Do It Yourself — Adjustable Bike Rack
Earlier, I have built a simple bike stand that fits one bike. That’s the problem, it’s only for one bike. After getting my Merida Ride 300, I quickly got tired of leaning one of the bikes against a wall just to have it fall over half the time. Therefore, I decided to build a bike rack. The problem was, that tires are not equal in size and would be a bummer if the fixed rack would fit different tires too loosely or not at all. That’s why I decided to make an adjustable bike rack that could fit tires of any size. Here’s how to make your own adjustable bike rack.
The design would be easy to scale up to fit more than two bikes. Simply make the side planks with grooves wider, build one more sled piece, attach a fixed piece of a plank in the middle and cut extra grooves open. Simple.
Required tools and materials
For making this project you’ll need basic woodworking tools. The only required power tool is a power drill, although a power saw of any sort will make the job a lot easier. For material, I used 95 x 19 mm plank, because it was readily available and suitable for the project. You don’t necessarily need those 8 triangular pieces, and you can skip using them if getting them straight is too much of a burden. I luckily had a power saw that could cut them straight. If I only had a handsaw I would have never used such pieces.
For the exact measurements, you can check the PDF file. I needed to make it as compact as possible due to limited space in my apartment, so don’t hesitate to make yours slightly larger if you got more room in your place!
Making the “sleds”
For a more step by step guide, see the video.
Start by building the sleds. Drill 6 mm holes through the 9 cm long pieces like shown in the pictures. I used a countersink, but you don’t have to because there’s no need to, I just realized it too late.
Next drill pilot holes on both ends of the 46 cm long pieces and on the 9 cm long pieces. Note that the holes on the sides of the 9 cm pieces are not exactly in the middle. When drilling the pilot holes on the 9 cm pieces, make sure to have the side holes closer to the pilot holes than the other edge. Once you screw the pieces together, the holes should be in the center of the new wider side.
You can also attach triangular pieces in the corner to give the structure more rigidity. It’s optional though.
Making the frame
The frame is easy to build. Just drill pilot holes through two of the 50 cm long pieces and fix the pieces together. For looks, you can attach the triangular pieces to the bottom, but those are optional too.
I decided to make the grooves adjustable between 2 to 9 cm, but you can change these measurements for wider/skinnier tires. I used a nail to mark the starting and ending position of the grooves, marked the grooves with a sharpie, drilled holes at both ends and used a jigsaw and files to cut the grooves open. The jigsaw had seen its best days, so that’s why the grooves are slightly uneven and not the smoothest. But they’ll do.
After testing it out it was just a matter of giving it a paint job and putting your new adjustable bike rack to good use!
Adjustable Bike Rack finished
Cost of the project: >20€ including two cans of spray paint.
Time spent: 5-6 hours including sanding the planks and painting.