Whether you’re a pro biker or love biking around town, you have a bike (or two!) that needs storing between treks. Good quality stands can carry hefty prices, costing you anywhere from $50-$300. This often isn’t feasible – for your budget or your living space. If you like making things with your own hands, you’ll enjoy building affordable bike stands.
This article describes three different bike racks you can make using PVC piping – an inexpensive, multi-purpose, convenient material. In this guide, I will guide you on how to build bike stands.
DIY Bike Stand for Multiple Bikes
You have your mountain bike and your road bike and maybe a kid’s bike or two. Where do you keep them when you’re not riding? If you need an idea for storing your bikes, try this PVC bike stand that holds multiple bikes.
All you need is a 1″ diameter PVC pipe, tees, elbows, PVC cutting tool, and PVC cement and primer. You can build it, so it holds only two bikes, or you can add additional fittings and piping to create slots for more bikes.
The best part of this DIY bike stand is that it is lightweight and easily portable – take it with you on cross-country road trips or move it with you when you relocate to a new home.
Simple Single Bike Stand
If your bike doesn’t have a kickstand, you may be looking for an option to store your bike upright without worrying about scratching the paint or scuffing the walls of your garage, home, or apartment.
The steps below detail how to build a simple, compact bike stand out of PVC. This bike stand attaches to the frame of your bike near the back wheel.
How to Build Bike Stands: Materials Needed
- 1″ Schedule 40 PVC Pipe
- (8) 1″ Schedule 40 PVC Tees
- PVC Primer and Cement
- Band Saw
- Sandpaper or Sander
How to Build Bike Stands: Steps
Step 1: Cut your PVC pipe into the following lengths:
- (2) 14 inch.
- (2) 3 inch.
- (3) 12 inch.
- (2) 7 inch.
Step 2: Sand the cut PVC pipe pieces with sandpaper or a sander.
Step 3: Take a 14 in. piece of PVC and fit a tee to the bottom (with the side sockets pointing outwards). Insert a 3 in. piece to the right socket opening of the tee. Then, add a tee to the other end of the 3 in. piece, inserting the PVC pipe into one of the tee’s side sockets.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 with the second 14 inch PVC pipe. Set aside.
Step 5: Using the piece you assembled in Step 3, insert a 7 inch PVC pipe into the tee that does not have the 14 inches PVC piece. Make sure you add the 7 in. piece in the socket that creates a straight line with the 3 inch apiece. Add a tee to the other end of the 7 in. piece (making sure you join the tee using one of the side sockets and not the middle socket).
Step 6: Continuing with the piece assembled in Step 5, make sure the middle sockets of your tees are facing inwards and perpendicular to the 14 in. piece (this 14 in. piece will hold onto the frame of your bike). Then, insert two of the 12 inches. PVC pieces into the middle sockets of the tees.
Step 7: Grab the piece you made in Step 4 and attach it to the piece assembled in Step 6. To attach these two pieces, you’ll be focusing on the 12 in. pipe closest to the 14 in. pipe from the piece in Step 6.
Slip the tee’s middle socket from the piece assembled in Step 4 onto the 12 in. piece of pipe. Once you do this, you should have both of the 14 in. pieces parallel to each other and point upwards.
Step 8: Add a tee to the 12 in. pipe that is furthest from the 14 in. pieces of pipe. Make sure you use the middle socket of the tee. Then, insert a 7-inch pipe into the left side socket of the tee. Connect the other end of this 7-inch pipe into the tee’s open socket from the piece assembled in Step 7.
Step 9: Set aside the structure from Step 8 and grab the last two PVC tees. Using a marker, draw a line down the middle of the top of the tee. You’ll use this line to cut the top of the tee in half. (Do not cut the middle socket. This middle socket will be used to attach the piece to the structure from Step 8.) The “U” shape you’ll create by cutting this tee in half will be used to hold the frame of the bike. Make sure you cut the top of the tee so it’s on a bit of a slant (one side of the “U” will be higher than the other).
Step 10: Add the tees cut in Step 9 to the structure from Step 8. The tees will go onto the tops of the 14 in. pieces. Ensure the slightly longer sides of the “U” shaped tees face towards the middle of the structure. Push the 14 in. pieces in towards each other slightly so that they are at an angle.
Step 11: Test the stand-out with your bike. Rest the frame of the bike’s back wheel in the tees you cut in half. You may have to adjust the angle of the 14 in. pieces of PVC so that the bike’s frame fits in the tees. Once you seem to have the right angle for your 14 in. pieces and the tees on top (they may need to be at a slight inward angle to hold onto the bike frame), mark the PVC pipe pieces so once you start gluing the pieces together, you’ll remember the correct angles and positions of every piece.
PVC Bike Rack for the Truck Bed
When you spend a couple of hundred dollars on a nice bike, you don’t want to toss it into the back of your truck where it can get scratched and damaged. For a cheap, durable solution, make this DIY bike rack out of PVC. It’ll fit perfectly in the bed of a truck and can hold up to three bikes.
- ¾” Schedule 40 PVC Pipe
- (18) ¾” Schedule 40 PVC Tees
- Chop Saw
- PVC Primer and Cement
Steps for Building a Truck Bed Bike Rack
Step 1: Cut the PVC pipe into the following lengths (be sure to measure the bed of your truck first, then adjust the measurements according to the dimensions of your truck bed):
- (12) 10 inch.
- (6) 12 inch.
- (6) 6 inch.
- (9) 2 inch.
Step 2: Make three horizontal pieces (the top and bottom of the frame and the supporting piece’s bottom). For one-piece, you’ll use two 10 in. pipes, three 2 in. pipes, four tees, and two elbows. To make the first piece, take the two 10 pieces of PVC and add tees to both ends (with the middle socket pointing downwards). Join these two pieces together by connecting them with a 2-inch piece of PVC. To each end of this one long piece, add a 2-inch piece. Slip an elbow onto each end with the opened socket pointing down (the same direction as the tees’ opening). Repeat Step 2 until you have three identical pieces.
Step 3: Make six vertical pieces (the bike rack parts that hold the bike tires). For one-piece, you’ll need one 10 inches pipe, one 12 inch pipe, and one tee.
To make the first piece, join the two pipes together with the tee. The 12-inch pipe should be on top. Repeat Step 3 until you have six identical pieces.
Step 4: Make the rack’s face (joining the pieces from Steps 2 and 3). Into the tees and elbows’ sockets from two of the horizontal pieces from Step 2, add the vertical pieces from Step 3.
This should create one rectangle with three slots for bike tires. (Make sure the opened sockets of the tees on the vertical pieces all point upwards once you’ve finished assembling.)
Step 5: Put the feet into the face of the rack by inserting six of the 10 in. pieces of pipe into the opened sockets of the tees from Step 4.
Step 6: Finish the supporting piece of the rack by adding the third horizontal piece (from Step 2) to the legs from Step 5.
Step 7: Flip the rack over so that the slots for the bike tires are facing upward. Now, you’re ready to fit it into your truck bed! If everything fits as it should, you can secure the PVC pieces together with PVC cement and primer. Add the rack back to your truck and secure bikes in place with ratchet straps.
Affordable Bike Stands – Made by You
Your bikes are your life, and you want to care for them properly. You don’t have to worry about scuffing and scratches with these three DIY bike stands. Whether you have one bike or multiple bikes, you can build an affordable, durable stand that keeps your bike in place – wherever you are.