Gone Outdoors

How to Make a Stationary Bike Stand

by Wade Shaddy

You can make a solid, stationary bike stand that can hold up any bike by using an automotive rim without the tire and a large woodworkers clamp with rubber jaws to protect your bike's finish. By utilizing a rim for a counterbalance, your bike stand becomes very stationary. The weight of the rim stabilizes your bike and makes the stand a seemingly permanent addition to your garage or workshop. You can build the stand in less than one hour.

1. Screw the elbow onto the end of the 48-inch pipe using your hands. Screw the 18-inch pipe to the other end of the elbow.

2. Slide the radiator clamp over the end of the 18-inch pipe. Slide one handle of the woodworkers clamp between the radiator clamp and the pipe. Tighten the radiator clamp slightly with a 3/8-inch nut driver.

3. Center and weld the 48-inch pipe with elbow, 18-inch pipe and clamp assembly to the steel plate. The pipe should be standing vertically from the center of the plate.

4. Stand the assembly in the center of the wheel. Weld the plate to the wheel.

5. Grab the woodworkers clamp on top. Turn it with your fingers until the clamp is horizontal on top of the 18-inch pipe. Tighten the radiator clamp with a 3/8-inch nut driver to secure the clamp to the pipe.

Items you will need
  • One 3/4-by-3/4 inch 90-degree elbow
  • One 48-inch steel pipe, 3/4-inch diameter, threaded on one end
  • One 18-inch steel pipe, 3/4 inch diameter, threaded on one end
  • One steel radiator clamp, 1 inch
  • One 12-inch woodworkers clamp with rubber jaws
  • Nut driver, 3/8 inch
  • Arc welder
  • One 1/4-by-6-by-6 steel plate
  • Arc welder
  • Used steel automotive rim (wheel)

About the Author

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Shaddy has also worked as a newspaper reporter and writer, and as a contributing writer for Bicycling Magazine. Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008.

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