How To Over-Build A Bike Rack
My girlfriend had wanted to a "hybird" type bike, even before we met. After we started dating, I talked some sense into her. You can't beat the versatility of a mountain bike with street tires :) So now she has a kona hard tail. But it just leans precariously in her kitchen, waiting to fall over. So I built her a rack for christmas. I search for designs on the googles, and merged everything I saw into something I thought would work well, and that I could build easy enough. But I don't build many bike racks. In fact, I don't do a whole lot of building with wood at all. Not structures anyway. So the rack, as seen below, is mostly 2x4 with a few sections of 1x4. It's bolted together with 48 leg screws, plus all wood contact areas are glued together too. Once I was about halfway through, I realized I was significantly overbuilding this thing. But it was too late to change it then so I just finished up. The word "solid" does not do it justice. A bike tire looks downright silly in this rack, having 4" of wood on ether side of it. I'm fairly convinced that her grandchildren will be putting their hoverbikes in this rack many years from now.
So it functions great. And if you're interested in this kind of rack, definitely steal this design. Just do yourself a favor and use much less wood, and far fewer bolts. But I do recommend the glue though. Glue and bolts work great together.
Also I made it too wide. That is, there is too much space between the individual bike holders. My original plan had them closer together, but I kind of panicked when I was cutting the wood and made those two beams longer to make sure the bikes wouldn't fight. Oh well, next time, I'll built it even better :D