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How are you currently storing your bikes? Are they just laid up against the side of a wall or in your garage?
Or have you been searching for a bike rack to help store them only to be devastated by looking at the price tag on it.
Nothing to fear, today I want to show you how to create 2 DIY bike racks. DIY means “do it yourself” and these are also cheap!
Check out the video below and you’ll see exactly how I built not 1, but 2 cheap and easy bike stands. If you can’t see the video, click here to view it on the YouTube channel.
Why do you need a good bike rack or stand?
That’s not a knock against you or how much you ride, its just fact. You have to sleep, work, eat and can’t be riding your bike 24/7 even though we would all like to.
Sure, you can lean it up against a wall or a piece of furniture, but that takes up awkward space and your bike could easily fall over. And in my experience, when I have to lean my bike up against something it’s often times not that convenient to get to or to work on.
Wouldn’t it be better to have a dedicated space for your bike where it’s not taking up valuable space but is still convenient to get to? That’s why you need a good bike rack.
The problem with retail bike racks
So you need a rack, but now what kind? If you check out the local bike shop you will find several varieties, most range from $50 or $60 all the way up to $3-400. Personally I don’t want to spend that kind of money on a bike rack. Remember, I’m all about keeping costs down in this often times incredibly expensive sport.
My favorite example of a crazy high price tag is the VeloGrip Bike rack. It is a beautiful system for hanging your bikes upright against a wall where they are easily stored out of the way. I love the idea of this rack, it has a storage shelf, it holds multiple bikes and you can even store extra wheels as well!
But this VeloGrip bike rack also costs $250+. There is no way I can afford that.
That’s why I set out to build my own. Sure, it’s not as pretty as the VeloGrip with their multiple color options and slick paint job but it works just as well and it costs 1/5th the price.
DIY VeloGrip Bike Rack
This bike rack was really simple to build and is great for keeping the more seldom used bikes out of the way. My wife for instance greatly prefers road riding and so her mountain bike unfortunately doesn’t get used that often. This rack keeps it out of the way and yet very neatly stored.
Here’s the materials you need.
- 1 6 foot iron or lead pipe
- 3-5 Husky Hang-All straps
- 2 or 3 heavy duty shelf supports
- Heavy duty zipties
- 3-5 metal O-rings
- 3-5 metal S-hooks
- 3-5 metal caribeaners (optional)
I had to do some digging on this to find a suitable replacement for the VeloGrip brand velcro straps that wrap around the wheels. But finally I found the Husky Hang All straps available at The Home Depot for about $5 a strap. I chose the 36 inch version, which in hindsight may have been too long and I would probably recommend the 24 inch.
All in all, the materials for this rack only cost me $60.
Mount the heavy duty shelf supports to the wall, and make sure you mount them into a stud. Lay the iron pipe over the top of the shelf supports hooks and then slide the O-rings onto the pipe. Once the O-rings are in place use the zipties to secure the iron pipe to the shelf supports. Finish it off by hooking the Husky Hang-All straps to the S-hooks and caribeaners.
Your DIY VeloGrip bike rack is ready to use!
This has been a great bike rack for our family and I really like the way it allows the bikes to swivel sideways to take up less space. It does not however make it a convenient place to store a bike that I ride frequently. I inevitably still leaned my bike up against my workbench or a wall after a ride because I knew that I would be back on it the next day and didn’t want to go to the trouble of hanging it up.
PVC Bike Rack
This is a great rack for convenient access to my daily rider and it looks terrific with the paint job. The best part is that it only cost about $10 to build, PVC is super cheap!
I will admit that my 29″ tires are a little bit snug and I may make some adjustments in the future so that they better fit in this rack. My roadbike and other 26 inch mountain bike tires fit perfectly though.
Here’s the materials you need to make this.
- 1 10 foot piece of PVC
- 8 90 degree PVC elbow joints
- 6 T-shaped PVC elbow joints
- A measuring tape or ruler
- A hand saw, skil saw or PVC cutters
- A sharpie
- Spray Paint (optional)
- PVC cement (optional)
Start off by cutting your PVC pipe down to the lengths you will need. Measure out each length with your ruler and mark it with you sharpie. Then take your saw or PVC cutters and cut along that mark. You will need the following lengths of PVC in order to make a bike rack for 1 bike
- 2 – 23″ lengths
- 2 – 14″ lengths
- 4 – 7″ lengths
- 3 – 2.5″ lengths
- 2 1.25″ lengths
Once you have all of your pieces cut, just adjoin them using the 90 degree elbows and T-shaped elbows. PVC is great because it’s like adult legos, just snap them together and your pretty much done!
I chose to paint my rack to give it a little extra style and also chose to use PVC cement for a more permanent seal between pieces.
I’m really happy with how both of these racks came out. They are very functional, convenient and best of all cheap to create. Certainly, these aren’t perfect by any means and especially the Velogrip knock-off could use some prettying up.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how these DIY bike racks work out for you if you try them or if you have other ideas that could be just as great. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Edit** One of our readers, Lars, mentioned in the comments that there is a similar rack to what I have built on Amazon for only $16! THAT IS NUTS! You can check it out through this link.
Be aware though and read the reviews of it. According to the reviews it only fits some bikes, many 26″ MTB’s with disc brakes don’t seem to fit and I would be doubtful that a 29er would fit. But it is a great deal for road bikes or disc-less MTB’s.
A huge thank you to my friend and Cadence Cyclery teammate Justyn Wilder. I’ve been in Arkansas on my anniversary this week with scarce access to the internet. Justin volunteered to help out and put together a spot on preview!
2012 DORBA Fall Series Race at Rowlett Creek Preserve (RCP)
The final round of the DORBA Fall series lands at Rowlett Creek Preserve (RCP). With many of the overall points races coming down to the final round. The racing should be close, intense, and racers will be going all out for the win.
The entrance to RCP is located off of Centerville Road just north of HWY 66. It has a great concrete parking lot but there isn’t a lot of room. Click this link for a map on the DORBA websitethat helps to lay out more parking.
Upon riding the trail at RCP for the first time I realized that this course is going to be fast and riders who can stay off of the brakes will do well. RCP has several twisty turns. Some fast some slower. Keeping your weight on the outside foot and your fingers off the brakes will bode well for those who want to go fast.
The start is fairly long but not nearly as hard as the previous start at the Erwin Park race. It’s a straight shot to the entrance of the trail which is a hard left turn. The trail then parallels the start strait and then runs along the creek. A fair warning the creek is in play. You don’t want to fall in. There are few log cross overs. Use caution here because I encountered that they did not have logs on the back side meaning you can easily bash your chainring if you don’t properly hop them.
There aren’t too many climbs. I believe loop 7 is the only section where there are any challenging elevation changes. There are numerous places to pass but don’t let that effect your decision on how to approach the start. There are several open straights to make a pass, gap yourself, or on the down side get passed. The home stretch is a deal breaker. If you are in the lead you can pretty much control your fate. There is a little left hander that slows you down then its power to the pedals. If you are battling for a position strategy can work to your benefit.
Race Start Times & Distances
Cat 3 – 8:30am – 8 miles Cat 2 – 10:00am – 16 miles Cat 1 – 11:45am– 24 miles (Mileage and start times per DORBA. My Garmin said the course is close to ten. The race course is everything minus loops 6,13, and 14.)
Analysis & What To Expect
The race loop is going to be fast. You may even be able to draft off a competitor. There’s nothing really hard about this course other then the fact that you will need to pedal fast a lot. With the moisture that is on the course it will be tacky and your tires should hold pretty well. If you have the time to take a slow lap around the course before the race, do it. The course isn’t hard but familiarizing yourself with where you will be racing goes a long way. DORBA has been doing a great job marking the courses but it would definitely be easy to make a wrong turn here.
As for winning times; I have no idea. The fastest time on STRAVA is 36:52 and that was recorded July 2011. On 9/25/2012 a time of 37:49 was recorded. It will be fast.
Race Course Map & Altitude Profile
Total climbing: 220 ft
Notes from Shawn
Justyn did a terrific job of laying the scene for this race, huge round of applause!
The race at Rowlett Creek Preserve will be a sprint from beginning to end. It may end up being closer to a time trial than a mountain bike race depending on where you start off. If you are an overall points contender or want to place top 5 at this race, then you had better start out in the lead.
With this course, there are large portions that you may even want to lock out your front fork on so that you get the best power transfer through your bike. Those open field sections will allow you to conserve some extra energy with a locked out fork, energy that will be badly needed come the sprint at the finish line.
If you ride a full suspension bike, stop by your shop and have them put a little extra air in your rear shock. Personally, I will be running about 240 psi in my rear suspension for this race. This nearly makes my bike a hardtail, again helping to conserve energy in open straits and improve the power transfer to the wheels.
Good luck at Rowlett Creek Preserve (RCP) and have a great, fast, and safe race!
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What a crazy week.
I’m almost done with some cool new tutorials that you are going to love. Unfortunately they aren’t quite ready like I thought they would be.
So today, I will be sharing some of my favorite mountain bike videos and cycling clips on YouTube. And no these do not include any of my own videos, you’ll have to wait for my next post to see that.
Mountain Bike Videos
Starting off. My favorite and perhaps most motivating video for riding.
Next is another one of my favorite videos. The synchronization these 4 riders have is crazy and the videography/soundtrack is terrific.
Not a lot of this style of riding here in Texas, but its still pretty great.
Not enough for you?
How about this absolutely insane downhill run by world champ Danny Hart. Reckless abandon doesn’t even start to describe the way he rides in that mud. At 2 minutes 25 seconds i swear the announcer has a small heart attack!
The worst fall video I have ever seen. Beware of a little strong language if you have kids around.
Get a dose of mountain bike history. Did you know how the sport started?
I think I need one of these helicopters to cover our races here in Texas. Pretty darn cool!
And just wait until 4 minutes and 35 seconds into the video. One of the racers gets mad and throws his bike into a pool of water. HA!
I’m sorry, but I had to share this one. It’s catchy so I apologize in advance for getting the song stuck in your head.
Finally, because any list of any riding is just incomplete without a clip of Danny Macaskill.
I chose to use something other than his infamous Inspired Bicycles video that’s been viewed over 31 milliont times. To see that one, you can click here.