to it in various search engines, but the site was gone. Wayback Machine to the rescue! This design is a freestanding wooden bike repair stand that ends up looking a bit like a miniature gallows. But don't let that deter you. If you've got the wood sitting around, it might be just the thing. If you've got to buy the wood, then you can probably count on not really saving any money over a cheap stand. But then again, cheap stands aren't as much fun as building your own, eh?
UPDATE - If you like this post, check out other repair stands posted since!