• 03-13-2010
    VTSession
    The "What's your shop look like?" thread
    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?
  • 03-13-2010
    JonathanGennick
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    Cool thread idea. Here's one shot of mine:

    Attachment 527482
  • 03-13-2010
    mechBgon
    I keep most of my personal stuff at work, so most of my "home" shop isn't at home:


    not normally this dark, it just makes for lots of contrast


    yeah, that's mine


    now if I could just keep it this clean all the time...


    ...but those darn customers keep interfering!

    But some of it's still at home, so...

  • 03-13-2010
    VTSession
    .....looks clean to me....

    Good looking shops

    ....keep it going.....
  • 03-14-2010
    quietcornerrider
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    Here's mine, and it too, is never as clean as the photo suggests.
  • 03-14-2010
    Gsromich
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    here is my shop in my garage. I don't have a lot of space until the snowblower leaves in spring.

    also have this pic with out my pride and joy Gary fisher Wahoo disc. I just tinker with that red dimondback sorrento in my spare time. I love having that boombox hooked up to some old computer speakers.
  • 03-15-2010
    PissedOffCil
    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?

    Hell that looks so much like my first home shop in my apartment. In the basement, so damp, low ceiling, no light but I wrenched and learned to build wheels there. I'm glad with my new shop now. Can post pics later...
  • 03-15-2010
    kvojr
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    You can see some of mine behind the bike. I also have a Craftsman toolbox and a steel cabinet on another wall.
  • 03-15-2010
    IRONMAN1518
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    My Shop/Garage
    Had two garages prior in two other houses. This one I planned to build based on needs/wants and previous garages. Took a lot of time planning, drawing, thinking and asking others. Had a contractor build the "shell", a friend and I wired it, my wife and I insulated all of it; (garage door is insulated too) and my friend and I paneled it. There are 13 outlets, three airlines, a drill press, two wheel grinder, air tools, bike tools, workbenches, a sink with a small hot water heater to wash up in, etc. We installed an evaprative cooler for the summer and my two little space heaters do keep the garage warm in winter. I had worked very hard to save the $$ for it because it was to be my LAST garage. I'm not moving ever again. :madman:
    I had carpet on the floor to keep it warm in summer and easy on the feet and when I need to crawl under a car. Both our cars fit inside with room to work on my bikes or fix any other item. We have a 20 X 40 shed where the "extras" are stored, including a Safety-Kleen parts washer i got at a garage sale years ago.
    Due to age and body conditions I race a bit less and welcome anyone willing to learn to work on their bikes so they learn how to do it. It's my small way to "give back " to the sport.:D
    My wife said she didn't care what i put up on the walls so I have all the "ME" walls aI want! Old motorcycle racing trophies, mountain-biking:) race posters, odds and ends, old pictures, etc etc, LOVE IT!!
  • 03-16-2010
    PissedOffCil
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by IRONMAN1518
    Had two garages prior in two other houses. This one I planned to build based on needs/wants and previous garages. Took a lot of time planning, drawing, thinking and asking others. Had a contractor build the "shell", a friend and I wired it, my wife and I insulated all of it; (garage door is insulated too) and my friend and I paneled it. There are 13 outlets, three airlines, a drill press, two wheel grinder, air tools, bike tools, workbenches, a sink with a small hot water heater to wash up in, etc. We installed an evaprative cooler for the summer and my two little space heaters do keep the garage warm in winter. I had worked very hard to save the $$ for it because it was to be my LAST garage. I'm not moving ever again. :madman:
    I had carpet on the floor to keep it warm in summer and easy on the feet and when I need to crawl under a car. Both our cars fit inside with room to work on my bikes or fix any other item. We have a 20 X 40 shed where the "extras" are stored, including a Safety-Kleen parts washer i got at a garage sale years ago.
    Due to age and body conditions I race a bit less and welcome anyone willing to learn to work on their bikes so they learn how to do it. It's my small way to "give back " to the sport.:D
    My wife said she didn't care what i put up on the walls so I have all the "ME" walls aI want! Old motorcycle racing trophies, mountain-biking:) race posters, odds and ends, old pictures, etc etc, LOVE IT!!

    Clean!
  • 03-16-2010
    IRONMAN1518
    Thanks Pissed, though my wife disagrees but it is MY garage so it don't matter!!
  • 03-17-2010
    NYrr496
    VTSession, you're gonna go blind down there with that single light bulb. You can get 4 foot hanging florescents at the Depot cheap. I put four in my basement and painted the floor and walls light grey, it has all the light you could ever want.
  • 03-17-2010
    2_WD
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by IRONMAN1518
    LOVE IT!!

    Nice shop. U work for Sears by any chance lol!!
  • 03-17-2010
    IRONMAN1518
    Thanks 2 WD, nope I've just used their tools for over 50 years, they worked for me when I was an electrician in a steel mill, and when I raced motorcycles. I did have a side business selling motorcycle accessories and doing engine work, porting and polishing heads and cylinders, and did all my own car work. I will say the guys at Sears loved to see me come in!!! They gave me the big sign.
    When I married my wife she didn't have a garage just a 20 X 40 shed whis was my "shop' for several years. Then 3 years ago we had the shell built and now the garage. I worked very hard to build it just "right".
    PS I did save a LOT of $$$$ when I quit drinking!! LOL LOL
  • 03-17-2010
    macspoke
    mechBgon..... I have to compliment you on the custom handwheels on your truing stand.
    Excellent Idea!! That work area is perfect. I love how everything is laid out.
  • 03-18-2010
    2_WD
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by IRONMAN1518
    Thanks 2 WD, nope I've just used their tools for over 50 years, they worked for me when I was an electrician in a steel mill, and when I raced motorcycles. I did have a side business selling motorcycle accessories and doing engine work, porting and polishing heads and cylinders, and did all my own car work. I will say the guys at Sears loved to see me come in!!! They gave me the big sign.
    When I married my wife she didn't have a garage just a 20 X 40 shed whis was my "shop' for several years. Then 3 years ago we had the shell built and now the garage. I worked very hard to build it just "right".
    PS I did save a LOT of $$$$ when I quit drinking!! LOL LOL

    I used to repair, rebuild, and assemble new bikes for Sears. I ran their bike shop for 8 years and at one point had 4 other techs under me...ya, that's how busy we got there. Their tools are decent and the warranty is great.
  • 03-18-2010
    Mount Dora Cycles
    I would post pictures but that would require me to clean my work bench to take a picture. Maybe one day.

    MecBgon, what is that white surface on your bench? I like that. Looks easy to wipe of any spilled oil.
  • 03-18-2010
    VTSession
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NYrr496
    VTSession, you're gonna go blind down there with that single light bulb. You can get 4 foot hanging florescents at the Depot cheap. I put four in my basement and painted the floor and walls light grey, it has all the light you could ever want.

    Yeah the light is awful. I can only work down there during the day. I plan on getting some bright lamps at the Depot for sure. I usually need a head lamp too for when I drop bolts and what not.
  • 03-18-2010
    mechBgon
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mount Dora Cycles
    I would post pictures but that would require me to clean my work bench to take a picture. Maybe one day.

    MecBgon, what is that white surface on your bench? I like that. Looks easy to wipe of any spilled oil.

    I don't know the brand, but it's Formica-type laminate glued to thick plywood. Easy to clean, easy to find small screws and springs and stuff on the white background :)

    Quote:

    mechBgon..... I have to compliment you on the custom handwheels on your truing stand. Excellent Idea!! That work area is perfect. I love how everything is laid out.
    Thanks :) It would be even better if I weren't crammed under a stairway, but I've done the best I could.
  • 03-18-2010
    lanpope
    Long Live Basement Shops!
    My little dungeon:

    Work space:



    Bikes hanging:



    More:



    More bikes:



    Work Bench / Parts Storage:



    Wash Area:


    I spend WAY too much time down there...

    LP
  • 03-18-2010
    IRONMAN1518
    Hey Ianpope, nice shop area!1 My sink is similar to yours too. You've got a couple of real classic bikes there too!! Nice set-up. I understand "spending too much time in the shop"......but it's comfy/home/peaceful.
  • 03-23-2010
    Trails4Two
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    I'm Lucky
    When we moved to Colorado, we bought a house with a 14' x 20' carport. We knew we needed more bike storage so we decided to wall the carport in and make a "bike garage". Here's the cool part: it was my wife's idea! It has room for our stable of bikes (2 tandems, 5 short bikes and a variety of trailers and accessories. It also had room for a workbench, bike helmets, shoes, and camelbaks. The great part is that after a ride, we roll up he driveway, load the bikes and stuff into the garage, drop the dirty duds in the laundry room and all is good! I'm now working on insulating and heating the space.
  • 03-23-2010
    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.
  • 03-23-2010
    IRONMAN1518
    Nice!!
  • 03-24-2010
    bvibert
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by VTSession

    Nice SKI THE EAST sticker placement. :thumbsup:

    I really love these threads when they pop up from time to time. It always gives me inspiration to go out and clean out my garage, so I can actually work in it.

    One of these days when one can see my workspace instead of the piles of crap that are currently in there I'll snap a picture...
  • 03-24-2010
    pulser
    Here is my shop. Excuse the crappy pics there from my BlackBerry.









  • 03-25-2010
    Ray Lee
    another basement shop
    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)

    Its got almost everything I need a utility sink, a small fridge and a dehumidifier but The floor is rocky and uneven so I think I might throw down some sheets of plywood so I can use a small wheeled tablet and rolling stool.

  • 03-25-2010
    Ibmw M6
    I am almost done with mine. Just got a campbell compressor, 3 gallon, got all my stuff organized and hung, now I just have to finish my DIY bike stand, and DIY bike rack.

    stand is the Pipe that comes down from rafters, and uses pipe clamp. And the rack is the PVC style.

    I hope to be done by Easter weekend.

    I will either try to get you finished pics or in progress pics this weekend.
  • 03-25-2010
    bvibert
    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)

    Its got almost everything I need a utility sink, a small fridge and a dehumidifier but The floor is rocky and uneven so I think I might throw down some sheets of plywood so I can use a small wheeled tablet and rolling stool.


    Looks nice! I was planning on adding more white pegboard than needed for the same reason. Your white walls and ceiling surely help too.
  • 03-25-2010
    Evo.
    Here is a pic of my work area. I am currently looking for a work stand and to expand my tool collection!



  • 03-26-2010
    houndsbourgh
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    My shop away from the shop. Most of my stuff lives in the workbench to control the dust from the table saw. All my frame work I do at home so I don't stink up the retail space. last pic is one of my jigs I made 20+ years ago. I still use it in sections for frame repairs.
  • 03-30-2010
    reynoldseight5three
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    garage workshop. Heated with woodstove and fully insulated. have woodworking on one side bike area on the other. we have seven bikes in the house now...love it:D
  • 03-30-2010
    IRONMAN1518
    Nice looking shop!
  • 03-30-2010
    neex
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by houndsbourgh
    My shop away from the shop. Most of my stuff lives in the workbench to control the dust from the table saw. All my frame work I do at home so I don't stink up the retail space. last pic is one of my jigs I made 20+ years ago. I still use it in sections for frame repairs.

    Now that is a nice DIY jig for sure. Wow. Impressive. Nice shop too!
    A.:thumbsup:
  • 03-31-2010
    Pigtire
    Cool thread. Here is my cave(as my wife calls it).

  • 04-03-2010
    Prophet bill
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    Here is my garage shop.
  • 04-03-2010
    IRONMAN1518
    Nice and tidy, good for you!! Are those the "Singing Fish" on the wall?
  • 04-03-2010
    Prophet bill
    No singing that i know of :D
  • 04-03-2010
    Ray Lee
    Nice "cave" but I am digging the Triumph more :thumbsup:

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Pigtire
    Cool thread. Here is my cave(as my wife calls it).


  • 04-05-2010
    bvibert
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    This thread motivated me to finally go out and do a bit more organizing to my garage so I have somewhat of an work area.







    I'm thinking of putting up that piece of pegboard that's sitting behind the workbench up right above it so that I have some place to hang some tools.
  • 04-07-2010
    b-kul
    my parents garage. no stand so i have to get creative. but i do have most of the tools you need to do pretty much everything.
  • 05-12-2010
    BunnV
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by houndsbourgh
    My shop away from the shop. Most of my stuff lives in the workbench to control the dust from the table saw. All my frame work I do at home so I don't stink up the retail space. last pic is one of my jigs I made 20+ years ago. I still use it in sections for frame repairs.

    I know this thread is old but I love your curvy green (celeste?) bike. I'm pretty sure it's a Retrotech but not positive.... is it?

    Edit: Nevermind, I found your other pictures of it. Awesome bike!
  • 05-13-2010
    S_Trek
    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)

    Its got almost everything I need a utility sink, a small fridge and a dehumidifier but The floor is rocky and uneven so I think I might throw down some sheets of plywood so I can use a small wheeled tablet and rolling stool.



    I still cant get used too seeing thoes one fork bikes. They look scary!:eek:
  • 05-13-2010
    Ray Lee
    LOL, I almost skipped even test riding the Prophet because of the flimsy looking "fork"

    After ridding it I thought the fork felt good and solid but I never realized just how stiff it was and how well it tracked before going back and forth between my girl friends Tora and my other bike with 7+ pound Marzocchi 66 (felt much more like the big thru axle than the other by a pretty good margin)

    One thing I never understood was not being able to pick up longer steerers for it... I am 6'2 with long legs and always felt like the front end was a little to low even with a little rise in the stem and bars. Cannondale figured it out and uses longer headtubes/steerers on there new XL Lefties/bikes.

    My one legged Prophet is now sold and is being replaced with a Heckler with a Marzocchi 55... I expect climbing will suffer a bit but I hope the slightly more upright position pays off heading down steeps, drops and small jumps.



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by S_Trek
    I still cant get used too seeing thoes one fork bikes. They look scary!:eek:

  • 05-13-2010
    2_WD
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ray Lee
    My one legged Prophet...

    lol...ur Prophet got a single leg with a kickstand mofo:thumbsup: (Eddie Murphy "Delirious" rip:) )
  • 05-13-2010
    Byke Dood
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    Here is a shot of mine :D
  • 05-14-2010
    macspoke
    Is that a phil wood spoke machine I see? And if so very nice accessory for a home shop!
  • 05-14-2010
    SeditiousCanary
    Here is mine:



    The work bench is a Craftsman, with a salvaged high school chemistry lab counter top as the work surface. Drilling holes for, and recessing the bolts to mount the vice and top to the bench was exciting. It was supposed to use wood screws to mount the top to the bench, but I wanted it to be removable, so I reccess/blind mounted stainless t-nuts between the 1.125" MFD top it came with and the lab counter top so that I could use 1/4" x 20 stainless bolts instead. The vice is also mounted with stainless t-nuts, and 1/2" x 13 stainless bolts. The tool board is 1/2" cabinet grade birch plywood, glued to blind mounted 3/8" dowels on 2x4s, with stainless t-nuts, and 1/4" x 20 stainless bolts to mount it to the bench frame. I have more tools than I can mount on it. I could really use about four more of each drawer size to make it a tool chest.
  • 05-14-2010
    wesMAmyke
    Oh man, I love those wheeled Park work stands. Some guy had a bunch of them on ebay recently too but they were pick-up only. I think I see a TS-3 in that picture too!
  • 05-15-2010
    4slomo
    Since you're using dissimilar metals (stainless steel bolt hardware and iron vise) did you remember to isolate the bolts from the vise to prevent corrosion? If not, you may want to check it periodically for evidence of corrosion.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SeditiousCanary
    Here is mine:

    The work bench is a Craftsman, with a salvaged high school chemistry lab counter top as the work surface. Drilling holes for, and recessing the bolts to mount the vice and top to the bench was exciting. It was supposed to use wood screws to mount the top to the bench, but I wanted it to be removable, so I reccess/blind mounted stainless t-nuts between the 1.125" MFD top it came with and the lab counter top so that I could use 1/4" x 20 stainless bolts instead. The vice is also mounted with stainless t-nuts, and 1/2" x 13 stainless bolts. The tool board is 1/2" cabinet grade birch plywood, glued to blind mounted 3/8" dowels on 2x4s, with stainless t-nuts, and 1/4" x 20 stainless bolts to mount it to the bench frame. I have more tools than I can mount on it. I could really use about four more of each drawer size to make it a tool chest.

  • 05-16-2010
    xjoex
    Here is my shop.


    -Joe
  • 05-21-2010
    arphaxhad
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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!
  • 05-21-2010
    Ray Lee
    That would look really cool... I may have to hit up Ebay for one :thumbsup:

    Quote:

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

  • 05-22-2010
    arphaxhad
    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 :eek:
    I'll pm you when I list it.
  • 05-22-2010
    neex
    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.

    A.
  • 05-22-2010
    AL29er
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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.
  • 07-19-2010
    TwoHeadsBrewing
    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!





  • 07-19-2010
    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!!!!!
  • 07-19-2010
    TwoHeadsBrewing
    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? :D
  • 07-23-2010
    pwoods
    Nice use of space - way too clean tho. Is that a copper pipe mash paddle?
  • 07-24-2010
    TwoHeadsBrewing
    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!

    http://picasaweb.google.com/benuntu/MashTunUpgrade#
  • 07-25-2010
    EEB
    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. :D 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....:D




    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....:thumbsup:
  • 08-01-2010
    Grabtindy
    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:
  • 11-21-2010
    Gsromich
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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:)
  • 11-21-2010
    IRONMAN1518
    Really nice shop! You must have spent some $$$ with all the Craftsman storage cabinets and the table/desk. NICE!
  • 11-22-2010
    thekrow4jc
    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.
  • 11-22-2010
    Byke Dood
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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
  • 11-24-2010
    Surly Gentleman
    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.
  • 12-03-2010
    arphaxhad
    My .02
    Sorry for the low quality pic, darn sun....
  • 12-04-2010
    kfb66
    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)?
  • 12-05-2010
    bike_freak
    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.
  • 12-06-2010
    arphaxhad
    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.
  • 12-14-2010
    DogpawSlim
    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...
  • 12-15-2010
    have2ride2day
    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.
  • 12-17-2010
    jtmartino
    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. :(
  • 12-17-2010
    have2ride2day
    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.
  • 12-17-2010
    2_WD
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Byke Dood
    Here is a shot of mine :D

    Cool BMX. What kind is it? Those handlebars look like old school CW bars :)
  • 12-17-2010
    jtmartino
    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.
  • 12-17-2010
    have2ride2day
    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.
  • 12-23-2010
    moto367
    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? :thumbsup:
  • 12-23-2010
    bloodyknee
    This is one of my favorite threads. I love seeing pictures of the home workshop.
  • 12-26-2010
    Isildur
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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 ;))

    Some shots of the before, during & completed for you all to (hopefully) enjoy :)

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  • 12-26-2010
    bloodyknee
    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 ;))

    Some shots of the before, during & completed for you all to (hopefully) enjoy :)

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    OK, I gotta' ask. Is that a wooden spoon next to the rubber mallet?
  • 12-26-2010
    Isildur
    ^^^
    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!
  • 12-27-2010
    slider32
    I finally had a chance over the holidays to clean up my garage enough to take a few pictures.

    Parts bin:



    My workbench and tool storage:



    Another small workbench with my drillpress:



    and Bike storage:

  • 12-28-2010
    tnickols
    converted the a side area of the basement into a work area, used a few old drawers to make a spot for my tools.


  • 12-29-2010
    rev106
    <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..

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/17534977@N00/5189482723/" title="Mess out of hand. by Paul de Valera, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1294/5189482723_48d1419873.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="Mess out of hand." /></a>

    The Garage

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/17534977@N00/5159595110/" title="The Garage (sort of) Cleaned. by Paul de Valera, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1234/5159595110_5722065550.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="The Garage (sort of) Cleaned." /></a>
  • 12-30-2010
    sasquatch rides a SS




    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.
  • 12-30-2010
    BunnV
    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. :thumbsup:
  • 12-31-2010
    have2ride2day
    My corner in the basement
  • 01-01-2011
    Big Hustler
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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.
  • 01-01-2011
    Harold
    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.
  • 01-01-2011
    boomn
    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:thumbsup: 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
  • 01-01-2011
    Harold
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by boomn
    Sounds good:thumbsup: 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.
  • 01-02-2011
    Stupidjeep
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  • 01-03-2011
    Harold
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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.
  • 01-04-2011
    Byke Dood
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    Originally Posted by moto367
    Clever! Care to elaborate on the construction of it? :thumbsup:

    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:D
  • 01-05-2011
    nov0798
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    Here is my shop!
  • 01-06-2011
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  • 01-06-2011
    Gsromich
    Dude! how many bikes do you have????