Are you a bike lover? Want to build your own bike work stand? Want to spend some of your free times on your bike? Then you are on the dot that you are looking for. This article will help you to build your own bike work stand.
Riding a bike is a good hobby, but it takes a lot of effort to maintain performance and save money as well. But sometimes that is not enough. Like any other thing on earth, bikes too have their own expiration date. While you are using and riding your bike, it is exposed on some conditions that are not so good for it and they can cause some problems and issues to your bike. Some of them are easy to solve, but some of them takes more time, knowledge and experience. If you are not into that kind of stuff, like changing the tire or repairing any other issue, you should just leave it to the professionals.
But for the mechanics part it can cost a lot more money that you can imagine and when you see the simplicity of solvation, you will be sorry for not doing it yourself. So, why spend your money, when you can save them? Nowadays you can find solutions on the internet for every little or big problem. You just have to know what to search and you will find the answer of everything. It is the same for bike issues too. There is just one problem. Do you have the tools that you will need in the repairing process? Having them is the main and essential thing. Once you get them, you will be prepared and well equipped for any kind of bike repair.
Some of the essential tools that you will need when you fix and repair your bike are: chain checker, torx keys, floor pump, minipump, chain tool, 8, 9 and 10 mm combination wrenches, tire levels, cable cutter, compact scissors, hex keys, vise – whip and cassette locking tool with guide pins and handle, multitool, four – way screwdriver, spoke wrenches, sharpened spoke, etc. But having these tools may be useless if you do not have the one essential and the most important thing. You can repair and make your tools useful if you do not have a place where you will make the repair. The bike have to stand still somewhere and only then you can make the work that is needed. So, all of the work could be done only of there is a bike work stand.
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It is a tube that makes your bike stand still while you are working on it. So, if you are tired of bending your bike over some not so secure places, or tired of having to make your friends keep your bike to stand still for you, while you are doing your work – you will have to find yourself a bike work stand. But not all bike work stands are the same and not all of them are good for every type of a bike. So how to choose the right one? We recommend you to make your own bike work stand.
Depending on your needs and your bike, you will decide what kind of work stand you are going to make. But in general they are used in the same way for the same purposes, so how much differences could they have? The bike stand can be made of wood, metal or other material as you wish. The most important thing before start doing anything is to do the right measurement for your bike, so the bike and the work stand will be the perfect match. Here is the most simple and easy way of building your own bike work stand at your home. There are some general measurements for average bikes, but if you feel like you will have to make some changes, just do the right measurement and feel free to do it. Here is what has to be done.
Make a base. The base should be a flat surface that will keep the weight and make the balance of the whole equipment during the repairing process and will help the bike and the work stand to stand still. It can be made up of two 16 by 24 inch pieces of ¾ inch plywood that are glued and screwed together with ½ quarter inch wood screws. You want a thick base, if you use just a single piece of ¾ plywood, it will flex and the stand is just not going to be very solid.
Use flange that is for plumbing pipe. It has to be ½ quarter inch and it has to be screwed to the base with nits on the backside which are counter sunk into the wood. The main post should be one and ¼ inch iron plumbing pipe which has to be threaded on both ends.
Going on the top of that tube, you will have to make a 90⁰ corner. So, you should place a 90 elbow and then a 10 inch piece of black iron pipe. You should thread it only on one side so that you will have a longer piece. You just go ahead and you should cut it off.
This is the hardest part to be made, so you have to be extra careful. This is a part where you have to place the piece of a PVC tea pipe. It has to be 1 ¼ inch and you just have to fit it on to the pipe and have to cut a small slit into the both sides. Then, a piece of hose clamping the whole thing on, which allows it to be tightened down onto the pipe. It can also be rotated around and can be tightened into the position that you want.
This is the final step and this is when you have to take the piece of the PVC tea pipe and slice it down long ways on both, top and the bottom. So having the other ½ you should mounted two hinges in it when the half of it is opened. You will have to do on both sides, down and the bottom. Then on the top you should mounted a latch, screwed with four screws on each side.
After you are done doing that, next thing you should do is grab a small piece of pipe insulation and just place it in. You should cut the length of it as the length of the tee pipe. Leave the little pieces of plastic covering the adhesive there. So, just go ahead and wrap it around the top of the tube of the bike and then just close it up, latch it and you can actually put a screw through the little lock on the top, so that you will make it more secure. Also you can previously just glue that in and that could ease your work.
Now your own bike work stand is ready to be used. You should hurry up and build it because after you are done with that work, there is another one that waits for you, your bike.
It may seem a little complicated to build it in your home, on your own, but after you are done with it, you will see that is really easy. Just carefully follow the steps and you will have the most essential tool for the “health” of your bike. Now you can do all the small and big interventions on your bike. Working on it will no longer be an annoying process where you can’t do the proper work because your bike is moving and you try not to ruin its balance.
Why to build your own bike work stand and not go and buy one? Because it will cost you more money and if you make a mistake and buy a work stand that is not a good match for your bike, it will cost you even more. At home, while you are building it, you can make the measurements and adapt every piece just for your own bike. Making a mistake is always a part of the building process, but you can always fix it. So building it at home is always a better idea than buying it because it will be a work stand that is unique and specially and only for your own bike.
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