So I've been slowly getting more and more into biking and I have found that I wanted or needed some things but some of the prices on these things are ridiculous. I can't justify them at least so I made my own. Can't take the credit for the bike repair stand but here are the pics and the link.
DIY BLOG: DIY Portable Bike Repair Stand
Ok So I had a few issues in the construction that I would like to share.
1. The main post was not able to accept a 1" pipe however a bench grinder will help you solve this problem.
2. Had a hard fitting the 3/4" pipe through the 1" pipe. Apparently not all pipes are truly round and not all t-fittings are straight. I was testing this with grease during the build and found where everything wasn't sliding smoothly.
3. Try to find quality stands. I got cheap and ended up spending another $15 bucks replacing all of the hardware on the stand.
Other than that it was a pretty easy build. I spent a total of $160 bucks and I built two stands. My neighbor tossed in cash with me and it was a pretty good deal. The stand is EXTREMELY sturdy. I was very surprised at the stability. Very easy to work on with a chair or standing.
The other project was my first attempt at making something work when I don't have a lot of cash laying around. I was also getting tired of loading my bike in the back of the 4runner and cleaning up after I did so. I made it out of a cheapo 2" hitch cargo platform and with a few other odds and ends I came up with this.
I haven't tried it out yet but I plan on doing so here soon. I estimate that I can carry 4 bikes safely and without damaging or scratching anything up. I could use constructive criticism on this project. I am going to add some clearance lights on the trailer at the corners just to help with illumination at night. I sprayed the whole assembly with rubberized undercoating to keep rocks from chipping and stuff like that. It doesn't wiggle much though.
Total cost was 100 bucks with hardware and acquisition of the platform.
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