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    Here is my shop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Lee
    It was dark so I used more white peg board than I needed on the walls to bounce light off of, its evenly bright now (no casting shadows from work lights)


    Boy, with all those sweet cannondales in there, it looks like you could use a cannondale light!
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    That would look really cool... I may have to hit up Ebay for one

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    Boy, with all those sweet cannondales in there, it looks like you could use a cannondale light!

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    It is an original dealer POS display from 1986 and I have the framed packing list and letter signed by their marketing director , Dan Alloway. It deserves a better home than I can give it as I have no Cannondales
    I'll pm you when I list it.

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    just an idea that I did in my shed (referring to your snowblower real estate challenges).... I build a ramp with a 'storage deck/level' on top so that the blower could be rolled/driven up with storage allowed underneath. In my shed for example, I roll the blower up the ramp, pull the ramp and then store the lawnmower and gas cans under it. This might work in your garage to gain some space. Just an idea.

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    My woodworking bench serves double duty as my stand and also holds the truing stand nicely I have moved it over to the peg board wall now, but don't have a picture of that.
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    My garage does extra duty as general workshop and home brewery complete with cooled fermentation chamber and 4 tap kegerator. And I still manage to fit a car in there once in a while too!





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    ^^^^^^^Oh man, you've created the mecca of a home shop/brewery. If I had fresh beers on tap in my shop I'd never see the light of day. Well done!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTSession
    ^^^^^^^Oh man, you've created the mecca of a home shop/brewery. If I had fresh beers on tap in my shop I'd never see the light of day. Well done!!!!!
    Thanks! Yeah it takes a good amount of self control to make sure my drinking doesn't get in the way of my riding. Or is it the other way around?
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    Nice use of space - way too clean tho. Is that a copper pipe mash paddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwoods
    Nice use of space - way too clean tho. Is that a copper pipe mash paddle?
    Yep. I made my own mash tun sparge arm and drain manifold out of 1/2" copper pipe. I didn't know how to sweat the copper together, so I had a buddy show me. After that project was complete, I had a few feet and some elbows leftover...thus the copper mash paddle!

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    Here is my work area in the basement....

    I moved back in December and the previous owner left an old kitchen cabneit/counter top in the garage so I moved it to the basement. I used the one larger room in the basement to store all my fishing,camping and MTN bike stuff. I still want to add a few things but so far it's a decent work area.

    Here is the old large cabneit/counter top. I use it to store new parts, weigh stuff etc. I have another area where all the dirty stuff goes. The area where a dishwasher used to go was the perfect size for my fridge. On the wall I put a small shelf to store cleaners, chain lube, anti seize etc. I got the stereo off of craigslist for $10.00. Gotta have tunes when I work on stuff....




    This is another small cabneit/counter top that was in the garage. It was in bad shape but I figured I would put it in the basement and might use it for something. If not I would throw it in the trash. Once I started to organize stuff I thought I would use it for working on dirty items etc. It had paneling on it that was in bad shape. I had some 1/4" MDF so I put a new back and sides on it. It has 2 shelves which I use to store parts after I clean them up. At the moment it has some used parts on the bottom shelf that I took off a friends bike this past winter when he upgraded some stuff on his bike. On the back of it I have a large hook to to hang wheels when I take them off the bike. I also put wheels on the bottom of the cabneit so that I could move it around. Get it closer to the bike so that I can lay tool or parts as I take them off the bike. In the background you can see a bookshelf. I use that to store tires right now and some other stuff.





    In this pic you can see the hook on the back where I hang wheels. The area between the small cabneit and the saw horse/green plywood(actually a train set up for my nephew) is where I work on the bikes.(about 7' between the two)(width is 9') I don't have a work stand right now so I just hang the bike from the ceiling. The area has room to hang two bikes. The bike thats getting worked on gets hung right under the shop light in the pic. The other one gets hung to the far left. Their is enough room to walk around both bikes. To hang the bikes I use 2 bike hooks per bike and some straps. Worked great when I tore everything off my friends bike to clean/ upgrade some parts this past winter but will probably get a work stand sometime in the future.




    My pegboard is hung to the left of the large cabneit. Right now I don't have a lot of tools. I just got stuff as I needed it. Will be adding some other items in the future. I plan on upgrading some parts on my own bike this winter.




    Overall I'm happy with my work area. It get's used the most in the winter to store 2 bikes or to work on them. Right now since I'm riding I keep my bike in the garage. I also keep some cheap allen wrenches, chain lube etc in the garage in case I need to do something quick before a ride....

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    I tried to make teh most of the space in our storage unit under our condo. Made teh bench from raw lumber with a masonite surface setup flush with the 2x8 frame. Without tools the bench probably weighs around 250lbs. The small toolbox to the left is sitting on a cabinet for extra parts, snowboard tuning stuff, some small power tools, etc.


    Now I need to get a real repair stand, in the meantime I used some scrap lumber to throw together a rack that also fits snugly in my pickup:

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    I've already posted here but since my garage has significantly changed, i thought id repost.
    Sorry if the pics are a bad size...
    Its a craftsman bench, and tool storage drawers that mounts under the bench. Then there is a floor cabinet and two wall cabinets. Lots of room to do all my repairs. there is also the stereo that can crank the music pretty loud if i need to. All my tools are in the drawers under the bench. For Christmas im looking for a stool and a light for the workbench, and maybe one of those gel mats to cushion my step. Its my favorite room in the house
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    Really nice shop! You must have spent some $$$ with all the Craftsman storage cabinets and the table/desk. NICE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mount Dora Cycles
    Lanpope, very impressive bike collection.

    I decided to clean up as best I could between service. Not so impressive but it gets the work done. Not shown in photos is a full size tool box for all the wrenches, sockets and random tools.

    Is that a homemade truing stand? do you have plans for it? looks rad.

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    This is my new shop toy a handle bar doom I custom made that holds your bars while you service your forks and also can hold brake levers, flashlight and shifterpods
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTSession
    I recently cleaned out the dark, dank basement in my building to create a dark, dank home bike and ski shop. Here she is in all her glory.







    What's your home shop like?
    mate, that basement is going to give me nightmares!!!

    i'll post some pics of mine when i get it finished.

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    My .02

    Sorry for the low quality pic, darn sun....

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    Great bike shops everyone! I'm in the process of building a new home with an over-sized 3-car garage. The plan is to use the 3rd bay for bike storage and maintenance area, with vehicles staying in the main 2-car garage area ... Any of you out there with a nice 3rd bay shop??? I'm always looking for ideas on garage organizing.

    Hydraulic brake question ... I currently hang my bikes upside down from the ceiling of my garage ... would that cause any problems with hydraulic brakes (air in system, etc)?

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    In regards to above brake question:
    Hanging of the bike is only an issue to the brakes if the brakes have air in them to begin with. Hanging the bike will let the potentially travel to a place where it will cause a noticable difference to the brake. Assuming the brake is bled properly and 100% air free, hang away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kfb66
    Hydraulic brake question ... I currently hang my bikes upside down from the ceiling of my garage ... would that cause any problems with hydraulic brakes (air in system, etc)?
    You will have more problems with fork seal seeping than brake issues, especially when the garage is hot.

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    Jeezus, you guys have some nice setups. I'd take a picture of mine but I think you all know what an upside down bike looks like sitting next to a Craftsman toolbox on the floor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfb66
    Hydraulic brake question ... I currently hang my bikes upside down from the ceiling of my garage ... would that cause any problems with hydraulic brakes (air in system, etc)?
    I used to hang all my bikes upside down (still do road bikes). A couple years ago I hurt my knee bad in the fall and hung my bike upside down for 4 months or so. When I went to get it down, the fox talas had leaked oil out of the tops of both legs and my juicy fives had leaked fluid out of both master cylinders at the rubber seals taking most of the paint off the caps with it. I don't hang any of my mountain bikes upside down anymore. Pics of my shop coming soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by have2ride2day
    I used to hang all my bikes upside down (still do road bikes). A couple years ago I hurt my knee bad in the fall and hung my bike upside down for 4 months or so. When I went to get it down, the fox talas had leaked oil out of the tops of both legs and my juicy fives had leaked fluid out of both master cylinders at the rubber seals taking most of the paint off the caps with it. I don't hang any of my mountain bikes upside down anymore. Pics of my shop coming soon.

    Looks like hanging the bike just illuminated problems you had to begin with - think of it as forced maintenance, which probably saved you money and headaches in the long run.

    No pics of my "shop." No garage at the new place, so downgraded to the spare bedroom since moving to SF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino
    Looks like hanging the bike just illuminated problems you had to begin with...
    Actually, I think that hanging the bikes upside down is what caused the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Byke Dood
    Here is a shot of mine
    Cool BMX. What kind is it? Those handlebars look like old school CW bars

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    Quote Originally Posted by have2ride2day
    Actually, I think that hanging the bikes upside down is what caused the problem.

    No, you're missing the point. If your brakes were properly bled to begin with and the master cylinders were in good shape, hanging would have no effect. If your fork was in good shape and the seals were in good condition, it would not have leaked.

    Hanging your bike brings to light issues that may already exist with the bike, but that you can't see under normal riding conditions.

    A bike in good shape should have no issues being hung upside-down. If you have problems, it's because of pre-existing conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino
    No, you're missing the point. If your brakes were properly bled to begin with and the master cylinders were in good shape, hanging would have no effect. If your fork was in good shape and the seals were in good condition, it would not have leaked.

    Hanging your bike brings to light issues that may already exist with the bike, but that you can't see under normal riding conditions.

    A bike in good shape should have no issues being hung upside-down. If you have problems, it's because of pre-existing conditions.
    No, I got the point. You may be right, but I've seen too many conficting opinions on this. I have the space, so I'll just leave my bike on the ground, right side up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Byke Dood
    This is my new shop toy a handle bar doom I custom made that holds your bars while you service your forks and also can hold brake levers, flashlight and shifterpods
    Clever! Care to elaborate on the construction of it?

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    This is one of my favorite threads. I love seeing pictures of the home workshop.

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    When my partner and I bought a house about a year ago, the downstairs area immediately caught my attention as a possible workshop area. It's not as good as some of the shops I've seen here, but it gets me by without too much trouble

    The room was empty beforehand, so the desks were built, painted & installed by myself (and woodwork isn't one of my strong points )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isildur
    When my partner and I bought a house about a year ago, the downstairs area immediately caught my attention as a possible workshop area. It's not as good as some of the shops I've seen here, but it gets me by without too much trouble

    The room was empty beforehand, so the desks were built, painted & installed by myself (and woodwork isn't one of my strong points )

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    ^^^
    Yep, it sure is I find it works at the perfect dowel to wrap a towel around when I'm servicing my forks & I need to clean the inside of the uppers & lowers!

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    I finally had a chance over the holidays to clean up my garage enough to take a few pictures.

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    My workbench and tool storage:



    Another small workbench with my drillpress:



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    converted the a side area of the basement into a work area, used a few old drawers to make a spot for my tools.


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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/17534977@N00/5189482927/" title="workbench and more bike crap by Paul de Valera, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/5189482927_fc89d28fc8.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="workbench and more bike crap" /></a>

    Latest pile of junked bikes..

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    The Garage

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    This isn't neccessarily my shop but it is my portable do everything workbench. The metal frame came off of the old yakima displays that looked like the front of hummers. I used the portion under the "hood" as this. I made a wood top and bolted on a Park bench mount stand, truing stand, vice, and 4 swivelling casters to the bottom. In the shelves I've got 2 tool boxed stuffed with tools, pile of rags, boxes of small parts, a green 25-drawer organizer that trash picked for smaller parts, lubes, cleaners...literally everything I need except an air compressor (although I do have a floor pump under there). This works perfect for moving around from place to place or garage to garage. Probably the best ability it has is to be able to be moved outside on a nice day and I don't have to run back and forth for tools and parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS

    Probably the best ability it has is to be able to be moved outside on a nice day and I don't have to run back and forth for tools and parts.
    That is convenient. Great idea.
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    My Bike Cave

    Last winter I converted my garage to a bike cave ,where all things that are bike related go and have their place.
    Being organized helps getting ready for a ride quickly much easier.
    I also enjoy working on and constantly tweaking/modifying bike setups.
    The allen key and screwdriver holder i made out of some extra maple handrail that i had in the garage.i drilled each hole at an angle so that the tools would be easier to grab.
    I used stainless steel trim head screws to hang the tools on the board.
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    I'm currently working on my shop area. It's been buried in the garage mess for far too long. I've probably got about half of the garage cleaned up, but I still have to organize my workbenches and deal with some of my bigger yard tools and whatnot.

    The workbenches won't be done until I get a respectable toolbox for everything. I'll be getting a Craftsman box to get that sorted out (my local Sears is so puny that I have to order the boxes - their display models are beat to hell).

    I did just get a compressor for Christmas for air work. I need to rebuild my canoe rack to raise the canoe about a foot, but I can't do that until I get the floorspace cleared out so I can get the boat out of the garage. I have some scrap treated lumber I'm donating to the local trail crew and clearing that junk out will open up some space, too. I'll also be putting attic access (drop-down ladder - I have one already, but the builder for some stupid reason put it in the hallway in the house where the space is too tight to actually get anything up there) in my garage so I can get all of the holiday decorations out of my workspace.

    Maybe when I'm done I'll be able to fit one car in my two car garage. If I had a shed for my yard tools I might actually get both cars in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk
    I'll also be putting attic access (drop-down ladder - I have one already, but the builder for some stupid reason put it in the hallway in the house where the space is too tight to actually get anything up there) in my garage so I can get all of the holiday decorations out of my workspace
    Sounds good I'm still finishing my garage re-organization. It's nice not to have that nagging feeling and regret when walking past and over the mess just to get to work on something

    I don't know if Texas building codes are similar, but in California the code is such that garages have stricter requirements on fire containment than the rest of the house, as fires as more likely to start there and if the fire got into the attic it would be harder to stop and will spread quicker to the rest of the house (that's how it was explained to me at least). The previous owners of my house had a nice drop down ladder in the garage and had to remove it and patch the hole to pass inspection. I saw some insulated ladders that meet this code but they are more expensive. For now I'm still putting up with indoor hallway access too

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn
    Sounds good I'm still finishing my garage re-organization. It's nice not to have that nagging feeling and regret when walking past and over the mess just to get to work on something

    I don't know if Texas building codes are similar, but in California the code is such that garages have stricter requirements on fire containment than the rest of the house, as fires as more likely to start there and if the fire got into the attic it would be harder to stop and will spread quicker to the rest of the house (that's how it was explained to me at least). The previous owners of my house had a nice drop down ladder in the garage and had to remove it and patch the hole to pass inspection. I saw some insulated ladders that meet this code but they are more expensive. For now I'm still putting up with indoor hallway access too
    Ugh, that might explain it. The builder cheaped out on other stuff, too, so it would not surprise me that he put the drop-down ladder in the hallway to avoid buying a more expensive drop-down ladder for the garage that met fire codes. I'd probably buy one of the more expensive ladders that met the code to make the attic space actually usable for storage.

    The ladder in the hallway is just fine for getting up there to access the furnace and blower, but the little platform in the attic is surrounded by ductwork and electrical and would not be an appropriate place to bring large Christmas tree boxes and such up into the attic. The attic space above the garage is completely empty...and is even completely uninsulated (another example of the builder cheaping out?) and would therefore be a blank slate for me to better insulate the garage and bring up a bunch of plywood to make a floor up there for storage.

    I'm not concerned so much about winter insulation. It doesn't get too terribly cold here for very long that the garage becomes unusable. In the summertime, though, the heat becomes unbearable in there. I'll post some pictures of my progress later today.

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    Here are some photos of my progress so far. It's not done yet. The canoe is too low, so it's getting raised at least 6"...I will try to get it as close to the garage door tracks as I can without it being in the way.

    I just ordered a Craftsman toolbox set which should be in in a week or so. The sale price was just too good to pass up ($160 off on the particular combo I ordered). The pile of stuff you see on the wall opposite the canoe is mostly decorations that will wind up in the attic sooner rather than later. Some of that is trash or stuff that needs to be donated, too. Mostly that stuff won't remain in the garage.

    I also need to make room for a freezer. I think it will go to the left of the water heater underneath the light switches or just to the right of the air compressor.
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    Clever! Care to elaborate on the construction of it?
    Here is a couple of shots I took of one I just finished for my double arm stand, it is all alloy construction and fully adjustable
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    Here is my shop!
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    Dude! how many bikes do you have????
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