We continue to receive great DIY bike repair stand ideas from our readers. This time Mike went MacGyver on his garage workbench and created a repair stand for less than $10. All text and pictures below are credited to Mike and the original pictures can be found via his photobucket account.
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Faced with a need to elevate my bicycle for a bit of maintenance, as well a lack of funding for anything better, the “MacGyver” that is present in most of us came to the rescue.
The garage already had a workbench and a vise which would serve to hold a length of 2x4 in an upright and vertical position.
Two additional and shorter lengths of 2x4 were stacked one on top of the other, and a drill mounted hole saw was used to create a U-shaped notch in each piece.
A used computer mouse pad was cut into sections and used to pad the U-shaped notches.
One of these notched lengths of 2x4 was attached to the vertical member using a 5 1/2” HD “L” bracket.
The remaining notched length of 2x4 was attached on top of the other using a simple hinge.
The top tube of the bicycle is placed into the lower notch, the hinged length of 2x4 brought down to clamp the bicycle in place. Gaps in the mouse pad cushions protected the cable runs.
At the time of creation, a simple C-Clamp was used to clamp the hinged portion in place.
A later “upgrade” (shown in the photos) involved the creation of pivoting bolt and a round piece of plywood used as a knob to which a threaded Tee nut was pressed into place.
Now, after dropping the hinged portion downward, the pivoting bolt is rotated downward and into a notch, and the plywood “knob” simply tightens the package together.
1 ea 2x4x72”
1 ea 2x4x20”
1 ea 2x4x18”
2 ea 1x2x4”
1 ea 1” diameter wood dowel x 2.25” long
1 ea 1/4-20 Carriage Bolt x 6” long
1 ea 1/4-20 Cap Nut
1 ea 1/4-20 Tee Nut
1 ea 5 1/2” HD “L” bracket
1 ea 1 1/2” or 2” hinge
1 ea Used mouse pad
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